The Best Restaurants and Bars Near Herald Square

Grab a bite or a drink during your holiday shopping and sightseeing
November 28, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Finding a good restaurant near touristy Herald Square doesn't have to be a Miracle on 34th Street. Cut out the noise and avoid the sightseers at these locally beloved restaurants and bars.

Ai Fiori
Italian · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

A “Michael White triumph” on the second floor of the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel, this “classy” Italian delivers Riviera-inspired dishes, including “sublime” pastas, via a “polished, unobtrusive” crew; the “glamorous” setting feels “so magical” , you almost don’t mind the “astronomical” tab, especially if it’s a “special occasion.”
Her Name is Han
Korean · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

A “refreshing addition” to Murray Hill, this “fantastic” Korean kitchen delivers “excellent” , “homestyle” cooking with “modern” touches in a warm setting overseen by the “nicest” staff; economical lunch specials and “on-point” house-infused soju add to the draw.
Hill Country Barbecue Market
Barbecue · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.6

“Hip BBQ” is yours at these “cafeteria-style” joints where patrons order the “messy” , “smoky” ’cue from a counter, then find a communal table and dig in; “toe-tapping” live music, a “good bourbon selection” and “friendly” vibrations make it the “next best thing to being in Austin.”
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Korean · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

You can “taste the difference” in the “top-notch” meats at this K-town “winner” from a South Korea–based chain, where the “elevated” BBQ is grilled tableside by “efficient” servers; since it’s “so crazy popular” , be ready for “crowded” conditions and a “wait time.”
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.”
Salumeria Biellese Delicatessen
Deli · Chelsea · $$

This circa-1925 Chelsea salumeria (also offering prepared foods and a full line of sandwiches) is prized for its "terrific Italian-style cured meats" and "outstanding fresh sausage" , housemade "with care" from "farm-raised" stock in 40-plus variations spanning "the usual" to the unique; the products turn up at "forbidding" upscale restaurants like Daniel Boulud's and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's, but those coming straight to the source note the price tag "isn't haute" .
The John Dory Oyster Bar
Bar · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.8

“A must for oyster lovers” , this “boisterous” seafood spot from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig) rolls out “fabulous” bivalves and “tasty” small plates in a bright, “hip” space in the NoMad’s happening Ace Hotel; yes, it can be a “splurge” , but fans affirm it’s always a “treat.”
The Pennsy Food Hall
Food Court · West 30s · $
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.6

In the “historically abysmal” dining zone around Penn Station, this “upscale food hall” offers “something for everyone” , from “vegan to carnivore” (vendors include Pat LaFrieda, Taco Dumbo, the Little Beet and Cinnamon Snail); there’s “plenty of space to sit and linger” , indoors and out, plus a bar for pre-train or post-MSG drinks.