I have a bunch of favorite restaurants in NYC. A few stand out.
I recently ate at the Isle of Capri after many years away. (Too expensive for me.) The menu is largely southern Italian. I enjoyed every bite. Mouth watering as I write.
I haven't eaten at Barbetta's (northern Italian) in many, many years, and I will not likely ever eat there again. It's the most beautiful restaurant I've ever seen--inside and in the garden. The food varies from very good to wonderful. I love this place as much (or more) for the setting than the food. Sigh.
Joe Allen's is another favorite of mine. I ate there some years ago with osso and Diane (I think). This is an American restaurant. Not overly pricey, but not cheap. I like the friendly atmosphere. I remember eating and thoroughly enjoying the La Scala salad. Also, I may have had the best meatloaf I ever ate. And the desserts are wonderful.
In my neighborhood, I like Pig Heaven for Chinese food. I've dragged many a2kers there. Aside from the spare ribs (a major disappointment), the food is good, well seasoned, and varied.
I used to travel a lot. I've eaten in many wonderful restaurants around the country (U.S.) I loved having an expense account. Unfortunately I remember the meals but not the names of the restaurants. Prime rib to die for in Denver, rack of lamb in a converted cathedral in Atlanta, something spicy and delish at a former plantation in New Orleans. Seafood in Boston.
My favorite and most memorable meal was at the top of a mountain in Norway. We took a cable car to get up there. The view was beyond spectacular. We ate outside in the fresh crisp mountain air. I had cold lobster salad. Sigh.
This thread is making me hungry.