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 4.6 · Service 4.8

“Time after time” , Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Central Park West 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 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

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; the “high standards” are “worth every nickel” , though the prix fixe lunch remains “a relative bargain.”
Ai Fiori
Italian · West 30s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · 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 4.5 · 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
Asian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

“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 4.1

“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 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

This “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel serves “perfectly prepared” beef along with “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
Italian · NoMad · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

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
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
Gastropub · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Haute comfort food” reigns at this “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 4.0 · Decor 4.1 · 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 4.0 · 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.