Restaurants near the Empire State Building

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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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Sushi Yasuda

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Seeing the sushi master practice in this bamboo-embellished space is the culinary equivalent of observing Buddhist monks at prayer. Counter seating, where you can witness—and chat up—the chefs, is the only way to go. Prime your palate with a miso soup and segue into the raw stuff: petals of

  1. 204 E 43rd St, between Second and Third Aves, 10017
  2. Average sushi meal (eight pieces, half roll):...
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Kuruma Zushi

  • Price band: 4/4

The emergence of Masa as the madly expensive sushi bar of the moment has taken the thrill out of riding a drab office elevator to this dowdy, hidden dining room. Japanese businessmen and Wall Street bonus babies still flock here, though, for omakase (chef’s choice) dinners, featuring rare cuts

  1. 7 E 47th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, second floor, 10017
  2. Average sushi meal (9 pieces, 1 roll): $45....
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Hide-Chan Ramen

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Hideto Kawahara, a ramen chef based in the Hakata region of Fukuoka, Japan, oversees the steaming bowls at this midtown noodle shop. At Hide-Chan, Kawahara focuses on tonkotsu (pork) broth—a luscious, meaty soup, more cloudy than creamy. The best way to taste it is in the ma-yu ramen, with

  1. 248 E 52nd St, between Second and Third Aves, second floor
  2. Average ramen: $10. MC, V
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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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2nd Ave Deli

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After the 2006 shuttering of the deli’s original East Village location, Jeremy Lebewohl, the founder’s nephew, reopened the place at this misleading Murray Hill address, menu intact. Most things are as good as ever: Schmaltz-laden chopped liver is whipped to a mousselike consistency, and the

  1. 162 E 33rd St , between Lexington and Third Aves
  2. Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, 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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Sakagura

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

You’ll have to work to find this midtown sake den, but the reward is worth the effort. First, go through the unmarked lobby of an office building, then down some stairs and along a basement corridor. There you’ll find a quiet room done up in understated bamboo and blond wood, where 250 types of

  1. 211 E 43rd St, between Second and Third Aves, 10017
  2. Average drink: $7. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Shun Lee Palace

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

This luxe restaurant has been wowing midtown diners since the ’70s. Whether you prefer Cantonese, Shanghai or Szechuan food, you’ll find it done in style. The menu offers no fewer than five duck entrées and a slew of nontraditional items, such as Lily in the Woods (Chinese cabbage hearts

  1. 155 E 55th St, between Lexington and Third Aves, 10022-40
  2. Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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