Restaurants near the Empire State Building

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The Monkey Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

When you're flush with cash and cachet in certain prominent fields---at the head of DreamWorks, the Yankees or even The New Yorker---it's expected you'll poach talent from everyone else. So why aren't there restaurants, like movie studios, sports teams and magazines, that are staffed top to bottom

  1. 60 E 54th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10022
  2. Average main course: $30. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Aureole

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You have to be awfully secure to give a young upstart the spotlight in your own flagship kitchen. Charlie Palmer, auteur chef turned hospitality entrepreneur—with a dozen restaurants, branded hotels and a catering gig on a luxury cruise line—last year tapped rising talent Christopher Lee to run

  1. 135 W 42nd St , between Broadway and Sixth Ave, 10021
  2. Prix fixe: $84. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Kajitsu

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

With little ceremony, the chef behind the slender wooden counter blankets your plate with a drift of summer black truffles; you grow giddier with each falling flake. He slides you the dish, and you reach straight for one. It scarcely tastes like anything. But wait. Try one with some of the sweet,

  1. 125 E 39th St, between Park and Lexington Aves, 10016
  2. Prix fixe: $55, $85. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Salvation Taco

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

You couldn’t be blamed for low expectations if you wandered into Salvation Taco, the new stylized taqueria located in the budget Pod 39 Hotel. During prime loosen-your-tie-and-slip-off-your-pumps evening hours, the Murray Hill crowd can be as obnoxious as a roving band of SantaCon reindeer. And

  1. 145 E 39th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10016
  2. Average taco: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Grace

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

This brazen tavern couldn’t have found a more fitting icon than 16th-century pirate queen Grace O’Malley, a bonny lass with a propensity for swilling hooch and seizing her exes’ castles. Honoring the riot-grrrl spunk of the seafaring heroine, the bar’s focused drink syllabus was concocted

  1. 365 Third Ave, between 26th and 27th Sts, 10016
  2. Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Gilt

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

There’s a business cliché that executives learn at  $1,000 seminars: Change or die. The folks behind Gilt have only partially accepted this dictum. The dining room floor’s orange rubber overlay and the bar’s honeycomb lunar lander architectural flourish—which together defile the

  1. 455 Madison Ave, between 50th and 51st Sts
  2. Three-course prix fixe: $78. AmEx, DC, Disc,...
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Armani/Ristorante 5th Avenue

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Retail-store restaurants aren't often more inviting than the shops they're tucked into. Rarely do they become destinations in their own right, stand-alone bastions of revenue muscle. The ristorante atop the new midtown Armani flagship doesn't break much from convention, although it does serve

  1. 717 Fifth Ave , at 56th St
  2. Average main course: $29. AmEx, MC, V
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The Peacock

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Atop Anglo pub the Shakespeare is luxe clubhouse the Peacock, creating an upstairs-downstairs dynamic worthy of Downton Abbey. The rich-wooded space smacks of old money, perhaps a lingering ghost of the hotel’s former tenant, the Williams College club. With four separate rooms, the stately

  1. 24 E 39th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10016
  2. Average entrée: $24. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Bistro Vendôme

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

New York City thrives on youth, and our restaurateurs build monuments to young tastes—cacophonous dining rooms and lighting too dim to read a menu by. Rarely do we encounter a place quiet enough to discuss the weather, and as well-lit as a grocery store. But we’ve found such a place in Bistro

  1. 405 E 58th St, between First Ave and Sutton Pl
  2. Average main course: $24. AmEx, V, MC
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Má Pêche

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 4/4

M Pche may be the first David Chang restaurant well suited for entertaining even the most noise-averse—watered down, like a Las Vegas outpost, for mass appeal. The midtown venture, this renegade chef’s first foray outside his East Village comfort zone, features the same anarchic aesthetic as

  1. Chambers Hotel, 15 W 56th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Average main course: $24. AmEx, MC, V
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