Headed to Broadway? 10 Top Places to Eat, Picked by the Pros
THR's guide to the best pre- and post-theater spots frequented byTom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Katie Holmes and more
324 W. 46th St.
THE LAMBS CLUB
132 W. 44th St.
Chic crowd In 1905, the building housed America's first professional theatrical club. Since 2010, its strong cocktails chilled with hand-cut ice have lured Tom Hanks, Katie Holmes and Nathan Lane during their stage runs. Its’ celeb chef, GeoffreyZakarian, asserts that the “glamorous restaurant and delicious food make it the optimal gathering place.”
Kid-Friendly While appearing in The Vertical Hour at the Music Box Theater on 45th Street, Julianna Moore regularly hit up Junior's with her clan before curtain call; Alec Baldwin was a huge takeout fan during his run in Orphans.
GLASS HOUSE TAVERN
252 W. 47th St.
Insider spot The tavern became a theatre community fixture that quickly entered the Broadway pop lexicon," says Constantine Maroulis, whose Rock of Ages opened on Broadway in 2009, the same year as Glass House. AddsRannells: "You will run into everyone you know. And it's run by the nicest people in New York."
E&E GRILL HOUSE
233 W. 49th St.
Top service "The bar has fantastic food, and the bartenders, waiters and management have all become my friends over the years," says Douglas Lyons, who plays Drifter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
328 W. 45th St.
Casual drinks The cold brews go-to is the stomping ground of stage-hands and screenwriters downing designer ale in a laid-back atmosphere. Jen Rudin, author of the dishy Confessions Of A Casting Director, stops by to sample “the rotating list of tasty microbrews. Whatever IPA on tap they are serving suits me!”
Easy escape Take a quick trip up to Lincoln Center to this American brasserie if you need a break from the Times Square bustle. Pitch Perfect star Ben Platt, currently treading the boards in The Book of Mormon, enthuses that “it’s a great place to eat healthy and still have fun. Plus, they have amazing cocktails!”
11 Times Square
Dramatic space Broadway's newest culinary addition is this 26,000 square-foot concept eatery. The over-sized and upscale venue, with decor mimicking a NYC streetscape, is a hit for big opening night parties like the recent bash for The Curious Case Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
224 W. 51st St.
Cast favorite Score a fresh taste of Italy close to a cluster of popular shows. The trattoria is a favorite of the Wicked cast, performing right next door at the Gershwin Theatre. Christine Dwyer, who plays Elphaba in the musical, raves that "they really take care of the Wicked folk, especially Anis, who always has a Bulleit Bourbon waiting for me."
154 W. 45th St.
Star-studded scene Open all day (and late night), you can always order brunch at Shelly Fireman’s Italian kitchen. James Franco and Julia Stiles frequent this centrally located joint to get their pancake fix, but perhaps the most celebrated repeat guest is Nathan Lane, now starring with Matthew Broderick in It’s Only A Play; Fireman says Lane “always cheers everyone up when he’s here.”