Spending a day in Seattle - what to eat?
Poppy has a great vegetarian thali if you want to try lots of dishes. If you're going to be downtown cruising the Pike Place Market for lots of eats is a great experience, searching this board will give you a myriad of recommendations in the area. If it's sunny and you have transportation, sitting on the deck at Ray's with a bowl of steamer clams and a local brew is one of my favorite things to do.
Are you looking for more casual or upscale? Will you have a car? What area of the city will you be in? What kind of places do you like?
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
Not sure if you are already back to NYC, but I would recommend Nishino or Sushi Kappo Tamura. The latter uses alot of locally sourced Seafood for their sushi which would differentiate what you might get out at NYC's excellent sushi joints.
Try Monsson or Tamarind Tree for ethnic, as from my last trip, NYC still may not have as much high end Vietnamese selection. but I may be wrong.
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112
Brunhilde, point taken about NYCers and Italian food, although I have to say I was pretty impressed by what I saw on Triple D about Bizarro.
ShaolinSF, thanks for the Sushi rec! Anytime we're on the West Coast, we're always looking for locally sourced seafood, and sushi would be awesome. It really is different than NYC sushi, although NYC sushi has it's place too.