Two other top places to consider going would be Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (Dr. Safar is amazing) or to Cleveland Clinic in Florida. I've lived near NYC and found that getting care there, if you are from out of town, especially, can add a layer of complexity and expense. I was also much happier with my experience in Baltimore than I was when I went for consultations with surgeons in NYC. Dr. Safar has saved pouches for people in the past and trained at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida.
I'd be happy to tell you more about my experience at Hopkins if there's a way for you to private message me.