New York City serves up an exceptionally diverse array of tantalising food options. Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern, French... you name it and we bet your bottom dollar the city has it. Teeming with fun and inventive eateries eager to transport you and your tastebuds to a whole new world of flavor, trying to pick out the best pre-theatre dinner spot in NYC can be overwhelming. That's why we’ve gone and done the dirty work for you. The verdict? This wicked roundup of the 30 best Theater District restaurants and bars to pair with your Broadway experience.
Best Theater District Restaurants NYC
We spoke with hundreds of Headout users and Broadway enthusiasts, and even had a chat with Miki Kawasaki, an accomplished food writer and former contributor of the popular food blog, Serious Eats. We asked them what their favorite places to grab a bite before hitting the theater are - here's what they had to say!
Casual and Mid Level Sit Downs
A little piece of Italy in the heart of Manhattan, La Masseria offers up the perfect, pre-theater dinner. Classic dishes made with fresh ingredients capture the true essence of a farm-to-table dining experience. With an extensive wine list to compliment the food and an epic cheesecake you won’t want to miss, La Masseria is by far one of the best Italian restaurants in the Theater District.
235 W 48th St, NY 1003
12 PM - 3 PM, 5 PM to 12 AM
Torishin truly provides one of the most authentic, Tokyo style yakitori experiences. The name ‘Tori shin’ means ‘true chicken’, while ‘yakitori’ means ‘grilled chicken’. This upscale Japanese restaurant uses only top quality ingredients, including organic chicken. The art of yakitori has been perfected by the chefs here and meals include performances by the masters themselves, offering you a unique peek at this ancient technique. The sake collection is also impressive, offering one of the most extensive menus in all of New York.
362 W 53rd St, NY 10019
Sun-Wed: 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Thu-Sat: 5:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Dallas BBQ Times Square
For those looking to have some fun at dinner and don’t mind getting a little messy, this is your spot. Wings, BBQ ribs, and burgers, oh my! ...It’s time to get your hands dirty! Save your appetite for after the Broadway show and enjoy Dallas BBQ's late night hours. It's nothing but good vibes (and good food) here.
241 W 42nd St, NY 10036
Sun-Wed: 11 AM - 12 AM
Thu-Sat: 11 AM – 1:30 AM
This restaurant exudes flavors as colorful as a broadway show itself. From the shores of Southern France to the coast of North Africa, the dishes at Boulud offer up a true taste of the Mediterranean. The pleasant decor and sunflower-yellow accents make it such a charming atmosphere… you might want to keep an eye on your watch or you could easily end up missing your show!
20 W 64th St, NY 10023
Mon-Sat: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Sun: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
Ballade Your Way
Authentic flavors from the Middle East that jump off your plate, meals here are made with only the freshest of ingredients. (Balade actually means ‘fresh’.) The staff are more than willing to prepare your food just the way you like it, so take advantage of the diverse ingredients available! Shawarma, falafel, kebab… you really can have it your way at Balade.
144 W 37th St, NY 10018
Mon-Fri: 11 AM - 10 PM
Strip House will cater toward all of your cravings. The restaurant’s siren red interior recreates the old glamour world in a sophisticated, classy manor. Studio Manasse prints of 1930’s burlesque stars adorn the walls, giving your eyes something to feast upon as you sip on a cocktail or glass of wine before your food arrives.
15 W 44th St, NY 10036
Mon-Wed: 11:30AM - 10PM
Thu-Fri: 11:30AM - 11PM
Sat: 5PM - 11PM
Sun: 5PM - 10PM
Sashimi, hot pot, and teishoku, oh my! Specializing in traditional home cooking, Ootoya brings the taste of mom’s kitchen to NYC. Meals are fresh and healthy, yet satisfying. This sophisticated restaurant is the perfect place to broaden your palate for Japanese cuisine.
141 W 41st St, NY 10036
Mon-Wed: 11:30AM - 10PM
Thu-Fri: 11:30AM - 11PM
Sat: 5PM - 11PM
Sun: 5PM - 10PM
Glass House Tavern
The Glass House Tavern brings creativity to New York’s theater district. Executive Chef Craig Cupani serves a contemporary American menu that focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients, with hints of Italian flair. The restaurant’s warm tavern-like atmosphere makes for a calming environment to enjoy a meal amidst the bustling Theater District. It’s also a favorite among Broadway stars - perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to be seated next to one!
252 W 47th St., NY
Sun-Mon: 11AM - 2AM
Tues-Sat: 11AM - 3AM
Midnight Craving a perfectly cooked, famous Porterhouse Steak? Enough said; Wolfgang’s is your place. With side dishes to satisfy every taste bud and a decadent dessert menu to top it all off, your stomach will feel the love tonight.
250 W 41st St, NY 10036
Sun-Thu: 12PM - 11PM
Fri-Sat: 12PM - Midnight
Everyone is havana a good time here. Tapas, classic Cuban entrees, and live latin music set the scene for more than just a simple meal. Happy hour deals- like $1 empanadas and deliciously, cheap rum cocktails- give both you and your pocket something to feel happy about.
151 W 46th St., NY
Sun-Wed: 11:30AM - 11PM
Thu-Sat: 11:30AM - Midnight
A cozy atmosphere and mouth-watering, traditional French cuisine make this pre-theater dinner spot a favorite. Located in the heart of the Theater District, Le Rivage offers a great selection of entrees at unbeatable prices.
340 W 46th St., NY
Tues-Sat: 11:30 PM - 11 PM
Sun-Mon: 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
From seafood to pasta, you won’t leave Carmine’s hungry. This family-style restaurant specializes in serving up some of the best Southern Italian food in the Theater District. With two locations, you’re sure to make it to the theater with plenty of time to settle into your seats before the show starts.
200 W 44th St., NY
11 AM - Midnight, daily
Speciality martinis and some of the city’s best sushi rolls? Sake to me! With an exceptionally amazing Happy Hour, this spot is great for both food and drinks. Be sure to sample some of Natsumi’s outstanding Japanese-Italian fusion dishes (...did someone say Japanese carpaccio?!)
226 W 50th St., NY
Mon: 3 PM - 11PM
Tue-Fri: 3 PM - 11:30 PM
Sat: 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Sun: 4:30 PM - 11 PM
Lunch Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30 AM - 3 PM
Spice up your pre-theater dinner plans with some authentic Mexican food. One of the best restaurants on Broadway, Toloache’s recipes are sure to send you off to the theater feeling nice and tipsy... the restaurant has a fantastic tequila list you don't want to pass up! And if liquor isn’t really your thing, no worries- instead, get your buzz from the awesome guacamole and ceviche bar.
251 W 50th St., NY
Sun-Mon: 11:30 AM - 10 PM
Tue-Thu: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:30 AM - 12 AM
Inspired by its namesake French port city, Marseille has incorporated the cultural influence of the Mediterranean. Dishes exude an exciting fusion of French, Italian, Greek, and North African flavors. Bouillabaisse, savory tagines, gourmet ‘five napkin’ burgers, and short ribs are just a few favorites. Its Casablanca-like atmosphere makes this spot a beloved pre-theater staple.
630 9th Avenue, NY
Mon-Tue: 11:30 AM - 3 PM, 5 PM - 11 PM
Wed-Fri: 11:30 AM - 3 PM, 5 PM - 12 AM
Sat: 11 AM - 3 PM, 5 PM - 12 AM
Sun: 11 AM - 3 PM, 5 PM - 11 PM
Danji is one of NYC’s restaurants that just keep getting better! Authentic Korean dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and classic techniques that capture the flavors perfectly. Ordering a bunch of small plates and sharing is a great way to sample the wide array of unique menu items. The tall communal tables make the atmosphere fun and lively, or, if you want a more intimate experience, opt for a personal table.
362 West 52nd St., NY
Mon-Thu: 5 PM - Midnight
Fri-Sat: 5 PM - 1 AM
Sunday: 4 PM - 11 PM
Lunch Hours: Mon-Fri: 12 PM - 2:30 PM
Brunch on Sat & Sun: 11 AM - 3 PM
Azalea offers a delicious spin on classic Italian food in the Theater District. The restaurant serves up unique under-the-sea specialities from the Brescia and Amalfi Coast regions. The menu beautifully fuses together rich, creamy sauces and heavy meats of Brescia, with fresh seafood and savoury vegetables of the Amalfi Coast. Don’t forget to check out the wine list!
224 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
Sun-Thu: 12 PM - 11:30 PM
Fri-Sat: 12 PM - 12 AM
This classic, hot-spot is one of the best Theater District restaurants of all time. Nowhere else captures the spirit of show-biz like the walls of Sardi’s. Over a thousand caricatures of celebrities line the walls, setting the stage for a great broadway-esque meal. Order off the special, pre-theater dinner menu and choose between a variety of satisfying, continental recipes.
234 W 44th St., NY
Tue-Sat: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Sun: 12 PM - 7 PM
Tony's Di Napoli
Dished out like a true Italian family-style dinner, Tony’s cooks up fantastic, South Neapolitan recipes. So bring your appetite because portions are huge; and with food this good, you might find yourself sixteen going on seventeen helpings! And did I mention the killer dessert menu? Cannolis, tiramisu, tartufo, cheesecake, chocolate decadence…. Need I say more?
147 W 43rd St., NY
Sun-Thu: 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:30 AM - 12 PM
Named after it’s Alsatian executive chef, both the food and the dining area at Gabriel Kreuther’s exude European grandeur. From the ceiling hang 42 crystal storks, while elegant, reclaimed wood beams generate a relaxed warmth that perfectly rounds out the luxurious space. Perhaps the most uniquely designed component of Kreuther’s kitchen is the chef’s table. Tucked away in the midst of all the action- yet visible from the main dining area, people have the opportunity to connect with the talented team behind their exceptional culinary experience.
41 W 42nd St., NY
Mon-Fri: 12 PM - 2 PM, 5:30 PM - 10 PM
Sat: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Indian Accent offers up traditional Indian dishes with a modern twist. Nostalgic flavours are packed into each and every recipe, while global techniques are incorporated in the preparation. This careful blend of old and new results in food that is beautifully executed.
123 W 56th St., NY
Mon-Sat: 12 PM - 2 PM & 5 PM - 10:30 PM
Sun: 5 PM - 10 PM
Upscale and Fancy
The View Restaurant and Lounge
Let your experience begin by allowing the gorgeous glass elevator to escort you to your table, 48 stories above New York City. Enjoy classic American food and cocktails from the only revolving rooftop restaurant in the entire city. The rotating floor makes a 360° turn every hour, giving you breathtaking views of Times Square throughout your entire dinner. A meal at The View is a show itself!
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Mon, Tue, Thu: 5:30 PM - 12 AM
Wed: 4:30 PM - 12 AM
Sat: 4 PM - 1:30 AM
Sun: 10 AM-1:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 12 AM
The brilliant architects and designers of The NoMad have created a dining space that’ll make you feel as though you’ve just stepped into an elegant, French chateau. Situated in the center of several dining rooms is a gorgeous atrium that produces the atmosphere of an airy, sun-kissed European courtyard. As for the food, it’s as impressive as the pyramidal glass roof that perfectly lights the atrium. Each dish intertwines color and flavor into a lovely masterpiece- also known as, your fantastic dinner. Order a cocktail or glass of wine from the 24-foot-long mahogany bar and enjoy it while soaking up the warmth from the beautiful fireplace imported from France.
1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Reserve in advance here.
The Palm West Side
Known for their exquisite seafood and steaks, The Palm also has an extensive wine collection to match. Their stunning bar is known for its delicious cocktails, and the food, especially the steaks, are to be seen to be believed.
250 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019
Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11:45 AM - 3 PM
Mon: 3 PM - 10 PM
Tue-Sat: 3 PM - 11 PM
Sun: 4 PM - 11 PM
Straight from Paris, Le Bernardin serves some of the absolute, finest French cuisine in New York. The restaurant has held three stars from the Michelin Guide since its 2005 New York launch and currently ranks 24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Not a bad way to preface your broadway show! It’s nothing but class and magnificent seafood at La Bernardin.
155 W 51st St., NY
Mon-Thu: 12 PM-2:30 PM, 5:15 PM - 10:30 PM
Fri: 12 PM - 2:30 PM, 5:15 PM - 11 PM
Sat: 5:15 PM - 11 PM
Nestled within One Bryant Park, Aureole is an inimate dining experience. Be it prix fixe or the chef's tasting menu, there is a delight in every bite. Aureole also has a more casual counterpart, for those looking to have a light pre-show meal.
135 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:45 AM - 2:15 PM
Mon-Sat: 5 PM - 10 PM
Bars and Lounges
Lantern's Keep at The Iroquois
This intimate venue captures the essence of classic cocktail culture. The drink menu is teeming with innovative concoctions that put a modern twist on timeless favourites, such as the Old Fashion and Manhattan. Dark, quiet, and mysterious, the Lantern’s Keep is the perfect place to let the genie out of the lamp. Dish about the show you’ve just watched while sipping on a delicious Iroquois #2 (Cognac, lemon, Yellow Chartreuse, and pineapple) or an exciting Sea Fizz (St. George Absinthe, Lemon, seltzer, and egg white).
49 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Mon: 5 PM - 11 PM
Tue-Fri: 5 PM - Midnight
Sat: 7 PM - 1 AM
While the cocktails here are definitely on-point, it’s something else that’ll give you a buzz at Bar Centrale… the very likely-encounter with Broadway stars who are also looking for a place to kick back after a show. This speakeasy bar is sophisticated, cozy, and conveniently tucked away in a nicely, hidden spot. Enjoy an intimate experience at this gem and you’ll feel like you just scored an invitation to a secret, 1920’s drinking den.
324 W 46th St., NY
Mon-Fri: 5 PM - 12 AM
Sat-Sun: 5 PM - 11 PM
The Rum House at Hotel Edison
Art Deco, swanky red décor, and the smooth sound of jazz create quite the feel-good atmosphere at The Rum House. Soak up the exciting New York City nightlife at this hip, midtown piano bar specializing in rum cocktails. After watching a lively Broadway show, it’s the perfect place to rum chug chugger.
228 W 47th St., New York, NY 10036
12 PM - 4 AM, daily
Bar 54 at The Hyatt
Set atop the 54-story Hyatt hotel, it’s nothing but seductive views and sultry cocktails at Bar 54. As you shift your gaze from the impressive skyline of Manhattan to your gorgeous, gourmet appetizer, prepare for sense to be blown away. Bar 54 is definitely something wonderful!
135 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
Sun-Wed: 4 PM - 1 AM
Thu-Sat: 4 PM - 2 AM
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