Everyone loves a great Broadway show. Everyone really loves a good meal and a great Broadway show. There are a variety of restaurants in and around the Theatre District that offer tasty food, quality service, and a unique atmosphere for theatergoers who are looking for a quick bite before their show. Check out these options to find the one that works best for you.
This bistro and café is owned by the former maître d’ of the famous Joe Allen Restaurant. They specialize in American/traditional style cuisine and offer a blend of great service and a comfortable atmosphere. The staff keeps an up-to-date schedule of show times to ensure guests are served in a timely manner so they can get to their show on time. Another benefit this spot offers is the opportunity to see some celebrities. The third floor is specifically reserved for A-listers and has boasted stars such as Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
Most reviews for the restaurant were positive in nature. A user by the name of Jeepster posted the following review on Menu Pages, “I’ve wanted to go here for awhile but never made it until the other night. What have I been waiting for? The atmosphere is terrific. I saw an actor at one table and a well known director having dinner at another. It really is the Clubhouse of Broadway. My mussels with smoky bacon, cream and peas was all that and more. This is now my go to place in the area. I was with a friend but I would feel welcome dining alone. Loved it.”
Address: 258 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Ave)
For a menu, pricing, and hours of operation, visit: http://www.angusmcindoe.com
This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine such as pastas and pizza, but also serves steak too. The menu offers a long list of Italian lunch and dinner creations, and there is even a pre-theater menu for those looking for something tasty but not too much. The family feel and the location make this a great spot to check out prior to your show.
Address: 154 West 45th Street (between 6th and 7th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hours of operation, visit: http://www.bond45.com
Firebird is a restaurant that boasts grand décor, with quality service, and a lavish Russian style menu. The entire three-floor eatery is decorated with period antiques, gilded china, crystal, dramatic paintings and photographs of nobles in full regalia. Though pricey, at $29.99 for lunch and $49.99 for dinner, the atmosphere, service, and food are sure to impress.
Reviewer Peter posted of the restaurant on Menu Pages, “I am not an insider so you can trust me when I say that the FIrebird is the real McCoy. It is like being on a movie set of Czarist Russia. It is a really special experience. The food is outstanding and the decor extraordinary and so is the service. It is not cheap, of course.”
Address: 365 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hours of operation, visit: http://www.firebirdrestaurant.com
This restaurant offers American cuisine at moderate prices in an atmosphere that pays tribute to the Broadway theatre by plastering Broadway posters on the wall. The staff has a strong knowledge of Broadway shows and will be able to ensure you reach your show on time. If you choose to go after your Broadway theatre experience you can even spot some Broadway performers hanging out after the show.
An anonymous poster on Menu Pages left the following review, “Joe Allen is a perfect place to eat before the theater. You will find a varied menu from which you can even choose a terrific cheese burger. And, you will fond a terrific service staff that will always do their best to get you to the theater on time. You should always make reservations if you want to dine at Joe Allen before the theater – it usually is packed.”
Address: 326 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://joeallenrestaurant.com
A sign that reads “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” is printed above the bar, and it is this motto that reflects in all they do. The traditional Greek seafood menu is delicious and the wine list is composed of more than 250 wines by the bottle. Plus, the décor offers a cozy feel with wood beams, cathedral ceilings, and walls painted in sunset hues.
Address: 19 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://www.kellari.us
Osteria al Doge
For those who like Italian and Venetian inspired cuisine, this restaurant is for you. The menu offers specialty pasta, seafood, and risotto dishes served along with focaccia bread. The wine selections are extensive, the prices are moderate, and the service is warm; All of which make this the perfect place for a quick bite before the show.
Address: 142 W 44th St, New York NY10036 (Between 6th and 7th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://www.osteria-doge.com
This Italian restaurant is a favorite for locals and theatergoers alike. It offers traditional northern Italian cuisine as well as unique takes on classic dishes. Plus, many of the pasta dishes use pasta that is made in house. The atmosphere is cozy and boasts floor-to ceiling windows which make it a neat location to people watch before your Broadway show.
An anonymous Menu Pages reviewer shared, “We found this restaurant by accident as we were taking cover during a rainstorm. What a wonderful surprise! The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. What a cozy and friendly atmosphere. We will definitely dine here again.”
Address: 683 9th Avenue (Between 47th and 48th Streets)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://www.pietrasantany.com
This Japanese and Sushi restaurant comes highly praised and recommended. They use traditional and creative techniques when preparing dishes and offer a wide variety of fresh options.
Menu Pages user Marc left the following review, “I eat here at least once a week. They are friendly (but I always have a reservation). The sushi is exceptionally fresh and they are great variety. They also have a great seasonal selection. I truly love this place.”
Address: 108 W 44th St, New York NY10036 (Between 6th and 7th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://www.sushizen-ny.com
Tony’s Di Napoli
Tony’s Di Napoli brings you Italian food with a traditional family feel. The huge portions, which can typically serve two to three people, include options such as ravioli and large glasses of wine. Adding to the family feel is the fact that the restaurant is family owned, so it offers welcoming service to all customers.
Address: 147 W 43rd St, New York NY10036 (Between 6th and 7th Aves)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: http://www.tonysnyc.com
5 Napkin Burger
As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in burgers. However, other traditional American food and even sushi and spiced salmon are offered here. Granted the prices are not cheap, but the quality of the food makes up for that.
Cindi posted on Menu Pages, “Enjoyed 5 Napkin Burger very much! Food and service was great! Will go back again next time we’re in the city!”
Address: 630 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th Streets)
For a menu, pricing, and hour of operation, visit: https://5napkinburger.com
So whether it is a before the show meal or an after the show snack you are looking for, all of these restaurants are great choices. Simply pick your favorite type of cuisine and select the spot that you think would be the best fit. And if you are an avid theatergoer, you can probably give all of these places a try. Good food, good fun, and a good show. What can be better than that?
Author: Diamond Grant