Best Restaurants on The Bowery

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Presenting the best restaurants on The Bowery.

Saxon + Parole
NoHo · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

“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 4.0 · Service 4.0

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.
Pearl & Ash
NoLita · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

While the “original” New American small plates are “exciting” at this Bowery hideaway, the “true find” is its “jumbo” wine list with countless “back vintages” decanted by “personable” staffers; a “cool clientele” keeps the slender room “buzzy” , so expect “moderate noise.”
Little Italy · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

True to its name, this Bowery New American in the Sohotel is an “indulgent” place to "chill” over “well-presented” Med-accented plates matched with a “dazzling” drinks list; an “inviting” wraparound bar dominates the roomy space, and a basement lounge, Bacchanal Downstairs, keeps the party going till late.
DBGB Kitchen & Bar
Brunch · East Village · $$

Cherche Midi
French · NoLita · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“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 4.0 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.5

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.”