Best Restaurants in Midtown West

Local Love
February 27, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Best NYC restaurants in Midtown West. 

Le Bernardin
Seafood · 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.”
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Japanese · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.7

An “off-the-charts” gastronomic “showcase” , chef Cesar Ramirez’s 18-seat counter in an “industrial” Downtown Brooklyn kitchen presents “exquisite” , Japanese-inspired French dishes via 15-plus-course tasting menus served with “Swiss-watch” form; if you’re “lucky enough” to score a reservation (and manage the “over-the-top” set price), “the phenomenal experience will stay with you for years” ; P.S. jackets required.
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.”
Estiatorio Milos
Greek · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A “class act” , this “glorious” Midtown Greek specializes in “fresh-as-it-gets” seafood served up in a “cavernous” white-on-white space that gets especially “energetic” at lunch; “by-the-ounce” pricing can add up ( “buying your own boat may be less expensive” ), but the prix fixe options are a relative “bargain.”
Marea
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Excellence abounds” at Michael White’s Italian “star” on Central Park South, where the “adventurous” seafood and “heavenly” housemade pastas “never fail to wow” ; the “impeccable” service matches the “sleek” , “convivial” setting – as well as the “power broker” prices (lunchtime set menus are a comparative “steal” ).
Nobu Fifty Seven
Japanese · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · 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.”
Indian Accent
Indian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.7

You’ll “completely change” the way you look at Indian dining at this contemporary Parker Meridien offshoot of a New Delhi original, which “kicks it up several notches” with “exceptionally creative” prix fixe menus; it’s undeniably “expensive, but totally worth it” for an “elegant” culinary “adventure.”
Sushi Seki Times Square
Sushi · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.1

Renowned for its “extraordinary” omakase showcasing “beyond-fresh” fish, this “spendy” Japanese mini-chain slices “spot-on” sushi that’s “lovely to behold” ; though the settings can feel “somewhat lacking in charm” , the bi-level Hell’s Kitchen flagship has “significantly better” decor plus a “fancy” whiskey bar (Chelsea also boasts a whiskey bar).
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.”
The Modern
New American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Reliably superb” French–New American cuisine “as modern as the art” is the deal at Danny Meyer’s “effortlessly chic” eatery inside MoMA, where the “tranquil” dining room boasts “lovely” sculpture garden views and service is “impeccable” ( “refreshing” no-tipping policy notwithstanding); such “high-end sophistication” is unsurprisingly “pricey” , but the “more casual” front bar area is “easier on the wallet.”
Sushi of Gari 46
Sushi · West 40s · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.2

The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi” ; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”
Quality Meats
Steakhouse · 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.”