There's one place I know you'll love... it's a little jazz club on St. Mark's Place (14th Street) between First and Scond Avenues (or maybe 2nd and 3rd) and they serve very authentic Provencal French. I can't think of the name right now... I'll ask my daughter who lives nearby. It's on the north side of the street... very cute. Also an Israeli place called Rectangles (great middle eastern fare) was on 2nd Ave around 10th St (across from the 2nd Avenue Deli which is another good one), but I think they've moved. You can get great sushi at Gelato (or something like that, it's on 4th Street, also between 1st and 2nd Avenues). These are all in what is considered the Lower East Side or the East Village. Lots of little Polish diners down there too. Great Perogies! In the West Village there's a terriffic Spanish restaurant (great paella, yum!) and a bunch of good places in the West 4th Street area known as Restaurant Row. There's another Restaurant Row near the Broadway theater district. I'm remembering 9th Avenue from around 42nd up to maybe 57th Streets, but I could be wrong. Could be even further west like 10th or 11th avenue. Also great places on the upper West side near Lincoln Center. There's a wonderful dessert place up there that has an outdoor courtyard (may be too cold in November to sit outside) and plays opera music. And a terrific place for mussels on the East side in the fities (near the UN). I'll have to get the names and addresses for you. Give me a couple of days.
I've been out of touch lately, I know. Nice to talk to you again!