Best Restaurants in NoHo

May 3, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Where you should be eating north of Houston.

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.
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Italian · NoHo · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“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.”
Mediterranean · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · 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.
French · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.0

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.
Italian · NoHo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Special” wood-fired pizzas and “well-made pastas” star on the menu of “creatively imagined” Italian-Med dishes at this “buzzy” NoHo bistro from the Cookshop team; relatively “affordable” given the “hip neighborhood” , it draws an “energetic” crowd into its “airy, light” space with “breezy outdoor seating.”
Mexican · NoHo · $$

From chef Enrique Olvera (Cosme), this all-day NoHo eatery serves modern, light Mexican food prepared with local ingredients, along with coffee and housemade aguas frescas. Also expect micheladas, wines and mezcals at the long terrazzo bar, in a space designed with natural woods and a greenery wall.
Japanese · NoHo
Food 4.5 · 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.”
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.
Sorbillo Pizzeria
Pizza · NoHo · $$

From esteemed Italian pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo (whose family’s original location is in Naples), this NoHo pizzeria offers pies made with organic flour and other thoughtfully sourced ingredients, along with apps, salads and pastas. The full-service space with rustic touches and a marble bar also serves beer and wine (including several sparkling varieties).
French · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

Ever “sexy” – even “timeless” – this “'80s hot spot” opposite the Public Theater still lures “attractive thin” folk with “on-target” French-Vietnamese fare served in “exotic” digs à la 1930s Saigon; perhaps its “elegance is slightly worn” , but the “people-watching” is as stellar as ever.
Bar Primi
Italian · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Fans swear the “undeniably fresh” pastas are “worth going off Paleo” for at Andrew Carmellini’s “lively” Bowery Italian; the “rustic” double-decker space hosts a “cool scene” but “without a pretentious crowd” , and “fair pricing” is another plus.
American · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Talented” chef John Fraser puts forth “inspired” , “veggie-forward” New American cuisine at this “upscale” destination in the Standard East Village Hotel with serious “farm-to-table” cred (some produce is “grown Upstate” at the co-owner’s farm); its “lovely” , “sunny” interior and garden have a “relaxed” vibe, and the “fun crowd” adds “energy.”
Italian · East Village · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Primo “people-watching” abounds at this “fun” , all-day Bowery Hotel Italian that lures “scenesters” with a “romantic” , “country-chic” setting festooned with “hundreds of candles” , plus a sidewalk patio; “tasty” fare, “attentive service” and “fair prices” make the “no-rez” policy (except for hotel guests) less of a drag.