Add these restaurants to my running list of recommendations in Manhattan. You can view more choices in these other blog entries - Food Faves in Manhattan Updated Fall 2013 and Autumn in New York 2013.
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street (Greenwich Village): A culinary landmark since 1977, yet still delicious and unassuming, Cornelia Street suggests a neighborhood French bistro but amplifies with dishes evoked from Americana to Asia as well. Not only that but there are more than 700 cultural performances here a year. It's the type of place you'd love to have just down the street for frequent visits. Read Chef Dan's blog for more of the flavor.
Shake Shack, Madison Square Park - Danny Meyer's global enterprise, which began as a hot dog stand in neighborhoody Madison Square Park across from the Flatiron Building, is probably worth the 30-plus wait in line, even if to tell the story. Great burgers, fries and of course shakes, a kaleidoscope of New York families, office workers and tourists - and now, we read, a 63-restaurant international food chain, slated for an IPO and listing (in January 2015) on the New York Stock Exchange. Meyer, of course, is the visionary behind Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and more high-end eateries in the city.
Grey Dog Restaurants - When out and about in the city, especially for breakfast or lunch and some amazing prices, let's hope there is a Grey Dog near you. Get in line for huge portions and imaginative food combos. We checked out both the University Place/NYU (90 University Place pictured at the right) and Nolita (Mulberry Street) locations, and there are other locations in Chelsea and the West Village. Here's the type of creative combos you can expect in the sandwiches - Herb Goat Cheese & Avocado with Walnut Pesto, Celery & Arugula, or Sliced Granny Apple with Turkey, Brie & Raspberry Mustard. Truly a meal in a sandwich!
Other recommendations from our New York pals - La Follia (warm, inviting, Italian, great for Sunday evening) on Third Avenue just east of Gramercy Park and Cookshop (seasonally, locally produced and sustainable, just like home) on 10th Avenue at West 20th Street.