We haven't done this in a while....
A current thread made me think of this: Often we recommend restaurants to conform with a poster's specific requirements, even though they don't necessarily fit in with our own, personal, top choices. So it would be interesting to hear where you go when you are going for your own enjoyment, no one's telling you what to do....
For me my hit parade is:
In my neighborhood: Felice Gold, where I can sit at the bar and all of the staff knows me too well. I love their salmon tartare, the frenetti or ravioli pasta, or the salmon. I drink the Sebastiano from the owner's family owned vineyard most of the time.
If a friend says they want to come down to my neighborhood (rare), it's Augustine. Usually the souffle (shared) and the trout. And french fries.
If I'm running around and suddenly am hungry and want a treat, I stop at Fedora and eat at the bar. Always something new on the menu that grabs me. And an excellent selection of wines by the glass. Or Dell Anima, their brunch is one of my favorites. And Claudette. A great, great restaurant.
After a night at art galleries in Chelsea or with a friend and we need something good, there's Santina. But somehow, I never eat there alone...no good reason.
Marea if I'm on the Upper West Side, and heading downtown...an excuse to walk a little bit to get there, and then the subway is practically outside the door when I finally leave. That is a bar where everyone talks to everyone else, helped along by the extra pours from the bartender.
If I need to meet a friend on the Upper East Side, it's The Mark, for the Meyer Lemon Parmesan Pasta, and then after dinner, the bizarre conversations you have with random people at the bar. I developed my Felice habit when I lived up town, I used to go 2-3 times a week.
Dinner with "the girls": the two current favorites are Kyma (Kyma chips, the dips, and whole fish, loup de mer, or sea bream) and Coco Pazzo, I've tried other things, but the dish that draws me in is the deconstructed bucatini with grilled sardines.
I mostly stopped eating in the theater district. It's just not that big of a deal to race from work for dinner before a show.
That's the current rotation. What's yours? Good to know where people go over and over.Edited: 27 September 2018, 22:50