Best Restaurants in the East 40s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the East 40s.

Sushi Yasuda
Sushi · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Sushi of your dreams” awaits at this “hidden jewel” near Grand Central, where disciples of the namesake master chef craft “heavenly” traditional cuts in a setting run by an “efficiently courteous” crew; “the price matches the quality” , so “be ready to spend a bundle” – especially if you “go for omakase” at the bar.
The Sea Fire Grill
Seafood · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

This East Midtown seafood “oasis” provides “exceptional” catch and “premium” steaks ( “the best of both worlds” ), backed by a “limitless” wine list and served in “sophisticated” confines complete with fireplace and “high-energy” bar; factor in “a big welcome” from the “stellar” team, and the upmarket prices are “worth every penny.”
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

This “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel serves “perfectly prepared” beef along with “top-shelf” service in “clubby” quarters with a “soaring ceiling” and “massive fireplace” ; it’s certainly “not cheap” , but then again this “sublime experience” is always “memorable.”
IL Postino
Italian · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

Waiters inhale, then recite a “huge list of daily specials” at this “old-world” U.N.-area Italian that'll also “cook anything you want” ; an “intimate” , “opera” -enhanced space boosts the “charming” vibe, though “reliably expensive” tabs have some opting for the lunchtime prix fixe.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Gotham Hotel
Steakhouse · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“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.
Japanese · East 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

The “real deal” for “traditional” sushi, this “been-there-forever” Midtown Japanese “still holds its own” with “top-quality” fish “served without flourish” by a “first-rate” staff; the “simple” digs may seem “sparse” , but it remains a “favorite” , especially for the “business crowd.”
Sparks Steak House
Seafood · East 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

A “quintessential” “NY classic” , this 1966-vintage Midtown “temple of beef” “still shines” with “huge” cuts of “mouthwatering” meats and an “exhaustive” wine list administered by an “experienced” team; “manly” – bordering on “stodgy” – surrounds and “power-lunch” prices are all part of its “old-world charm.”