Where to Eat in NYC’s Theater District Before Your Show

Guest post by Alex Johnson

There’s nothing more classic than dinner and a show, and you’re guaranteed to be in your seats on time since most restaurants in the Theater District offer pre-theater menus. But since NYC is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, how do you choose which place is perfect for your night? Here are a few of my favorites:

Becco
355 W. 46th St.
Feed your inner carb-lover at New York’s famous Restaurant Row restaurant, Becco. Be sure to indulge in the restaurant’s most popular option: unlimited tableside service of three daily pastas prepared by Executive Chef William Gallagher. Owner Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joe, curated the rest of the menu with hearty entrees, plenty of pasta, and a $33 wine list – yes please!

Joe Allen
326 W. 46th St.
Show posters from Broadway flops – you know, the shows that ran one performance and then, well, flopped – line the walls of this Midtown icon, which has been serving patrons and performers since 1965. The menu changes daily, so try something new or go classic with a hamburger or a New York strip steak. If you’re planning to see a matinée, check out their brunch menu for a bite before the show.

El Centro
824 9th Ave.
Find this colorful restaurant in el centro of Hell’s Kitchen and try a taco or burrito that will transport you to el centro of Mexico after the first bite. And, if you’re really searching for an authentic taste, order the tamales in your choice of Portobello mushroom, salmon, or skirt steak. Have an extra minute before your show? Top your meal off with a side of chips and salsa.

Kodama Sushi
301 W. 45th St.

Kodama Sushi (claimed the “best sushi in NYC”) sits at the corner of Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Theater District marking the spot a neighborhood fave for many – theater goers and theater stars. Satisfy all of your cravings with a wide variety of reasonable priced rolls, soups, salads, and hot stone dishes.

Bond45
221 W. 46th St.
Pasta and Pizza isn’t all this Italian kitchen has to offer. With options of chicken, seafood, steak, veal and an all-day breakfast menu, something is sure to pique your appetite. Try a hand-carved dry-aged steak, bone-in veal parmigiana, or fill your plate up at the famous antipasto bar, which offers an array of market vegetables. You can’t make the wrong choice at Bond45.

Shake Shack
691 8th Ave.
This fast-food haven has just what you need for your pre- (or post-) show feast. The Theater District Shake Shack serves up hamburgers, French fries, and, of course, their famous shakes. Floor-to-ceiling windows transport you to center stage as you chomp into a juicy ShackBurger, made with 100% all-natural Angus beef – every time.

City Kitchen
700 8th Ave.
Everyone in your group is craving something completely different right before your show? City Kitchen features some of New York’s finest restaurants in one convenient location. Visit this food-court of gourmet vendors to satisfy any and all of your cravings. From sushi to burgers, ramen to Mediterranean, lobster rolls to donuts, everyone is guaranteed to find something catered just for them.

Toto Ramen
366 W. 52nd St.
This authentic noodle shop (two of their locations are in Taipai, Taiwan, so THAT authentic) brings in a lot of patrons, so get there pretty early to make sure you get served before your show starts. Switch up your normal ramen by adding toppings or making it extra spicy – and remember, it’s cash-only.

Now that you have the perfect place in mind for your pre-show meal, you need the perfect show to compliment it. Go for a spicy show, like The Book of Mormon or Kinky Boots, to go with your piping hot bowl of ramen, or a sweet and salty number, like Beautiful – The Carole King Musical for a well-rounded end to any meal. There are plenty of options in New York’s bustling Theater District so you can always find the best Broadway shows to feast on.

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