Best Restaurants in NoHo

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in NoHo. 

Japanese · NoHo
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

“You'll need a reservation” and a referral (there's “no listed phone number” ) to access this “exclusive” NoHo Japanese hidden “behind a butcher shop” , where the “exceptional” food and cocktails are presented by “truly wonderful people” ; an “intimate” , denlike room is perfect for conversation, and while prices run “steep” , it will leave a “lasting memory.”
il Buco
Italian · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Marvelous” “cucina rustica” pairs with a “well-crafted” wine list in “intimate farmhouse-inspired” surrounds that’ll “transport” you to a “Tuscan home” at this NoHo Med-Italian; if it gets “loud” , the downstairs wine cellar is a “beautiful” alternative, though it’s “not cheap” no matter where you sit.
Japanese · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“Awe-inspiring” sushi and other “cut-above” Japanese bites get a “creative fusion spin” at this still- “hip” NoHo veteran known for drawing the “glitterati” into its “sexy” dining room and “fun” downstairs lounge; yes, prices are “steep” and service can be just so-so, but fans say “sit at the sushi bar” and you “won’t be disappointed.”
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Italian · NoHo · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Unpretentious” but with a “pure NY vibe” , this Il Buco spin-off is a “go-to” for “simple yet refined” Italian-Med fare – “especially the pastas” and “ridiculously good” short ribs – in a “homey” NoHo setup with a front market area/coffee bar; communal seats and somewhat “pricey” tabs aside, it’s “comfortable” for just about “every occasion.”
Bar · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

Bobby Flay “hits the nail on the head” at this “happening” NoHo Med where his “wonderfully creative” dishes “burst” with “bold flavors” ; a “Downtown sceney” crowd keeps the “industrial” digs feeling “cool” , and a large front bar area offers a “fun vibe” along with the full menu.
Saxon + Parole
American · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

“Hip” “sophistication” marks this higher-end NoHo American, where “lush decor” with equestrian motifs sets the backdrop for “well-executed” fare with “interesting twists” ; it’s also a “destination” for “killer cocktails” from a bar “where the action is.”
French · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1

A “gorgeous” , “expansive” space with “plenty of room to breathe” lures “beautiful people” to this “bustling” all-day NoHo cafe that’s a showcase for Andrew Carmellini’s “hearty” French cooking; insiders say it “shines best at breakfast” , though the front bakery is a “great pit stop” for “delicious bread” and “delectable” pastries any time.
The Smile
American · NoHo · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Cozy and intimate” , this all-day NoHo cafe brings in a “hip” crowd for “delicious” Mediterranean-influenced fare at “reasonable prices” ; “warm lighting” and “charming decor” make it equally “comfortable” for “breakfast meetings” or a “date” , and brunch is “fun” too.