Where to eat before and after a Broadway show
It’s the age-old question. “Where do you want to go for dinner?” And the age-old response. “I don’t know. Where do you want to go for dinner?”
With more restaurants on every block than you can count, finding a place to eat in the Theater District that everyone can agree on may feel overwhelming. It’s best to have a dining game plan set ahead of time because the Twizzlers and sippy cups of wine you grab at intermission won’t always do the job. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants where you should eat before and after a Broadway show.
A good rule of thumb is to steer clear of any restaurant that exists in your hometown. (Sorry, Olive Garden). Hamilton tells us that New York is the greatest city in the world, so that means some of the greatest food in the world is at your fingertips. We’ve hand-picked the best of the best near the Great White Way so that you can make your plan now. From splurge-worthy specialties to budget bites, we’ve found a restaurant for everyone that fits every price point.
614 9th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Street
Established in 1988, this family-owned and operated restaurant is a New York City staple. There’s something for everybody on their menu, and we’re not just saying that because it’s eight-pages long. Whether you want a salad at 11 am ahead of a matinee or need a waffle at 11 pm after a show, Westway Diner can satisfy every craving. This local hot spot is also a favorite of some very famous New Yorkers. Westway is the diner where Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld reportedly ate as they came up with the concept for Seinfeld. So that means, yes, soup for you!
Nearby Theatres: Majestic Theatre, Broadhurst Theatre, St. James Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre
229 W 43rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue
Tacos may not be the first dish that comes to mind when you think of New York, but after stopping at Los Tacos No. 1, your head will be turned. For less than $7, you’ll have your choice between carne asada (steak), pollo asado (chicken), adobada (pork), and nopal (cactus) on either a corn or flour tortilla. If you’re going for an authentic taste, choose the corn. Make sure you order your tacos “con todo” so they come complete with all the toppings, including salsa, cilantro, onions, and guac. Prepare yourself for the little kick of spice by ordering a horchata or an ice-cold Mexican Coke.
Nearby Theatres: Lyric Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Broadhurst Theatre
246 W 48th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
World-class chefs and restaurant owners from all around New York came together to create P.S. Kitchen, which means you can’t go wrong with anything on the delicious all-vegan menu. Their sophisticated plant-based dishes boast remarkable flavors inspired by the season and meals from around the world. Best of all, P.S. Kitchen donates 100% of its profits to charity. It’s no wonder the New York Post said, “An angel has landed in Hell’s Kitchen.” Between the good food and the great mission, P.S. Kitchen is the place to be.
Nearby Theatres: Longacre Theatre, Walter Kerr Theatre, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Samuel J Friedman Theatre, Barrymore Theatre
326 W 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue
This snug tavern in the middle of Restaurant Row is famous not only for its American comfort food and cocktails but also for its hilariously decorated walls that are lined with posters of big Broadway flops. Joe Allen is a favorite of locals and tourists alike, and it’s a favorite for Broadway casts and crews, too, who frequently gather there for a post-show drink. The namesake owner has been spotted at the bar on more than one occasion, too. And no night at Joe Allen is complete without ordering their banana cream pie for dessert. It’s far from a flop.
Nearby Theatres: Imperial Theatre, Richard Rodgers Theatre, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
234 W 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue
Sardi’s is the quintessential Broadway restaurant. It has been a Theater District staple since it first opened on 44th Street in 1927. Best known for the celebrity caricatures lining the walls, its menu caters specifically to the Broadway crowd. You can enjoy delicious pre-theater, post-theater, and pre-fixe dinner options (appetizer, entree, dessert, and coffee). But what makes Sardi’s the ultimate Broadway restaurant is the fact that it’s the “birthplace of the Tony Award,” because the idea for the award came to producer/director Brock Pemberton while dining here in the 1940s.
Nearby Theatres: Shubert Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre, St. James Theatre, Booth Theatre, Minskoff Theatre