New York city has a lot to offer in terms of fine dining options and bars. It is a bit of a Broadway tradition to visit one of the iconic restaurants before you go to the theater. After the show many people decide to go for a drink in one of the bars near Times Square in the Theater District. In this article we will introduce you to our favorite 5 restaurants to go before and after your play or musical.
301 W 47th Street, New York, NY 10003
This is a great establishment which is close to all the theaters. It offers fine dining options and great Spanish cuisine. Usually the wait time is no more than 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes on busy nights. We recommend that you try the tapas and as far as drinks go- the Margarita is great. The restaurant is close to Chicago – The Musical and Aladdin so if you have tickets to any of these shows, Cucut is great option for pre-theater dinner.
Tony Di Napoli’s
1081 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10065 | Bet 63rd & 64th St
Tony’s is a real New York and Broadway icon. It has been around since 1893. The kitchen is inspired by the south Neapolitan heritage of the original founder. The recipes are handed from parents to children and it will be hard to find a more authentic Italian cuisine near Times Square. The establishment is appropriate for large families as well as couples. As far as Broadway goes it is close to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and the home of Beetlejuice – the Winter Garden Theatre.
1697 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
You can’t come to New York and not have a real New York-style pizza slice. A great place to do this is Angelo’s Pizzeria. This restaurant has seating availability but most of the patrons come in and out for a slice. Angelo’s is a 4th generation family operation that has been making great Italian styles Pizza’s forever. The founder, Angelo’s, was famous for the attention he paid to the crust. “It should be blackened and crispy!”. His recipes were handed down to his children and nephews who continued the family business to this day.
What we recommend is buy some tickets for Dear Evan Hansen (you can buy tickets here and read more about the show here), go to Angelo’s about one hour prior to the start of your performance and have a slice of the Long Island Grandma’s
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Katz is by far our favorite New York style Deli. If you want a classic pastrami sandwich on a pumpernickel bread you will not find anything better than Katz’s. Their secret is in the slow process of curing the meat without using any chemicals. It takes longer but the results are worthed. There is a reason why this dining establishment is a favorite of New York’s elite. Prices are on the higher end but the extra bucks are well worthed.
We included Katz’s in this list although it is not close to the Theater District. But it is just so good and such an iconic New York place that we couldn’t exclude it.
If you have theater tickets and you are eating at Katz’s the best way to get to your show is taking the subway. If you are uncomfortable riding the train a taxi will cost you about $30.
Last but not least is
352 W 44th St (between 8th and 9th Aves.) New York, NY 10031
Etcetera Etcetera is a great example of simple but good American cuisine. If you are looking for a simple, humble but clean and delicious restaurant – this is your place. It is right in the middle of the theater district so it is just a walking distance from pretty much all Broadway shows. We recommend trying the WILD MUSHROOMS AND BÉCHAMEL CRÉPES. They are heavenly.
The bar is pretty great too. Grab a drink while you wait for a table. We recommend the Negroni.
This concludes our short list of 5 top restaurants to get a pre-theater dinner near the Broadway shows. New York has a lot to offer in terms of dining but these are our favorites. But be adventurous and explore. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about restaurants or about the best places to buy tickets