I went recently and it was the best lunch I think I've ever had. The cocktail bar is top notch too. I recommend the lamb duo.
Gramercy was my other best meal I've ever had. Great bar for a pre-dinner cocktail as well.
Take a look at Babbos menu....some don't care for the menu, but make no mistake the food is still pretty good, so if you like the menu, sure, but It wouldn't be top on my list.
Skip Le Cirque unless you're just interested in a scene.
Jean-Georges, I had a great great meal there,and the best. dessert.ever.... but I just don't dig the atmosphere much, but no doubt great food.
I'd go to 11 madison or gramercy