Subject: Re: New York City eats
Hi Lucy,

You didn't mention if you wanted any of the hi end places or not, so I'll list all my favorites from the high to moderate scale. Everything I mention will be in the 2003 Zagat, so you can look up the details. I'll leave out my favorites in the meat packing district, except for Zitoune (ganesvoort/greenwich) which may not have been here on your last visit. It's a nice moroccan place.

On the high and a bit more formal side, I love Chanterelle, Danube and Bouley in Tribeca and then Gramercy Tavern and Union Square in the flat iron area. Lunch or dinner. And Union Square has a nice brunch.

Tabla (25/Mad) is probably my favorite high end casual place. It's a fusion cuisine which is indian inspired. I love the decor and service as much as the food. Eat upstairs and recommend it for either lunch or dinner. My other high end casual favorite is Mesa Grill (15/5) for southwestern fusion cuisine by Bobby Flay.

For incredible greek cuisine, go to Molyvos(55/7). Milos Estiatorio (W 55) is also incredible greek food, but you'll need a wheelbarrow full of money for it. For great inexpensive greek food in a nice casual place, I like Gus' Place in the village (waverly/6th)

For indian cuisine that's a cut above the typical tandoori places, try Tamarind (22/Park) for gourmet indian. Dinner is probably better.

Zoe in Soho (prince/mercer)is terrific new american. Good for lunch, brunch or dinner. Fantastic American wines by the glass featured.

Fish: (as well as other things) I like Aqua Grill (spring/6th) and Blue Water Grill. Both for lunch or dinner.

For french bistro I like Orsay (75/Lex), Rue 57 (57/6). I like Payard (74/Lex)for food/decor but think it's a bit too pricey. Lunch is a better way to go moneywise and don't miss dessert - he's a world renown pastry chef. Chez Josephine (42/9-10) is my favorite french place in the theatre district. It's moderately priced and a bit campy. Gasgogne in Chelsea (19/8) has a lovely outdoor garden if weather permits. Also, Provence (macdougal/prince)is a favorite of mine.

For italian I love I Trulli (27/Lex), Fiamma Osteria (spring/6th) and Il Buco (bond/bowery). When we want to sit outdoors in a lovely garden and have a nice, casual meal, we eat at Vittorio Cucina (bleeker/grove)and it's moderately priced.

Salon Mexico (26/Lex) is nice upscale mexican cuisine. Great margarita's. Live jazz.

For brunch I like 8 1/2 (57/5-6). It's a prix fix buffet but you can order items cooked to order from the menu. Park Avalon has live jazz at brunch (25/park). I also recommend Capsuto Freres (washington/watts), Danal (10/3rd), Balthazar (spring/broadway).

Feel free to ask for others or have any specific questions about any of these places.

Candice NYC