Best Restaurants and Bars Near Bryant Park

From on-the-go bites to power lunch spots
November 15, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Bryant Park is a Midtown oasis between the hubbub of Grand Central and Times Square. Whether you're looking for a quick bite, an impressive business lunch spot or a dinner venue for a special occasion, here are a few of the better options in the area.

L’Adresse American Bistro
New American · West 40s · $$$

Facing Bryant Park, this offshoot of a Russia-based chain offers an upscale menu by chef Titus Wang (an alum of Annisa and Morimoto) whose American-leaning fare spans several continents – with pastas, for example, ranging from pelmeni dumplings to lobster uni carbonara. The expansive space, with lots of unadorned wood, also focuses on coffee drinks, including pour overs and creamy house lattes, and serves cocktails and wines.
Aureole
New American · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

An “oasis of calm” in Times Square, Charlie Palmer’s “classy” flagship “sets the bar” with “exquisite” New American fare “presented like art” by a staff “with finesse” ; the “beautiful” , “modern” dining room is a natural for “special occasions” and while dinner tabs are “over-the-top” , lunch is a relative “bargain.”
Gabriel Kreuther
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

Prepare to be “wowed by” this French “standout” opposite Bryant Park, where chef Gabriel Kreuther produces “inspired” tasting menus with his signature “Alsatian twists” , served by a “seamless staff” in an “impressive” setting with “snazzy” “rustic” accents; though it’s “costly” , there’s also an à la carte bar menu if you’re “mindful of your pocketbook.”
Untamed Sandwiches
Sandwich · West 30s · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

“Bringing sandwiches to a new level” , these “fun” fast-casual spots feature “creative combos” of “killer” braised meats and veggies, plus beer and wine; “friendly” service and “affordable” tabs add to their “understated” appeal.
Luke's Lobster Garment District
Seafood · West 30s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.7

When “you can’t make it to Maine” , this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly” ); the “utilitarian” , counter-serve setups suggest “takeout” , though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.
db Bistro Moderne
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Still a favorite” in the Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s “energetic bistro” delivers a “top-drawer” French menu led by that “irresistible” foie gras–stuffed burger in a “sleek” setting; “assured service” that’s “mindful” of curtain time further helps justify the “hefty” price tag.
Sushi Ginza Onodera
Sushi · East 40s · $$$$

This extremely high-end Midtown branch of a Tokyo-based restaurant group serves an omakase-only sushi menu – with most of the fish flown in from Tsukiji market – in a pared-down yet earthy setting with a wooden sushi counter and table seating.
Keens Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

The “granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses” , this circa-1885 Midtown “temple to meat” remains “rock solid” , with “sinful” “Flintstones-size” mutton chops and other “succulent” slabs of beef in “masculine” “museum” -like surrounds with “lines upon lines” of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s “not for the weak of wallet” , but “welcoming” service and an “endless” scotch selection are other reasons you “won't regret splurging.”
Koi Bryant Park
Japanese · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.0

“Pretty people” and other “trendy” types nibble “Japanese delicacies” (including “beautiful” sushi and “otherworldly crispy rice” ) at these “glitzy” hotel “scenes” ; while the “buzzing” vibe can feel “far too loud” to some, and you don’t want to get “stuck with the bill” , most say it’s “still hitting all the right notes.”
Blue Bottle Coffee
Coffee · West 40s · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

Every hipster’s “favorite way to start the day” , these Bay Area imports are known for their “killer” slow-drip coffee (including a “showstopper” New Orleans–style iced brew) and “intense” , freshly roasted blends; “knowledgeable baristas” do the honors, but “the line’s often long” “and deservedly so.”