Best Restaurants in NYC's Theatre District

Bright lights
October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Fine dining near the Theater District. 

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.”
Charlie Palmer at The Knick
American · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Charlie Palmer “raises the bar” in Times Square with this Knickerbocker Hotel dining room, serving “impressive” (if “expensive” ) American fare in soothing contemporary surrounds; add the adjacent lounge with a roving martini cart, and it’s a natural “for pre- or post-theater.”
db Bistro Moderne
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Still a favorite” in the Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s “energetic bistro” delivers a “top-drawer” French menu led by that “irresistible” foie gras–stuffed burger in a “sleek” setting; “assured service” that’s “mindful” of curtain time further helps justify the “hefty” price tag.
Esca
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

“Heaven for fish lovers” , this “classy” Hell’s Kitchen Italian from the Batali-Bastianich-Pasternack team crafts “thoughtfully prepared” seafood and “irresistible” pastas in “relaxed” surrounds; “accommodating” service, “excellent” wines and a relatively “convenient” pre-theater location further justify the “high tab.”
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.”
Hunt & Fish Club
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

“Sleek and sexy” , this marbled, mirrored Times Square chophouse offers “solid” steaks, seafood and game to a crowd of “heavy hitters” – and “wannabes” – who don’t mind the “big price tags” ; the “glamour” gets a boost from “impressive” scenery at the bar.
The Lambs Club
American · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

A “clubby sanctuary” , Geoffrey Zakarian’s art deco New American “stands out” in the Theater District with “swanky-in-red” decor and a “fabulous fireplace” setting the stage for “equally impressive” fare and “polished” service; it “nails” the “elegant throwback” feel, “but it’s not cheap.”
STK Midtown
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Rolling a steakhouse and a nightclub into one “slick” package, these “sexy” “scenes” dispense “surprisingly good” beef in “thumping” , “lounge” -like settings full of “beautiful people” ; pricing is “steep” , so “bring the black card” and remember “you're paying for the vibe.”
Strip House
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

“Sultry” , red-velvet decor provides the backdrop for “off-the-charts delicious” beef and “amazing” sides at these “sexy” steakhouses where “expertly mixed” cocktails help fuel an “animated crowd” ; you’ll need a “fat wallet” , but service is “attentive” , and it all makes for one “darn good” meal.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Masterfully done” steaks “with all the trimmings” lure “business” types and other “enthusiastic carnivores” to these “high-energy” chop shops also touted for their “outstanding” wine lists, “old-school” service and “awesome ceilings” in the Park Avenue outlet; “holler” -worthy noise and “sticker-shock” tabs notwithstanding, it’s a “top contender” in its genre.