If you had to rank these in order of meals and service
For dinners as I know you can get a good lunch out of some of these places. Which would you also suggest suiting up for vs. button down and slacks.
Colicchio And Sons
My personal tops from that list:
Top of the list:
Babbo (just the best dang Italian restaurant in the city. A NYC gem if there ever was one.)
Torrisi (exciting & fun, very unique)
WD-50 (iffier now that they're tasting menu only)
Del Posto (Caveat: I'd go to their cheaper sister Babbo in a second before them, even were the prices the same.)
Marea (caveat: antipasti and pastas, yes. Secondi a bit disappointing.)
Gramercy Tavern / C&S - I'll lump them together since I have about the same opinion on both: solid standbys, though it's been awhile since I've had anything that really got me excited at either. In both cases, I prefer the food in the more casual (and cheaper) front rooms to the main dining rooms.
ABC Kitchen: more exciting for brunch / lunch, I find. Not a BAD choice for dinner, though, by any means.
Picholine: haven't been in awhile, but never had a bad meal there.
Daniel (a bit too stuffy for my taste, also I find the service a bit snooty)
Annisa (was just kind of underwhelmed, though I'd go back to give them another chance)
Aureole (just not terribly exciting anymore... solid, if a bit dated.)
La Grenouille (for that price I expect a lot more creativity, not just well-executed warhorses.)