The best way to eat well for a reasonable cost in NYC is to go to the great restaurants for lunch. Â Many of them have a prix-fix lunch which can be a superb meal at a bargain price. Â Without a doubt, one of the finest meals I've ever eaten was a lunch at Jean-Georges; as I recall, it was around $40 prix-fix for 3 courses -- not cheap, but a great deal for what was an awesome meal. Â Highly recommended. Â Also, I know Aureole has a prix-fix lunch, as does Daniel. Â Le Bernardin is perhaps the finest seafood-oriented restaurant in the country, if not the world. Â Then there are the new restaurants in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle, including one by Thomas Keller of The French Laundry in Napa (the site of one of my other all-time best meals, along with a few 3 toques restaurants in France & Italy). For steak, there is also the Palm, which started out in NYC and now has a few branches around the country. For Italian, I recommend Babbo, a Mario Batali restaurant which is very good and not outrageously expensive. Â However, it's downtown. My wife and I stayed at the Barclay Intercontinental in January, and Darren Beaman was there last month. Â I find it to be a decent hotel. Â It's right around the corner from the Waldorf. Â Check out the Intercontinental web-site to see if you can get a good rate. Â I think we paid $140 on a weekend. I'm sure you know this, but make sure to check out a few of NYC's cultural offerings, e.g. the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Moma, the Frick, the Morgan Library, etc. Have fun ps. The watch stores are great too -- Wempe, Cellini, Tourneau, plus Tiffany. Chopard, Breguet, & Cartier have their own stores.