Best Restaurants in the West 30s

October 26, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here's the top-rated restaurants in the West 30s. 

Ai Fiori
Italian · West 30s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “Michael White triumph” on the second floor of the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel, this “classy” Italian delivers Riviera-inspired dishes, including “sublime” pastas, via a “polished, unobtrusive” crew; the “glamorous” setting feels “so magical” , you almost don’t mind the “astronomical” tab, especially if it’s a “special occasion.”
Keens Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

The “granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses” , this circa-1885 Midtown “temple to meat” remains “rock solid” , with “sinful” “Flintstones-size” mutton chops and other “succulent” slabs of beef in “masculine” “museum” -like surrounds with “lines upon lines” of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s “not for the weak of wallet” , but “welcoming” service and an “endless” scotch selection are other reasons you “won't regret splurging.”
Delmonico's Kitchen
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Conveniently located” near Penn Station and MSG, this modern offshoot of the historic FiDi steakhouse lives up to its legendary name with “quality meats” and “warm service” ; the setting “doesn’t have the dramatic” style of the “swankier” original, but the cuts are “just as good” – and just as “pricey.”
Italian · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

A “great Hell’s Kitchen find” , this “casual” Italian offers “delicious” Neapolitan pizzas, alongside “well-prepared” pastas and wood-fired specialties; yep, the “small” space can get “loud” , but given the reasonable prices, there’s “no wonder it’s always so busy.”
New Wonjo
Korean · West 30s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Korean awesomeness” 24/7 is the deal at this Koreatown vet whose “crave” -worthy specialties include tableside BBQ; you “gotta love” the charcoal grills (vs. more typical gas ones) – but “no atmosphere” and “long lines” at peak hours are also part of the package.
Korean · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

An “elegant” yet “modern” vibe matches the “high-end” Korean cuisine offered at this “classy” K-town restaurant/lounge where the “refined” dishes include meats that diners barbecue on “cool” , smoke-free crystal grills; “attentive” staffers help distract from the “pricey” tabs.
Italian · West 30s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

A “pleasant surprise” in a restaurant- “barren” zone a few blocks from the Port Authority, this “well-kept secret” slings “genuine homestyle” Italian food in a “cozy” , “rustic” setting; factor in “reasonable” rates and to most it's “worth seeking out” when in the area.