Best Hotel Restaurants in NYC

Beyond Room Service
April 17, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Dig in at these hotel dining spots in the heart of NYC.

Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.8

“Time after time” , Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s CPW flagship “lives up to its billing” with “exquisite” New French cuisine that “dazzles your palate” served “with balletlike precision” in “a serene, luxurious” setting that requires a jacket; it’ll cost a “king’s ransom” to settle the tab, but those “willing to splurge” can count on an “unforgettable” meal.
Cafe Boulud
French · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

A “timeless” Daniel Boulud “success story” , this “classy” UES “mainstay” impresses with “invariably artful” French fare served by an “expert staff” in “subdued” , “grown-up” surroundings; “1%ers” say the “high standards” are “worth every nickel” , though the prix fixe lunch remains “a relative bargain.”
Ai Fiori
French · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

A “Michael White triumph” on the second floor of the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel, this “classy” Italian delivers Riviera-inspired dishes, including “sublime” pastas, via a “polished, unobtrusive” crew; the “glamorous” setting feels “so magical” , you almost don’t mind the “astronomical” tab, especially if it’s a “special occasion.”
Maialino
Italian · Gramercy Park · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Danny Meyer does things right, as usual” at this “love song to Rome” overlooking Gramercy Park, where “sublime” farm-to-table Italian fare and “stellar wines” come in “delightful” , “buzzing” digs via a “welcoming” pro staff; scoring a reservation can be “challenging” (though the “bustling” front bar welcomes “drop-ins” ), and while prices run “high” , at least “the tip is included.”
Asiate
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.6

“Elegant, calm” surroundings and “spectacular views” over Central Park make an “incomparable” backdrop for the “exquisite” New American cuisine at this “special-occasion” go-to “atop the Mandarin Oriental” ; the prices are equally “out of this world” (dinner is prix fixe–only), but “stellar” service helps take the sting out – and the 'express' lunch is a “steal.”
Locanda Verde
Italian · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

“Energetic” is the word on chef Andrew Carmellini’s “grand-slam” TriBeCa Italian offering a “delectable” , all-day menu to a “swinging” clientele basking in its “trendiness factor” ; despite an “overcrowded” , somewhat “frantic” scene at prime times, reservations can still be “hard to get.”
Benjamin
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

You can “eat like a man” at this “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel, supplying “perfectly prepared” beef and “top-shelf” service in “clubby” quarters with a “soaring ceiling” and “massive fireplace” ; it’s certainly “not cheap” , but then again this “sublime experience” is always “memorable.”
Marta
Pizza · NoMad · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Another “stunner” from Danny Meyer, this “happening” Italian in NoMad’s Redbury Hotel is known for its “perfectly crisp” Roman pizzas adorned with “first-rate” toppings, but the wood-fired entrees are considered “just as good” ; the “high-ceiling, high-energy” space and “hip crowd” add up to a “noisy” , “fun” time.
Gemma
Italian · East Village · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Primo “people-watching” abounds at this “fun” , all-day Bowery Hotel Italian that lures “scenesters” with a “romantic” , “country-chic” setting festooned with “hundreds of candles” , plus a sidewalk patio; “tasty” fare, “attentive service” and “fair prices” make the “no-rez” policy (except for hotel guests) less of a drag.
Leuca
Southern Italian · Williamsburg · $$

Chef Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, Bar Primi) brings this all-day Southern Italian to Williamsburg’s tony William Vale hotel, offering a midpriced lineup of wood-fired pizza, earthy pastas and grilled specialties. The rustic-chic space boasts eye-catching accents from a white-marble bar to industrial mobiles hung above the dining room.
The Breslin
British · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Haute comfort food” reigns at April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s “NY version of an English pub” in the Ace Hotel, dishing up “elevated” , “unapologetically hearty” fare (including a “perfect” lamb burger) to the “hip throngs” ; despite a surplus of “attitude” , most find it “worth” the “steep” bill.
Dirty French
French · Lower East Side · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.0

This “funky” LES “hot spot” from the Carbone team delivers “fun” French fare “reimagined” with Moroccan, Cajun and Southeast Asian influences in a “sexy” brasserie setup with “pink neon accents” ; it’s a “tough” reservation and you’re “definitely going to pay for what you get,” but the “buzzy” (read: “loud” ) crowd doesn’t mind.
L'Amico
Italian · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 3.9

The pastas and wood-oven pizzas are “off-the-charts” at this “buzzy” eatery in Chelsea's Eventi Hotel where chef Laurent Tourondel offers a “solid” Italian-influenced American menu; since the “rustic” space is often “packed” , be prepared for “loud” acoustics and a “slow” pace.