Theater District Restaurants

There are legions of restaurants in the Theater District, but a few--from upscale, Michelin-starred French to legendary burger joints--deserve to have their name in lights. Read on for seven of the best Theater District restaurants, whether you're looking for a show-stopping meal or delicious bit-player restaurants with more character than a Sondheim production. (Photo: db Bistro Moderne)

Updated: September 08, 2010

The Best Theater District Restaurants


Le Bernardin

155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Eric Ripert's famous fish-focused French restaurant is a theatrical event in itself, so don't try to squeeze it in before a show, lest Broadway be overshadowed.


Basilica Restaurant

676 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

The pre-theater prix fixe at this charming Italian gem includes a free bottle of wine for every two people in the party and exquisite house-made pastas.


Shake Shack

691 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Stop by the glitzy new midtown medallion on Danny Meyer's chain for a pre-show burger or a post-show "cement" (extra-thick milkshake) nightcap.


Joe Allen

326 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

A reasonably priced pre-theater favorite, this straightforward but excellent American restaurant treats its customers like Tony Award winners and has the old-school Broadway vibe most of them are looking for.


Db Bistro Moderne

55 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Though culinary god Daniel Boulud calls this a casual bistro, some dishes leave even seasoned eaters stumbling for superlatives.


Trattoria Dopo Teatro

125 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

This cavernous Italian eatery is often overlooked by locals, but serves delicious, rustic Italian fare and special pre-theater meals paired with a vast, award-winning wine list amidst indoor gardens.


Carnegie Deli

854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Looking for something quick and cheap? The historic deli is as much of a Broadway legend as "Cats," and its delicious sandwiches are big enough to share.