Where can I eat before or after a Broadway show?

There are over a hundred restaurants in the Theatre District so you have plenty to choose from. However, it is easy to fall into an overpriced tourist trap or uninteresting chain restaurant, especially in Times Square, where low quality food and service are much more the norm than the exception. 

 Where to eat in Times Square?

Times Square is mostly filled with chain and theme restaurants such as Chevy's, Olive Garden, TGI Friday's and Applebee's. Please note that the prices at chains in NYC are often higher than in the rest of the U.S.A.

Besides, you don't come to New York City to eat at Applebee's.

The only themed place worth mentioning in Times Square is Bubba Gump's. It is a theme restaurant based on the movie "Forrest Gump", but many say that the food and service is good.

Two Times Square is the latest incarnation of the restaurant at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel (formerly "Foley's Fish House" and the short-lived "Chop Suey.") It is expensive, but you get great views of Times Square. Another option is the revolving restaurant The View atop the Marriot Marquis Times Square hotel. General opinion is that the food is mediocre and is overpriced. Many recommend going to The View for just a drink or their $15 all-you-can-eat dessert buffet.

OK, taking your advice. Where to eat instead of in Times Square?

Here is a  good selection of lovely restaurants throughout the Theatre District, in alphabetical order. This includes the hot neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, spanning 8th to 10th Avenues and approximately from 38th Street to 58th Street. This formerly crime-ridden home of the infamous gang, "The Westies" is now so desirable and trendy, only the rent prices are murder!

Most offer a prix fixe pre-theatre menu. Please check their webpages for menu, prices, hours and locations. Some offer late night dining. You can read reviews on www.menupages.com


Note on dining before a show: Reservations are strongly recommended! The most popular time slot is 6:30 pm. Keep in mind that the staff in these restraurants are trained to get you fed and out the door in time for your curtain. So, if you don't want to feel rushed, make a reservation for an early time.

Restaurant Row

"Restaurant Row" is West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. The restaurants on that block are, in alphabetical order:

You can find descriptions and links to each of their webpages at this website:


What about for those with kids?  If your kids are well behaved they will be welcome anywhere, but if they are, shall it be said, "unadventurous" eaters, here a a few suggestions in the theater district area that will work (and all are reasonably priced):

John's Pizza - This is Italian restaurant (not just a pizza place) in a huge converted church at 260 W. 44 St (it has a beautiful interior).  Two other locations in NYC, also

Dallas BBQ - A local chain with many locations throughout Manhattan, including a great, huge Times Square location at 241 W. 42 St.  Very good burgers and hot dogs as well as pretty OK ribs, chicken, etc.  Early bird special is very cheap.

McDonalds - yes, you didn't come to NYC to go to McDonalds!  But sometimes the kiddies just demand it, don't they?.  At over 17,000 sq feet and spread over 3 floors, this purports to be the largest McDonalds in America, and it's right on 42nd street just west of Broadway in the heart of Times Square

Enjoy the show!