Best Places to Eat in Times Square

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    Restaurant Advice for Times Square

    Times Square
    ••• Times Square. Raspu/Moment/Getty Images

    Times Square is a popular destination for visitors to New York City, but the area is home to many mediocre chain restaurants. Most tourists will find themselves in Times Square at some point during their visit—whether they want to go see a Broadway Show or just take in the bright lights and energy of the neighborhood. The good news is that it's easy to skip the tourist traps and have a great meal at one of our recommended restaurants.

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    Becco Restaurant

    Lidia Bastianich at Becco Restaurant
    ••• Lidia Bastianich at Becco Restaurant. WireImage/Getty Images

    People flock to Becco Restaurant, either because of co-owner Lidia Bastianich (of PBS) or to enjoy the all-you-can-eat pasta special, featuring antipasto or salad and three pastas nightly. Although you're unlikely to spot Lidia, you won't leave hungry. I'd definitely recommend making reservations here if you want to be sure to dine without a long wait, as it's definitely a popular choice. They also have a $29/bottle wine list, offering great wine values if you'd like to have a glass of wine with your dinner without breaking the bank.

    • Address: 355 West 46th St (8th Ave)
    • Cuisine: Italian
    • Price Range: pasta special: lunch $19.95, dinner $24.95; a la carte: approx $40
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes
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    Carmine's Restaurant

    Carmine's Restaurant
    ••• Carmine's Restaurant. John Wisniewski/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    Since 1992, Carmine's second location has been serving up delicious Italian-American cuisine in large family-style portions. It's a great choice for families, as well as groups visiting Times Square—the food is familiar and delicious. It's also a solid choice for holiday gatherings.

    • Address: 200 West 44th Street (7th/8th Aves)
    • Cuisine: Italian
    • Price Range: dishes are made for sharing, $25+ each
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes
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    Churrascaria Platforma

    Churrascaria Platforma
    ••• Churrascaria Platforma. Churrascaria Platforma

    Brazilian rodizio at Churrascaria Platforma is a great choice for those with big appetites and large groups, seeking a celebratory atmosphere. The prix-fixe includes the endless grilled meats and the extensive salad bar, but not dessert. Diners use a double-sided green/red chip to indicate when they want more meat served.

    • Address: 316 West 49th Street (8th/9th Aves)
    • Cuisine: Brazillian
    • Price Range: lunch $39.95 ($7 more on weekends), dinner $62.95 ($2 more on Fridays and Saturdays)
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes
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    John's Pizzeria

    John's Pizzeria
    ••• John's Pizzeria. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    Housed in a deconsecrated church, John's Pizzeria is renowned for its coal oven pizza. The Times Square outpost of the famed Greenwich Village original serves up the best pizza in the neighborhood, as well as solid Italian sandwiches and entrees. Pizza is served in whole pies only (small and large), with whole-wheat and gluten-free options available.

    • Address: 260 West 44th St (7th/8th Aves)
    • Cuisine: Pizza/Italian
    • Price Range: entrees/sandwiches $1.75-18; pizza $26.25-24
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes (special packages available for groups)
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    Kodama

    Kodama Sushi Restaurant in Times Square
    ••• Kodama Sushi Restaurant in Times Square. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    Affordable sushi served in a simply decorated environment is the reason to check out Kodama. Their lunch specials are a good deal, and they are known for serving solid maki, including a Canadian roll featuring salmon, and spicy greens.

    • Address: 301 West 45th St. (8th Ave)
    • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
    • Price Range: lunch $8-15; dinner $10-25
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    Shake Shack

    Shake Shack Burger & Fries
    ••• Shake Shack Burger & Fries. Scott Olson/Getty Images

    Shake Shack's original location may be in Madison Square Park, but that's no reason to miss their Theater District location. In addition to the Shake shack staples of Shack Burgers, fries and flat-grilled Chicago grilled hot dogs, they have signature concretes for this location and floor-to-ceiling windows giving diners a great view of the action and people-watching. It's definitely a popular spot, and since it's quick-service there are no reservations, so be prepared to wait in line to order and to have to prowl for an available table during peak times.

    • Address: 691 8th Avenue (44th St)
    • Cuisine: burgers
    • Price Range: Shack burger $5.29
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes
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    Sushi of Gari

    Sushi of Gari 46
    ••• Sushi of Gari 46. Photo courtesy of Sushi of Gari 46

    Sushi connoisseurs will appreciate the sophisticated preparations at Sushi of Gari's Theater District outpost (the original location is nestled in a residential neighborhood on the Upper East Side). Gari is best known for high-quality fish and special sauces that dress the nigiri, so don't make the mistake of dousing your sushi in soy sauce or you'll miss out on what makes this restaurant special.

    • Address: 347 West 46th St (8th/9th Aves)
    • Cuisine: Sushi
    • Price Range: sushi entrees $29-55 and up
    • Good for Kids/Groups? no
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    Virgil's

    Virgil's BBQ
    ••• Virgil's BBQ. Virgil's BBQ

    Surprisingly, Virgil's offers some of New York City's best barbecue, including Memphis ribs and Carolina pulled pork. Portions are generous and they have a full bar with signature drinks. Reservations are recommended—allow plenty of time if you're going to a show afterward, as service can be slow.

    • Address: 152 West 44th Street (Bdwy/6th Ave)
    • Cuisine: Southern/BBQ
    • Price Range: $10-30 for sandwiches and platters
    • Good for Kids/Groups? Yes
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    Wu Liang Ye

    Bowl of szechuan dumplings soup
    ••• Bowl of szechuan dumplings soup. Virginie Blanquart/Moment/Getty Images

    Wu Liang Ye is regarded among Manhattan's best Sichuan restaurants. Sichuan dumplings, Kung Pao chicken, and cold sesame noodles are some of the most popular dishes. Be warned—Sichuan dishes tend to be hot—if you prefer your food less spicy, be sure to let the waiter know.

    • Address: 36 West 48th St (5th/6th Aves)
    • Cuisine: Chinese/Sichuan
    • Price Range: lunch special $7.95; entrees $8-20 (seafood and specialty items at top of range)
    • Good for Groups? Yes
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    More Ideas For Where To Eat

    If you want some other ideas of where to eat, the first place to start would be our round-up of Pre-Theater Dining Recommendations, which are located in the same area as Times Square. Of course, we have lots of ideas for where to eat all over town, as well as some of New York City's Must-Try food experiences, so here are some other articles to explore: