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Where To Eat & Drink When You’re Seeing A Show In Midtown

By: Lindsay Saito

One of the great things about New York City is its appreciation for, and love of, theater. From big Broadway blockbusters to smaller star-studded productions, there’s something for everyone—and dinner, drinks, and a show is never a bad idea for a date night out. But with the madness of Midtown, it can be difficult to find a reliable place or two for a pre-show drink and a post-show meal. So, to help you make your date night that much easier, we’ve rounded up the ten best places to eat and drink at when you’re seeing a show in Midtown.

The Best Places To Eat & Drink When Catching A Show In Midtown

Xi’an Famous Foods
24 West 45th Street, Manhattan

For a quick but substantial bite, head to Xi’an Famous Foods—you and your love will enjoy pre-theater, low-key dining, as you order at the counter, sit at low stools lining the walls, and clean up after yourself when you’re done. This chain brought food from the city of Xi’an to the States, starting with a small basement stall in Flushing and has quickly become a favorite with fifteen locations across NYC and counting. Most dishes have a touch of heat (and can be adjusted, based on preference), and combine Chinese and Middle Eastern flavors. It’s a great pit stop when you’re cramped for time, but are looking for something tasty and filling.

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Bourbon Street Bar & Grille
346 West 46th Street, Manhattan

Hit up Bourbon Street Bar & Grille in Hell’s Kitchen for some hearty Cajun eats and hurricane drinks. Paying homage to the Big Easy, this spot is big, bright, and inviting with high ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. If you can, grab a seat on the second story balcony—you’ll catch views of the action at the bar below and take in the French Quarter vibes. It’s an energetic spot, and energizing spot, whether you’re looking for dinner, drinks, or both. The best part is that they’re open late so you can swing by before or after your show. Just use caution when the Saints are playing—while it’s sure to be a good party, the place gets packed.

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Credit: Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, Facebook
Nizza
630 9th Avenue, Manhattan

For something with a little more romance, check out the French-bistro style, Italian spot Nizza. Delivering a menu filled with pizza, pasta, and entrees inspired by the Italian Riviera, this restaurant is incredibly reasonably priced for the area.  It’s a cute spot to sip on wine and cuddle in close for intimate conversations over candlelight before or after your show. Plus with spring upon us, you can try to grab an outdoor seat on one of the warmer days. 

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Credit: Nizza
Beer Culture
328 West 45th Street, Manhattan

Pop by this casual and intimate bottle shop and bar for a pre-show drink and bite. With over 10 rotating brews on tap and countless others in the fridge, it’s a beer lover’s heaven, and for those true beer snobs, you can check out their website before heading over to see what’s currently on draft. The spot serves classic bar fare to nosh on alongside with your craft beer—we recommend the pretzel. (It’s the perfect size to split for two). With the dimly lit, cozy environment and friendly bartenders, it’s a welcoming spot for the area and the type of place you can actually enjoy a conversation while sitting at one of their tables or at the bar.

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Haru Sushi
229 West 43rd Street, Manhattan

Head to Haru Sushi for some Japanese bites, inventive sushi, and fun cocktails. It’s bright, modern, and caters to the theater crowd—you’ll even find guests enjoying a meal in between a two-part show. It’s a date-night worthy spot with an elegant dining room and a beautiful bar, where you can sit side by side and enjoy everything about your evening. From ceviche tacos to filet mignon yakitori skewers, the menu is robust with both raw and cooked items that can please the pickiest of eaters. If you’re going before your show, try to catch their happy hour that runs Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm.

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Credit: Haru Sushi

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Mexicue
1440 Broadway, Manhattan

This food truck-turned-restaurant/bar is serving up made-from-scratch Mexican goodies alongside strong cocktails in a cute dining space. The loft-style interior and wall of greenery are well-suited, with the colorful plates of tacos, nachos, salads, and sliders. The menu suggests sharing some plates, which means more flavors for you and your boo to try. You can pair one of their margaritas with a full meal or some light bites. The spot gets poppin’ at night as you head into the weekend. It’s the place to be if you’re looking something with high energy and low key vibes before your show. 

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L'Adresse
5 Bryant Park, 1065 6th Avenue, Manhattan

Beautiful, hip, and modern, L’Adresse is a contemporary American restaurant with European flair, just off Bryant Park. With a chic aesthetic courtesy of the wood paneling, extra high ceilings, and sleek lighting, it has an intimate and cozy vibe. You’ll want to have your camera on hand to capture the ambiance, along with beautifully plated food and the cappuccino foam art. Enjoy entrees from both land and sea—the truffle-topped lamb chop is a crowd favorite. And, you won’t want to forget about dessert here—there’s a classic French patisserie on site. Dinner here will definitely kick your date night up a notch.

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Bar Centrale
324 West 46th Street, Manhattan

Bar Centrale is a little hideaway gem that you can find up an unmarked staircase—housed in an old brownstone apartment, this spot is serving up speakeasy vibes and classic cocktails. True to its nature, you’ll find the lounge to be dimly lit, intimate, and perfect for cozying up together. Stop by for a drink after your show and you may even catch someone from the stage—it’s been known to host Broadway stars post-show. There’s a modest menu of elevated bar bites, should you desire some food to accompany your drink of choice. Just be sure to make a reservation in advance since this tiny spot fills up fast.

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Kellari Taverna
19 West 44th Street, Manhattan

For a taste of the Mediterranean, and an upscale experience, head to Kellari Taverna. Its bright, airy atmosphere has a contemporary twist on some traditional decor—the high ceilings, exposed beams, and fresh catches on display will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a Grecian isle. The menu helps keep that dream alive with fresh, sustainable seafood options. They’re also extremely conscious of their theater-going crowd and offer a two or three-course prix fixe pre/post theater menu. Or if you’re looking for something lighter, grab a seat at their bar for some mezzes and a drink.

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OBAO
647 9th Avenue, Manhattan

OBAO is an energetic, yet romantic, Southeast-Asian restaurant with bamboo-lined walls and magical lights hanging from the ceiling, with candlelit tables for you and your love to enjoy each other’s company at. The menu is a blend of Vietnamese and Thai dishes, with a modern twist—expect flavors that are sweet, salty, spicy, and dynamic. The best part is their quick service. Whether you’re in the mood for something light, like spring rolls and a cocktail, or a hearty bowl of steaming pho, it’s a nice stop to fuel up before your show. If coming on a weekend night, you will definitely want to make a reservation and plan for a little extra time.

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Credit: OBAO, Yelp

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