Most Popular in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Where do you go when you're trying to please a crowd? Pop into one of these restaurants, the most popular in all of NYC.

Le Bernardin
Seafood · 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.”
Gramercy Tavern
American · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

You can rely on “top-class” dining with “no gimmicks” at Danny Meyer’s enduring Flatiron New American, where chef Michael Anthony’s “outstanding” set menus are presented by “eminently suave” staffers in an “upscale-country” dining room arrayed with “gorgeous” flower displays; it’s “not cheap by any means” , though the front tavern offers a “reasonable” à la carte menu in a “colorful” walk-in setting; P.S. gratuity is now built into menu prices.
Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Still the one and only” , this circa-1887 Williamsburg “monument to meat” sets the bar with its “buttery” house-aged beef ( “they define porterhouse” ) served by “cantankerous” career waiters in a “busy” “old-time” German beer hall setting; the “rough-and-tumble” style “only adds to the charm” , but prices are “stiff” and they don’t take plastic, so come with “a lot of cash.”
Gotham Bar and Grill
New American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Longevity tells it all” at this circa-1984 Village “treasure” where Alfred Portale’s “picture-perfect” New American plates plus “savvy service” and a “gothamy” setting add up to “superior dining with no corners cut” ; longtime fans are “glad to pay the tariff” for an experience that “refuses to disappoint” , and the $38 greenmarket lunch “truly is a steal.”
Bouley at Home
Flatiron · $$$$

This multifaceted enterprise by David Bouley brings together dining and education, offering nine-course dinners – drawing on French and Asian traditions – at counters arranged around cooking stations, where chefs both prepare and serve the dishes. Designed with streamlined wooden cabinets, the setting has elements of a home kitchen, while also providing culinary classes and a bakery in the same space.
Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.8

“Time after time” , Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s CPW flagship “lives up to its billing” with “exquisite” New French cuisine that “dazzles your palate” served “with balletlike precision” in “a serene, luxurious” setting that requires a jacket; it’ll cost a “king’s ransom” to settle the tab, but those “willing to splurge” can count on an “unforgettable” meal.
Daniel
French · East 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

A “wow every time” , Daniel Boulud’s “luxurious” UES “icon” “sweeps you into another world” with “masterly” New French fare and a “rarefied atmosphere” defined by “magnificent” decor, “VIP” service and a “dressed-up” clientele (jackets are required); granted, the prix fixe–only tabs are “Himalayan” , but “you’ll understand why” – and the bar provides the “same stellar” quality à la carte.
Atlantic Grill
Seafood · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Still going strong” after many years, these “steady” “local favorites” reel ‘em in with “creatively prepared” fish, “extravagant raw towers” and “surprisingly good” sushi; sure, they can “get crowded” at prime times, but the “comfortable ambiance” wins over most, ditto the “divine” brunch (an “amazing deal” ).
Marea
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“Excellence abounds” at Michael White’s Italian “star” on Central Park South, where the “adventurous” seafood and “heavenly” housemade pastas “never fail to wow” ; the “impeccable” service matches the “sleek” , “convivial” setting – as well as the “power broker” prices (lunchtime set menus are a comparative “steal” ).
The Capital Grille
Bar · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Power brokers seal deals” while others mark “special occasions” at these steakhouses known for “top-notch” beef “prepared with care” and “impressive” wines delivered by “pro” staffers in “refined” , “contemporary” rooms; the Chrysler Center locale is particularly “splendid” , but they're all a “splurge.”
The Capital Grille
Bar · Financial District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Power brokers seal deals” while others mark “special occasions” at these steakhouses known for “top-notch” beef “prepared with care” and “impressive” wines delivered by “pro” staffers in “refined” , “contemporary” rooms; the Chrysler Center locale is particularly “splendid” , but they're all a “splurge.”
The Capital Grille
Bar · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Power brokers seal deals” while others mark “special occasions” at these steakhouses known for “top-notch” beef “prepared with care” and “impressive” wines delivered by “pro” staffers in “refined” , “contemporary” rooms; the Chrysler Center locale is particularly “splendid” , but they're all a “splurge.”
Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”
Katz's Delicatessen
American · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.5

A “legendary” LES landmark since 1888 (with its first offshoot in Brooklyn’s DeKalb Market Hall), this “bucket lister” remains the “gold standard” for “sky-high” pastrami sandwiches and other “real-deal” Jewish deli eats; the “crowded, hectic” space is “nothing to talk about” , but for a “classic NYC” experience it still has many joining 'When Harry Met Sally' fans in shouting “yes, yes, yes!”
Balthazar
French · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

Keith McNally’s “legendary” SoHo brasserie “still delivers the goods” with its “magnifique” French fare ( “blissful” breakfast, “oh such wonderful” breads) and atmosphere straight out of “Belle Époque Paris” ; it’s “always buzzing” with “locals and tourists alike” , plus a “celebrity or two” , meaning the “tight quarters” can be a “madhouse” – but that’s part of what makes it “a New York classic.”
Del Posto
Italian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Hard to top” , this “magnifico” Chelsea Italian showcases the Batali-Bastianich “magic” with “inspired” cuisine and an “extraordinary” wine list in a “glamour palace” setting where “gracious” servers leave you “feeling totally pampered” ; just expect to “spend a whopping amount” , or try the lunch prix fixe for “a true bargain.”
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Still a bastion of fine Italian dining” , this Village “star” in the Batali-Bastianich firmament continues to “impress” with “phenomenal” pastas and other “exceptional” dishes delivered by a “polished” team in “warm” (if “boisterous” ) carriage house digs; yes, it’s “a pain to get a table” and tabs run “high” , but to most the “always-spot-on” experience is “well worth it.”
Cafe Boulud
French · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

A “timeless” Daniel Boulud “success story” , this “classy” UES “mainstay” impresses with “invariably artful” French fare served by an “expert staff” in “subdued” , “grown-up” surroundings; “1%ers” say the “high standards” are “worth every nickel” , though the prix fixe lunch remains “a relative bargain.”
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.”
La Grenouille
French · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.7

Ever “intoxicating” , this Midtown “bastion” of “fine-dining nonpareil” remains a “top-tier” source of “fantastique” French classics and “exemplary service” in a “dressy” , jackets-required setting heightened by “stunning floral displays” ; the “steep tabs” are “not for the timid” , but the consistent “level of taste” makes you “feel special.”
Becco
Italian · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

This “festive” Restaurant Row “staple” from Joe and Lidia Bastianich “still Beccons” with “rustic” Italian cooking – including a “can’t-miss” all-you-can-eat pasta deal – and an “unbelievable” $29 wine list; “no matter how crowded” it is, “efficient” servers still “get you to the show on time.”
Il Mulino New York
Italian · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“As good as ever” , these “old-school” Italians “don’t miss” , offering “overabundant portions” , “loads of freebies” and all-around “luscious” fare; servers must “perform a ballet” to get around the “cramped” Village “landmark” (UES is roomier), and though it’s “memorable” for sure, your wallet may “hurt afterwards.”
Il Mulino New York - Uptown
Italian · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“As good as ever” , these “old-school” Italians “don’t miss” , offering “overabundant portions” , “loads of freebies” and all-around “luscious” fare; servers must “perform a ballet” to get around the “cramped” Village “landmark” (UES is roomier), and though it’s “memorable” for sure, your wallet may “hurt afterwards.”
Nougatine at Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.6

“Jean-Georges style” extends to its “less formal” but “still stellar” front dining area, known for “superlative” New French fare and “on-point” service in a “smart” setting with a “lovely” terrace; “substantial savings” over the main room include a prix fixe lunch that’s “an outstanding deal.”
ABC Kitchen
American · Flatiron · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “hip” Flatiron “winner” “still delivers” with “original” , “all-around delicious” American cooking ordered from a “sophisticated” farm-to-table menu; a “stylish” , “airy” space further justifies the “spendy” tabs – and the “challenge to get a reservation.”
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“A hit all around” , these “energetic” Midtown steakhouses hum like “a well-oiled machine” as an “engaged” staff sets down “premium” beef in “sprawling” surrounds with “urbane” vibes and a “power bar scene” ; they’re perpetually “packed” with “suits” wielding the “corporate Amex” to cover the “splurge” ; P.S. “definitely try the lemon cake.”
Del Frisco's Grille
Steakhouse · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“A hit all around” , these “energetic” Midtown steakhouses hum like “a well-oiled machine” as an “engaged” staff sets down “premium” beef in “sprawling” surrounds with “urbane” vibes and a “power bar scene” ; they’re perpetually “packed” with “suits” wielding the “corporate Amex” to cover the “splurge” ; P.S. “definitely try the lemon cake.”
The Palm Tribeca
American · TriBeCa · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“Continuing the tradition” of the now closed 1926 original, these “top-end” links of the national steakhouse chain deliver “superior” beef and “giant” lobsters in “clubby” quarters “full of characters and caricatures” ; “huge prices” come with the territory, but “old-school service” is another reason it’s a “memorable experience.”
The Palm West Side
American · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“Continuing the tradition” of the now closed 1926 original, these “top-end” links of the national steakhouse chain deliver “superior” beef and “giant” lobsters in “clubby” quarters “full of characters and caricatures” ; “huge prices” come with the territory, but “old-school service” is another reason it’s a “memorable experience.”
The Palm Too
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“Continuing the tradition” of the now closed 1926 original, these “top-end” links of the national steakhouse chain deliver “superior” beef and “giant” lobsters in “clubby” quarters “full of characters and caricatures” ; “huge prices” come with the territory, but “old-school service” is another reason it’s a “memorable experience.”
Nobu Fifty Seven
Japanese · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

This “over-the-top” Midtown branch of Nobu Matsuhisa’s Japanese-Peruvian powerhouse continues to draw a “happening” crowd with “knowledgeable” servers providing “standout” specialties in an “expansive” upstairs dining space; the scene is “loud” but “alluring” , especially “if you can find someone to treat you.”
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.”
Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Gotham Hotel
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Masterfully done” steaks “with all the trimmings” lure “business” types and other “enthusiastic carnivores” to these “high-energy” chop shops also touted for their “outstanding” wine lists, “old-school” service and “awesome ceilings” in the Park Avenue outlet; “holler” -worthy noise and “sticker-shock” tabs notwithstanding, it’s a “top contender” in its genre.
Shake Shack
Burger · Flatiron · $
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.”
2nd Ave Deli
Deli · East 70s · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

Comfort food “like Bubby used to make” “insanely good” “overstuffed” sandwiches, “healing” matzo ball soup, “unbelievable” knishes – are the claim to fame of these traditional kosher “nosheries” ; the setups are “basic” , the service “no-nonsense” and the tabs “not cheap” , but for a “true Jewish deli experience” they’re real “crowd-pleasers.”
2nd Ave Deli
Deli · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

Comfort food “like Bubby used to make” “insanely good” “overstuffed” sandwiches, “healing” matzo ball soup, “unbelievable” knishes – are the claim to fame of these traditional kosher “nosheries” ; the setups are “basic” , the service “no-nonsense” and the tabs “not cheap” , but for a “true Jewish deli experience” they’re real “crowd-pleasers.”
The Modern
New American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

“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.”
Bar Boulud
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

An “interesting” part of Daniel Boulud’s “empire” , this “civilized” bistro opposite Lincoln Center is known for “beautifully presented” French fare, “as-good-as-it-gets” charcuterie and “interesting” wines; the casually “elegant” space is joined by “swell” sidewalk tables for prime people-watching.
Boulud Sud
Mediterranean · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A “top choice near Lincoln Center” , Daniel Boulud’s “calm oasis” continues to “excel” with “beautifully prepared” Mediterranean dishes served “with aplomb” in a “civilized” adult setting; there may be “a bit of sticker shock” , but it “never fails to deliver” quality to “justify the price.”
Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

You “can’t beat” the “famous tableside guacamole” and “potent” pomegranate margaritas at this “upbeat” chain, a “tried-and-true” source for “sophisticated” Mexican cuisine; tabs run a “bit high” , but the “festive” atmosphere makes for a “fun scene” that’s “especially good” for groups.
Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Times Square
Italian · West 40s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

Built for “group feasting” , these “boisterous” , “fast-paced” Italians offer “whirlwind experiences in family-style dining” via “large platters” of “red-sauce” cooking with a “punch of garlic” ; granted, the Times Square outlet may be too “touristy” for some, but overall “you can’t beat it for taste and value.”
Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Upper West Side
Italian · West 90s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

Built for “group feasting” , these “boisterous” , “fast-paced” Italians offer “whirlwind experiences in family-style dining” via “large platters” of “red-sauce” cooking with a “punch of garlic” ; granted, the Times Square outlet may be too “touristy” for some, but overall “you can’t beat it for taste and value.”
Aquagrill
Seafood · SoHo · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A “mainstay” for “consistently excellent” seafood, this SoHo “institution” offers “perfectly cooked” fish and “super-fresh” oysters, plus a “fabulous” brunch; if the “low-key” dining room is “showing its age” , service remains “seamless” and the seasonal patio is a “delight.”
5 Napkin Burger
American · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

You “definitely need five napkins” to tackle the “massive” , “juicy” burgers at this “dependable” chain where the “diverse menu” includes sushi at some locations; the “comfortable” , chophouse-inspired digs can get “jammed” , but the “energy” (and “decibel level” ) boosts the “kid-friendly” factor.
Estiatorio Milos
Greek · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

A “class act” , this “glorious” Midtown Greek specializes in “fresh-as-it-gets” seafood served up in a “cavernous” white-on-white space that gets especially “energetic” at lunch; “by-the-ounce” pricing can add up ( “buying your own boat may be less expensive” ), but the prix fixe options are a relative “bargain.”
Per Se
French · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

Thomas Keller’s Time Warner Center “high temple” of French–New American cuisine is “truly an event” given the “fabulous” tasting menu, “unimpeachable” service and “posh” , jackets-required surrounds overlooking Central Park; while the “through-the-roof” set price may limit visits to “once in a blue moon” , those of more limited means “love the à la carte option” in the lounge.
Lincoln Ristorante
Italian · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

A “calm oasis” on the Lincoln Center campus, this Italian “showstopper” rolls out a “marvelous” menu in a “sleek” , glass-walled space built around a “gleaming” open kitchen; “polished” service and ultra- “proximity” to the various concert halls are part of the “superb” package, but be prepared to spend “many Lincolns” for the privilege.
Blue Water Grill
Seafood · Union Square · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

This “time-tested” Union Square “oasis” is still “holding strong” after a revamp, with a market menu of “first-rate seafood” served by “engaging” staffers in an “impressive” former bank with “marble all around” and a “wonderful” side terrace; it runs “a bit expensive” , but the “energetic” regulars say it “never fails” “for business or pleasure.”
Felidia
Italian · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

Lidia Bastianich “does it right” at this “grown-up” Midtowner providing “exquisite” Italian cuisine, including “delicate” pastas, via a “gracious” staff in “elegant” townhouse surrounds; it’s “nothing but a delight” , at least until the check comes – though you really “can’t lose” with the “bargain” lunch prix fixe.
Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Oyster Bar · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.7

“Justly beloved” , this “boisterous” seafood “legend” in Grand Central stays “faithful to its 1913 origins” with “terrific” oysters and pan roasts that provide a taste of “true NY” ; a “venerable” sublevel sprawl with a “dramatically” vaulted ceiling, “classic” dining counters and a “throwback” saloon, it’s “not to be missed” even if it “costs a pretty penny.”
Aureole
New American · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

An “oasis of calm” in Times Square, Charlie Palmer’s “classy” flagship “sets the bar” with “exquisite” New American fare “presented like art” by a staff “with finesse” ; the “beautiful” , “modern” dining room is a natural for “special occasions” and while dinner tabs are “over-the-top” , lunch is a relative “bargain.”
Gabriel Kreuther
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

Prepare to be “wowed by” this French “standout” opposite Bryant Park, where chef Gabriel Kreuther produces “inspired” tasting menus with his signature “Alsatian twists” , served by a “seamless staff” in an “impressive” setting with “snazzy” “rustic” accents; though it’s “costly” , there’s also an à la carte bar menu if you’re “mindful of your pocketbook.”
Cafe Luxembourg
French · West 70s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

By “now a neighborhood landmark” , this “perennial favorite” brings a “touch of glamour” to the UWS with its “arty” , “adult” crowd, Parisian atmosphere and “jolly” mood; the “simple” French cooking is “delicious” enough, but the “stargazing” and “eavesdropping” are even better.
Eataly NYC Flatiron
Italian · Flatiron
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.7

A “high temple of la dolce vita” , these marketplace and dining “wonderlands” from the Batali-Bastianich team trade in “Italian bliss” via an “overwhelming” variety of gourmet food stalls, take-out counters and “innovative” sit-down restaurants, including a “delightful” rooftop beer garden at the Flatiron locale; those who can stomach the “crowds” , “chaos” and “tourist prices” consider it foodie “paradiso.”
Eataly NYC Downtown
Cafe · Financial District · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.7

A “high temple of la dolce vita” , these marketplace and dining “wonderlands” from the Batali-Bastianich team trade in “Italian bliss” via an “overwhelming” variety of gourmet food stalls, take-out counters and “innovative” sit-down restaurants, including a “delightful” rooftop beer garden at the Flatiron locale; those who can stomach the “crowds” , “chaos” and “tourist prices” consider it foodie “paradiso.”
Fig & Olive
Mediterranean · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Accessible” meals built around “well-crafted” small plates and “eye-opening” olive oil tastings ensure a “constant hum” at these “easy-on-the-eyes” Mediterraneans; the Eastsiders are “handy” for a “biz lunch” or a “respite from shopping” while the “airy” Meatpacking outpost creates a “happening” “scene” near the Whitney.
Fig & Olive
Mediterranean · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Accessible” meals built around “well-crafted” small plates and “eye-opening” olive oil tastings ensure a “constant hum” at these “easy-on-the-eyes” Mediterraneans; the Eastsiders are “handy” for a “biz lunch” or a “respite from shopping” while the “airy” Meatpacking outpost creates a “happening” “scene” near the Whitney.
Fig & Olive
Mediterranean · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Accessible” meals built around “well-crafted” small plates and “eye-opening” olive oil tastings ensure a “constant hum” at these “easy-on-the-eyes” Mediterraneans; the Eastsiders are “handy” for a “biz lunch” or a “respite from shopping” while the “airy” Meatpacking outpost creates a “happening” “scene” near the Whitney.
The Smith
American · West 60s · $$$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

“Don't expect an intimate conversation” at this “million-decibel” mini-chain that supplies “basic” but “appealing” American grub to “under-35” throngs out to “eat and be merry” ; “especially popular for brunch” , they're routinely “bustling” thanks to “good value” and “upbeat” vibes.
Smith & Wollensky
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

You can “count on” this “time-honored” East Midtown “bastion of steak” to deliver “generous” cuts of “beef done right” to a “high-volume” crowd of execs “entertaining clients” while downing “manly” cocktails; service with “old-school” flair seals the “undeniable appeal” , especially “if you can get someone else to pay.”
Le Cirque
French · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Impressive” is the word for this “iconic” destination in the Bloomberg Tower, where Sirio Maccioni and his “gracious” staff deliver “outstandingly prepared” French fare with a side of “VIP treatment” ; the “astronomical” prices befit Adam Tihany’s “spectacular” , circus-themed main dining room, where “well-dressed” “millionaires” and “oligarchs” feel right at home.