Best Restaurants on The Bowery

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Presenting the best restaurants on The Bowery.

Saxon + Parole
American · NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.2

“Hip” “sophistication” marks this higher-end NoHo American, where “lush decor” with equestrian motifs sets the backdrop for “well-executed” fare with “interesting twists” ; it’s also a “destination” for “killer cocktails” from a bar “where the action is.”
Bar Primi
Italian · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Fans swear the “undeniably fresh” pastas are “worth going off Paleo” for at Andrew Carmellini’s “lively” Bowery Italian; the “rustic” double-decker space hosts a “cool scene” but “without a pretentious crowd” , and “fair pricing” is another plus.
Great NY Noodletown
Chinese · Chinatown · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 2.5 · Service 3.2

“Surrender to the crowd experience” and “sit with strangers” at this “chaotic” C-town noodle shop known for “dirt-cheap” Cantonese eats (and “delicious” salt-baked seafood) served into the wee hours; not so great is “zero decor” , no credit cards and “difficult” service.
Cherche Midi
French · NoLita · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Take a quick trip to Paris” courtesy of Keith McNally’s upscale Bowery bistro, where a “caring” team delivers “well-prepared” French classics including “must-try” prime rib and an “unbelievable” burger; filled with “flattering light” , the “carefully distressed” space is often “bustling” and perfect for “people-watching.”
Hecho En Dumbo
Mexican · NoHo · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

A generally “innovative” take on Mexican cooking can be found at this NoHo hang where “elevated” small plates are paired with “amazing” margaritas; maybe it’s no longer the neighborhood “star” it once was, but it’s still “good for groups.”