Best Restaurants in the East 50s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the East 50s. 

La Grenouille
French · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.6

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.”
Indian · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

It’s “not your usual” Indian lineup at this “exceptional” East Midtowner, where a “warm” staff serves “beautifully spiced” multiregional plates, plus tasting menus that are a “revelation” for vegetarians and omnivores alike; the “homey” yet “sophisticated” space can get “cramped” , but it’s “perfect for conversation.”
Italian · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · 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.
Le Périgord
French · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

“White glove” all the way, this Sutton Place “bastion of civility” has been a “treat for adults” since 1964 thanks to a menu of “exquisite” French classics and an “impeccable” wine list, “served with grace” by an “old-school” staff; bien sûr, it’s a “splurge” , but still less costly than a “trip to Paris.”
European · East 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

After more than 25 years, this “elegant, but low-key” Midtown “fixture” is still “pushing the envelope” , turning out “innovative” Scandinavian tasting menus of the “highest level” ; the “sleek” space is matched by “top-notch” service, and while prices are “steep” , sampling from its “huge” aquavit selection will have you thinking “you’re dining in Denmark.”
San Pietro
Italian · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

“Filled with CEOs” and “older sophisticates” at lunch, this “top-notch” Southern Italian is a Midtown “respite” offering “sumptuous” cuisine and “treat-you-like-royalty” service; since its “money-is-no-object” tabs are “wildly costly” , some reserve it for “special occasions.”
Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Midtown East
Steakhouse · East 50s · $$$$
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.
Caviar Russe
French · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

The “decadent experience” at this Midtown New American “conjures up tsars” as patrons are “pampered” with “exquisite caviar” and crudo from “knowledgeable” staffers in “deluxe” digs suitable for an “illicit affair” ; prices are predictably “astronomical” , but big spenders urge “indulge in this when you can.”