Times Square is the beating heart of New York City where the bright lights, iconic buildings, and signature attractions draw crowds of tourists all year round. One of the world’s most visited tourist destinations with its colossal billboards, world-class theaters, and variety of entertainment centers, Times Square is also home to some of America’s top restaurants, ideally situated for feeding hungry tourists and theater-goers.
1.Charlie Palmer at The Knickerbocker
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Perched on an enviable fourth-floor corner of The Knickerbocker Hotel in the heart of Manhattan with dazzling views over Broadway and 42nd Street, Charlie Palmer at The Knick combines two of the most iconic names in hospitality to create an unrivaled dining experience. Based in the 1906 landmarked New York City treasure of The Knickerbocker, which has recently transformed into Times Square’s premier luxury lifestyle hotel, Charlie Palmer at The Knick is helmed by Chef Palmer who uses the rich history of the famous building to add new twists to his award-winning cuisine. Drawing on the local bounty of the Hudson Valley and North Atlantic, fresh seafood and grain-fed meat dishes are a feature on the menu, along with fresh vegetables and salads, and handspun pasta. The restaurant exudes an understated ‘see-and-be-seen’ vibe with sheer chain metal drapes that create semi-private spaces throughout the main dining room.
6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-204-4983
2.Sushi Seki Times Square
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Located on the historic Restaurant Row at the confluence of Times Square and Hell's Kitchen, Sushi Seki is helmed by the acclaimed Chef Seki whose innovative approach to sushi is complemented by a beautifully appointed dining space spread over two levels. The main floor boasts a large bar, which is ideal for pre- and post-theater dining with an open kitchen, a communal table, and an elegant 76-seat dining room. The creative menu features an array of omakase sushi, sashimi and other fresh and raw Japanese culinary creations, accompanied by artisanal cocktails and a full selection of premium wines, sakes, and beverage.
365 West 46th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-262-8880
3.Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Times Square
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Carmine's Italian Restaurant is a bustling family-friendly restaurant offering a Southern Italian family feast with enormous portions of traditional fare. Located only two short blocks from the Times Square 42nd Street subway station, Carmine’s menu features a variety of sumptuous dishes ranging from handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas to fresh seafood and fish plates. Also on the menu are hearty entrées of chicken, veal, beef, and vegetables, and decadent desserts such as tiramisu and tartufi accompanied by a selection of specialty coffee drinks. Carmine's Italian Restaurant features private dining and banquet rooms, as well as catering services for special occasions, and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-221-3800
4.The Palm West Side
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Located in the theatre district in Times Square, the Palm West Side Restaurant is a hotspot for theatre-goers, celebrities, tourists and regulars alike. The classic American steakhouse and storied chain serves is renowned for its USDA prime aged steaks and high-end steakhouse fare, fresh seafood dishes such as jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, and home-style Italian dishes of pasta and pizza. The outstanding cuisine is accompanied by an excellent selection of globally-inspired wines and craft beers, imported spirits and signature cocktails, and the 837 Club offers regular diners a range of exclusive perks and rewards.
250 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-333-7256
5.Dallas BBQ Times Square
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If you want big plates of classic barbecue, saucy meats, and jumbo margaritas, Dallas BBQ on Times Square is the place to go. The bustling local chain serves lunch and dinner, seven days a week and promises an unforgettable dining experience of messy, delicious, finger-licking barbecue and handcrafted cocktails. The menu boasts classics such as starters of jumbo shrimp cocktails, spicy crab cakes, chicken tenders, and freshly tossed salads, followed by entrées of heaving plates of brisket, pulled pork, sriracha chicken, Texas-style ribs, hefty burgers and New York-style steaks. Also on the menu are fresh seafood dishes, a variety of combos and daily specials, and famous frozen drinks such as margaritas, daiquiris, royales, and beers.
241 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-221-9000
6.Glass House Tavern
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Glass House Tavern is a relaxed New American bistro with contemporary décor in soothing hues, prompt and friendly service, and a convenient fixed-price pre-theater menu for diners heading out on the town. Focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers, Executive Chef Craig Cupani has created a contemporary American menu that sets Glass House Tavern apart from others. Diners can savor a range of fresh seafood dishes and daily fish specials, including salmon and trout, several succulent meat options with steaks cooked to perfection, freshly prepared salads and starters, and a range of decadent desserts. Glass House Tavern also features an inviting bar to enjoy a drink, and a late-night menu, which is available until 3:00 am.
252 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-730-4800
© Blue Fin
Blue Fin is an upscale pre-theater restaurant with a sophisticated glass-enclosed bar that serves fresh seafood and sushi dishes in a stylish, trendy setting. Located at the W New York on Times Square, the modern seafood restaurant has recently undergone a renovation and extensive new redesign by Robert McKinley to offer guests a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Times Square and unparalleled dining experience. Boasting elegant, nautically-inspired décor and a relaxed, contemporary feel, Blue Fin serves an extensive seafood-centric menu of fresh fish, shellfish, and lobster, as well as a variety of sushi. Frequented by theater-goers, tourists and New York City seafood lovers alike, Blue Fin is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1567 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-918-1400
8.John's of Times Square
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Housed in a formerly abandoned church, John's of Times Square is an old-school pizzeria that offers quick and casual fare in a relaxed setting. The Famous circa-1929 Village pizzeria is set beneath beautiful stained glass windows in a soaring Midtown space and slings trademark thin-crust pizza pies with a choice of over 20 toppings. The family-friendly restaurant also serves a selection of calzones, handmade pasta dishes, and other classic Italian American fare, along with a variety of Italian wines and craft beers. John's of Times Square is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
260 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-391-7560
9.Junior's Restaurant and Bakery
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Home of the best cheesecake, Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery is famous for great food, great fun, excellent service. Opened in 2017 and conveniently located on Broadway, the friendly eatery features outdoor patio seating for alfresco dining in the summer months, a full service bar offering an extensive list of signature cocktails and spirits, craft beers, and fine wines, and an elegant dining room. Boasting a full menu of classic American fare such as fresh seafood and prime steaks, hand-tossed salads and organic vegetables, gourmet sandwiches and decadent desserts, including their world-renowned cheesecake, Junior’s promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Manhattan.
1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-302-2000
© La Masseria
Named for the heart of any large working farm in the Puglia Region of Italy, La Masseria is an Italian restaurant on West 48th Street that takes diners on a culinary journey through Puglia in a contemporary and elegant setting. Inspired by the ancient farmhouses found on these farms where everything, from tools to live animals, is housed, the restaurant serves a menu of classic Italian dishes that are created from the freshest natural ingredients harvested from both land and sea, and that showcase the region's simple, authentic style of cooking, which is an integral part of the Masseria culture. The restaurant boasts a rustic-and-relaxed ambiance reminiscent of a true Masseria with warm, earthy hues, and newly burnished walls adorned with artful displays of antique farm tools and authentic Italian photographs.
235 West 48th Street, New York City, NY 10036, Phone: 212-582-2111
11.Lillie's Victorian Establishment
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Named in honor of Lillie Langtry, a highly successful British actress, a renowned beauty, and socialite of the late 19th century, who challenged Victorian society’s attitudes to women and was years ahead of her time, Lillie's Victorian Establishment offers an exceptional dining experience. The beautifully appointed restaurant exudes the ambiance of one of the magnificent Victorian gin palaces that once flourished in the British Isles with an antique marble bar and furnishings, along with ornate wooden carvings and antiquities procured from a ballroom in Northern Ireland dating back to the 1800s. Lillie's Victorian Establishment serves an eclectic yet traditional menu for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, as well as an impressive range of more than 50 domestic and imported beers, as well as an excellent selection of whiskeys, scotches, and wines from around the world.
249 West 49th Street, New York, New York, 10019, Phone: 212-957-4530
12.Luke's Lobster Times Square
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Luke's Lobster Times Square is a seafood counter inside the City Kitchen Food Hall, a trendy food hall on the second floor of the Row Hotel that serves Maine-style lobster rolls with toasted buns, and acclaimed clam chowder. Located in the heart of the Theatre District, the bustling restaurant focuses on traceable, sustainable seafood such as lobster, crab and shrimp, and a variety of fresh fish, which are paired with homemade bisques and chowders, Maine-style sides, local desserts, natural sodas, and local microbrews. Luke's Lobster Times Square is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, and offers catering services for special occasions and private parties.
City Kitchen Food Hall, 700 8th Ave New York, NY 10036, Phone: 917-338-0928
Comprised of an elegant restaurant and a stunning Tokyo-chic bar and lounge, Natsumi specializes in innovative, modern Japanese cuisine with a touch of Italian flair. Founded by Barbara Matsumura and helmed by Chef Haru Konagaya, the sleek eatery in the Theater District on Times Square offers an array of creative dishes with dynamic flavors, such as new style yellowtail carpaccio, sashimi arugula salad, and lobster green tea ravioli. The exquisite cuisine is accompanied by a globally-inspired wine list featuring white, red, and sparkling wines and French Champagne.
226 W. 50th Street, Manhattan, NY 10019, Phone: 212-258-2988
This spacious Times Square Irish pub serves a menu of traditional Irish and American fare and drinks in a bustling, friendly atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, O'Lunney's is spread over two floors, one of which features a large wooden bar and comfortable seating for casual dinners, while the upper level is ideal for private events and parties. O'Lunney's offers several different menus, ranging from appetizers and light snacks to breakfast, sandwiches, steak and dessert menus, and a traditional Irish menu, which features classic dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Banger’s and Mash, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef Rueben, and Chicken Pot Pie.
145 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-840-6688
15.Osteria al Doge
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Standing in the midst of Times Square’s Theatre District, Osteria al Doge is a spacious and vibrant pre-theater restaurant specializes in Venetian cuisine. Translated as ‘the Magistrate's Tavern,’ Osteria al Doge is an excellent spot for lunch or dinner in the Theater District with a charming Italian-inspired ambiance and a menu of mouthwatering Venetian fare. Diners tuck into handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza, creamy risottos and fresh seafood platters, and favorite Venetian dishes like pasta e Fagioli, all of which are prepared with the freshest locally sourced and imported ingredients and accompanied by a selection of Italian and global wines.
142 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-944-3643
16.Patzeria Family & Friends
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Patzeria Family & Friends is a casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves comfort American-Italian fare that is freshly prepared every day with the highest quality ingredients. The no-frills joint offers an array of appetizers, soups, salads, and hand-tossed pizza, along with homemade pasta, hearty entrées, and decadent dessert. The menu also features a variety of Italian specialties such as calzone, Stromboli, spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella pinwheels, eggplant parmigiana, Italian hero sandwiches, chicken and sausage rolls. Desserts include tiramisu, chocolate cake, New York cheesecake, cannoli, and zeppoles.
311 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-245-4343
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17.Havana Central Times Square
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Havana Central Times Square brings a slice of vibrant Cuban energy to New York with delicious Cuban fare, handcrafted cocktails, and live music every night. The boisterous restaurant boasts a distinct, retro-Havana setting and a creative menu of mouthwatering Cuban cuisine, ranging from all-day tapas, appetizers and small plates to salads, soups, hearty entrées of crispy shredded beef, braised pork shank, roasted chicken and chicken in garlic sauce and more. Unique dishes include seafood paella, stuffed peppers, shrimp and rice, and the wildly popular Caribbean dish called Mofongo, which is made with pork and garlic infused mashed plantains.
151 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-398-7440
18.The Perfect Pint
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The Perfect Pint is a sports bar and Irish pub on Times Square that boasts a warm and welcoming interior with a large bar, cozy booth and table seating and a vibrant, convivial atmosphere. The exterior of the eatery features a massive pint glass above the door and green leprechauns in a nod to the bar’s Celtic pedigree. The bar offers a wide selection of drafts on tap, and a menu of casual pub fare such as hearty burgers and fries, chicken wings and tenders, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and traditional onion soup. Large flat screen televisions show the latest sports games from English Premier League soccer to NFL football, drawing crowds on a big game day.
123 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036, near Seventh Ave, Phone: 212-354-1099
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19.The View Restaurant & Lounge
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Located on the 48th floor of the elegant New York Marriott Marquis hotel on Times Square, the View Restaurant and Lounge is a revolving American bar and grill with spectacular city views. New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, the rotating floor makes a 360° turn every hour, ensuring an incredible ever-changing perspective of the awe-inspiring city. The breathtaking views are paired with an outstanding our prix-fixe, brunch, and dinner menus of award-winning food and wines to provide the ultimate dining experience. Prepared using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, meats, and seafood, the menu features creative dishes such as Foie Gras Ganache, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, Olive Oil Baked Atlantic Salmon, Moroccan Style Braised Lamb Shank, and Vegetarian Cactus Paillard.
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-704-8900
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20.Times Square Diner & Grill
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Times Square Diner & Grill is a stylish eatery on 8th Avenue with spacious, modern interiors and loft-height ceilings that specializes in classic American diner fare. Boasting a laid-back urban ambiance, the restaurant has a menu with something for every taste from fresh seafood and catch of the day, to bacon-wrapped meatloaf, beef and chicken gyro platters, grilled hangar steaks, and fillets of fresh salmon. Other offerings include appetizers, soups and salads, and sides, along with mouthwatering desserts, and an extensive list of libations.
807 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-315-2400
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21.Tonic Times Square
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Tonic Times Square is a three-level party complex that promises an unforgettable night out on the town. The stylishly decorated restaurant and bar boast ten billboard-size televisions, brightly colored conical lamps floating above a long white marble bar, luxurious leather barstools and plush booths, and large, flat circular lights create a continually changing glow of deep blue, purple, and red around the ground floor space. The second floor is home to a Saturday night dance party and a dining area where guests can sample dishes from a playbook-length menu of above-average pub grub and an extensive list of cocktails and other libations from the bar.
727 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 646-820-7316
© Trattoria Trecolori
Trattoria Trecolori is a bustling Italian spot on 47th Street that serves Italian fare such as pasta and pizza in a warm and welcoming setting. The family-friendly restaurant features exposed brick walls and a large central bar that offers an extensive list of global wines, craft beers, imported spirits, and specialty Italian coffees. The casual, yet creative menu features authentic and traditional Italian dishes such as homemade lasagna and ravioli, Chicken Scarpariello, and Veal Martini and housemade tiramisu. Trattoria Trecolori is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-997-4540
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© Victor's Cafe
Opened in 1963, Victor’s Café has been serving authentic Cuban fare and drinks in a festive old-Havana vibe in the heart of Times Square for the past 55 years. The upscale Cuban restaurant has a tropical chic ambiance with touches of Cuban charm and is decorated in bright colors, palm trees, hanging vines and lamps, and colorful original art, creating a vibrant and inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy the excellent cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on creating and serving traditional Cuban fare using only the freshest ingredients along with traditional herbs and spices to intensify flavors. Signature dishes include shredded beef (Ropa Vieja), roast suckling pig (Lechón), and their famous black bean soup.
236 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-586-7714
24.Virgil's Real BBQ - Times Square
© Virgil's Real BBQ - Times Square
Located in the heart of Times Square in New York, Virgil’s Real BBQ is the place to go for authentic southern home-style cooking. Hailed as one of America’s top 10 BBQ restaurants, Virgil’s prides itself on its famous barbecue and roasted meats, which are slow-cooked for up to ten hours over a unique mix of hickory, oak, and fruit woods. Boasting an inviting atmosphere and friendly service, Virgil’s menu features Pulled Pork, Carolina Pulled Chicken, Texas BBQ Beef Brisket, Memphis Smoked Pork Spare Ribs, Smoked BBQ Chicken, and Trash Riblets, along with eight-ounce Angus beef barbecue burgers. Virgil’s Real BBQ offers catering, private dining and banquet rooms for types of events and special occasions.
152 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036-4025, Phone: 212-921-9494
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25 Best Times Square Restaurants
- Charlie Palmer at The Knickerbocker, Photo: Charlie Palmer at The Knickerbocker
- Sushi Seki Times Square, Photo: Sushi Seki Times Square
- Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Times Square, Photo: Courtesy of norikko - Fotolia.com
- The Palm West Side, Photo: The Palm West Side
- Dallas BBQ Times Square, Photo: Dallas BBQ Times Square
- Glass House Tavern, Photo: Glass House Tavern
- Blue Fin, Photo: Blue Fin
- John's of Times Square, Photo: John's of Times Square
- Junior's Restaurant and Bakery, Photo: Junior's Restaurant and Bakery
- La Masseria, Photo: La Masseria
- Lillie's Victorian Establishment, Photo: Lillie's Victorian Establishment
- Luke's Lobster Times Square, Photo: Luke's Lobster Times Square
- Natsumi, Photo: Natsumi
- O'Lunney's, Photo: O'Lunney's
- Osteria al Doge, Photo: Courtesy of Studio Gi - Fotolia.com
- Patzeria Family & Friends, Photo: Courtesy of nitikornfotolia - Fotolia.com
- Havana Central Times Square, Photo: Havana Central Times Square
- The Perfect Pint, Photo: The Perfect Pint
- The View Restaurant & Lounge, Photo: The View Restaurant & Lounge
- Times Square Diner & Grill, Photo: Times Square Diner & Grill
- Tonic Times Square, Photo: Tonic Times Square
- Trattoria Trecolori, Photo: Trattoria Trecolori
- Victor's Cafe, Photo: Victor's Cafe
- Virgil's Real BBQ - Times Square, Photo: Virgil's Real BBQ - Times Square
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