Where to Eat Pre-/Post-Theatre in New York

September 12, 2009 § 1 Comment

As I mentioned, I love to eat.  I am a self-confessed “foodie.”  And if I am going to eat out, I want to eat well.   I don’t always dine out pre/post theatre, but have managed to enough times to develop my list of favorites, all within walking distance of the theatres on The Great White Way.

Here’s my list.  It covers various cuisines and price ranges.  I’ve linked all of the names to their web sites where you can review their menus, theatre specials, hours of operation, and reservation policies.

With the exception of John’s Pizzeria, I would strongly recommend that you make reservations, whether it be for lunch or dinner, before or after your show.  You can book a table directly on most of the web sites or use www.opentable.com.

  • Bond 45 Italian steakhouse, homestyle cooking, in the center of the Theatre District.
  • Cara Mia An inviting, creative Italian restaurant nestled on 9th Avenue at the edge of Theatre District.   Insalata di Pera and the Scampi al Limone are favorites of mine.
  • Churrascaria Platforma Go hungry to this Brazialian steakhouse.  The salad bar is out-of-this world and the perfectly-cooked meat is endless.
  • Hell’s Kitchen Progressive  Mexican cuisine at the border of the Theatre District and Hell’s Kitchen.  Try the Crusted Tuna Tostadas and the Pan Seared Halibut (of course, there is always the Guacamole served with Homemade Guallilo Corn Tortillas…)
  • Insieme Haute Italian dining that combines the traditional and the contemporary.  For a lighter meal, I like the Octopus Carpaccio and one of their delicious pastas.
  • Joe Allen Classic American fare is served in this Theatre District institution opened in 1965.
  • John’s Pizzeria Brick-oven pizza in the heart of Times Square.  They serve salads, sandwiches, and pasta, but really, the pizza is the thing.
  • Marseille French, Italian, Greek and North African influences at this 9th Avenue bistro.   For lunch, I like the Moules Frites.
  • Saju Bistro Authentic French Provencal cuisine in a warm setting.  I am a creature of habit at Saju: Jardinette salad, Steak frites, and a side of spinach.

And here are three more that I’ve not yet been to, but about which I’ve heard great things:

  • Becco Lidia Bastianich’s Italian restaurant in the Theatre District.  They are known for their pre fixe lunch ($17.95) and dinner ($22.95) menus.
  • Blue Fin In the W Hotel right on Broadway in Times Square.  Fantastic sushi, prominent raw bar, fabulous fish dishes and desserts, and a kids’ menu … it is no surprise that Blue Fin is always busy.
  • db Bistro Moderne Daniel Boulud’s French-American restaurant at the edge of the Theatre District.  A splurge, but if a DB restaurant is on your list then this is an excellent choice.

And, lastly, if you happen to be going to the theatre, or opera, at Lincoln Center, you might want to check out:

Buon Appetito!


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