Eleven Madison Park, Atera, Blue Hill, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Marea,
Babbo Ristorante, The Modern, Soto, Dovetail, Traif
(All booked except for Traif/Modern/Dovetail)
Russ & Daughters
Two Little Red Hens
Pret a Manger (I<3PRET)
Clinton St Baking Co.
I picked Babbo as I did not want all of our meals to be too stiff and have also read that many people prefer it over Del Posto.
I have now added Jungsik, ABC Kitchen and Gramercy Tavern.
I also have reservations for Sakagura and we are going to have a small bite there and venture over to the other Japanese restaurants around the area (Yasuda, Soba Totto, Aburriya Kinnosuke).
I am also going to try to make it to Kati Roll.
I only care about the food - service, decor, location are not important.
Anything else to add or take out.
I wasn't impressed by Traif. For creative small plates, I'd rather do Momofuku Ssam Bar, Bar Room at the Modern, Txikito, etc.
Momofuku Ssam Bar should be on your list regardless.
I've also had some good recent dinners at Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, for a change of pace from Soto.
What about Thai? Zabb Elee? Kin Shop?
For breakfast/brunch, I don't think Little Owl's brunch is all that special. Swap out for Minetta Tavern, Locanda Verde, Prune. Clinton St Baking Co for breakfast, in addition to Shopsin's.
I'd do Doughnut Plant over Dough (which I thought was too sugary/heavy) but none of them are as good as doughnut shops elsewhere in the USA (LA, Chicago).
For sweets, there's also Laduree for macarons, Mille-Feuille for plain croissants, and Victory Garden for salted caramel goat milk yogurt.