Seared tuna over sushi rice!
I'm sorry, you're recommending Beauty and Essex? As in, saying the food tastes good? That just discredited this entire piece!
Lunch at Jean Georges is the best deal in the city.
Great list, but its credibility is seriously undermined by the omission of Momofuku (Ssam, Noodle, or Peche). My first recommendation to any tourist who asks me this question is to try at least one of the three, with a compost cookie at Milk Bar to follow.
Also, Talde is shockingly overrated. If that restaurant were in Manhattan rather than Park Slope, no one would be waiting an hour to eat there...