Traveling in september
I am traveling to NYC in september and I having searching for good restaurant options and I have the next finalist and I wanted to see which of them are best, (we want to experience a bit of everithing from price to type of food) since I have to choose only 4.
Asia de Cuba
Union Square Café
DB Bistro Moderne
Is Del Frisco's on there to fill your quality steak requirement? Did you choose that place for a specific reason?
From those on your list I've been to, the only ones I'd say a definite "yes" to are Le Bernardin and Balthazar.
I've not been to Del Frisco's, but if you want steak, I don't think you should go to a chain. Instead, it should be a quintessentially *NY* steakhouse. My favorite is Keens, which perfectly fits that description. Delicious food and unmatchable Old NY ambiance.
Not sure how you made these selections. They are all over the map, literally and figuratively but right away, I'd get rid of the following
Asia de Cuba
Of the remaining, I'd give top nod to Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernadin. Balthazar hits the spot if you are looking for a bustling french bistro place.
I've personally never been enthralled with USC or Ouest but am aware others are.
vice versa good for a meal in B'way area...best thing on the menu is the ravioli
asia de cuba a bit tired but still fun if you go late enought
Union Square always a good meal
DB good pre fixe menu
Gilt have not been, former Le Cirque space
Le Bernadin Excellent
Del Friscos is chain--best steak in city to me is Ben and Jacks truly just like Peter Lugers without having to go to Brooklyn, but that is the best steak experience. make res now though
Gramercy Tavern great
Hope this helps
Balthazar may be considered "touristy" by some, but it certainly attracts a huge number of locals. And it does so because it provides delicious food and good service in an attractive and boisterous brasserie space.
Re: Gramery Tavern. As I noted in one of my posts upthread, our dinner there not long ago was far wide of the "great" mark.
If we natives avoided all the restaurants where tourists turn up, we'd have to eliminate a huge boatload of really wonderful places. "Tourist traps" are an entirely different species of restaurant. Balthazar is certanly not that!
We should welcome tourists to our great city, especially since they are a financial necessity. And, as witnessed by the many, many posts on this board, lots of them are Chowhounds! :)