Adam Platt's Pick
201 Park Avenue South
The roomís goofy and some of the culinary experiments are over the top, but the best of Todd Englishís dishes are superb. After reviewing Olives, I actually snuck back and dined there at the bar on my own nickel, a rare thing for any critic.
Hal Rubenstein's Pick
154 E. 79th Street
I donít know whether Iím stunned that anyone can make a sleek place of such quiet refinement on the Upper East Side or maybe just delirious that Mark Spangenthal is cooking six blocks from my house. Either way, he wins.