The jewels of the city and certainly some of the more popular fine-dining establishments have had their share of publicity, and deservedly so: Le Bernar-din, Daniel, Nobu, Jean Georges, Chanterelle, and the Four Seasons, to name but a few, and are probably familiar names to many. These all have wonderful food, comfortable and lush surroundings, impeccable service, wine lists from heaven, and prices that also look skyward. These are, most definitely, great places to enjoy superb dining. There are, however, a few other places that offer a transcendent gastronomic experience and have either not been so well publicized (thankfully) or have received their share of accolades and attention and that are, in my opinion, worth mentioning again. Here, then, are our suggestions for a wonderful meal and a good time with friends and colleagues.