Coffee Shops – Nectar on corner 81/82nd and Madison, or Viand 61st and Madison. Pizza by the slice – Joes on Bleeker Street or DiFaras if you can shlep to Brooklyn. Pizza by the pie – La Pizza Fresca on 20th Street. Chinese go with Triple 8 dim sum or Wong Kee for other than dim sum. Italian – Il Mulino or Da Silvano. Snack, coffe, wine try a little place called ino’ at 21 bedford in the west village. French, other than the usual high end places, try Le Gigot at 18 Cornelia Street in west village. Great little place. I am sorry to say that there isnt one consistently great steak house in NYC. You can too often get a so-so steak on a frequent basis at the best places.