Best Restaurants in Gramercy

August 7, 2018
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by Zagat Staff

Bordered by East Village, Kips Bay, and Flatiron, Gramercy is a pretty convenient place to have a meal. Here's where to go when you're in the neighborhood.

Yama
Gramercy Park · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Fresh and delicious” sushi comes in “giant-sized” pieces at these East Side Japanese “gems” ; “cramped” , “plain” quarters are a “downside” , but with the “high-quality” fare coming at a “decent” price, it’s no surprise they’re “always jammed.”
BLT Prime
Gramercy Park · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Perfectly marbled” prime cuts and “puffy” popovers are the big draws at this Gramercy steakhouse whose bi-level “modern” space comes “without the macho” ; “well-made” classic cocktails and “friendly” servers add further appeal – fans just “wish it were cheaper.”
Casa Mono
Spanish · Gramercy Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

You’ll “feel like you're in Spain” at this “tiny” Gramercy hang where “inventive” Spanish tapas are complemented by a “super-deep” wine list; “quickly escalating” tabs and “cheek-to-cheek” seating are easily “overwhelmed by the out-of-this world food.”
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.”
Upland
Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

This “upbeat” Murray Hill Californian “lives up to the hype” with “accessible” but “modern and creative” Italian-inspired cooking; set in a “beautiful, large room” (try to “score a booth” ) with a “busy” front bar, it’s an overall “people-pleasing” choice, which explains why it’s “tough to get in” (the “tantalizing” brunch is easier).
L'Express
French · Gramercy Park · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

One of the “classiest 24-hour operations” around, this Gramercy Park “go-to for brunch and late nights” has “that real Paris bistro feel” , from the “bustling” atmosphere to “satisfying” French classics; the noise may “coddle your brain” , but for most it’s part of the “happy” vibe.
Posto Thin Crust
Pizza · Gramercy Park · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

The “thinnest” , “winningest” crust is the hallmark of this Gramercy pizzeria, a “local hot spot” cranking out “splendid” pies at “accessible prices” ; its “small” , “publike” digs are usually “packed and noisy” , so the to-go trade stays brisk.
The Little Beet Table
Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

It’s “hard to believe it’s so healthy” say diners “pleasantly surprised” by the “tasty, original” gluten-free menu at this Murray Hill American, where the seasonal roster highlights “creative” uses of veggies; the “cute little” space has a communal feel with a small front bar.
Bar Jamon
Wine Bar · Gramercy Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

A “convivial” Gramercy tapas bar that's a “holding pen” for the next door Casa Mono puts out “top-of-the-line” Spanish small plates paired with an “extensive” wine list; it’s a “tight squeeze” and the tabs are “not cheap” , but most don’t mind given the “sexy-time” mood.
Joe Jr.
Diner · Gramercy Park · $

The burger is particularly popular at this old-school diner, but locals come here for everything from early-morning eggs to turkey meatloaf dinners.