Place: Holey Cream, 796 9th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd St.
Specialty: Homemade ice cream and donut ice cream sandwiches
Lesli's Order: Reese's® covered donut stuffed with vanilla bean ice cream covered in chocolate syrup
"This is a huge treat — it has to be every once in a while. It's amazing to split — this is not a one-person dessert!"
Place: Donna Bell's Bake Shop, 301 W. 49th St., between 8th & 9th Ave.
Specialty: All-natural Southern baked goods and savories
Lesli's Order: Bacon and chive scone
"The great thing about this place is you can do breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have great sandwiches and things you can take to go. Their pastries are also amazing, especially their cupcakes."
Place: Schmackary's, 362 W. 45th St., between 8th & 9th Ave.
Specialty: Homemade cookies — over 65 flavors
Lesli's Order: Caramel apple cookie
"It was started by Zachary Schmahl, who was a performer, and decided that on his downtime he'd make these cookies. Well, it turned out that everyone loved them so much that he opened up this shop! Every year they do Broadway Bakes, which raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and they get Broadway celebs to come in, man the cash register, give people their cookies and take pictures."
Place: Two Boots Pizza, 625 Ninth Ave., between 44th and 45th St.
Specialty: Cleverly-named pizza by the slice
Lesli's Order: The "Larry Tate" topped with spinach, plum tomatoes and garlic. "I love pizza. I'm Italian, so that's often my go-to after the theatre. I'm a California native, but New York has the best pizza. Came for the job, stayed for the pizza. Absolutely."
More Must-Try Broadway "Bites"
Kees Chocolates, 315 W. 39th St. between 8th & 9th Ave.
Specialty: handmade chocolates and macaroons
Blue Dog Kitchen Bar, 308 W. 50th St., between 8th & 9th Ave.
Specialty: Wraps and fresh juices and smoothies
Little Pie Company, 424 W. 43rd St., between 9th & 10th Ave.
Specialty: Homemade pies
BonChon, 207 W. 38th St. between 7th & 8th Aves.
Specialty: Korean chicken wings
The Rum House NYC, inside the Hotel Edison, 228 W. 47th St., between Broadway & 8th Ave.
Specialty: Custom cocktails, grilled cheese, and live post-theatre music
Lantern's Keep, inside the Iroquis Hotel, 49 W. 44th St., between 5th & 6th Ave.
Specialty: Haute cocktails and fancy small plates
Totto Ramen, 464 W. 51st St., between 9th & 10th Ave.
Specialty: Japanese noodle soup
Carlo's Bakery, 625 8th Ave. at 42nd St.
Specialty: Cannolis from the kitchen of Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro