|Subject: Re: New York City eats|
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.