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 Central Park West 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.