Many travelers and tourists are content eating at terrible corporate chains within Times Square like Olive Garden, Applebee’s or Red Lobster. New York City has some of the best restaurants in the world and anyone with the opportunity to visit or live here should take the time to enjoy them.
NYC’s 10 Best Restaurants in Times Square, Manhattan
10. Junior’s. 1515 Broadway, Theater District. Junior’s is famous for their cheesecakes, but you would surprised that it has a full menu with all your basic diner plates including sandwiches, salads, seafood and steak. Yes, it is touristy and loud, but the food is good and reliable and the cheesecake is a must try. In fact, Junior’s cheesecakes have been listed as one of NYC’s 10 Best Cheesecakes.
9. Blue Fin at W New York. 1567 Broadway, Theater District. A modern, sophisticated seafood restaurant located in the heart of Times Square. Yes, it is in the W Hotel, but the setting is unique and gives you a true feel of Times Square and the hustle and bustle of New York City. Blue Fin is set on two floors, with floor to ceiling glass windows. The entrees are fresh and presented beautifully, and the atmosphere is elegant with cool jazz music. Recommend the fresh tuna tartare and their specialty cocktail drinks. See: NYC’s 10 Best Jazz Bars & Clubs
8. Havana Central. 151 West 46th Street, Theater District. Havana Central offers a solid, inexpensive Cuban menu and a fun atmosphere. The Cuban food is not completely authentic, I would say it is Cuban Fusion to accompany all the tourists, but the food is staple, flavorful and plentiful. They also have great options for vegetarians. Skip on the alcoholic drinks; they are light and a waste of money. Can also be a romantic Cuban restaurant for a late, dimly lit dinner with your partner. For NYC’s best ethnic restaurants, see NYC’s 10 Best Ethnic Cuisine Restaurants.
7. Wu Liang Ye. 36 West 48th Street, Midtown East, Theater District. Authentic Chinese food in Times Square. They have a mix of the best Sichuan and Hunan dishes to choose from, as well as your typical fried in brown sauce American style Chinese food like General Tso’s chicken. The food is considered spicy for the American palette but I do not think so and prefer to add peppers to increase the heat. Do not be afraid to ask your waiter what is the most popular and traditional dishes for the full experience. Whether you order an authentic or American style dish, the Chinese food is the best in Times Square. Most crowed during lunch time. See: NYC’s 10 Best Things to Do in Chinatown
6. Becco. 355 West 46th Street, Theater District. Avoid the all you can eat pasta deal and order a seasonal entree during your visit to Becco in Times Square. The pasta is good but you can order that anywhere, try a real entree like Costata d’Agnello, a rack of lamb dish. It is always tasty and is my favorite dish here. This restaurant gets crowded. Make a reservation from their website at www.becco-nyc.com, but still expect to wait upon arrival. See: NYC’s Best Italian Restaurants