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The Definitive Guide to Theater District Dining

From a quick bite to a leisurely meal — and everything in between

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Broadway is back and many restaurants are ready to seat diners, from the pre- and post-theater crowd to neighborhood locals.
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Broadway shows are back, finally, which means scores of great Midtown West restaurants can again accommodate bustling pre- and post-theater crowds. There is no shortage of disappointing tourist trap establishments in this part of town, but consulting this list will ensure that you eat and drink well across the culinary spectrum. Remember: It’s okay to let servers know if you have a musical or play to catch when first sitting down, but consider arriving earlier than usual as many restaurants remain short staffed. Be sure to tip — at least 20 percent or more — at any of these establishments worthy of dinner and a show.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Queens, and the Hamptons and our guides to brunch, food halls, and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.

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1. Ardesia Wine Bar

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510 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-9191
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Mandy Oser’s Hell’s Kitchen hangout remains a fine spot for a pre-theater glass of Spanish orange wine, French sparkling wine, and scores of other selections across the list. Also stick around for chorizo croquettes, smoked bluefish dip, shishito peppers, or spiced lamb skewers. Accepts reservations.

2. Guantanamera

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939 8th Ave
New York, NY
(212) 262-5354
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Here find some of the city's best Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), and mojitos. Warning: The mojitos are strong, which is especially dangerous on Tuesdays when they're just $6 apiece. Swing by after a show for live Cuban music every night. Reservations available.

3. Donburiya

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253 W 55th St
New York, NY
(212) 980-7909
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This is now the go-to affordable Japanese late-night dining spot of choice in the Theater District. The menu is long, like at any izakaya, but highlights include the namesake rice bowls — try the one with soft eel — chicken katsu curry with a rich, beefy sauce, and sizzling crab omelets drenched in heady seafood jus. Note that tipping is included in menu prices. Reservations available.

4. Torishin

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362 W 53rd St
New York, NY
(212) 757-0108
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This is where you go for very good skewers of charcoal-grilled chicken for a set price of $100. Eater NY awarded three stars in a review, praising the foot-to-beak approach to poultry cooking. Expect nuggets of crunchy knee bone (yes, eat it), medium-rare breast meat (it's totally safe, probably), and “main arteries” (edible rubber bands). If none of this sounds appealing, let the chef know and the chicken experience will be more mainstream. Reservations available. There’s also a $180 option at the select counter, and a la carte offerings outside.

5. Totto Ramen Hell's Kitchen

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464 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 596-9056
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Totto Ramen, quite simply, is one of the city’s best joints for paitan ramen, more or less the chicken broth analogue to fatty, creamy, porky tonkotsu. Vegetarian ramen also available. No reservations.

6. Vida Verde

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248 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019
(646) 657-0565
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Located on the border of Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District, Vida Verde is a staple late night Mexican spot, with a capable kitchen that slings solid nachos and birria tacos. Expect excellent margaritas and classic cocktails. Must be 21 to enter; reservations available.

A frozen margarita at Vida Verde sits on a table next to a window Ryan Sutton

7. Empanada Mama Hell’s Kitchen

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765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 698-9008
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This is where you go for nourishing, well-executed, affordable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, spicy chicken arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, stellar empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef), and an excellent meat platter known as bandeja paisa. That platter comes with just about everything: skirt steak, chorizo, chicharron, rice, beans, maduros, avocado, fried egg, and an arepa. Open 24 hours. No reservations.

The bandeja paisa meat platter sits in the middle of the overhead photo; to the top left lies a corn and beef empanada; a spicy chicken arepa sits at the lower left-hand side of the photo Gary He/Eater

8. Pure Thai Cookhouse

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766 9th Ave #2
New York, NY 10019
(212) 581-0999
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David Bank, one of the forces behind the late, lamented Taladwat, still runs this excellent Hell’s Kitchen spot, which remains one of the top places for traditional Thai fare on Ninth Avenue. The pan-regional menu includes flaky root vegetable curry puffs; tart green papaya salad; Krabi seafood noodles with shrimp, squid, fermented tofu, and pork broth; and excellent dry Ratchaburi-style noodles with roasted pork and generous chunks of lump crab meat. No reservations.

Noodle soup being plated at Pure Thai Cookhouse Pure Thai Cookhouse [Official Photo]

9. Indian Accent

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123 W 56th St
New York, NY
(212) 842-8070
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This Delhi import offers elegant set menus at $80 and $95 per person. The two crucial orders: The rich soy keema with lime leaf butter pao on the side (essentially a sloppy joe), and the makhan malai dessert, a cloud-like puff of milk foam laced with saffron and rose petals. Reservations available.

10. Danji

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346 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-2880

Hooni Kim’s charming little restaurant remains a great Korean option for pre-theater dining. Expect spicy rice cakes with beef brisket, soy honey chicken wings with pickled daikon, and bulgogi beef sliders with spicy pickled cucumber. Reservations available.

11. Gallaghers Steakhouse

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228 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-5000
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The Prohibition-era bar and steakhouse continues to serve some serious cuts of meat and solid classic cocktails. Be sure to start off with the bacon-studded clams casino, then pair a funky dry-aged ribeye with fries and a blue cheese-drenched wedge salad. Those who seek the prime rib roast should call ahead as it’s not offered every night; it can sell out too. Accepts reservations.

12. Don Antonio by Starita

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309 W 50th St
New York, NY
(646) 719-1043
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The compelling reason to visit Don Antonio by Starita is to sample classically excellent Neapolitan pies in a corner of the city that’s more famous for its slice joints. Go for the classic wood-fired margherita, or a series of “montanara” pizzas that have been lightly fried. No reservations.

13. Meske

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468 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 399-1949

Meske offers breathtakingly flavorful and affordable Ethiopian fare and just a short walk from the Richard Rogers theater, home to the not-quite-affordable “Hamilton.” Keep it simple: Order an Ethiopian lager and the combination platter, a heady pile of berbere spiced lentils, collards, and meats on injera, the traditionally sour and spongy bread. No reservations.

14. dell'anima

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 366-6633
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Chef Andrew Whitney’s counter spot at Gotham West Market is your go-to Italian option for the Theater District, even if it’s a bit of a walk from some of the shows. Notable dishes include burrata with pine nuts and basil pesto, charred octopus with chorizo, and great pastas like tajarin carbonara and bucatini arrabbiata. Accepts reservations.

Spaghetti arrabbiata at Dell’anima Noah Devereaux for Dell’anima [Official Photo]

15. Pelicana Chicken

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641 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(917) 388-2675
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This South Korean chain is expanding its presence throughout the city, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it serves some very good fried chicken. To be fair: sometimes the wings can turn out a bit bland, in which case you’ll need to add a touch of salt or soy. Every night, however, patrons can expect spicy drumsticks with such an impressively crunchy crust they don’t even lose their textural snap during delivery. Be sure to try the yellow “snowing” fries, which manage to turn fried potatoes into something that tastes like Cheetos. Reservations available.

Pelicana Chicken James Park/Eater

16. Le Bernardin

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155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 554-1515
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Eric Ripert’s three-Michelin-starred temple to French seafood remains one of the best places to dine in all of New York, which makes Le Bernardin a tough reservation. But the bar and lounge, where the full menu is served, is open to walk-ins and remains a great pre-theater option. This one is a splurge; the four-course menu is $185; the chef’s tasting is $280; the tasting of vegetables is $220. A smaller a la carte menu is also available in the bar area. Reservations available.

17. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

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151 W 51st St
New York, NY
(212) 554-1143
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This isn't one of those hip natural wine bars found in Paris or downtown Manhattan; this is a classic place to enjoy classic wines in expensive Zalto stems, a place where the entry-level Champagne runs $28. Also go for the charcuterie, the jambon beurre, or the heady merguez sausage in pita. Reservations available.

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18. Le Sia

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651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 559-5220
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The owners behind the acclaimed Chinese-Cajun shellfish boil spot shuttered their original East Village location during the pandemic, but the Hell’s Kitchen sequel remains open. Expect pretty much everything that made the original great: meat skewers (lamb, kidneys, tendon, sausages), traditional appetizers like spicy mung bean noodles, and of course, piles of shellfish for face melting seafood boils — laced with chiles, rice cakes, and crispy youtiao. Options for the boils include crawfish, snow crab, whole lobster, whole Dungeness crab, and king crab legs. Reservations available.

Pink shrimp and red crawfish are arranged in an alternating fashion in a bowl at Le Sia, shot from overhead Louise Palmberg/Eater

19. Pio Pio 8

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604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 459-2929
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This Peruvian chain serves some of the city’s finest and most affordable rotisserie chickens. Expect a tender, flavorful bird with a fantastic poultry punch. Pair the chicken ($6-$23) with an order of tostones, maduros, or salchipapas (fries and hot dogs). No reservations.

20. E.A.K. IZAKAYA

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360 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(646) 850-8032
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E.A.K. Izakaya, along with Totto (also listed in this guide), is your go-to for good Japanese noodles in the Theater District. The Japanese chain serves excellent iekei ramen, a blend of fatty pork-based tonkotsu and soy-based shoyu, with wonderfully firm noodles. Accepts reservations.

21. Joe Allen

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326 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 581-6464
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It would be hard to envision a Theater District guide without this mainstay that’s been feeding both Broadway-goers, stars, and stagehands for decades. Grab a seat at the bar, order a strong Manhattan or martini, get a respectable steak frites, and toast to the end of the night at in one of the greatest cities in the world — you may even see some Broadway stars.

22. The Rum House

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228 W 47th St
New York, NY
(646) 490-6923
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This is the definitive answer to “Where can I listen to live old time-y music in Times Square without a cover charge?” The dimly lit space in the Hotel Edison is an oasis of (crowded) civility on 47th Street, and while the kitchen offers a few small bites — popcorn and warm pretzels — the drinks are the draw, from a solid classic daiquiri, to a rum old-fashioned, to a non-frozen riff on the piña colada.

23. Tim Ho Wan

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610 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 228-2802
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Hong Kong chain Tim Ho Wan — which famously attracted hour-plus waits when it debuted in the East Village — now boasts a Hell’s Kitchen location, where the queue is more reasonable. The smart play is an order of barbecue pork buns, crispy on the outside, doughy within, with an ample supply of sugary swine. A proper meal for two can dip under $40. You can join the wait list for seating via Yelp.

Barbecue pork buns at Tim Ho Wan Ryan Sutton

24. Taam Tov

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41 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 768-8001
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Most of New York’s Uzbek restaurants are located throughout Rego Park, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Kensington. Taam Tov, however, is the rare Manhattan option for excellent Central Asian fare. Located on the second floor of a Diamond District building, the room fills up quickly with patrons coming for char-grilled kebabs and plov, the famously heady rice pilaf stuffed with lamb and carrots. No reservations.

25. Los Tacos No. 1

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229 W 43rd St
New York, NY

This fast-casual taqueria is ideal for when the curtain call is in 20 minutes or less. If that sounds like too much of a concessionary recommendation, consider that Los Tacos is one of the city's most heralded taco stands. The right move is the al pastor, pork spinning on a spit, crisped on the griddle, stuffed into a corn tortilla, and garnished with pineapple, and finished with guacamole. No beer or booze here: instead, there’s horchata, grape soda, and Fanta. No reservations.

Two tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 Robert Sietsema

26. MáLà Project

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41 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(917) 261-7520
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Amelie Kang’s midtown restaurant remains a fantastic spot to enjoy the wonders of Sichuan dry pots. Patrons build their own bowls filled with fiery blends of any number of ingredients, including (but not limited to) beef tenderloin, tripe, tendon, tongue, squid, crab stick, tofu skin, rice cake, enoki mushrooms, and spam. Also consider the wonderfully slippery liangfen mung bean noodles to start off with. Accepts reservations.

A Sichuan dry pot (upper left) and other dishes at MaLa project Anthony Bui/Eater

27. Farida

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498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(646) 863-2020
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This pan-Central Asian spot might just be one of the best places to eat grilled meat in all of Midtown West. Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov serve serious charcoal-grilled shashlik; the chicken thigh skewers balance crisp skin with fatty juiciness and tender flesh. Be sure to try the Uzbek national dish that is plov, rice pilaf made sweet from aromatic carrots and funky with tender chunks of heady lamb. Note: For kosher Uzbek fare, check out the excellent Taam Tov in the Diamond District, also listed in this guide. Accepts reservations.

Shashlyk assortment on a white plate at Farida Alex Staniloff/Eater

28. OOTOYA 大戸屋

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141 W 41st St
New York, NY
(212) 704-0833
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Perhaps no other chain is as devoted to the edible luxury that is bonito flakes — dried, fermented, and smoked fish that's mechanically shaved in-house like a truffle. Order it over tofu, over saba (mackerel), or as a side for soba dipping sauce. No reservations.

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1. Ardesia Wine Bar

510 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Mandy Oser’s Hell’s Kitchen hangout remains a fine spot for a pre-theater glass of Spanish orange wine, French sparkling wine, and scores of other selections across the list. Also stick around for chorizo croquettes, smoked bluefish dip, shishito peppers, or spiced lamb skewers. Accepts reservations.

510 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

2. Guantanamera

939 8th Ave, New York, NY
Read Review |

Here find some of the city's best Cuban sandwiches, vaca frita (skirt steak fried to the texture of soft jerky), and mojitos. Warning: The mojitos are strong, which is especially dangerous on Tuesdays when they're just $6 apiece. Swing by after a show for live Cuban music every night. Reservations available.

939 8th Ave
New York, NY

3. Donburiya

253 W 55th St, New York, NY

This is now the go-to affordable Japanese late-night dining spot of choice in the Theater District. The menu is long, like at any izakaya, but highlights include the namesake rice bowls — try the one with soft eel — chicken katsu curry with a rich, beefy sauce, and sizzling crab omelets drenched in heady seafood jus. Note that tipping is included in menu prices. Reservations available.

253 W 55th St
New York, NY

4. Torishin

362 W 53rd St, New York, NY

This is where you go for very good skewers of charcoal-grilled chicken for a set price of $100. Eater NY awarded three stars in a review, praising the foot-to-beak approach to poultry cooking. Expect nuggets of crunchy knee bone (yes, eat it), medium-rare breast meat (it's totally safe, probably), and “main arteries” (edible rubber bands). If none of this sounds appealing, let the chef know and the chicken experience will be more mainstream. Reservations available. There’s also a $180 option at the select counter, and a la carte offerings outside.

362 W 53rd St
New York, NY

5. Totto Ramen Hell's Kitchen

464 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Totto Ramen, quite simply, is one of the city’s best joints for paitan ramen, more or less the chicken broth analogue to fatty, creamy, porky tonkotsu. Vegetarian ramen also available. No reservations.

464 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

6. Vida Verde

248 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
A frozen margarita at Vida Verde sits on a table next to a window Ryan Sutton

Located on the border of Hell’s Kitchen and the Theater District, Vida Verde is a staple late night Mexican spot, with a capable kitchen that slings solid nachos and birria tacos. Expect excellent margaritas and classic cocktails. Must be 21 to enter; reservations available.

248 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

7. Empanada Mama Hell’s Kitchen

765 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
The bandeja paisa meat platter sits in the middle of the overhead photo; to the top left lies a corn and beef empanada; a spicy chicken arepa sits at the lower left-hand side of the photo Gary He/Eater

This is where you go for nourishing, well-executed, affordable Colombian fare. Highlights include a classic South American breakfast of beans and rice with eggs, spicy chicken arepas, chicken soup studded with cilantro and rice, frozen margaritas, stellar empanadas (try the ones filled with shellfish or beef), and an excellent meat platter known as bandeja paisa. That platter comes with just about everything: skirt steak, chorizo, chicharron, rice, beans, maduros, avocado, fried egg, and an arepa. Open 24 hours. No reservations.

765 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

8. Pure Thai Cookhouse

766 9th Ave #2, New York, NY 10019
Noodle soup being plated at Pure Thai Cookhouse Pure Thai Cookhouse [Official Photo]

David Bank, one of the forces behind the late, lamented Taladwat, still runs this excellent Hell’s Kitchen spot, which remains one of the top places for traditional Thai fare on Ninth Avenue. The pan-regional menu includes flaky root vegetable curry puffs; tart green papaya salad; Krabi seafood noodles with shrimp, squid, fermented tofu, and pork broth; and excellent dry Ratchaburi-style noodles with roasted pork and generous chunks of lump crab meat. No reservations.

766 9th Ave #2
New York, NY 10019

9. Indian Accent

123 W 56th St, New York, NY
Read Review |

This Delhi import offers elegant set menus at $80 and $95 per person. The two crucial orders: The rich soy keema with lime leaf butter pao on the side (essentially a sloppy joe), and the makhan malai dessert, a cloud-like puff of milk foam laced with saffron and rose petals. Reservations available.

123 W 56th St
New York, NY

10. Danji

346 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Hooni Kim’s charming little restaurant remains a great Korean option for pre-theater dining. Expect spicy rice cakes with beef brisket, soy honey chicken wings with pickled daikon, and bulgogi beef sliders with spicy pickled cucumber. Reservations available.

346 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

11. Gallaghers Steakhouse

228 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

The Prohibition-era bar and steakhouse continues to serve some serious cuts of meat and solid classic cocktails. Be sure to start off with the bacon-studded clams casino, then pair a funky dry-aged ribeye with fries and a blue cheese-drenched wedge salad. Those who seek the prime rib roast should call ahead as it’s not offered every night; it can sell out too. Accepts reservations.

228 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019

12. Don Antonio by Starita

309 W 50th St, New York, NY

The compelling reason to visit Don Antonio by Starita is to sample classically excellent Neapolitan pies in a corner of the city that’s more famous for its slice joints. Go for the classic wood-fired margherita, or a series of “montanara” pizzas that have been lightly fried. No reservations.

309 W 50th St
New York, NY

13. Meske

468 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Meske offers breathtakingly flavorful and affordable Ethiopian fare and just a short walk from the Richard Rogers theater, home to the not-quite-affordable “Hamilton.” Keep it simple: Order an Ethiopian lager and the combination platter, a heady pile of berbere spiced lentils, collards, and meats on injera, the traditionally sour and spongy bread. No reservations.

468 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

14. dell'anima

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Spaghetti arrabbiata at Dell’anima Noah Devereaux for Dell’anima [Official Photo]

Chef Andrew Whitney’s counter spot at Gotham West Market is your go-to Italian option for the Theater District, even if it’s a bit of a walk from some of the shows. Notable dishes include burrata with pine nuts and basil pesto, charred octopus with chorizo, and great pastas like tajarin carbonara and bucatini arrabbiata. Accepts reservations.

600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

15. Pelicana Chicken

641 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Pelicana Chicken James Park/Eater

This South Korean chain is expanding its presence throughout the city, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it serves some very good fried chicken. To be fair: sometimes the wings can turn out a bit bland, in which case you’ll need to add a touch of salt or soy. Every night, however, patrons can expect spicy drumsticks with such an impressively crunchy crust they don’t even lose their textural snap during delivery. Be sure to try the yellow “snowing” fries, which manage to turn fried potatoes into something that tastes like Cheetos. Reservations available.

641 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

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16. Le Bernardin

155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Eric Ripert’s three-Michelin-starred temple to French seafood remains one of the best places to dine in all of New York, which makes Le Bernardin a tough reservation. But the bar and lounge, where the full menu is served, is open to walk-ins and remains a great pre-theater option. This one is a splurge; the four-course menu is $185; the chef’s tasting is $280; the tasting of vegetables is $220. A smaller a la carte menu is also available in the bar area. Reservations available.

155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019

17. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

151 W 51st St, New York, NY
Read Review |
Aldo Sohm
Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Daniel Krieger

This isn't one of those hip natural wine bars found in Paris or downtown Manhattan; this is a classic place to enjoy classic wines in expensive Zalto stems, a place where the entry-level Champagne runs $28. Also go for the charcuterie, the jambon beurre, or the heady merguez sausage in pita. Reservations available.

151 W 51st St
New York, NY

18. Le Sia

651 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Read Review |
Pink shrimp and red crawfish are arranged in an alternating fashion in a bowl at Le Sia, shot from overhead Louise Palmberg/Eater

The owners behind the acclaimed Chinese-Cajun shellfish boil spot shuttered their original East Village location during the pandemic, but the Hell’s Kitchen sequel remains open. Expect pretty much everything that made the original great: meat skewers (lamb, kidneys, tendon, sausages), traditional appetizers like spicy mung bean noodles, and of course, piles of shellfish for face melting seafood boils — laced with chiles, rice cakes, and crispy youtiao. Options for the boils include crawfish, snow crab, whole lobster, whole Dungeness crab, and king crab legs. Reservations available.

651 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

19. Pio Pio 8

604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This Peruvian chain serves some of the city’s finest and most affordable rotisserie chickens. Expect a tender, flavorful bird with a fantastic poultry punch. Pair the chicken ($6-$23) with an order of tostones, maduros, or salchipapas (fries and hot dogs). No reservations.

604 10th Ave
New York, NY 10036

20. E.A.K. IZAKAYA

360 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

E.A.K. Izakaya, along with Totto (also listed in this guide), is your go-to for good Japanese noodles in the Theater District. The Japanese chain serves excellent iekei ramen, a blend of fatty pork-based tonkotsu and soy-based shoyu, with wonderfully firm noodles. Accepts reservations.

360 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

21. Joe Allen

326 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

It would be hard to envision a Theater District guide without this mainstay that’s been feeding both Broadway-goers, stars, and stagehands for decades. Grab a seat at the bar, order a strong Manhattan or martini, get a respectable steak frites, and toast to the end of the night at in one of the greatest cities in the world — you may even see some Broadway stars.

326 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

22. The Rum House

228 W 47th St, New York, NY

This is the definitive answer to “Where can I listen to live old time-y music in Times Square without a cover charge?” The dimly lit space in the Hotel Edison is an oasis of (crowded) civility on 47th Street, and while the kitchen offers a few small bites — popcorn and warm pretzels — the drinks are the draw, from a solid classic daiquiri, to a rum old-fashioned, to a non-frozen riff on the piña colada.

228 W 47th St
New York, NY

23. Tim Ho Wan

610 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Barbecue pork buns at Tim Ho Wan Ryan Sutton

Hong Kong chain Tim Ho Wan — which famously attracted hour-plus waits when it debuted in the East Village — now boasts a Hell’s Kitchen location, where the queue is more reasonable. The smart play is an order of barbecue pork buns, crispy on the outside, doughy within, with an ample supply of sugary swine. A proper meal for two can dip under $40. You can join the wait list for seating via Yelp.

610 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

24. Taam Tov

41 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Most of New York’s Uzbek restaurants are located throughout Rego Park, Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Kensington. Taam Tov, however, is the rare Manhattan option for excellent Central Asian fare. Located on the second floor of a Diamond District building, the room fills up quickly with patrons coming for char-grilled kebabs and plov, the famously heady rice pilaf stuffed with lamb and carrots. No reservations.

41 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

25. Los Tacos No. 1

229 W 43rd St, New York, NY
Two tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 Robert Sietsema

This fast-casual taqueria is ideal for when the curtain call is in 20 minutes or less. If that sounds like too much of a concessionary recommendation, consider that Los Tacos is one of the city's most heralded taco stands. The right move is the al pastor, pork spinning on a spit, crisped on the griddle, stuffed into a corn tortilla, and garnished with pineapple, and finished with guacamole. No beer or booze here: instead, there’s horchata, grape soda, and Fanta. No reservations.

229 W 43rd St
New York, NY

26. MáLà Project

41 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Read Review |
A Sichuan dry pot (upper left) and other dishes at MaLa project Anthony Bui/Eater

Amelie Kang’s midtown restaurant remains a fantastic spot to enjoy the wonders of Sichuan dry pots. Patrons build their own bowls filled with fiery blends of any number of ingredients, including (but not limited to) beef tenderloin, tripe, tendon, tongue, squid, crab stick, tofu skin, rice cake, enoki mushrooms, and spam. Also consider the wonderfully slippery liangfen mung bean noodles to start off with. Accepts reservations.

41 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

27. Farida

498 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
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Shashlyk assortment on a white plate at Farida Alex Staniloff/Eater

This pan-Central Asian spot might just be one of the best places to eat grilled meat in all of Midtown West. Owner Farida Gabbassova-Ricciardelli and chef Umitjon Kamolov serve serious charcoal-grilled shashlik; the chicken thigh skewers balance crisp skin with fatty juiciness and tender flesh. Be sure to try the Uzbek national dish that is plov, rice pilaf made sweet from aromatic carrots and funky with tender chunks of heady lamb. Note: For kosher Uzbek fare, check out the excellent Taam Tov in the Diamond District, also listed in this guide. Accepts reservations.

498 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018

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141 W 41st St, New York, NY