Restaurants Near Museum of Natural History

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants near the Museum of Natural History. 

Calle Ocho
Brunch · West 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

The “gourmet aspirations” are still “interesting” and the “fabulous mojitos” still flowing at this UWS Nuevo Latino vet situated in “attractive” Excelsior Hotel digs; weekends the “party” picks up during the “unlimited sangria brunch” (just “bring a designated driver” ).
Luke's Lobster Upper West Side
Seafood · West 80s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

When “you can’t make it to Maine” , this “standout” seafood chain’s “real-deal” lobster rolls – “chock-full” of “succulent” meat with “no filler” – are just about the “closest you’ll get” (and “priced accordingly” ); the “utilitarian” , counter-serve setups suggest “takeout” , though wine and beer poured at some branches encourages lingering.
Nice Matin
Breakfast · West 70s · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Always running full throttle” , this all-day UWS “hive” doles out “reliable” French-Med eats in a “casual” space channeling the “South of France” , complete with “sidewalk seating” to “watch the passing scene” ; however, given the prime-time “noise” and “crush” , regulars say it's “best off-peak.”
Patsy's Pizzeria
Pizza · West 70s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

Turning out “Naples-good” thin-crust pizza since 1933, this East Harlem “treasure” and its separately owned offshoots offer “generous portions” of “hit-the-spot” Italian-American fare as well as an “excellent variety of salads” ; while “nothing compares” to the original, all the “dependable” locales are “magnets” for families.
Breakfast · West 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

Breakfast and brunch “reign” at these “hugely popular” American spots, “a staple forever” for “wholesome” comfort food and baked goods served in “cheery” surrounds; they can be “fast-paced” “madhouses” by day, though dinner is “more civilized.”
Shake Shack
Burger · West 70s · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.4

“Premium fast food” is the draw at this “widely syndicated” Danny Meyer chain, offering “mouthwatering” burgers, “rich shakes” and other “upgraded” eats (plus beer and wine) at a “manageable price” ; they’re “a magnet” for “legions of fans” who can create “hectic scenes” and “insane lines” , especially at the “landmark” Madison Square Park shack “where it all started.”
Spring Natural Kitchen
Breakfast · West 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

The “interesting” health-conscious menu “covers all the bases” with “good, solid” choices that’ll work for “omnivores, vegans and the gluten-free” ; “decent” prices and “hospitable” service are other payoffs, and the new NoLita location is especially “attractive.”
Sushi · West 70s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi” ; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”