Sometimes I just want the comfort of favorite places, and 48 hours for a visit inspired by a celebration to mark the occasion of an uncle’s 90th birthday party isn’t enough time to explore new places to try and enjoy possibly delicious food.
So it went like this.
Rubirosa. For my taste, the best pizza on Manhattan. Thin crust, Staten Island style, with first rate cheese and high quality toppings served by hipsters in three rooms with tin ceilings in Soho.
Batard. Easily among the best upscale restaurants I’ve eaten at in years. In the former Montrachet and then Corton space, we’re talking refinement in a lively atmosphere with one of the country’s best price points for food of this caliber: $55 per person for two courses of Austrian-French cuisine.
Alimentari il Buco. Delicious Italian food on Great Jones, with first-rate cured meats, wonderful pastas, flavorful entrees and vegetables, and a staff that knows how to care.
To say nothing of: The Brandy Library, Angel Share, Second Avenue Deli, and Russ & Daughters.