Best Power Scenes in NYC

CEO Central
March 17, 2014
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by Zagat Staff

NYC elite aren't just hungry for success. These are the spots where the best of the best chow down.

Le Bernardin
West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”
Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · 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.
Nobu Fifty Seven
Japanese · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

This “over-the-top” Midtown branch of Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese-Peruvian powerhouse continues to draw a “happening” crowd with “knowledgeable” servers providing “standout” specialties in an “expansive” upstairs dining space; the scene is “loud” but “alluring” , especially “if you can find someone to treat you.”
Quality Meats
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A “steakhouse for the modern era” , this “energetic” Midtowner “proves itself” with “really solid” beef plus more “offbeat” sides and apps served in “hipper than average” surroundings ( “no mahogany here” ); “high” prices are a given, but you do “pay for quality.”
North End Grill
Brunch · Battery Park City · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

Battery Park City is home to this “smart, upscale” American via Danny Meyer, where the “outstanding” seafood-focused menu arrives via an “on-point” staff that’s “really on its game” ; the “civilized” , “modern” space features a “lively” bar popular with “suits” , and a no-tipping policy.
Casa Lever
Breakfast · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

A Midtown “power lunch” staple, this “posh” Milanese in the “iconic” Lever House is a modernist “design gem” whose “drop-dead” original Warhols nearly outshine the “fantastic” food; its “busy bar scene” extends out onto the courtyard in summer – but whatever the season, “don't forget your Prada” or the “corporate card.”
Smith & Wollensky
East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

You can “count on” this “time-honored” East Midtown “bastion of steak” to deliver “generous” cuts of “beef done right” to a “high-volume” crowd of execs “entertaining clients” while downing “manly” cocktails; service with “old-school” flair seals the “undeniable appeal” , especially “if you can get someone else to pay.”
Michael's
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Media titans” and other “heavy hitters” collect at this “classy” Midtowner that’s known more for its breakfast and lunch “power” scenes than its “fresh” , “premium-priced” Californian fare and “pro” service; “relaxed” dinners come “without the hot crowd” , but there’s always the “lovely” room’s “fresh flowers and art” to look at.
21 Club
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “New York institution” and “class operation” , this circa-1929 former speakeasy in Midtown turns out “dependably good” traditional American dishes in an “old-school” , “dress-up” setting (jackets required, no jeans) with “spectacular” old toys hanging from the ceiling and “serene” private rooms upstairs; an “impeccable” staff furthers the “welcoming” vibes, though you may have to “liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.”