Top TV Chef Restaurants in NYC

Star Power
March 28, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Binge-watching episodes of Top Chef not cutting it anymore?  Leave the screen and try the real thing at some of your favorites' acclaimed establishments.

East Village · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 2.9 · Service 3.2

The “savory” Taiwanese steamed buns are “tasty and surprisingly filling” at Eddie Huang’s East Villager, whose “fast-food vibe” gets a boost from “blaring hip-hop music” ; despite “teenage” service and “no decor to speak of” , “cheap” checks keep its “college” crowd content.
Mediterranean · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

Bobby Flay “hits the nail on the head” at this “happening” NoHo Med where his “wonderfully creative” dishes “burst” with “bold flavors” ; a “Downtown sceney” crowd keeps the “industrial” digs feeling “cool” , and a large front bar area offers a “fun vibe” along with the full menu.
Asian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A “seriously good” Pan-Asian menu with a “playful sensibility” (e.g. the “fantastic” pretzel pork dumplings) makes Dale Talde’s Park Slope namesake a “hip” neighborhood destination; reservations are now taken, but if there's a wait, it's best spent sipping “nifty” cocktails from the bar.
Red Rooster
Southern American · Harlem · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“A scene to say the least” , Marcus Samuelsson's “electric” Harlem joint provides “delicious” Southern-accented American fare and “wow” cocktails with a side of “superb” people-watching; maybe it's “expensive for the neighborhood” , but nonetheless it's typically “packed” ; P.S. there's often live music downstairs at Ginny's Supper Club.
Root & Bone
Soul Food · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Fans “can’t get enough” of this “cute” East Villager’s “incredible fried chicken” and other “OMG” - “delicious” Southern comfort classics; “excellent” cocktails help fuel the “fun” , “cool” scene, though the “tiny” , “tight” space fills up fast, especially at brunch ( “a must” ).
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” in the Batali-Bastianich firmament continues to “impress” with “phenomenal” pastas and other “exceptional” dishes delivered by a “polished” team in “warm” (if “boisterous” ) carriage house digs; yes, it’s “a pain to get a table” and tabs run “high” , but to most the “always-spot-on” experience is “well worth it.”
Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases the Batali-Bastianich “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
West 50s · $$$
Food 3.7 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Jonathan Waxman’s revival of his '80s-era Californian gets mixed reviews ( “delish” vs. “meh” ), though most agree the “famous” roast chicken is “as good as you've heard” ; a “lovely” airy space in Midtown’s 1 Hotel Central Park and “fun bar area” , are reasons to hope he works out the “kinks.”
Marc Forgione
American · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This TriBeCa “charmer” from “talented” Iron Chef Marc Forgione “excels in every way” with “superlative” New American cooking and “warm” , “knowledgeable” service in a “rustic” space with “romantic” vibes; it’s usually “mobbed” despite “platinum-card” pricing, so reservations are a foregone conclusion.