Best Restaurants in the West 60s

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the West 60s.

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.”
Breads Bakery
Bakery · West 60s · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

As its name suggests, you’ll find “unbeatable” breads (100% rye, French sourdough, challah), but also “unbelievably good” babkas, “delicious” rugelach and more at these “welcoming” stops; the “wide variety” of snacks and sandwiches is also perfect for a “quick bite on the run.”
Boulud Sud
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A “top choice near Lincoln Center” , Daniel Boulud’s “calm oasis” continues to “excel” with “beautifully prepared” Mediterranean dishes served “with aplomb” in a “civilized” adult setting; there may be “a bit of sticker shock” , but it “never fails to deliver” quality to “justify the price.”
Lincoln Ristorante
Italian · West 60s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “calm oasis” on the Lincoln Center campus, this Italian “showstopper” rolls out a “marvelous” menu in a “sleek” , glass-walled space built around a “gleaming” open kitchen; “polished” service and ultra- “proximity” to the various concert halls are part of the “superb” package, but be prepared to spend “many Lincolns” for the privilege.
Bar Boulud
French · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

An “interesting” part of Daniel Boulud’s “empire” , this “civilized” bistro opposite Lincoln Center is known for “beautifully presented” French fare, “as-good-as-it-gets” charcuterie and “interesting” wines; the casually “elegant” space is joined by “swell” sidewalk tables for prime people-watching.
Italian · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Caring” service overseen by “natural host” Gabriel Aiello sets the “classy” tone at this “even-keeled” Columbus Circle Italian known for “delicious” cooking, a “comfortable” setting and proximity to Lincoln Center; given the rather “hefty” tabs, “media” types from nearby CBS and CNN prefer it for lunch.
The Leopard at des Artistes
Italian · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

Hailed as a “worthy heir to Café des ­Artistes” , this Lincoln Center–area Italian occupies a “spiffed-up” space where Howard Chandler Christy’s “gorgeous” murals make it “hard to keep your eyes” on the “lovingly prepared” plates; it’ll “stretch your budget” , but the “Hermès” -clad crowd hardly blinks.