Best Restaurants in Flatiron/Union Square

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in Flatiron/Union Square.

Tocqueville
French · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

“Sophisticated” dining “to be savored” awaits at this “top-of-the-line” Flatiron “oasis” , where chef Marco Moreira’s “knockout” French–New American plates pair with a “wine list that dazzles” in a “pristine” “adult” setting; it runs “expensive, of course” , but that makes a $29 prix fixe lunch even more of “a steal.”
Gramercy Tavern
American · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

You can rely on “top-class” dining with “no gimmicks” at Danny Meyer’s enduring Flatiron New American, where chef Michael Anthony’s “outstanding” set menus are presented by “eminently suave” staffers in an “upscale-country” dining room arrayed with “gorgeous” flower displays; it’s “not cheap by any means” , though the front tavern offers a “reasonable” à la carte menu in a “colorful” walk-in setting; P.S. gratuity is now built into menu prices.
Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”
Breads Bakery
Bakery · Union Square · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

As its name suggests, you’ll find “unbeatable” breads (100% rye, French sourdough, challah), but also “unbelievably good” babkas, “delicious” rugelach and more at these “welcoming” stops; the “wide variety” of snacks and sandwiches is also perfect for a “quick bite on the run.”
15 East
Japanese · Union Square · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

“Inventive” preparations and “top-quality” fish result in “sublime” sushi at this “classy” Union Square Japanese also known for its wide sake selection; “personable” service and a “serene” , “minimalist” setting up its appeal for “adult dinners” , though the tabs have some saving it for “big occasions.”
Craft
American · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

“Still inventive, still exciting” , this “grown-up” Flatiron American from Top Chef star Tom Colicchio offers “simply yet expertly prepared” food that’s “perfect for group sharing” , served in “warm, modern” digs by a “terrific” team; though the “one-percenter” pricing suggests “special occasions” , it’s a “worthy splurge” at any time.
ABC Kitchen
American · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “hip” Flatiron “winner” “still delivers” with “original” , “all-around delicious” American cooking ordered from a “sophisticated” farm-to-table menu; a “stylish” , “airy” space further justifies the “spendy” tabs – and the “challenge to get a reservation.”
Manzo
Italian · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

A “walled-off oasis” amid the “flurry of Eataly” , this full-service Italian steakhouse within the Batali-Bastianich food hall shows a “nice range” with “terrific” chops bolstered by “excellent” pastas and an “extensive wine list” ; the venue’s upmarket pricing carries over, but most report being “well fed” for the money.