Best Restaurants Near MoMa

Make a day of it
October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants near the Museum of Modern Art. 

Benoit New York
French · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Bringing France across the pond” , Alain Ducasse’s “likable” Midtown bistro stays “on target” serving a “très bien” mix of Gallic classics and updated plates in “attractive” revamped quarters with a spiffy pearl-white look and a “Parisian feel” ; prices may skew “high” , but its many fans deem it “a keeper.”
China Grill
American · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

Long a bastion of “upmarket chic” , this Midtown “powerhouse” offers “fancy takes” on Asian cuisine served in “dark” , airy digs with an “'80s James Bond” vibe; it's “deafeningly loud” and “definitely not a bargain” , but “business” types still belly up for its “fun bar scene.”
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
West 50s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

An all-you-can-eat “meat extravaganza” awaits at this big Brazilian churrascaria near Rock Center offering “delicious” skewers (along with a “vast” salad bar) in a “beautiful” triplex setting; true, the tabs are “not inexpensive” , but it’s “paradise” for those bent on “protein overload.”
La Bonne Soupe
French · West 50s · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Serviceable” enough for a “quick bite” , this longtime Midtown “pinch hitter” is best known for its “divine onion soup” , though the rest of its French bistro menu is certainly “reliable” ; “brusque” service, “crowded” conditions and “no-frills” looks are blunted by good “value” (and a seat on the tiny balcony is a “treat” ).
American · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Media titans” and other “heavy hitters” collect at this “classy” Midtowner that’s known more for its breakfast and lunch “power” scenes than its “fresh” , “premium-priced” Californian fare and “pro” service; “relaxed” dinners come “without the hot crowd” , but there’s always the “lovely” room’s “fresh flowers and art” to look at.
The Modern
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Reliably superb” French–New American cuisine “as modern as the art” is the deal at Danny Meyer’s “effortlessly chic” eatery inside MoMA, where the “tranquil” dining room boasts “lovely” sculpture garden views and service is “impeccable” ( “refreshing” no-tipping policy notwithstanding); such “high-end sophistication” is unsurprisingly “pricey” , but the “more casual” front bar area is “easier on the wallet.”
Italian · East 50s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

A “delicious sampling” of diverse mozzarellas “freshly flown in” from Italy is the draw at these links of an international chain; the IBM atrium counter offers Midtowners artfully prepared “quick bites” , while the full-service Flatiron branch adds “awesome pizza” to the mix in an “industrial-sleek” space.
Italian · West 50s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“True” Neapolitan pizzas and “well-curated” artwork, all for sale, make an “intriguing” combo at this Midtown Italian, also vending pastas and more; its “modern” , “bowling-lane-thin” duplex digs can feel “cramped” , but the location's hard to beat “before Carnegie Hall” or City Center.
21 Club
American · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “New York institution” and “class operation” , this circa-1929 former speakeasy in Midtown turns out “dependably good” traditional American dishes in an “old-school” , “dress-up” setting (jackets required, no jeans) with “spectacular” old toys hanging from the ceiling and “serene” private rooms upstairs; an “impeccable” staff furthers the “welcoming” vibes, though you may have to “liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.”