Business Dining in NYC's Midtown

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated New York restaurants for business dining in Midtown.

Casa Lever
Breakfast · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

A Midtown “power lunch” staple, this “posh” Milanese in the “iconic” Lever House is a modernist “design gem” whose “drop-dead” original Warhols nearly outshine the “fantastic” food; its “busy bar scene” extends out onto the courtyard in summer – but whatever the season, “don't forget your Prada” or the “corporate card.”
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
West 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“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
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“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.”
Gabriel Kreuther
French · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

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.”
Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · 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.
Nougatine at Jean-Georges
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

“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.”
Le Bernardin
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.”
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.
Marea
Italian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“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” ).
Michael's
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Media titans” and other “heavy hitters” collect at this “classy” Midtowner that’s known more for its breakfast and lunch “power” scenes than its “fresh” , “premium-priced” Californian fare and “pro” service; “relaxed” dinners come “without the hot crowd” , but there’s always the “lovely” room’s “fresh flowers and art” to look at.
Quality Meats
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A “steakhouse for the modern era” , this “energetic” Midtowner “proves itself” with “really solid” beef plus more “offbeat” sides and apps served in “hipper than average” surroundings ( “no mahogany here” ); “high” prices are a given, but you do “pay for quality.”
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.”