NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Guide to New York City When New Yorkers talk about Broadway, they generally are referring to theatrical performances in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 or more seats located in and around the... more
NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Guide to New York City When New Yorkers talk about Broadway, they generally are referring to theatrical performances in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 or more seats located in and around the Theater District in Manhattan, an area spanning roughly from 42nd to 53rd Street and from Sixth to Ninth Avenues. The Broadway Theater District is the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan, home to many Broadway theaters, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment. The part of Broadway that runs through the Theater District is nicknamed The Great White Way, a reference to the countless bright lights that have illuminated this area now for over a century. Our Broadway Theater District Guide focuses on several themes and aims to give NYC.com visitors valuable information regarding a variety of Broadway topics: • Tips For Visiting the Broadway Theater District and Booking Broadway Shows, Hotels, and Restaurants • NYC.com's Recommended Broadway Theater Hotels • NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Restaurants Tips For Visiting the Broadway Theater District and Booking Broadway Shows, Hotels, and Restaurants Plann... more
NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Guide to New York City
When New Yorkers talk about Broadway, they generally are referring to theatrical performances in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 or more seats located in and around the Theater District in Manhattan, an area spanning roughly from 42nd to 53rd Street and from Sixth to Ninth Avenues.
The Broadway Theater District is the heart and soul of Midtown Manhattan, home to many Broadway theaters, restaurants, hotels, and other places of entertainment. The part of Broadway that runs through the Theater District is nicknamed The Great White Way, a reference to the countless bright lights that have illuminated this area now for over a century.
Our Broadway Theater District Guide focuses on several themes and aims to give NYC.com visitors valuable information regarding a variety of Broadway topics:
• Tips For Visiting the Broadway Theater District and Booking Broadway Shows, Hotels, and Restaurants
• NYC.com's Recommended Broadway Theater Hotels
• NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Restaurants
Tips For Visiting the Broadway Theater District and Booking Broadway Shows, Hotels, and Restaurants
Planning a visit to New York City to see a Broadway show is something truly exciting. No city in the United States—or in the world, for that matter—has such a storied tradition or such vibrant offerings of top-quality musical theater as what you find in the Broadway Theater District. Millions of people flock here each year to see Broadway shows, some of which have had such long successful runs that they almost seem like part of the architecture of the city itself! Our Theater District Guide is designed to provide you with some valuable insider tips in making such a visit possible, enjoyable, and memorable.
If you have never seen a Broadway show before, do bear in mind that of the 39 larger theaters, only five of them are actually located on Broadway itself. Most of the theaters are located on various side streets in the Theater District. Thus, you'll need to do some advanced planning to ensure you pick the right hotel to suit your needs; to find the best restaurants to dine at that meet your budget; and to know about a few places to go before or after the show to have dinner or drinks with family, friends, or colleagues. Given the general hubbub of Midtown, especially on the weekends, it is much more sensible to work out an itinerary in advance, so that you feel free to take in all the sights and sounds to the fullest.
There are generally two different approaches people take when traveling to New York City to see a Broadway show: You can book a particular hotel, and then scout around the vicinity to see which nearby Broadway theaters have tickets available. Or you decide on a particular Broadway show you want to see, purchase tickets, and then look around the vicinity of the theater where it's playing to choose your accommodations. Both approaches work, and both can be handled very easily by simple step by step navigation on our NYC.com pages.
If choosing your desired hotel is your first priority, you do the following:
1. Click HERE to make hotel reservations in the Theater District.
2. Read about the hotel, then click What's Nearby?.
3. On the What's Nearby? page, click the button that says "Theaters".
You'll see a map showing a green balloon with your hotel surrounded by blue balloons indicating all the Broadway theaters in the vicinity. Mouse scroll over a blue balloon and you'll see the name of the show currently playing, and a green button to purchase tickets.
If your first priority is to purchase Broadway tickets, just do the following:
1. Click HERE for Broadway Tickets.
2. Type in the name of the show in the search box or use the Shows A-Z pulldown menu to see the full list of shows.
3. Read about the show, then click What's Nearby?.
4. On the "What's Nearby?" page, click on the button that says "Hotels"
You'll see a map depicting your show in a green baloon, surrounded by blue baloons indicating all the hotels in the vicinity. Mouse scroll over a blue balloon and you'll see the names of hotels to consider, and a green button to check rates and book a room there.
You can navigate NYC.com either way and find all the information you need to make a great choice for your hotel accommodations and theater tickets. You can also click on the Restaurants radio button under What's Nearby to see dining options in the immediate vicinity of your hotel and theater. For additional businesses, click on our terrific Street View option, and you'll suddenly feel like you're standing right in front of the hotel or theater itself, with 360 degree scrolling that allows you to have a virtual look around the specific location or businesses you're interested in!
Prefer to speak with a live operator to make your final decisions about your travel arrangements? Feel free to call our hotline at any time of day or night at 1-888-VISIT-NY and you can book all your Broadway tickets and hotel rooms over the phone with our live NYC.com travel specialist. It's a free call—and the fastest way to see the bright neon lights on Broadway.
NYC.com's Recommended Theater District Hotels
Theater District hotels in New York City are properties in the nearby vicinity of theaters and generally offer various services and useful information directly related to Broadway shows. For example, a family of four traveling to the Big Apple concerned about the cost of accommodations, Broadway tickets, and restaurant bills might choose a budget hotel to help keep down the overall costs of their trip. A young couple with no kids in tow might opt for a more stylish, romantic boutique hotel that suits their particular lifestyle needs for their Broadway weekend package. The variety of Broadway Theater Hotels recommended here allows visitors to choose one that works for them based on its location to a certain theater or selection of restaurants and also based on the type of hotel it represents, be it a budget hotel, an elegant luxury hotel, or a stylish boutique property. Although location usually ranks highest, there are other factors and variables which also come in to play and need to be considered when booking a hotel and attending Broadway shows here in the city.
Row NYC is an iconic, newly renovated hotel and is ideally located in the heart of Times Square within walking distance to Broadway theaters, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, Restaurant Row, Madison Square Garden and Madame Tussauds New York. The hotel features 1,331 newly renovated guestrooms (including 5 suites) with spectacular panoramic views and high end amenities. Row NYC’s spacious guestrooms are 100% non-smoking and feature flat panel televisions. An array of guestroom confirugrations are available, including King, queen, twin and double-double accommodations. Row NYC is in the immediate vicinity of three Broadway theaters including the legendary Shubert Theater, which was home to over 6,000 performances of A Chorus Line between 1975 and 1990. Famous restaurants on Restaurant Row are nearby as well, including Carmine's, B. Smith's and Sardi's just around the corner on 46th Street.
New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
Located on Broadway in the heart of Times Square, the Marriott Marquis is a special hotel indeed because it actually boasts its own 1611-seat in-house Broadway theater situated on its third floor, the Marquis Theater, where in shows such as White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, and La Cage Aux Folles were staged. This midtown Manhattan hotel is perfect for weekend getaways, family travel, and business travel and is just minutes away from the ritzy Fifth Avenue shopping strip, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and many other attractions. In addition to offering amenities such as high-speed internet access, a 4,000 square foot state of the art fitness center overlooking Times Square, Marriott Revive beds, and spacious marble bathrooms. It also features an astonishing 36-story atrium, and its famous rooftop restaurant and lounge, The View, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.
The Time Hotel
A deluxe property built in 1926 and renovated in 1999, The Time Hotel located in Times Square combines minimalist urban design and an avante-garde furniture selection. Set on the same street as The Ambassador Theater and the Eugene O'Neill Theater, where the shows "Chicago" and "Spring Awakening" have been playing, this hip boutique hotel created by renowned designer, A. Tihany, offers individually styled rooms which are the perfect place to hide in the center of Manhattan. Broadway enthusiasts staying here can dine on unadulterated Italian fare at its elegant in-house restaurant, Serafina, and retire after catching a show to enjoy a drink or two at its lovely and intimate Inc. Lounge. Due to its small boutique capacity, featuring just 193 rooms, visitors who want to spend time at The Time Hotel should be certain to make hotel and theater reservations well in advance.
Hilton Times Square
Soaring 44 stories above Manhattan, the Hilton Times Square is surrounded by famous department stores, lively nightlife, shopping, fine restaurants, and Broadway theaters, most notably the nearby Hilton Theater, opened in 1998 on the former site of the legendary Apollo and Lyric Theaters which had fallen into disrepair. This four star hotel offers oversized guest rooms with spectacular panoramic views, and perched 25 stories above Times Square is the hotel's sleekly designed Restaurant Above, which offers a prix-fixe before and after theater dinner menu. In addition to its Broadway friendly location and dining accommodations, the Hilton also offers cultural, shopping and adventure packages for those who want special discount arrangements during their stay here.
Hotel St. James
Located in a convenient Midtown Manhattan location just down the street from the Broadway theater which shares its name, The St. James Theater, and near The Helen Hayes Theater, the smallest Broadway house in the city, the St. James recommends itself to Broadway theater hounds who perhaps want to purchase tickets for several shows and minimize the cost of their hotel accommodations. Also located within close walking distance are the reasonably priced Trattoria Trecolori, the French Le Bernadin, and the New York Palace's elegant Gilt, three fine restaurants which all cater to the pre-theater dinner crowd. Although rates do vary throughout the year, the Hotel St. James is one of the most affordable Broadway Theater District hotels in the city.
This stylish Ian Schrager hotel designed by Philippe Starck sits just half a block from Broadway on 46th Street, making it a perfect location if you are here to enjoy the best Broadway shows. When evening falls in New York City, its Mezzanine Restaurant offers a prix-fixe dinner menu that allows you to have a relaxed dining experience and still make the opening of the Broadway show you're going to. The Paramount's 567 guest rooms are adorned with pop-nuevo style furnishings laid out in a neutral color scheme of grey, white and black, and its reasonably priced hotel suites are offered in a variety of sizes to accommodate the needs of individuals, families, and traveling groups of hotel guests.
Planning to see the new Broadway Wizard of Oz spinoff, Wicked? It might be fun to check into Night, located just one street over from the Paramount, and just a short walk away from the Gershwin Theater, where Wicked is playing to sold out audiences. Night bills itself as an exercise in Modern Gothic Gotham, a study in the contrast of black and white set against the Technicolor background of New York's Times Square. As a ravishingly dark and beautiful luxury boutique hotel, its 70 guestrooms present the look and feel of private residences, each outfitted with sleekly sophisticated black and white décor and furnishings that evoke a sense of mystery and contemporary sophistication. Night's amenities for the mere mortals privileged to stay here include concierge services, a 24-hour per day multilingual staff, and an in-house restaurant aptly named Nightlife.
Mandarin Oriental, New York
A stunning fusion of modern design with stylish Oriental flair, Mandarin Oriental, New York presents 248 elegant guestrooms and suites — all with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Five-Star hospitality. Luxurious amenities include Asiate, the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Mobar, created by noted interior designer, Tony Chi, and the Lobby Lounge with dramatic views of Central Park. It boasts a 14,500-square-foot Mandarin Oriental Spa, the largest of its kind in Manhattan, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a 75-foot lap pool. Located in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center, the Mandarin Oriental is in an idyllic location just steps away from world-class dining, shopping and most importantly, the Broadway Theater District. If traveling to New York City to see a few Broadway shows is your desire, and money is no object, the Mandarin Oriental offers a first-class, truly exquisite experience.
Millennium Broadway Times Square
Give your regards to Broadway at the Millennium Broadway, with its easy access to Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, and fine dining in the Theater District. To experience world famous shows, from this location you can easily walk to any of 22 landmark Broadway theaters and several off-Broadway theaters. Although there are numerous dining options in the immediate area, the Millennium's elegant Restaurant Charlotte serves contemporary American cuisine all day long and is ideal for pre- or post-Broadway show dining. The 638 spacious guest rooms here offer a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of New York City and are luxuriously appointed with custom bedding and advanced technology.
Doubletree Guest Suites
The Doubletree is an all-suite hotel and boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in Midtown Manhattan, making it a favorite among families visiting New York City who want to attend Broadway shows. You can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner by the lights and stars of the Great White Way in its Broadway-themed restaurant, Center Stage Café, or have a pre-show cocktail at the hotel's Cabaret Lounge. In close proximity to the Brooks Atkinson Theater, Lunt-Fontanne Theater, and the Palace Theater. Nearby you'll also find Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and a host of other attractions. A great location at great value with great Broadway shows in the immediate vicinity.
The Edison Hotel
Built in the same Art Deco style as Radio City Music Hall in 1931, this tourist haven is a favorite among Broadway theater attendees traveling to New York City. If you want to save time, the Edison features in-house Sofia's Restaurant, serving Italian cuisine, the Rum House, serving cocktails in a West Indian atmosphere, or you can head into the Café Edison, aptly renamed by theater patrons as the "Polish Tea Room". Step outside the hotel and you are one block away from the Broadway Theater District's famous Restaurant Row, offering a wide array of cuisine choices all lined up next to each other between 8th and 9th Avenue. Guest rooms are designed to accommodate either business or vacationing travelers, equipped with Wi-Fi, in-room movies, blow dryers and other amenities. Edison is very affordable and popular choice for Broadway enthusiasts of all stripes.
Westin New York Times Square
Located a block from Broadway shows, the nearest theater being The Majestic, where The Phantom Of The Opera has been playing since 1988, the Westin offers 863 guest rooms in a 45-story tower that is definitely an avante-garde addition to the city's skyline. The rooms feature bright contemporary furnishings, modern lighting, and abstract art, and many patrons who stay here rave about the super comfy signature Westin beds.
The Belvedere Hotel
For many visitors to New York City the Belvedere sets the standard for Theater District hotels. Its grand lobby features elegant marble floors, exquisite statues, fashionable furnishings, and well-placed decorations. It also is the home of the renowned Brazilian steak house, Plataforma, with its lively crowd of guests and pulsating live Samba band entertainment. Guests here can also walk to Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue shops. The Brooks Atkinson Theater, the Walter Kerr Theater and The Ambassador Theater, where the musical "Chicago" has enjoyed a 12-year run, are all located within a block of this Broadway District favorite.
Washington Jefferson Hotel
If you would like to travel to New York City and see several Broadway shows, you might want to consider the Washington Jefferson Hotel, a reasonably priced Midtown hotel situated on West 51st Street and 8th Avenue, just a few blocks from Times Square and numerous Broadway Theaters. Although it does not offer the glamour and flashiness of a five star luxury hotel, if your main purpose during your stay is to spend money on Broadway show tickets, it certainly can help that rooms here can be had throughout most of the year for under $250 per person per night. Broadway enthusiasts have generally praised the WJ for its convenient location, cleanliness, and good value. There are also a number of fine restaurants down the street, including Vice Versa, Maria Pia, and for French fare, Tout-Va-Bien, all three of which offer prix-fix menu options and cater specifically to the Broadway theater dining public.
NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Restaurants
The restaurant scene in the Broadway Theater District of New York City is a vibrant and animated one, all the more so when you consider that on any given evening many of the people seated in the dining area around you have Broadway tickets in their wallets and a show to go to. When visiting one of the establishments from NYC.com's Broadway Theater District Restaurants below, keep in mind that almost all of them are prepared to deal with the pre-theater going crowd and they do so in various ways. Restaurant chains, such as Planet Hollywood or Hard Rock Café, have their cooking and serving machinery so well oiled that you can count on quick table service, but you will still want to mention your theater time to your server or waitress when you sit down at a table there. For any of the other restaurants from our Broadway Theater District list, ones that offer an elegant dining setting, multiple course menus etc., it is always best to make reservations in advance and even let them know upon initial contact that you have theater plans.
On another note many high end restaurants will also offer what is called a prix fixe menu, or fixed price dinners, which is simply a collection of pre-determined items presented as a multi-course meal at a set price. These are helpful to both theatergoers and restaurants alike because they greatly reduce the time involved in servicing your table, expediting the decision making process involved in dining at that particular establishment.
Given the fact that the hotel you are staying at in New York City will most probably have an in-house restaurant (some of them serving truly exceptional fare), our NYC.com Broadway Theater District Restaurant list below focuses on restaurants in and around the hotels in the district, ones which are for the most part independent entities all their own.
One of the top rated and most popular barbecue joints in Manhattan, barbecue is a way of life at this Midtown location. Virgil's offers a number of different styles: Memphis Pork Ribs and Chicken, Carolina Pulled Pork, Owensboro Lamb, and Maryland Smoked Ham to name a few, and their dishes are smoked over a variety of hickory, oak, and fruitwoods smokers. Despite the reasonable Times Square prices, and the relatively reliable a la carte service, Broadway theater goers would be best advised to go here a bit early on account of the restaurant's popularity and heavy traffic at pre-theater times between 5pm and 7pm.
If you're in the market for better than average family style Italian food served in huge portions at a reasonable price, then Carmine's is the place for you. Broadway theater patrons often like to come here after the show to feast on their Country Style Rigatoni, Fried Calamari, Shrimp Scampi, and Chicken Scarpariello. Designed by Peter Niemitz, the interiors evoke the images of the quintessential New York restaurant, with elements and details rom the 1920's to the 1940's. When looking at the menu here take a tip from us and split the entrée selections between two or more people. You'll see what we mean by reasonably priced.
Hard Rock Café
How about a taste of good old rock 'n' roll before heading to your Broadway Theater show? The Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square will rock your senses with tantalizing food and drinks and an awe-inspiring rock memorabilia collection. This is also a wise choice for Broadway theater goers traveling in groups, since this establishment prides itself on speedy service and handling large volumes of nightly traffic. And if you really have to hurry to make that Broadway show time, you can also just go the buffet route, and completely cut the wait time right out of the picture. Burgers, chicken wings, quesadillas, sirloin steaks, barbecue ribs, salads, sandwiches-- they serve it all.
In the heart of New York's Theater District, Sardi's has been the the toast of Broadway for decades. Known for the hundreds of caricatures of showbiz celebrities that adorn its walls, Sardi's opened at its current location on March 5th, 1927. Featuring both a pre-theater and post-theater menu, as well prix fixe luncheon and dinner menus, you can dine at this fine Italian dining establishment before or after attending either a matinee or evening show. And whether you choose the Jumbo Crab Cakes, the juicy Sirloin Steaks, or the Marinated Pork Chops, you're not just dining on the food here, you're taking a big bite of Broadway Theater District culinary history.
Barbetta, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, is the oldest restaurant in New York that is still owned by the family that founded it. Barbetta is also the oldest Italian restaurant in New York, and the oldest restaurant in the Broadway Theater District.
From the menu you can see that traditional Piemontese dishes such as Agnolotti, Risotto, Polenta, and Bollito have been served at Barbetta since 1906. Decorated with 18th century Piemontese antiques, this historic establishment offers 24 different pre-theater choices at a fixed price one would expect from such a noble four star establishment. Authentic Italian cuisine at its finest.
Opened in the Theater District by its owners Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joseph, this Italian establishment has has become known for its acclaimed $17.95 prix fixe lunch menu and its $22.95 prix fixe dinner menu that includes a large assortment of Italian antipasti or a classic Caesar salad, together with unlimited tableside servings of three daily pasta preparations. Executive Chef William Gallagher, a celebrity in his own right, places great value on selecting only the freshest ingredients. Chef Gallagher had the incredible honor of cooking for his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit in New York City in the spring of 2008.
Broadway Joe Steakhouse
Centrally located in a charming townhouse in the Broadway Theater District, Broadway Joe's has catered to every type of celebrity, from the stars of Broadway, movies, and television to New York sports teams such as the Knicks, Yankees, Mets, and Rangers. Its bar lounge area overlooks Restaurant Row and features a 20-foot "Wall of Fame" pictorial history honoring more than 150 celebrities who have made their indelible mark on the Broadway Theater. Favorite dishes from the menu here include New York Cut Prime Sirloin Steak, Prime Ribs of Beef, Grilled Salmon Filet, Pasta Primavera Marinara, the signature Caesar Salad and of course, New York Cheesecake. Serving special group menus as well, for many Broadway theater fans, the nightly theater experience begins right here.
Global, Eclectic, $$$
B.Smith's on Restaurant Row serves a Global-Eclectic menu featuring B.'s versions of cuisines from around the globe. The bar is almost always bustling for happy hour with a hip, multi-ethnic clientele including the theater crowd, business and entertainment executives, tourists, and viewers familiar with B. from her TV show and publications. Patrons here includes everyone from heads of state and captains of industry to artists, celebrities and the guy and gal next door. Sunday Brunch features a selection of gourmet omelets and Pan Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Pancakes, French Toasted Butter Crackle Brioche and a Petrossian Smoked Salmon Platter. Reservations are recommended, especially for pre-theater or theater matinee Wednesdays.
The Firebird, an authentic pre-revolutionary Russian restaurant, offers an unparalleled dining experience, transporting visitors back in time in a dining room adorned with exquisite china, family collectibles, and a library with shelves of rare Russian books. This rarity is the culmination of a life-long dream of Baroness Irina von der Launitz, granddaughter of Vladimir von der Launitz, the mayor of St. Petersburg until his assassination in 1907. If you're curious about Russian cuisine, and would like to experience it in a setting that makes you feel as if you are at the Czar's Palace, they offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus ranging from $30 to $50 dollars. If you're in a hurry to get to your show, you would be best advised to choose one of our other speedier Broadway Theater Restaurant listings.
For dining in the heart of the Broadway Theater District, the Joshua Tree offers a choice of three different dining areas, a bar and lounge, a rear private quarter, and a roomy upstairs with individual booths and large glass window overlooking Restaurant Row. With the charming ambience of a modern sports bar, it provides a unique setting for a menu of delicious seafood and grills, along with an extensive drinks menu. For Broadway theater attendees a reasonably priced prix-fixe menu is also available which includes a glass of wine.
For authentic homestyle foods, regional wines and culinary traditions of Chile, Broadway fans might want to consider the lovely Pomaire. A very reasonable prix fixe dinner can be purchased here which consistently ranks as one of the top ten deals in the Theater District. It features a choice of Maipo Valley Pot Roast, Roasted Free Range Chicken, or Grilled Chilean Salmon as an entrée and a dessert selection of Vanilla Flan, Baked Apple Crisp, or Chocolate Soufflé. But it is the compelling charm and irresistible tranquility that make dining at Pomaire such an enjoyable experience. With little of the hustle and none of the tourist trap atmosphere you find at other Restaurant Row venues, Pomaire remains one of Midtown's best-kept secrets.
The House of Brews
Some Broadway theatergoers do not want a multiple course dining experience before or after attending a show, preferring lighter fare washed down with a beer or two instead. In this case we heartily recommend The House of Brews, where you can dine on Prince Edward Island Mussels, or Hot Chicken Wings bathed in Diablo Garlic Fire Sauce, while sipping a brew from their impressive international beer menu. With its professional and speedy service, this is the perfect place for a quick pit stop before heading off to your Broadway evening show.
Trattoria Dopo Teatro
Trattorio Dopo Teatro is a unique combination of extraordinary Italian cuisine, exquisite décor, and affordable prices. A Theater District favorite, it is also boasts one of the most beautiful interior gardens in New York City. Their pre-theater dinner available Monday through Saturday from 5pm—7:30pm offers Broadway theater goers a choice of soup or salad appetizer, Pasta of the Day or Chef's Main Course of the Day, and dessert, all for an extremely reasonable price given the high quality of the Italian cuisine and the beautiful ambience of the restaurant experience. Their wine cellar houses Trattoria Dopo Teatro's award-winning selections of more than 145 wines, and if you request downstairs seating, you will marvel at the Garden as you look up the side of a skyscraper looming above you. This after theater trattoria is affordable, delectable, and unforgettable.
The Sea Grill
The Sea Grill embodies the essence of the sea and the glamour of New York, combining both classic elegance and contemporary flair in its design. Featuring scrumptious regional seafood dishes such as Grilled Cavendish Farms Quail, Gulf of Maine Shrimp, Hawaiian Snapper, and Casco Bay Lobster, the restaurant also caters specifically to Broadway theater going audiences by offering seasonal pre-theater menus which are available daily from 5pm to 6:30pm. The Sea Grill wraps diners in a sublime, sophisticated scene that conveys the depth and comfort of the sea.
A pioneer in the revival of 42nd Street since 1986, Chez Josephine is a retro return to the joie-de-vivre of Paris of the 1930's, and a magnet for pre-theater dining in the Broadway Theater District. Built as a tribute to legendary 1920's performing artist, Josephine Baker, this restaurant offers American and French cuisine of the highest quality and freshest variety. It also features live piano entertainment nightly for dinner and Sunday brunch, as well as periodic guest appearances of various local jazz, soul, and blues vocalists. The larger-than life presence of proprietor Jean-Claude Baker, adoptive son of Josephine, looms large over the bustling, vibrant atmosphere to be enjoyed here.
This charming cafe places a strong culinary emphasis on goose and duck dishes, often cooked over wood smoke, as well as fresh river salmon and delicious trout. They also serve a number of entrees originating from Southwest France that incorporate ingredients such as wild mushrooms, truffles, foie gras, walnuts, hams, cheeses, and French wines, some of which stem from the vineyards around Cahors and Gaillac. In addition to their fabulous lunch and dinner offerings, you can also stop by Pigalle for a leisurely Continental Breakfast starting at 6:30am daily.
Located adjacent to another beautiful Broadway Theater property, The Muse Hotel on West 46th Street, District weds casual sophistication with classic American cuisine and serves as a quiet oasis in the midst of the high energy of the surrounding neighborhood.
Chef Patricia Williams introduces her seasonal American cuisine here with an ingredient driven menu featuring Mushroom Strudel, Seared Stripe Bass, and a delightful Cookies and Cream dessert dish. Broadway Theater guests here will love the handcrafted wine list, offering organic and biodynamic selections from small American vineyards by the bottle or the glass. The impressive three-course pre-theater menu served here nightly and the calm ambience of the locale makes a trip to District well worth a visit.
Ted's Montana Grill
For Broadway Theater patrons who like heartier, rustic American fare, there's always the all-natural beef, bison, and chicken cuisine grilled nightly at this Ted Turner-owned establishment. Everything on the menu is fresh, made from scratch, with nothing pre-frozen, microwaved, or boiled in a bag. Ted's Montana Grill prides itself on being an eco-friendly restaurant, using recyclable paper menus, paper straws, and promoting its 99% plastic-free environment. Feature entrées include Fresh Cedar Plank Salmon, Bison Meatloaf, and All-Natural "Beer Can" Chicken. Park your horse out front, partner,
and go on in.
From traditional Edo-mae sushi to avant-garde, Sushi Zen offers a wide array of Japanese cuisine that dazzles the eyes and delights the palate. They also feature a special order item called Omakase, which roughly translates to "Let the chef create the best menu for me!". And he does, for a price that ranges anywhere from $50 to $150 (not including drinks), depending on the number of successive dishes you choose to eat. The minimalist décor of this fine dining establishment offers a much welcome and peaceful relief from the bustling city outside its doors. Conveniently located near several Broadway Theater District venues, if you're willing to spend a few yen, this place is a genuine Japanese treat.
Café Un Deux Trois
Classic French cuisine served in a vibrant Brasserie setting, dining here puts you within a few blocks of the Minskoff, Hilton, and Neil Simon Theaters, where The Lion King, Young Frankenstein, and Spamalot are currently playing to sold out houses. Café Un Deux Trois is highly frequented by Broadway diners who come here for the prix fixe theater menu which features an assortment of French soups, entrees, and desserts for a very reasonable price.
American cuisine with European accents, served in a spacious room with soaring ceilings and an elliptical bar, Thalia's prixe fix dinner menu is a delight: Soup of the Day or Fricassee of Seasonal Mushrooms as an appetizer; your choice of Ravioli, Free Range Chicken, or Koho Salmon for your entrée; along with a trio of Assorted Ice Creams or Sorbets for dessert. Thalia is a happening place in the Broadway Theater District and Executive Chef Paul Nelson and his professional staff are there to serve you first-rate, fine dining enjoyment.
Located a block away from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, Sapporo is beloved for its delicious ramen and heathy soups, and has long been considered by many to be one of the most authentic, reasonably priced Japanese noodle shops in Manhattan. If the mostly Japanese clientele doesn't convince you of Sapporo's authenticity, the din of satisfied diners slurping huge bowls of steaming ramen will. They're also famous for their gyoza, or Japanese dumplings, and their donburi, which is pork or chicken served over rice with a soy-flavored sauce. To top it all off, nothing on the menu costs more than $10, making it a rare exception in the often somewhat pricey Broadway Theater District.
Del Frisco's Steakhouse
This legendary and award-winning steakhouse in the Broadway Theater District features three levels, each with its own formidable and distinctive flair. The main level is dominated by the "The Power Bar" with its street level views of The Avenue of the Americas. The romantic Mezzanine has its own intimate bar area and elevated views of the restaurant's spectacular interior, while the lower level of Del Frisco's showcases a stunning glass-walled area that allows guests to dine in the heart of their impressive Wine Cellar. Juicy slabs of corn-fed beef or broiled Australian lobster tails, served with thick hunks of bread and a beer your thing? Del Frisco's is the place for you.
Utsav, a word with origins in Sanskrit, means festival, and it is here in the Broadway Theater District where you can savor a contemporary dining experience and traditional flavors of authentic Indian cuisine. In an open, relaxed dining room setting you can taste the piquant offerings of the Konkan coastline, the temperate flavors of Kashmir, the delicately spiced seafood of Bengal, and the richly flavored curries of Punjab. The Broadway Special prix fixe dinner menu served between 5:30pm and 7:30pm daily presents theater patrons with a nice variety of Indian appetizers, entrees, and desserts at a very affordable price. Highly recommended to those who would like a taste of India.
Since it first opened its doors in 1963, Victor's Café has been the place Broadway Theater goers return to again and again for generous portions of authentic Cuban cuisine. This lovely restaurant, owned and run by the Del Corral family, offers both a prix fixe lunch menu and prix fixe dinner menu that is sure to satisfy anyone who has a predilection for fresh mixed salads, robust sausage or savory ham entrees, followed by traditional Cuban custard for dessert. Victor's is also one of the only Broadway Theater restaurants on our list which specifically features After Theater Specials, including small dishes such as Sugarcane-Glazed Salmon, Sliced Roast Suckling Pig, or you might want to try their refreshing cold Gazpacho Soup. This is quintessential Cuban cuisine at its finest.