Restaurants Near the Met

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants near the Metropolitan Museum. 

Cafe Boulud
French · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

A “timeless” Daniel Boulud “success story” , this “classy” UES “mainstay” impresses with “invariably artful” French fare served by an “expert staff” in “subdued” , “grown-up” surroundings; the “high standards” are “worth every nickel” , though the prix fixe lunch remains “a relative bargain.”
Cafe Sabarsky
European · East 80s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

Kurt Gutenbrunner's “civilized” Neue Galerie cafes transport you to “fin de siècle Vienna” with “exquisite pastries” and “vonderful” Austrian savories dispensed in “glorious” , “old-worldy” settings; Sabarsky is the “prettier” of the pair while Fledermaus is “easier to get into” , but both are “pretty expensive.”
American · East 80s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.5

Before “Madison Avenue shopping” or hitting the Museum Mile, “East Side ladies” and others drop by Eli Zabar's “high-style” American cafe for “tastefully prepared” sandwiches and salads; despite “money-is-no-object” tabs, “rushed” service and “glamorized deli” digs, it's “always busy.”
Giovanni Venticinque
Italian · East 80s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Well-prepared” Tuscan fare and a “gracious” staff keep this UES Italian popular with a “neighborhood” crowd; “intimate” and “hushed” enough for “real conversation” , it boasts “proximity to the Met” and an “unbeatable” lunch prix fixe that offsets otherwise “pricey” tabs.
Italian · East 80s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

With its “cozy” townhouse setting and “quite creditable” Italian cooking, this veteran UES duplex off Museum Mile is a “relaxing” respite “before, after or instead of the Met” ; maybe it's “a bit pricey” , but the set-price bento box lunch is a “bargain considering the neighborhood.”
Kappo Masa
Japanese · East 70s · $$$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

You’re “in the hands of a master” at chef Masa Takayama’s “serene” UES Japanese below Gagosian Gallery, where “delicate” sushi made from the “freshest-quality” fish is offered alongside a diverse array of cooked dishes; “painfully expensive” tabs are no surprise given the “elegant” surrounds and ritzy zip code.
Ristorante Morini
Italian · East 80s · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

An “oasis on Madison Avenue” , this “civilized” UES duplex from chef Michael White delivers “beautifully prepared” seasonal Italian fare headlined by “superb” handmade pastas; service is appropriately “white-glove” , while happy hour at the downstairs bar offers an alternative to the otherwise “special-occasion” prices.
Sant Ambroeus
Italian · East 70s · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“Sophisticated” sorts are drawn to these “Milano-in-NY” cafes where “chichi” Italian nibbles are served in a “civilized” atmosphere; the “bustling” digs draw a “stylish” crowd that doesn't mind paying “sky-high prices” to “see and be seen.”
Serafina Fabulous Pizza
Italian · East 70s · $$
Food 3.7 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Consistent and satisfying” , these Italians provide a “wide-ranging” menu of “crispy” thin-crust pizzas and “reliable” if “nothing special” pastas and salads; the “comfortable” digs are “kid-friendly” and “accommodating to groups” – other reasons they’re “handy” for an “easy eat out.”