Located in the heart of the Theatre District, Restaurant Row NYC is a one-block stretch of 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues jam-packed with distinctive restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world. You will find whatever you're looking for in this only-in-NYC cluster of fine dining, perfect for pre-theatre prix-fixe or a leisurely late-evening meal. Below are Restaurant Row New York establishments worthy of the spotlight, all practiced at getting theatergoers out in time for the curtain.
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Run by the same Italian family since 1906, it’s a wonderfully old-school inside—with chandeliers overhead and servers in white jackets. Venture to the back of this beautiful restaurant to find a relaxing garden complete with a stone fountain. The menu offers a wide range of Piemontese-style food, including roasted rabbit in a white wine and lemon sauce as well as a delicious risotto with porcini mushrooms. Barbetta is the perfect Restaurant Row NYC go-to for a pre-show dinner or a hit-the-spot martini at the small, elegant bar.
If you want to enjoy the delectable fare at Becco, you are in good company. This small, welcoming trattoria is busy before, during, and after Broadway shows and likely has been since its opening in 1993 by owner Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joe (Eataly, Felidia, Del Posto). Feeling famished? Look no further than the unlimited servings of three traditional pasta recipes. The menu also offers great salads, antipasti, grilled swordfish and hanger steak.
Dim Sum Palace
For those in a hurry, this tranquil-yet-speedy Chinese restaurant is the go-to Restaurant Row NYC choice. Look for shrimp and pork shumai, fried wontons, roast duck dumplings, vegetarian hot and sour soup and sautéed scallops with black pepper sauce. And for those nights out, there’s a fully stocked bar and late-night dim sum until 1:30 am.
Enjoy a grilled chicken club sandwich or penne with mascarpone, gorgonzola, sweet and hot Italian sausage, marinara sauce and pecans at this vintage hole-in-the-wall. Wander upstairs to Bettibar, a dark and cozy loft offering the same full menu. While the drinks flow until 44 am the kitchen closes around midnight on most evenings (later on the weekends, earlier on Mondays and Tuesdays). Call or visit their website for exact hours of operation.
Joe Allen is well-loved among the theater crowd and this namesake saloon is no different. Founded in 1965, the watering hole is great for cocktails, business lunches, and pre- or post-theater dinners. Opt for favorites like the pan-roasted salmon, hamburger, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and hot fudge pudding cake.
If you’re looking for a lively hangout, La Pulperia is the place to be! This Hell’s Kitchen hotspot is always on but the Sunday brunch drag shows are a can’t miss! Select from tasty menu items like beef-filled empanadas, rich pappardelle sunken under short ribs, puttanesca sauce with fresh herbs. And of course, a dash of sangria for the finishing touch!
This warm, welcoming Spanish taverna holds fast to tradition, with pitchers of sangria and pans of Valencian-style paella adorning nearly every white-linen-covered table. Guests love the shareable tapas options, including shrimp with garlic sauce, bread soaked in tomatoes and Serrano ham, and fresh octopus in vinaigrette.
This low-key restaurant serves up a menu with an Italian bent—popular choices include beef carpaccio, pizza, linguine with clams and calf’s liver with pancetta and sage. Reservations are highly advised, especially for pre-show dinners.
Sushi of Gari 46
Look for something a little more intimate? Sushi of Gari 46 is a refined dining option located at the base of a brownstone. Favorites include the creative omakase dish and cold marinated eggplant with bonito flakes, followed by an entree like the Tuna of Gari spicy tuna roll or the shrimp tempura with rice.
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