Whether you’re in town exploring the city or a local resident looking to check out a show on Broadway, making a night of it is a must. Understandably the thought of eating out in the heart of New York City can be a little daunting when it’s crawling with tourist attractions and oversized candy stores, but within a few blocks of many theaters are hidden culinary gems—some that might even keep you coming back regardless of if a show is on the night’s agenda. So when the agenda calls for something a little bit special, the below eateries can make for an extra memorable night that gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the city (read: not surrounded by out-of-towners).
1. CITY KITCHEN
Location: 700 8th Avenue
Traveling with friends or family who can’t agree on one cuisine? Step inside this fairly new food market featuring seven different vendors ranging from fresh sushi to lobster rolls to unique doughnuts. You can stroll around, order as you please and then group back up at one of the open seating tables to happily enjoy your differing choices. Think of it like your local food court… but much, much better.
Location: 630 9th Avenue
If you’re looking for a solid Italian meal without breaking the bank, this is your place. The menu features the classics like margherita pizza and spaghetti cacio e pepe, while also offering slightly less common options like brick-oven-baked gnocchi. Plus gluten-free eaters, you’re in luck—they offer an extensive g-free menu with all of the traditional dishes you crave.
Location: 346 West 52nd St.
Sweet potato noodles, kimchi poutine and bulgogi sliders are just a few of Danji’s dishes that create a memorable meal. Each plate is designed to be shareable with the table, making it a fun place to dine with a crowd – or a cozy spot for a date. And the setting turns Times Square into a trend-setting haven with its tiny jewel-box vibe.
4. GLASS HOUSE TAVERN
Location: 252 West 47th Street
Cuisine: New American
With the bar open until 3 a.m., you’re bound to find yourself stopping in for a drink after a late night show. The cocktail and wine lists are extensive, plus the bar menu isn’t over-priced when you’re craving something greasy to go along with your night cap.
Location: 251 West 50th Street
The loft-like high ceilings and unique art including a huge painted lady is more West Village than Times Square (which makes sense since there’s another Toloache in that neighborhood as well). The imaginative Mexican dishes like the fruit-filled Guacamole and the Chapulines, which are Oaxacan-style dried grasshoppers, match the setting. Don’t worry—they have traditional dishes like chicken quesadillas and fish tacos, as well. Chef Julian Medina’s famed hibiscus margarita perfectly compliments any of their culinary creations.
6. PENNSYLVANIA 6
Location: 132 West 31st Street
Cuisine: American + raw bar
Cheery red banquettes and polished wooden walls create a welcome vibe from the moment you step into Pennsylvania 6, an upscale pub just blocks from some of Broadway most famous theaters and a stone’s throw from Madison Square Garden. Like any self-respecting pub, this one offers an impressive craft beer selection and plenty of flat-screen TVs, but what sets it apart is… well, everything else. From custom cocktails to an impressive raw bar selection to hearty American fare, this is one of those rare finds in midtown Manhattan where you actually want to just hang out a while.
7. AS IS
Location: 734 10th Avenue
Worth the walk to 10th avenue, As Is seems like a Brooklyn transplant, but it’s not. It’s just a newly opened, dimly lit craft beer bar with snacks and sandwiches (like nachos, pretzels and grilled cheese) that will keep you satiated through the end of the show. It’s just far enough west to feel worlds away from the bustle of the Theater District with perfect portions for sharing, making a great spot to tuck away for a more intimate vibe before curtain time.
PS: To celebrate our partnership with the off-Broadway comedy Party Face, one lucky Rouletter will win a round of drinks for up to 4 friends at Pennsylvania 6! To enter: Share a picture showing how you’re kicking off the New Year with the hashtag #PARTYFACEPLAY on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Winner announced 1/16 — but drinks may be claimed any time in the next three months.