can be viewed as the core of the Big Apple. Midtown is home not only to famous iconic buildings and commercial zones, but also to a wide variety of delicious, world-class cuisines. Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic date or just a classy diner to enjoy your Sunday afternoon, these top 10 restaurants in Midtown can provide you with just what you need.
Located in the Theater District, Carmine’s is a family-style Italian restaurant that offers a great dining experience with southern Italian cuisine. Established in 1990, this “legendary family-style Italian Restaurant” can transport its customers to a lazy Sunday afternoon any day of the week. The restaurateur Artie Cutler crafted the restaurant’s vision; to bring its guests “wow-factor”- sized portions and to make every meal feel like an Italian-American wedding feast. Inside, the family-style service relaxes you as soon as you walk in. With huge platters of home-style Italian cuisine, Carmine’s definitely deserves to be dined in with your family.
Carmine’s, 200 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 221 3800
Overlooking MoMA’s Sculpture Garden, The Modern offers a stunning dining room and a sophisticated cafe. This restaurant serves lavish dinner and lunch options ranging from three-course menus to six-course tasting menus. With an award-winning wine program, as well as a professionally-curated list of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), The Modern also includes a vibrant and classy bar room, full of beautiful terraces for outdoor enjoyment and mesmerizing indoor lounges. With pleasing appetizers, curated beverages, and astonishing course meals, The Modern is widely considered one of the top restaurants to dine in.
The Modern, 9 West 53rd St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 333 1220
TAO Asian Bistro
TAO is a restaurant that is both mesmerizing in its decor and in its Asian cuisine. Originally a 19th century stable for the Vanderbilt family, TAO was transformed into a majestic Asian “temple.” The main focal point is a gigantic 16-foot-tall Buddha that floats on top of a virtual reflecting pool complete with Japanese carp. Throughout the restaurant, artifacts from China, Japan, and Thailand are carefully placed to give the maximum artistic effect. The restaurant also includes a prized Skybox that offers views of the entire restaurant from its two-story, 35-foot-high perch. Its food is just as amazing. The restaurant offers a wide variety of mouth-watering Asian cuisine and desserts, such as Spicy Tuna, Lobster Wontons, giant fortune cookies, and molten lava cakes. When in Midtown, this restaurant is a must-see and a must-taste.
TAO Asian Bistro, 42 East 58th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 888 2288
The National Bar & Dining Room
The National Bar & Dining Room is one of the top stars of the Midtown restaurant scene. It’s the culmination of internationally acclaimed Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakrian’s vision to bring true all-occasion dining to New York. Viewed by many as part of the new-American aesthetic, The National hosts a menu that offers classic bistro dishes with Zakarian’s signature Modern American touch – a style of cooking that is fresh and accessible, concentrating on American ingredients prepared with French technique.
The National, 557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 715 2400
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, French, none
Ai Fiori, or “Among the Flowers,” celebrates cuisine from the Italian and French Riviera while showcasing modern interpretations of traditional regional dishes. Opened in November 2010, its menu features inventive preparations from the land and sea as well as a selection of Chef White’s signature pastas. Upon entering Ai Fiori, guests are greeted not only by the skilled bar staff serving artisanal cocktails but also an ambiance that complements the restaurant’s refined yet playful vibe. Additionally, its elegant cuisine and service is also highly praised by the press.
Ai Fiori, 400 5th Ave 2nd Level, Langham Place Fifth Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 613 8660
Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joe, opened Becco in 1993. Since then, it has provided great cuisine and hospitality to diners. Located on New York’s famed Restaurant Row in the heart of the theater district, the restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For over twenty years, Becco has been known for its famous and innovative pasta tasting menu and its extensive wine list.
Becco, 355 West 46th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 397 7597
Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar
Guy Fieri is one of the hottest celebrity chefs in America. In his Food Network series, he tastes his way through America, gathering eclectic and savory inspiration along the way. Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar is fueled by the first-hand knowledge of American comfort food gone wild. This dynamic restaurant specializes in Guy’s signature style of cooking; big on the flavors and short on the boundaries!
Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, 220 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 532 4897
The Oyster Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
The Oyster Bar
In 1913, The Oyster Bar first opened its doors on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal. As New York City was slowly emerging as a literary and artistic center, the new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors too. For almost 60 years this bar has remained a landmark. In the past, thousands of commuters passed by every day, very few went in to dine. Now, The Oyster Bar is known throughout town for its famous oyster soup and other seafood delicacies. With a staff of amazing servers and chefs, The Oyster Bar has some of the best seafood in town.
The Oyster Bar, Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 490 6650
Sushi Yasuda, rated by many as one of the top sushi restaurants in New York, opened in 1999. The restaurant was first led by Yasuda, and now by his disciples, master sushi chefs Mitsuru Tamura and Tatsuya Sekiguchi. They often say, “I’m just a sushi man,” with characteristic Japanese modesty. With incredible sushi and amiable service, Sushi Yasuda might just be a must-go on your trip to New York.
Sushi Yasuda, 204 East 43rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 972 1001
The Lambs Club
At the heart of Times Square stands the elegance of The Lambs Club. The restaurant offers the praised Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s modern approach to American cuisine with distinctive ingredients, seasonal menus and a signature approach to hospitality. Inside The Lambs Club, guests are shifted from the busy Broadway streets to the classy and welcoming interior of the restaurant. The room boasts an enormous 18th century fireplace, which was a gift from the Architect Stanford White. With both amazing decor and delicious food, The Lambs Club offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of busy New York City.
The Lambs Club, 132 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 997 5262