Zagat's 2012 NYC Restaurants: Top 10 Best Food

Enjoy fine dining in one of Zagat's 2012 Top Rated Restaurants.


Le Bernardin
Address : 155 W. 51st St. , (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10019
Phone Number : 212-554-1515
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Review:"Formidable" is the consensus on this newly renovated, drop-dead "gorgeous" Midtown French seafooder via Maguy LeCoze and chef Eric Ripert, where the nuanced cooking is so "dazzling" that it's taken Top Food and Most Popular honors in this Survey; "starchy" service, a "reverential" crowd and a "civilized" milieu combine for an "unforgettable" dining experience, and though the prix fixe only menus come dear, the $70 lunch is a relative bargain; P.S. there's party space upstairs.

Address : 13 Barrow St. , (bet. 7th Ave. S. & W. 4th St.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10014
Phone Number : 212-741-6699
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Review:"A real grown-up's restaurant", Anita Lo's "quiet powerhouse" in the West Village delivers "superb", "upscale" New American cuisine with "elegant Asian inflections", "interesting wines" from "female vintners" and "impeccable" "pro" service; it all comes in "refreshingly minimalist" environs that "put the focus on the food", but are also "perfect for a special occasion."

Per Se
Address : 10 Columbus Circle, 4th fl. , (60th St. at B'way)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10019
Phone Number : 212-823-9335
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Review:"Fine dining" is alive and well at Thomas Keller's "otherworldly" aerie in the Time Warner Center, a "destination restaurant if there ever was one", featuring "wonderfully orchestrated" French New American meals; granted, the $295 prix fixe charge strikes some as "outlandish", but la carte small plates are available in the salon, and there are the added perks of "classic" Central Park views and "second-to-none" service (fittingly rated No. 1 in this Survey); it's a "lengthy experience", but not that expensive on an hourly basis.

La Grenouille
Address : 3 E. 52nd St. , (bet. 5th & Madison Aves.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10022
Phone Number : 212-752-1495
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Review:Just about "every superlative" applies to Charles Masson's "luxuriant" Midtown standard-bearer the last (and best) of NYC's great classic French restaurants from the "sublime" haute cuisine and "seamless service" to the "gorgeous floral displays" and overall sense of "ancien rgime splendor"; now in its 50th year, this "time-tested" indulger of "expensive tastes" can be experienced at a "bargain" $36 lunch in the upstairs room; P.S. jackets required.

Address : 163 Duane St. , (bet. Greenwich & Hudson Sts.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10013
Phone Number : 212-964-2525
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Review:"Sublime from start to finish", David Bouley's "stunning" TriBeCa mother ship conjures "magic" with "nuanced", "flawless" French cuisine, a "glorious" setting and pro service that "borders on mind-reading"; it all makes for an "unforgettable" experience that's "worth" the steep cost though the "greatest gift to Gotham gourmets" is its "leisurely" $55 five-course prix fixe lunch.

Sushi Yasuda
Address : 204 E. 43rd St. , (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10017
Phone Number : 212-972-1001
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Review:It's true, "chef Yasuda has left the building", but this Grand Central area Japanese remains in "top form" with "ethereal" sushi sliced from the "freshest fish known to man"; the blond wood lined, "island-of-serenity" setting distracts from the "skyrocketing" tabs, though the $23 prix fixe is a "steal"; P.S. "reservations are imperative."

Eleven Madison Park
Address : 11 Madison Ave. , (24th St.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10010
Phone Number : 212-889-0905
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Review:"Top of the line" even for Danny Meyer, this New French "experience" on Madison Square Park is "exquisite from beginning to end", matching chef Daniel Humm's "exhilarating" tasting menu only cuisine with "world-class" service ("even the busboys have Cornell degrees") in a "majestic" "art deco" space; surveyors split on the "cryptic" new "sudoku"-card menu format ("an engaging adventure" vs. "precious"), and, of course, tabs are "in the stratosphere."

Address : 60 E. 65th St. , (bet. Madison & Park Aves.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10065
Phone Number : 212-288-0033
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Review:"When you want the best of everything", Daniel Boulud's "stately" East Side namesake delivers the goods, "perennially" inspiring "superlatives" for its "breathtaking" New French prix fixes, "stellar wine list" and "world-class service"; at the "zenith of formal" dining ("jackets required") with prices to match, it's "worth every centime" to "celebrate in style"; P.S. the slightly less "lavish" lounge menu is la carte.

Peter Luger
Address : 255 Northern Blvd. , (bet. Jayson Ave. & Tain Dr.)
Great Neck , New York , United States , 11021
Phone Number : 516-487-8800
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Review:"Xanadu for steak", this Great Neck offshoot of the "iconic" Williamsburg meatery extends its run as Long Island's Most Popular restaurant for an 18th year by regaling "ravenous carnivores" in "traditional" style with "succulent, buttery beef" set down by "brusque" but "professional" "old-school waiters"; even loyalists concede the tabs are "gargantuan" and "cash will go out of existence before they accept credit cards", but it's still "the platinum standard": "calling them a steakhouse is like calling a Ferrari a car."

Jean Georges
Address : 1 Central Park W. , (bet. 60th & 61st Sts.)
Manhattan , New York , United States , 10023
Phone Number : 212-299-3900
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Review:Expect "brilliant everything" at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's "standard setter" in Columbus Circle, where the "transcendent" New French "works of culinary art" and "superior wines" are "exciting every time"; a "gorgeous", "soothing" modern space and "choreographed" pro service fully justify the "steep" bill, while the $38 prix fixe lunch remains one of the city's "best bargains."