Best Restaurants Near Radio City Music Hall

From legendary speakeasies to family-friendly spots
November 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Whether you're heading to Radio City Music Hall for an A-list concert or watching the legendary Rockettes do their high kick, here are the top spots for your pre- or post-show meal.

Radio City photo courtesy of Dustin Gaffke/Flickr Creative Commons

Le Bernardin
French · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”
The Sea Grill
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

With a “prime setting” overlooking the skating rink and holiday Christmas tree, this “iconic” Rock Center seafood specialist is a “treat” that's “not just for tourists” ; sure, the pricing is “special-occasion” level, but the “quality” fare and “exceptional” service are “worth the occasional splurge.”
Southern American · West 50s · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.5

Momofuku mastermind David Chang’s “brilliant” “riff” on the fried chicken sandwich showcases “succulent” dark meat and a “spicy kick” at these “busy” quick-serve spots; the “simple” menu also includes chicken fingers, sides and bar drinks, and the “sparse” setups are “mostly standing room.”
The Modern
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Reliably superb” French–New American cuisine “as modern as the art” is the deal at Danny Meyer’s “effortlessly chic” eatery inside MoMA, where the “tranquil” dining room boasts “lovely” sculpture garden views and service is “impeccable” ( “refreshing” no-tipping policy notwithstanding); such “high-end sophistication” is unsurprisingly “pricey” , but the “more casual” front bar area is “easier on the wallet.”
21 Club
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “New York institution” and “class operation” , this circa-1929 former speakeasy in Midtown turns out “dependably good” traditional American dishes in an “old-school” , “dress-up” setting (jackets required, no jeans) with “spectacular” old toys hanging from the ceiling and “serene” private rooms upstairs; an “impeccable” staff furthers the “welcoming” vibes, though you may have to “liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.”
Quality Italian
Italian · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

A “home run” from the folks at Quality Meats, this Midtown double-decker caters to the “expense-account” and "special occasion" crowd with “memorable” steaks and Italian fare (notably the “epic” chicken parm pizza) served by an “accommodating” team; though the decibels in the “lofty” space are “not for an intimate meal” , all that “high energy” suggests they’re “doing something right” here.
Shake Shack
Burger · West 40s · $
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.”
Benoit New York
French · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Bringing France across the pond” , Alain Ducasse’s “likable” Midtown bistro stays “on target” serving a “très bien” mix of Gallic classics and updated plates in “attractive” revamped quarters with a spiffy pearl-white look and a “Parisian feel” ; prices may skew “high” , but its many fans deem it “a keeper.”
Satsuki (Suzuki’s sushi bar)
West 40s · $$$$

Marking the return of Sushi Zen’s Toshio Suzuki, this hideaway below a Midtown office building is devoted to high-end omakase dinners, with sushi served at a 10-seat bar in a light-wood room. The entrance is through the lounge Three Pillars and is part of a larger venue overseen by the chef’s son.