I've been away from NYC for too many years and don't know what the cool, new restaurants are in town anymore. I used to love Balthazar, Gotham Bar & Grill, Mesa, etc.but wanted to check out a new scene. My preference would be downtown somewhere (East or West Village, Meatpacking, Soho, Gramercy) and I love all sorts of fusion, sushi, Italian, French, mexican, etc. Any recommendations? Many thx in advance!