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Where to Eat Before or After a Broadway Show

People come from around the world to Broadway and the Theater District every day for world class shows and plays. Since the timing can sometimes be tricky for lunch or dinner if you have a show to catch, you may looking for a good place to eat before or after a Broadway show close by. So if you ever in the area, check out this guide on our favorite restaurants close to the Theater District.

Carmine’s – 200 West 44th St
Carmine's Fried Calamari

There are a bunch of excellent Italian restaurants close to the Broadway theaters and in Times Square. Our favorite of the bunch is Carmine’s. Carmine’s is known for their huge serving sizes that are meant to be shared for family style dining. Of note, they have a ton of options for pastas. Their pastas are all excellent but we especially love their mixed seafood linguine with white sauce and rigatoni with sausage and broccoli.

Buca di Beppo – 1540 Broadway

Honestly there can be a long wait to be seated at Carmine’s and you may not have the time before a Broadway play so Buca de Beppo is another excellent option. We love their pastas too and you can’t go wrong with their meatballs and chicken marsala either. Yet another option along the same line is Tony’s Di Napoli (147 W 43rd St).

Shake Shack – 691 8th Ave
Shake Shack Burger

If you are looking for quick bite or something good on the go, check out Shake Shack. Their burgers are legendary in New York City. If you haven’t tried a Shack Burger yet, you really have to move it to the top of your to do list!

Ippudo – 321 W 51st St
Ippudo Bowl of Ramen

One of our favorite ramen restaurants in New York City recently open a new location in Midtown and it is only a short walk from most of the theaters on Broadway. Their ramen is tasty and their broth is full of flavor. Totto Ramen (464 W 51st St & 366 W 52nd St) is another great spot for ramen in the area.

Chez Josephine – 414 W 42nd St

Chez Josephine is a unique restaurant with a lively and fun atmosphere. This French restaurant has been a standby for theater goers for years and their food is top notch. Their French onion soup and spaghetti Bolognese are both must tries. Chez Josephine is also an excellent brunch spot.

Danji – 346 W 52nd St

If you are looking for something memorable, Danji is your best bet. It is a small modern Korean restaurant but this is one restaurant where you want to try everything on their menu! Bulgogi beef sliders? Bibimbap? We’ll take one of each! Esca (402 W 43rd St), Mario Batali’s Italian seafood restaurant is another good choice for fine dining in the area.

Larb Ubol – 480 9th Ave

There are a ton of Thai restaurants in Midtown but there is only one Larb Ubol. They stand out with their delicious authentic Northeastern Thai dishes. This is especially a good spot for people who love spicy foods!