It was Eater which started it with the whole "38" thing, posting listings of thirty-eight "essential" restaurants for New York and several other cities. Why thirty-eight? I don't know, but then why ten, why fifty?
If you can't beat them, join them. Here, if the technology holds up, is my New York thirty-eight. It includes what I consider the best restaurants in the city - in no strict order - as well as places I just happen to like and enjoy.
[Pink Pig Time Machine by Wilfrid: February 22, 2010]
Remember Bayard's? A restaurant which had a run of several years in the historic One Hanover Square building downtown. I visited ten years ago this week to sample the cooking of Eberhard Müller, late of Lutèce where he had taken over the kitchen from the legendary André Soltner.
The obvious place to seek solace on 52nd Street, if you ask me, is at the long, curved bar of the 21 Club. And indeed alcohol is one of the main themes of a show called "Solace" at the Austrian Cultural Forum just the other side of Fifth Avenue.