-Sripraphai Thai Restaurant: $$, great food, good service, good atmosphere, Queens
-Pudding Noodle, Italian: $$, great food, good service, crowded, Brooklyn Heights
-Nook, eclectic and international: $$, good food, poor service, cosy atmosphere, BYOB, Hell's Kitchen
-Eatery. New American: $$, good/okay food, okay service, people-watching atmosphere, Hell's Kitchen
-Cornelia Street Cafe, New American: $$, good food, good service, lovely atmosphere, Village
-7A Cafe, diner: $$, good food, good service, okay atmosphere, East Village
-Buddakan, Chinese: $$$, okay food, overly attentive service, chic atmosphere, Chelsea
-Overseas Asian, Malaysian: $, best Malaysian, good service, no-frill atmosphere, Chinatown
-New Malaysia: $, great food, good service, good atmosphere, Chinatown
-Singapore Cafe: Malaysian: $$, good food, friendly service, no atmosphere, Chinatown
-Nyonya: Malaysian: $$, good food, quick service, kitschy atmosphere, Chinatown
-Sentosa, Malaysian: $$, good food, good service, good atmosphere, Flushing
-Gobo, vegetarian: $$, excellent food, good service, noisy atmosphere, Village
-Nooch, Japanese & Thai: $$, good food, attentive and cute service, good atmosphere, Chelsea
-La Lanterna Caffe, Italian: $$, good food, winter garden seating area, jazz, Greenwich Village
-Quartino, Italian, vegetarian: $$, good food, cosy bar and restaurant, East Village
-Gottino, $$, small plates, very popular, Greenwich Village
-Caffe Reggio (since 1927)$, good food, good service, crowded with tourists, Village
-French Roast, dessert: $, good food, good service, European cafe atmosphere, UWS and West Village
Places to try
-Porchetta, pork sandwich: $, 110 E 7th Street between First Ave and Ave A.
-Ippudo NY, Japanese: Akamaru modern ramen, $, 65 Fourth Ave between 9th and 10th Sts.
-Falai, Italian: tarragon pappardelle, $, 68 Clinton St between Rivington and Stanton
-Scarpetta, Italian: foie gras ravioli, $$, 355 W 14th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves.
-Socarrat Paella Bar, Mexican: 259 W, 19th St, between 7th and 8th Aves.