Best Restaurants Near MoMa

Make a day of it
October 25, 2016
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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.
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").
Michael's
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.
Obicà
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.
PizzArte
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.