Philippe's, near the Union Station
Thai Bamboo, West L.A. (A small restaurant, reasonably priced. Best Thai food I have had recently. Try Tom Kha Gai -- a sour and spicy soup with coconut milk, chicken, mushrooms, etc. in it. I always order it at Thai restaurants.)
Kate Mantilini, Beverly Hills
Oomasa, Little Tokyo (Open until 1 a.m. Closed Tuesdays. Modestly priced sushi.)
El Morfi, Glendale (Argentine Restaurant - love the Morcilla and Molleja!)
Blue Bayou, Disneyland (Love the crab cakes and shrimp cocktails! Highly recommended)
JJ Steak House, Old Town Pasadena (Best service of all; excellent food)
Cheesecake Factory, Beverly Hills & Old Town Pasadena
Il Fornaio, Old Town Pasadena (Italian food, obviously.)
Cajun Bistro, Sunset Strip, Hollywood (One of few places in LA where you can find live crawfish. A male model who graces the cover of many romance novels often eats there.)
Piatti in Montecito (One of the best Italian restaurants in Montecito)
Presto Pasta--a fast food restaurant-like place for excellent pastas of all kinds.
Good Earth Restaurant--Great healthy food. You've got to try their Good Earth Iced Tea.
Edomasa--the only late night sushi bar in Santa Barbara. My favorites are sea urchine, yellow tail, toro, in that order. But also try their spicy scallop hand roll. It's heavenly! Edomasa supposedly opens 'til 12:30 am on weekdays, but the owner, Tai, might decide to close early...don't say I didn't warn ya.
Palace Cafe--Cajun, Creole, Italian food.
Just about all the restaurants in French Quarter.
New York City:
Cafe Boulud--at the old site of Daniel's. Mixture of French and American. When I was in NYC, the new Daniel's was being built, so I went to Cafe Boulud. Food is "fine," but I left wondering what the buzz is about. Very light seasoning.
Shish Kebob stand, one in particular near Grand Central--sinfully delicious.
Oyster Bar, Grand Central--wonderful and huge selection of seafood. 25 different kinds of oysters on the day I was there.