I recommend Gus & Gabriel's Gastropub 222 West 79th Street
Just ate lunch there yesterday with a good friend. The barbequed pulled pork steak is a barbeque "moment". Tender--served with mashed potatos and roasted corn--a winner. We also ordered the fish and chips--a gourmet version of fish nuggets and delicious malt vinegar for the chips. A large selection of bourbons-whiskeys-beers from all over the world rounds out my fun lunch. Our waiter/host was attentive and nice. Entrees range around $13.00--apps around $8.00 for lunch. I recommend this restaurant and the ambience is cool too.
I've posted about this before, but I couldn't agree more. One of my favorite new restaurants, and a really fun place to eat. I'm not sure where the NY Times reviewer was eating--unless he just wanted to write a fun bad review--but the burger in particular is really great. I'd hate to see the menu change because of an off-base review, Times or no.