i just thought i'd give a very quick rundown of where we ended up this nyc trip.
long island: very good tomatoes and corn. no real memorable meals out.
first night kinda loose; we found an empty tapas place in the east village called donostia, and were
pretty much the only ones in there. the pinxtos were pretty good, although they came out rather slowly. good
brandade type thing. not a bad sidra on tap; no liquor license, but had an outstanding glass of toro. the proprieter
could not have been nicer.
went for a drink at pouring ribbons up the street and had a fantastic cocktail. would definitely return. ended up at amor y amargo, and it was the usual: great.
next day had lunch at hunan house uptown; apparently the mothership is in flushing. it was o.k.; i don't think we ordered all that well. didn't hold up to the hunan i've had in the san gabriel valley. clientele almost exclusively chinese, from what i could tell.
dinner was at a teeny joint called graffiti again in the east village. modern riff on indian that was very, very tasty. kind of cramped but delicious.
never did eat up in the bronx, but had a nice lunch at beyoglu in the UES. love how they serve the raki in a little metal dish filled with ice.
dinner at osteria morini. everyone enjoyed the pastas here a lot. nice wine list. ok cocktails. the grilled meat plate was only eh, charcuterie pretty good. pasta the thing to get here. fun meal.
after that went to bar gotoh. pretty unique cocktail joint. got an exegesis on japanese whiskey i will never forget from
a shaggy-like enthusiastic server. not cheap but execution flawless.
lunch/brunch at greater ny noodletown the next day. tasty enough. crowd pleasing, decent cantonese dumpling/noodle fare.
dinner was at st. anselm in brooklyn. i would return here in a heartbeat. everything from the vegetables to the 23 dollar butcher's steak to the expensive ax handle ribeye was outstanding. pork chop best thing on the table. a destination restaurant. any fans of, say, chi spacca in l.a. should go here, although it is thoroughly american and not italianate. love this restaurant.
oh, and i should mention a couple of afternoon stops at lupa (after walking around all day, air conditioning and a spritzer are very welcome) and for a slice of the spicy square at prince street pizza (tasty, although the pepperoni falls off when you take a bite. but that pepperoni is quite something).
thanks to all for help.