Restaurant Recommendations
 

My Favorite NY Restaurants
For those of you who don't know, I have been spending a lot of time (and money) going out to eat in New York City. My bible is the Zagat Survey. I think that it contains excellent reviews and generally solid recommendations. In light of this, I would like to announce my top 5 favorite restaurants in New York City. (If anyone has any suggestions, please drop a comment).

1. Gramercy tavern.
2. Pearl Oyster Bar.
3. Sushi Yasuda.
4. Peter Luger's.
5. Casa Mono.

In an e-mail to my friend, Aaron, I gave some descriptions of a the restaurants that he hadn't heard of.

I went to Casa Mono with my mom a few months ago. I didn't know ANYTHING about it. There was no Zagat description on the wall. I was skeptical, but we checked out the menu and it looked really interesting. So my mom and I went in and the food was absolutely incredible. It was tapas style, but not bland or boring at all. It was not the typical annoying small dishes. Each dish was really tasty and interesting. There were things you've never tried before. I highly recommend this place: 17th st. and irving place.

I've been to Pearl Oyster Bar a few times. It is 100% my go-to restaurant. I would go there once a week if I could because it is, by far, the best combination of speed, convenience, price, and food. They do not take reservations. The menu is basically: a few seafood appetizers, lobster rolls, scallops, and fish of the day. Each time I have gone there, the food has been phenomenal. Ordering the fried oyster is a necessity. The place is supposed to be famous for lobster rolls but I don't particularly like lobster rolls. The scallops and fish of the day are also very tasty. The scallops come cooked with beats and cranberry. The place is on Cornelia St in the West Village. Walk down 6th avenue until w 4th. It is where that papaya dog and two diagonal streets on your right. One of those diagonal streets is cornelia.

I went to Sushi Yasuda with my cousin last week. It is simply the best sushi that I have ever had. Hands down. Incredibly fresh. Incredible texture. Not mushy. Not too firm. Not fishy. Just perfect. Home-made soy sauce. Rice that doesn't fall apart at all and that tastes incredible. Excellent service. Modern decor. 23 dollar price fix dinner meal. I asked them to have the chef decide the types of fish and the meal comes with Sushi, Sashimi, and Rolls. There is probably no better combination of price and food in the city than that dish. 43rd between 2nd and 3rd.