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New York City's Theater District is a microcosm of the variety of dining experiences in the city. If you’re going to a show, you can grab a great meal from one of the many pre-theatre menus available. If you don’t have a curtain to catch, wait to dine until the theatregoers disperse (around 8pm), or head over to one of the many restaurants that are a destination unto themselves. After a show, you can still dine in style at many of the neighborhood’s eateries.
When it opened this September in the New York Times Building, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar introduced the Guy Fieri style of dining to Times Square. From the crave-worthy menu to the buzzing bar scene, the dynamic restaurant spotlights Guy’s signature style of cooking—big on flavor and short on boundaries. 220 W. 44th St. (Broadway), 646-532-4897; guysamerican.com
Rock your senses with tantalizing food and drinks and an awe-inspiring rock memorabilia collection at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Times Square location. Boasting a unique outdoor space above the building’s historic marquee that hosts private parties, the building that Hard Rock occupies—the Paramount Theater—is rich with history. 1501 Broadway (43rd-44th Sts.), 212-343-3355; hardrock.com
Churrascaria Plataforma has long been a magnet for politicos, celebrities, locals, and visitors. It takes all Brazilian cuisine quite seriously, but it takes the rodízio style of dining to the nth degree. After a trip to the gourmet salad bar, waiters arrive at your table with an eye-popping feast of huge skewers right off the cooking spit: succulent cuts of beef, pork loin and ribs, leg of lamb, chicken, and sausage. All are roasted to perfection, and carved to your desire. Sides include broccoli, potatoes, rice and beans, and fried bananas. Should you make it to dessert, passion fruit mousse is delicioso! 316 W. 49th St., 212-245-0505; 221 West Broadway, 212-925-6969;
Located in Hell’s Kitchen, La Silhouette’s very creative bill of fare is not nouveau, nouvelle or traditional, but modern French of a sort encountered every day in Paris. Whether you select from the world-class 5-course tasting menu or dine a la carte, you won’t leave disappointed. 362 W. 53rd St. (8th-9th Aves.), 212-581-2400; la-silhouettenyc.com
The expansive Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House eflects the rhythm and energy of midtown, and Broadway’s theaters are just a block or two away. The menu features fresh, aged prime beef shipped from the Midwest twice a week, and magnificent cold-water lobster tails and specialties such as combination shrimp platters and crab cakes. 49th St. & Sixth Ave., 212-575-5129; delfriscos.com
Restaurant Row’s B. Smith’s features a global-eclectic menu featuring the popular TV host’s interpretations of cuisines from around the globe. You can receive 20% off your bill if you present a ticket from certain Broadway shows, including Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, and Mamma Mia! (visit their website for more information). 320 W. 46th St., 212-315-1100; bsmith.com
Inakaya is the first NYC outpost of the renowned eatery in Roppongi, Tokyo. A traditional robatayaki restaurant, it features Japanese barbecue cooked in front of you by chefs that shuttle the dishes via long wooden paddles, and 5- and 6-plate tasting menus. 231 W. 40th St., 212-354-2195; inakayany.com
Established in 1969, Bobby Van’s now boasts 8 locations throughout the Northeast with five in Manhattan, including one on 50th Street, serving only the finest USDA dry-aged prime beef, select seafood, and lobsters starting at 3lbs. 135 W. 50th St., 212-957-5050; bobbyvans.com
Mr. Robata’s sushi pairs premium ingredients with inventive twists, like chopped o-toro with mango, or salmon with zucchini tempura. Their signature robata dishes bring the centuries-old open-hearth grilling of rural Japan into the contemporary New York culinary scene through flourishes of French cuisine and hints of classic American comfort food. 1674 Broadway btw. 52nd & 53rd Sts., 212-757-1030; mrrobata.com
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is more than a restaurant—it’s a warm, welcoming, convivial, white-tablecloth spot with a long, familiar menu of traditional Italian dishes. A Theatre District staple since 1944 celebrities, theatergoers, couples, and families fill the tables, the pasta is homemade, and the waiters wear sharp formal jackets with gold epaulets. 236 W. 56th St. btw. Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212-247-3491; patsys.com
Most of the dishes at Breeze combine Thai food with French cooking techniques, but the flavors lean more toward Thai than French. Popular entrées include Duck Breast de Paris pan-seared with ginger, bok choy, and Chinese broccoli, fanned out on a plate and accompanied by butternut squash dumplings; and Hot Ocean, a seafood-and-vegetable casserole, with sautéed shrimp, squid, and scallops. Be sure to check out their lunch and dinner pre-fixe menus. 661 Ninth Ave. btw. 45th & 46th Sts., 212-262-7777; breezenyc.com
Stop into any of Heartland Brewery’s locations and you’ll see that it isn’t just beer that’s brewing at New York’s first American-style brewpub. The relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to kick back and relax, and the multiple locations make it easy to stop in and sample one of the many unique brewed beers. And located next door to the Times Square location is HB Burger, which serves nine specialty burgers and “hard shakes,” which are definitely not for kids! 127 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves., 646-366-0235; 1285 Sixth Ave. at 51st St., 212-582-8244; 625 Eighth Ave. at 41st St., 646-214-1000; heartlandbrewery.com
Looking to try some of that famous New York pizza? Look no further than Capizzi Pizzeria & Wine Bar, where an old-fashioned wood-burning oven cranks out pies featuring whole roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, portobello mushrooms & many other toppings to die for. 547 Ninth Ave. (40th-41st Sts.), 212-695-6900; capizzinyc.com
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