I’ve been enjoying a number of places in the neighborhoods. Batard is only getting better and better–Never had a bad meal in numerous visits going back to the first month they opened. Great price point and I learn about wine each time.
Right next store is Frenchette. I can’t think of a more pleasant place to have lunch. Restraint and focus pay off.
Shin Yakitori, on 53rd, a short subway ride away, is a delight. New chef, from Tokyo, and on a recent visit, one of many, everything tastes great.
Nearby, on 11th, you have Corner Slice, square slices of pizza, that are light and wonderful. Next to it is Ivan Ramen: Vegetarian ramen is just about the best.
Back downtown: Le CouCou, and next to it, The Ship, and one block away, Il Buco di Alimementari. Best French, great bar, best Italian, in town, in that order.