Times Square sits in the heart of New York’s Theater District, where Broadway shows still remain on hiatus as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year. But while shows carry on with their extended pause — and as Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where waiters burst into songs, stays shuttered for now — many local restaurants continue to keep their kitchens open.
One would be forgiven for falling prey to the doughy aromas of a very shiny Krispy Kreme flagship, and out-of-towners still swing by the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., but hidden among all the tourist traps are very good establishments known to folks who work in or live near the area.
What follows are Eater NY’s favorite dining spots on the square and in the vicinity. For more detailed selections in the greater Times Square area, take a look at Eater’s maps for the Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen. All venues listed have at least outdoor or takeout options.
Note: This represents an extensively revised version of a map first published on November 26, 2018.Read More