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Broadway. Times Square. Madison Square Garden. The name says it all: the Theater District is the entertainment hub of the city, and possibly the entire nation. The western half of Midtown Manhattan (to be distinguished from Midtown East), this is where you'll find Times Square, the streets packed with people taking in quite arguably the brightest entertainment district in the world. Despite its gaudy signage and superficial nature, a place where no local would want to be caught dead, it's hard not to be awestruck by it all. This is where the famous musicals of Broadway perform, where many famous TV shows are taped, and where the Knicks and Rangers play to sellout crowds.

It's easy to get distracted by Times Square; even in this city of giant skyscrapers and famed landmarks, the night glow of the Theater District overwhelms everything around it, making the rest of Manhattan look dark in comparison. It draws your attention away from anything else, much like a stage light focused on a theater set. But there is more to this area than bright lights and big-name shows, with revivified neighborhoods surrounding the core entertainment zone. To the south of Times Square lies the Garment District, center of New York's fashion scene, while to the north and west are more residential areas. West of Times Square is Hell's Kitchen, long the site of many smaller theaters and studios, less flashy than their counterparts on Broadway but no less active. There's much to see and do here — just try not to forget about the rest of Manhattan while you're here.

Understand[edit]

The neon lights and bustle of Times Square

This district stretches from 31st St, through the heavily commercial West 30s up to 59th St (beyond which is Central Park), and lies west of 6th Ave. The West Side is home not only to the famed "Great White Way" (Broadway), but to the emerging business district centered on the now thoroughly Disneyfied Times Square. The Theater District centers on the outlandishly commercial "New" 42nd Street and heads up Broadway and 7th Avenues, melding to the west with the resurgent neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and its commercial strip on 9th Avenue, and to the north with the newly-built Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. South of Times Square is the Garment District, where most of the city's showrooms and many well-known designers occupy the area between Times Square and Madison Square Garden, the famous sports arena located atop Pennsylvania Station. The area becomes increasingly residential as you go north or west, and more commercial to the east and south. Many of Manhattan's largest hotels (including the Hilton and the Sheraton) are located on 6th or 7th Avenue in this area.

Broadway is one of the leading venues in the world for musicals on equal footing with London's West End with both musical scenes often influencing each other and shows from one side of the pond touring on the other or having sister productions quite often.

Visitor information[edit]

  • 1 Official NYC Information Center at Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St. (between 7th Ave. and Broadway, inside Macy's), +1 212 484-1222. M–F 9AM–7PM, Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM–7PM, closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Multilingual FAQ stations, free WiFi, plenty of guides and maps, and the city’s only aboveground MetroCard machine.

Get in[edit]

Map of Manhattan/Theater District
Map of Manhattan/Theater District

By subway[edit]

The Times Square-42nd St. subway station is one of the major nerve centers of public transit in New York, with the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W and S (Grand Central Shuttle) lines all stopping there, while a pedestrian tunnel affords a free transfer to the 42nd St.-8th Av. station, which serves the A, C, and E lines. Nearby, though not connected to the Times Square-42nd St. station, the B, D, F, and M lines stop at 42nd St. and 6th Avenue.

South of Times Square, the 1, 2, and 3 lines run under 7th Avenue, the A, C and E lines run under 8th Avenue, the N, Q, R, and W lines run under Broadway, and the B, D, F and M lines run under 6th Avenue, with all lines stopping at 34th Street, near Penn Station. Additionally, the 7 line runs southwest to 34th Street and 11th Avenue, adjacent to the Javits Convention Center. From outside New York City, Penn Station, located underneath Madison Square Garden, is the east coast hub of Amtrak services and is the regional hub for Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit commuter rail services. See the By train section on the main New York City page for more info. Also serving the neighborhood is PATH subway service to Hoboken and Jersey City, New Jersey, which runs under 6th Ave., stopping at 33rd St., 23rd St., and 14th St.

North of Times Square, the 1, 2, and 3 lines run under Broadway, with the 1 stopping at 50th St. and 59th St-Columbus Circle. The A, C, and E lines run under 8th Avenue, with the C and E stopping at 50th St., before the E branches east to head under 53rd St. to Queens, stopping at 7th Av, while the A and C lines continue north, stopping at 59th St-Columbus Circle. The N, Q, R, and W lines run under 7th Avenue, stopping at 57th St. (the ideal stop for Carnegie Hall), with the N, R, and W lines also stopping at 49th St. The F train continues along 6th Avenue, stopping at 57th St., while the B and D trains head northwest, stopping at 7th Av./53rd St. and 59th St-Columbus Circle.

By MTA bus[edit]

Quite a number of city bus routes serve the area (see the MTA website for a map), but crosstown routes in particular can be subject to gridlock at peak times.

By long distance bus[edit]

Manhattan's main long distance bus station is the Port Authority Bus Terminal, between 8th and 9th Avenues between 40th and 42nd Streets. Connections are available on commuter buses to New Jersey and Rockland County, New York, and to long-distance routes through the country and to Canada.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis ply the area day and night but can slow to a standstill during rush hour, lunchtime, and even mid-afternoon. However, if you need a taxi and are unfamiliar with normal taxi fares, do not hail anything but a yellow cab. Drivers of black limos who offer to pick you up may try to cheat you.

On foot[edit]

Walking is the way you can see the most, but even walking can be a problem, particularly on Broadway and 7th Av. between 48th and 42nd Sts. Large numbers of tourists are liable to be standing still and looking up every few feet, and of course, you may be one of them. But if you prefer to take a walk at a steadier pace, take a side street and walk on another avenue.

See[edit]

The TKTS booth is underneath these stairs, with counters on the opposite side
  • 1 Times Square, Broadway and 7th Avenue, stretching from 42nd to 48th Streets. A place filled with video screens, LED signs, and flashing lights; a world wonder or a tourist nightmare depending on your perspective, the "new" Times Square is a family-friendly theme park of themed restaurants, theaters and hotels, as well as a developing business district. The lights and signs can be viewed anytime, but the most enchanting experience comes when one visits Times Square at night, as all the signs and screens are ablaze with color. Times Square is also well known for its famous New Year's Eve ball drop. Those looking for the seedy Times Square of years past will find it around the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and on Eighth Avenue to the west. Times Square on Wikipedia Times Square (Q11259) on Wikidata
    • 2 TKTS Booth, 1564 Broadway (at 47th St, at the north end of Times Square), +1 212 912-9770. Booth: tickets for evening performances Tu 2-8PM, M and W-Sa 3-8PM, Su 3-7PM; tickets for matinee performances W-Th and Sa 11AM-2PM, Su 11AM-3PM. A ticket booth selling discounted Broadway and off-Broadway shows. However, the cheaper tickets aren't the only attraction, as the back of the booth is a large, red-lit glass staircase facing Times Square, which serves as a set of bleachers and offers an excellent opportunity to get above the street and just watch the crowds and flashing signs. Above the booth is a video screen with a live feed of the top step, giving you a chance to appear (if only briefly) on one of the many signs in Times Square.
    • 3 One Times Square, 1475 Broadway (at 42nd St). Originally the second-tallest building in the world when it opened in 1905, One Times Square was constructed to be the headquarters for The New York Times, a function it would serve for less than ten years. The annual Times Square ball drop is performed from the roof of this building. And you can't miss the famous Dow Jones news and sports zipper (the first news ticker in the world) attached to its lower facade. One Times Square on Wikipedia One Times Square (Q1139633) on Wikidata
While the tallest building of The Rock is 66 floors high, the most often photographed part is firmly on the ground
  • 4 Rockefeller Center ( B  D  F  M  to 47th-50th St). The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores. Rockefeller Center on Wikipedia Rockefeller Center (Q11277) on Wikidata
    • 5 Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts), +1 212 307-7171. Daily 11:30AM–6PM. See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece. Radio City Music Hall on Wikipedia Radio City Music Hall (Q753437) on Wikidata
    • 6 Top of the Rock Observation Deck, W 50th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 698-2000, e-mail: . Daily 8:30AM-midnight, last elevator at 11PM. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south. $25 adults, $23 seniors, $16 children. 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Wikipedia 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Q680614) on Wikidata
  • 7 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 W 53rd St (between 5th and 6th Aves; Subway:  E  M  trains to 5th Ave/53rd St or  B  D  F  trains to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center), +1 212 708-9400, e-mail: . Sa-Th 10:30AM-5:30PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, open until 8:45PM on first Thursday of the month and every Thursday Jul-Aug. One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections. In addition to being the crown jewel of modern art museums, MoMA puts on a terrific repertory program in a nicely renovated theater below the museum. $20 adults, $16 seniors, $12 students, free for children under 16. Free admission for all on Fridays 4PM-8PM. Museum of Modern Art on Wikipedia Museum of Modern Art (Q188740) on Wikidata
  • 8 Discovery Times Square Exposition (Discovery TSX), 226 West 44th St. An exhibition hall that caters to traveling exhibitions that are deemed "too large, too expensive, too nondisciplinary or too commercial" for local museums. Discovery TSX has been home to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, King Tut NYC: Return of the King, and Pompeii the Exhibit. Discovery Times Square on Wikipedia Discovery Times Square Exposition (Q5281974) on Wikidata
On the flight deck of the Intrepid
  • 9 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 (12th Ave & 46th St), +1 212 245-0072. Apr-Sep M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM; Oct-Mar Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. The aircraft carrier Intrepid is docked here and loaded with spacecraft and aircraft, including the very cool Blackbird spy plane and the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise. On the other side of the dock is a guided-missile submarine and a Concorde, both of which you can tour also, and some tanks. $16.50 adult. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Wikipedia Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Q952270) on Wikidata
  • 10 Madame Tussauds New York, 234 W 42nd St, +1 212-512-9600. Get up close to over 200 lifelike wax figures of the biggest stars and icons in entertainment, sports and history. Madame Tussauds New York on Wikipedia Madame Tussauds New York (Q21903395) on Wikidata
  • 11 Gulliver's Gate, 216 W 44th St. very large miniature world
  • NFL Experience, 20 Times Square, +1 646-863-0088. Su-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 10AM-8PM. Everyone who wants to experience this uniquely American sport can try it first-hand here. Featuring all 32 teams of the namesake league, a 4D theater that showcases a game from the player's perspective, interactive games that tests your ability to become an American football athlete, and of course, a replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy handed out to the annual Super Bowl champions.
  • 12 Saint Thomas Church, 1 W. 53th St (corner of 5th Ave.), +1 212 757-7013, e-mail: . Monday-Friday: approximately 7:30AM until 6:30PM; Saturday: mornings and afternoons (hours vary week to week); Sunday: 7AM until 6PM (September - May) or 7AM until 1PM (summer). The interior of this Episcopal church is a peaceful place, and both the exterior and interior are architecturally harmonious and worth looking at if you are walking nearby. Free admission. Saint Thomas Church (Manhattan) on Wikipedia Saint Thomas Church (Q4356655) on Wikidata
  • 13 The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio), 25 W 52nd St (between 5th and 6th Aves; Subway:  E  M  trains to 5th Ave/53rd St or  B  D  F  trains to 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center), +1 212 621-6600. W,F-Su noon-6PM, Th noon-8PM, closed M-Tu. Dedicated to preserving and collecting television programs as a service to the public, the museum consists of two museum branches in Los Angeles and New York City; combined they hold over 100,000 television programs that are available to the public, providing a historical, artistic and cultural perspective to television and radio. You may use their library here for the price of admission. They have lots of old shows and a database so you can see if they have what you want. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $5 children under 14. Paley Center for Media on Wikipedia Paley Center for Media (Q7127465) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • 1 ABC Times Square Studios, 1500 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Sts), +1 212 930-7700. Come here bright and early in the morning to be in the live audience of the network's famous morning news show, Good Morning America. Walkbys can view the show in progress from the studio's street level windows and catch up on the latest news scrolling away continuously on the building's lower two message zippers. Times Square Studios on Wikipedia Times Square Studios (Q902959) on Wikidata
  • 2 AMC Empire 25, 234 W 42nd St (subway to Times Square-42nd St), +1 212 398-3939. First showings begin around noon, last showings begin at around 11PM. This large multiplex cinema shows first-run, mainstream films on 25 screens. It also contains an IMAX cinema showing mainstream feature films. $6-$14.
  • 3 Birdland Jazz Club, 315 W 44th St, +1 212 581-3080. This historic club (though not at the original location of W. 52 St.) — universally acknowledged as one of the top jazz venues in the city — features a great lineup of justly famous performers and has good acoustics. Expect to pay a fair price for that quality. Birdland (New York jazz club) on Wikipedia Birdland (Q256347) on Wikidata
Carnegie Hall
  • 4 Carnegie Hall, 154 W 57th St. If you ask a New Yorker how to get to Carnegie Hall, you may get the answer "Practice, practice!" This elegant 19th-century hall is New York's premier venue for famous recitalists and visiting symphony orchestras. The complex also includes the more intimate Weill Recital Hall slightly further east and Zankel Hall, in the basement of the side of the building facing 7th Av. near 56th St, a medium-sized venue used by jazz groups and classical concert pianists, alike. Carnegie Hall on Wikipedia Carnegie Hall (Q200959) on Wikidata
  • 5 Hudson Theatre, 145 W 44th St, +1 212 768-4400. This theater is over 100 years old and remains the third oldest theater on Broadway. Located right next to the Millennium Broadway Hotel, it remained defunct as a theater for decades, acting as the hotel's event space. It is now slated to reopen in February 2017. Hudson Theatre on Wikipedia Hudson Theatre (Q10526870) on Wikidata
  • 6 Kramer's Reality Tour, 358 W 44th St (at the Producers Club Theater), +1 212 268-5525, toll-free: +1-800-572-6377, fax: +1 212 465-9327. Sa Su noon. For Seinfeld fans. Kenny Kramer, said to be the inspiration for the character Kramer, tells about the show, in a fun way. And guides on a tour to places seen in the show. Stop for photo outside the restaurant seen in the show. $37.50.
  • 7 Wicked the Musical, 222 W 51st St, toll-free: +1-888-842-5835. An incredibly popular show which has been on Broadway for roughly ten years, Wicked is one of the highest rated shows that has ever hit Broadway. It's based on the Wizard of Oz, but told from the witch's point of view instead of Dorothy's. The show runs about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  • 8 The Lion King, 200 W 45th St, toll-free: +1-866-958-9179. The highest grossing stage production of all time, this musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film has won numerous awards and has been going strong since its premiere in 1997. This show runs about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • 9 Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W 53rd St, +1 212 757-2323. This is one of the most respected comedy clubs in all of New York City, one that has played host to the likes of Joe Devito, Scott McFadden, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and many others who have gone on to make it big in television. Tickets generally run for about $20 a night, and include a free pitcher of beer. Shows run up until as late as 11PM and are a great way for you to end your evening.
  • 10 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), +1 212 997-4144. A phenomenal place with one of the widest varieties of music in town, featuring cover bands and soul tributes which fill the gaps between big-name bookings such as Chuck Berry and Solomon Burke. Lately, the club has also shown an interest in extreme-metal bands such as Obituary and Dark Funeral and hip-hop acts such as the Lox and Kool Keith. For many shows, the best seats are at the dinner tables up front, but the menu prices can get pretty expensive and the food is not very good - best to stick to unmixed drinks and have only the simplest food, if necessary. On Sundays, B.B.’s has the Harlem Gospel Choir come in and has a buffet brunch.
  • The Phantom of the Opera, 247 W 44th St (Majestic Theater), +1 212-239-6200. Regular shows: W-M 8PM, Tu 7PM, Th & Sa 2PM. The longest running show on Broadway with nearly full seating at every show! A classic musical with phenomenal pieces composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, special effects, and prodigy acting. Recommended for Broadway first-timers. From $45.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Hershey's Times Square, 1593 Broadway (at 48th Street), +1 212 581-9100. You are able to purchase all types of chocolate goodies and Hershey-themed products at this store. A few dollars can also get you a personalized message scrolled across their zipper outside on the store's facade. Hershey stores are all over the country but this particular store is the largest Hershey's store in the world. It has three floors of pure chocolate, and Hershey's products.
Macy's - "The World's Largest Store"
  • 2 Macy's, 151 W 34th St (between 7th Ave and Broadway), +1 212 695-4400. Billing itself as "The World's Largest Store" on the large signs outside, this is the flagship store of the national chain and covers an entire city block. Its holiday window displays are so popular that they usually have a corporate sponsor. One useful tip for visitors is to go to the Macy's guest center on floor 1 1/2 and they will give you a guest card that discounts virtually everything in the store by 11%. Macy's Herald Square on Wikipedia Macy's Herald Square (Q6725862) on Wikidata
  • 3 Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave) (between 41st and 40th Streets), +1 212 869-1700. A Japanese book dealer, carrying a huge selection of Japanese reading material. It also sells a number of books by Japanese authors in English translation. It is also known as a source of excellent Japanese anime and manga, much of which is difficult or impossible to find anywhere else in the United States.
The M&M's World sign
  • 4 M&M's World New York, 1600 Broadway (at 48th St), +1 212 295-3850. Daily 9AM-Midnight. You can purchase all types of M&M goodies and M&M-themed trinkets here.
  • 5 Midtown Comics, 200 W 40th Street (at 7th Avenue), +1 212 302-8192. M-Sa 8AM-midnight, Su Noon-8PM. An absolutely gigantic comic book store, one of the largest and most well-known in the country, with two full floors of comics, collectibles, manga, and back issues, as well as a very knowledgeable staff. Signings by giants in the comic book industry are a regular occurrence here and the store also sponsors the annual New York Comic Con held every October. Smaller locations can be found in Midtown East and the Financial District.
  • 6 Sephora, 1500 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Sts), +1 212 944-6789, fax: +1 212 944-7503. Daily 10AM-Midnight. One-stop shopping for cosmetics.
  • 7 Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Ave (at 58th St), toll-free: +1-888-774-2424. Very high-end designer clothing, jewelry and accessories store for women, men and kids.
  • 8 Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza (49th St between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 262-7700. M-Sa 10AM-7PM. Perhaps the best wine selection in the city, this is the place to go if you want to find that unusual bottle to take home as a gift. They also ship all over if you want to take home more than you can carry!
  • 9 Nintendo World Store (more commonly just referred to as the Nintendo Store), 10 Rockefeller Plaza, +1 646 459-0800. A two story specialty store that sells a wide variety of Nintendo merchandise, including videogames, t-shirts, and plushies of your favorite Nintendo characters. The most popular aspect of the store is their Pokecenter which has a wall dedicated to Pokemon videogames, DVDs, action figures and plush dolls. The plush dolls and action figures that are on sale change every week or so, so you need to be quick to find and buy your favorite pokemon’s plush counterpart. The store has a large section devoted to Wiis and 3DS/DS’s that are opened for customers to play and preview videogames before they purchase them. The store also sometimes holds tournaments and video viewings to promote upcoming releases of games.

Eat[edit]

Times Square can seem infested with glorified, tacky, and overpriced versions of chain restaurants like McDonalds, Bubba Gump Shrimp, Red Lobster, and Applebee's that you can find anywhere else in America. These restaurants are more expensive than their suburban counterparts (a Big Mac costs $6). However, there are better food options available in the area, especially if you get away from Times Square proper and explore other areas in the Theater District.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Cranberry Cafe, 115 W 45th St (1 block from Times Square), +1 212 730-9495. Always open. A huge variety of sandwiches, pizza, sushi, and udon. Hot and cold salad bars. Sandwiches are $4-$6. Very popular with local workers, so it gets very busy at breakfast and lunch time. There is ample seating upstairs.
  • 2 Poseidon Bakery, 629 9th Ave (between 44th and 45th Sts), +1 212 757-6173. Serves wonderful Greek pastries, savory and sweet alike. There is no place to sit, but the staff are very friendly and helpful, and you can have a delicious, cheap meal for takeout.
  • 3 The Halal Guys, corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. M–Th 10AM-4AM, F–Sa 10AM-5AM. An extremely popular and affordable food stand that is probably the only Mediterranean stand in all of Manhattan that was actually given a name. This is the original location and since it started in 2008, it has begun a chain and opened 5 more throughout Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ. Delicious gyros, wraps, and falafel, and each dish comes with rice and pita bread. There's also an incredible white sauce that's worth trying. Note that if you want some on a weekend, you're going to have to get there early because there is guaranteed to be a long wait. Each meal costs about $7 with a drink being included.
  • 4 The Original Soup Man, 259 W 55th St, +1 212 956-0900. 11 to 8 daily. Inspiration for the Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld". Menu items change daily. The best soup in the area, but ONLY if you follow the rules! "NO SOUP FOR YOU!" The Original Soup Man on Wikipedia Soup Kitchen International (Q7565045) on Wikidata

Mid-range[edit]

  • 5 Ariana Afghan Kabob, 787 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd Sts), +1 212 262-2323, +1 212 262-0065. noon–11PM daily. Very good food, which of course includes kebabs, but also peppery Aush (a type of beany noodle soup), Badinjan Burani (a fried eggplant appetizer garlic and yogurt, served with bread), etc. Salads, which come with main dishes, have a dressing which includes mayonnaise. Ask for no dressing and put the green hot sauce on them yourself. About $25-30/person for a large 3-course meal with a non-alcoholic beverage.
  • 6 Dos Caminos, 1567 Broadway, +1 212 918-1330. Su M 7AM-11PM, Tu - Th 7AM-12AM, Fr 7AM-1AM, Sa 7AM-1AM. Dos Caminos' fifth New York City location. Designed by Brooklyn-based company, hOmE, spanning two floors, and featuring a 40-seat mezcal and margarita bar on the street level and a guacamole bar on the subterranean level. Expanded menu of Chef Ivy Stark’s healthy Mexican dishes as well as a selection of 120 premium tequilas. $12-$24.
  • 7 Gazala Place, 709 9th Ave (between 48th and 49th Sts.), +1 212 245-0709. Sun-Fri: 11AM-11PM Sat: 11AM-midnight. Dependably delicious Israeli Druze cuisine. Their babaganush is categorically better than at most other places, with great smokiness. Their special meze platter, which is not on the menu but seems to always be available, is a fair deal at $20-something. The restaurant is a bit cramped, especially when you have to walk through the kitchen to the restroom, but for food this good at these kinds of prices this close to Times Square and helpful service, it's really worthwhile. Mezes: $5-$9.95; Soups: $4.50; Salads: $7.50-8:50; Breads and savory pies: $4.50-$5.50; Sandwiches: $3.50-6.00; Entrees: $8.95-$17.95; Desserts: $5.50-9.50.
  • 8 John's Pizzeria, 260 West 44th St (just east of 8th Ave), +1 212 391-7560. Daily 11:30AM-11:30PM. A popular pizza option with a lovely and spacious atmosphere and brick oven, coal fired, thin crust pizzas. Whole pies, no slices. Many fans, however, observe that the pizza at this location is not nearly as good as at their original Greenwich Village location. Also, pre-theater, it can be absolutely mobbed, with wait times of an hour or more.
  • 9 Ocha Sushi, 350 W 46th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), +1 212 581-3198. Japanese restaurant with good sushi.
  • 10 Vice Versa, 325 W 51st St (between 8th and 9th Aves), +1 212 399-9291. Simple, but tasty Italian fare. $10-$25.
  • 11 Westway Diner, 614 Ninth Ave, +1 212-582-7661. Real New York diner, excellent place for good value breakfast. Very good service.
  • 12 Wondee Siam, 792 9th Ave (between 52nd and 53rd Sts), +1 212 582-0355. Small restaurant, so expect to wait on line at peak hours (e.g., Friday and Saturday nights); generally considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants in Manhattan. Food ranges in spiciness from mild to very spicy, not always consistent with what you ask for, but staff are happy to provide extra dried red pepper flakes on the side. Consistently tasty food, especially if you stick with the items on the "secret Thai" menu card on the table and ask for everything to be "very spicy and Thai style, not sweet." Lunch specials: $7; soups and small salads: $4; fried rice: $10.50; yum (Thai spicy salads): $9.95-12.50; mains: $10.50-22; noodles: $9.50-11.50; side order of rice: $1.50-2; beverages: $2.50.
  • 13 Strip House, 15 West 44th Street, +1 212 336-5454. Su 5PM-10PM, M-W 11:30AM-11PM, Th F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 5PM-11PM. Steakhouse with a raw bar boasts walls covered with photos of old-Hollywood stars.
  • 14 Bill’s Bar & Burger, 16 West 51st Street (at 5th Avenue), +1 212 705-8510. Sa - W 11AM-11PM, Th F 11AM-12PM. Burger spot also known for disco fries (with gravy & cheese), beer & alcoholic shakes. $8-$14.
  • 15 Hallo Berlin, 54th St and 5th Ave. M-F 11:30AM-3:30PM. A pushcart on a Midtown street corner that serves what is widely regarded as some of the best German sausages in the city.
  • 16 Joe's Shanghai, 24 W 56th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), +1 212 333-3868, fax: +1 212 397-1107. M-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 1PM-10:30PM. Try their famous "soup dumplings" -- listed on the menu as "steamed buns", and their other delicious Shanghai specialties. Pricier than the Chinatown location. $10-$20.
  • 17 [dead link] Prime Grill, 25 W 56th St, +1 212 692-9292. Su 5-10:30PM, M-Th 12-2:30, 5:30-11:30PM.

Splurge[edit]

  • 18 Abigael's On Broadway, 1407 Broadway #4 (at 38th St), +1 212 575-1407. Su 4:30-10PM, M-F 12-3PM, M-Th 5-10PM. Kosher. The main restaurant is downstairs, where the quiet atmosphere is a nice break from the vibrancy of the area. Service can be slow, but it's great for a long, relaxed dinner to end off an exciting day.
  • 19 Aureole, 135 West 42nd St (between 6th and 7th Aves), +1 212 319-1660.
  • 20 Barbetta, 321 W 46th St (between 8th and 9th Aves), +1 212 246-9171.
  • 21 Blue Fin, 1567 Broadway (at 47th Street), +1 212 918-1400. Su M 7AM-11PM, Tu-Th 7AM-11:30PM, F Sa 7AM-12AM. Sushi bar, bar and lounge area, communal table and expanded private dining room options. mains $23-$46.
  • 22 Brasserie 1605, 1605 Broadway (between 48th and 49th Street; at The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan), +1 212 315-6000.
  • 23 Ruby Foo's, 1626 Broadway (at 49th Street), +1 212 489-5600. Su - Tu 11:30AM -10:30PM, W Th 11:30AM – 11pm, F Sa 11:30AM – 11:30PM. Pan-Asian Restaurant combines Chinese, Thai, & Japanese food.

Drink[edit]

  • 1 The Irish Pub, 837 7th Ave, +1 212 664-9364. Great place to drink after a long day at work.
  • 2 McGee's Restaurant and Pub, 240 West 55th St (Between Broadway and 8th Ave), +1 212 957-3536. M-Sa 11AM-4AM, Su Noon-4AM. Lunch 11AM-4PM; Dinner 5PM-Midnight; Late night menu: 11PM-1AM. This is an unpretentious pub in the middle of a pricey neighborhood. The prices are very inexpensive for the neighborhood, and the pub also provides downright good food. Service is pleasant and helpful. Cocktails: $8-11; Happy Hour specials (5PM-9PM, Mon-Fri): $3-6; Beer of the Month: $4 pints; Pitchers of beer: $18-20; House wine by the glass: $6.50; Coffee drinks (with alcohol): $8-8.50; Appetizers: $6-15; Soups: $5-6; Salads: $8-14; Sandwiches: $12-16; Burgers: $12-17; Mains: $14-20; Desserts: $6.
  • 3 The Perfect Pint, 123 W 45th St (at Broadway), +1 212 354-1099. Two-story pub off of Times Square with good Irish beers on tap and pricey entrées. Definitely not typical pub-grub, but the price matches. $15-25 per entrée.

Sleep[edit]

PEnnsylvania 6-5000

The Hotel Pennsylvania only returned to its original name in 1992, but it has always maintained the city's best-known phone number, immortalized in song by Glenn Miller's band in 1940. The PE6 telephone exchange wasn't named after the hotel, though; they were both named after nearby Penn Station.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Hotel Carter, 250 W 43rd St (between 7th and 8th Aves), +1 347 748-1309, fax: +1 212 398-8541. Offering 700 lodging accommodations all with private bath. Close-up view of the ball drop at New Times Square. $99+.
  • 2 [dead link] New York Inn, 765 8th Ave (at 47th St), +1 212 247-5400, toll-free: +1-888-465-1140, fax: +1 212 541-4596, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Affordable lodging accommodations offering double standard bed, color cable TV, telephone, AC/heating and private facilities. Refrigerators, ironing and ironing boards are available upon request. Safety box is available at no extra charge. Free wifi plus one internet kiosk are available in the lobby. Dorms from $29, private rooms from $69.
The view from your room may as well be like that (West 45 St looking eastwards pictured)

Mid-range[edit]

  • 3 Casablanca Hotel, 147 W 43rd St (between Broadway and 6th Ave), +1 212 869-1212, toll-free: +1-888-922-7225, fax: +1 212 391-7585, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Boutique hotel just off Times Square. High-speed Wi-fi and complimentary refreshments in Rick's Cafe 24 hours a day including breakfast in the mornings and wine and cheese receptions in the evenings except for Sunday nights. $183+.
  • 4 Courtyard New York Manhattan/Times Square, 114 W 40th St, +1 212-391-0088.
  • 5 Hilton Garden Inn, 790 8th Ave (between 47th and 48th Sts), +1 212 581-7000, fax: +1 212 974-0291. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. Completely remodeled in 2005 with flat-screen TVs, comfy bedding. Free wireless, business center and in-room fridge. $143-$400.
  • 6 Hotel Mela, 120 W 44th St (between 6th Ave and 7th Ave/Broadway), toll-free: +1-877-452-6352, fax: +1 212 710-7399, e-mail: . Luxury boutique hotel in Times Square. $161+.
  • 7 36 Hudson Hotel, 449 W 36th St (between 9th and 10th Aves), +1 212 967-7206, fax: +1 212 967-7237. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $109+.
  • 8 Salisbury Hotel, 123 W 57th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), +1 212 246-1300, toll-free: +1-888-692-5757, fax: +1 212 977-7752. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: Noon. King and double-bed rooms. Standard rooms are much larger than typical as the hotel was originally designed as a suite hotel. $109+.
  • 9 Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), +1 212 234-7000, toll-free: +1-800-388-8988, fax: +1 212 382-0684. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. A Times Square-area hotel offering modern accommodations. $300+.
  • 10 Travel Inn Hotel, 515 W 42nd St, +1 212 695-7171.

Splurge[edit]

In Times Square, even the police station has a flashy neon sign on the roof

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Too many travelers spend all or most of their time in the Theater District and other largely non-residential areas of Midtown Manhattan. From the viewpoint of many New Yorkers, the "real New York" is elsewhere, in the residential neighborhoods uptown, downtown, and even a couple of blocks west of Times Square and the bright lights of the Great White Way. If you want to find out how New Yorkers live, work, and party and feel the pace of the city, go to neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, the East Village, Chinatown, Harlem, the Upper West and Upper East Sides, or just walk to 9th Av.

Routes through Theater District
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END  W NYCS-bull-trans-7.svg E  Midtown EastFlushing, Queens
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BronxUpper West Side  N NYCS-bull-trans-B.svgNYCS-bull-trans-D.svg S  Midtown EastDowntown Brooklyn
Long Island City, Queens (N, R, W)Upper East Side  N NYCS-bull-trans-N.svgNYCS-bull-trans-Q.svgNYCS-bull-trans-R.svgNYCS-bull-trans-W.svg S  Midtown EastDowntown Brooklyn
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Jersey CityChelsea  SW PATH yellow.png NE  END



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