Dining in New York’s Theater District

Date: March 1, 2012      Publication: Bottom Line Personal      Source: Gerry  Frank      Print:

Many people visiting New York City want to see a Broadway show and enjoy a delicious meal before or after the theater. Restaurants near the theaters usually offer pre-theater, prix-fixe menus—many also offer post-theater specials. Reservations are strongly recommended, and tell your server the curtain time. Enjoy!


Barbetta. An Italian gem more than a century old. Pre-theater prix fixe, $58. 321 W. 46 St., 212-246-9171, www.BarbettaRestaurant.com.

Carmine’s. Generous portions served family style, $25 to $35. 200 W. 44 St., 212-221-3800, www.CarminesNYC.com.

Esca. Italian seafood winner from Mario Batali. Entrées $20 to $35. 402 W. 43 St., 212-564-7272, www.Esca-NYC.com.

Orso. Popular casual spot. Entrées $15 to $32. 322 W. 46 St., 212-489-7212, www.OrsoRestaurant.com.

Remi. Noted house-made pastas and risottos. Entrées $19 to $40. 145 W. 53 St., 212-581-4242, www.Remi-NYC.com/.


Danji. Korean dishes are served in small portions as tapas plates, $6 to $20. 346 W. 52 St., 212-586-2880, www.DanjiNYC.com.

Ruby Foo’s. Pan-Asian fare at a large, boisterous Times Square locale. Pre-theater dim sum, $8 to $15, or heartier entrées, $16 to $24. 1626 Broadway, 212-489-5600, www.RubyFoos.com.


db Bistro Moderne. Daniel Boulud’s maison. Three-course pre-theater prix fixe, $45. 55 W. 44 St., 212-391-2400, www.DanielNYC.com.


FireBird. More than 160 vodkas join the menu of prix-fixe dinners, $45…or main courses, $30 to $50. 365 W. 46 St., 212-586-0244, www.FireBirdRestaurant.com.


Hell’s Kitchen. Lively Nuevo Mexican restaurant. Entrées, $18 to $24. 679 Ninth Ave., 212-977-1588, www.HellsKitchen-NYC.com.

Source: Gerry Frank, author and publisher of the best-selling guidebook Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York 2014-2015, now in its 18th edition.