Best Restaurants in the West 40s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

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

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.”
Sushi of Gari 46
Sushi · West 40s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi” ; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”
Sushi Seki Times Square
Japanese · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

Renowned for its “extraordinary” omakase showcasing “beyond-fresh” fish, this “spendy” Japanese mini-chain slices “spot-on” sushi that’s “lovely to behold” ; though the settings can feel “somewhat lacking in charm” , the bi-level Hell’s Kitchen flagship has “significantly better” decor plus a “fancy” whiskey bar (Chelsea also boasts a whiskey bar).
Seafood · West 40s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · 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.”
Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 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.
Seafood · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“First-class” fish is the hook at this “fancy” Rock Center seafood spot, whose “huge” , “civilized” space includes a “lively” bar and a “pleasant” patio, all overseen by an “aim-to-please” crew; “expense-account” –ready prices have many reserving it for “entertaining clients” , though the pre-theater prix fixes are a comparative “bargain.”
American · West 40s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Way “out of the way” in West Hell's Kitchen, this “memorable” New American is a “first-rate” option for “locavoracious” fare and “smart” service in “stylish” environs; insiders have cocktails after dinner at the “rooftop lounge” with its drop-dead, 360-degree “skyline view.”
Sullivan Street Bakery
Bakery · West 40s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

The “outrageously good” bread ( “crusty” loaves, “worth-a-detour” olive rolls) tastes like it was “baked by angels” at Jim Lahey’s bakeries, where “top-notch” offerings also include “delicious” thin-crust pizza and Italian pastries; though mostly for grab-and-go, the Chelsea locale has seating and an expanded menu of light bites.