17 Top Eateries At and Around BroadwayCon

BroadwayCon   17 Top Eateries At and Around BroadwayCon
From inside the Javits to theatre-district standards, where to eat during BroadwayCon 2017.

Whether you're looking for a quick bite between panels, an iconic New York experience or just a casual sit-down after a busy day, these diverse restaurant options have you covered.

At the Javits Center
The Food Court at the Javits Center offers a variety of cuisines and price ranges to suit any BroadwayCon attendee. According to the venue, there are both permanent and temporary food outlets located on Level 1 and Level 3. NOTE: The scheduling of the food outlets varies from day to day.

Level 1
From Italian by Grazie Italiano to burgers at West Side Grill, from sushi at Mai Sushi to to the Mexicana Cantina, there’s no gastro-stone unturned in this sprawling food court.

North Concourse
This may be the best place to stop for a coffee or snack, since it includes Lavazza and the Concourse Café.

Crystal Palace
For more sit-down dining, check out the specialty burgers and hearty chicken sandwiches at the Crystal Palace Grill; try the fresh guacamole and authentic Mexican dishes at Tortugas Voladoras; get a taste of Korea at Asian Vegan Tacos; go for pizza or filling deli sandwiches at Red Sauce Italian.

For a full listing of Javits Center offerings, visit JavitsCenter.com.


Theatre-district Staples
Chez Josephine
A tribute to Josephine Baker, features a delectable French menu and live piano music. The restaurant captures that certain je ne sais quoi of 1930s Paris, and is relatively close to the Javits Center. If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced, but still scrumptious lunch Monday–Friday, this is your spot. The venue also offers dinner a la carte and prix fixe, and brunch on the weekends. 414 W. 42nd St (between Ninth and Tenth Aves)

Joe Allen
You’re almost guaranteed to spot a celebrity at this stalwart, especially if you avoid the pre-show tourist throngs and go for lunch. (As you peer around, don’t miss the posters lining the walls — they’re an homage to short-lived Broadway turns.) Most of the menu errs on the American classic side, with filling staples like a brisket au jus sandwich and meatloaf. 326 W. 46th St (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)

Glass House Tavern
Craig Cupani’s New American menu emphasizes seasonal ingredients and includes a host of local touches, including Catskills trout and Long Island duck. Take advantage of the lunch and dinner Restaurant Week meals, which include three courses for $25 and $38 respectively. It's also a popular post-show spot for Broadway cast members. 252 W. 47th St (between Eighth Ave and Broadway)

Established in 1921, this restaurant and its legendary celeb caricatures have earned their icon status. Old-school dishes dominate the menu: Try the shrimp Sardi (jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce) or the signature cannelloni au gratin, which stuffs veal, beef and sweet pork sausage into a French crepe smothered in sherry-spiked tomato cream sauce. 234 W. 44th St (at Broadway)

Lillie’s Times Square
With polished wood fixtures brought over from Belfast, this Irish bar feels plucked from the Victorian Era. Wash down elevated pub fare (homemade mozzarella bites, bourbon pulled-pork nachos, shepherd’s pie) with one of the domestic or international beers (30 on tap and 30 more by the bottle). A popular after-show hangout, it is just across the street from The Book of Mormon. 249 W. 49th St (at Eighth Ave)

Don’t Tell Mama
Four venues in one, this spot houses a no-cover piano bar, a restaurant, and two cabaret lounges. Seating at the shows can be tight, but the only-in-NYC experiences are worth it, especially award-winning impersonator Rick Skye's Liza Live! — a must for any Minnelli admirer. The restaurant’s varied menu changes seasonally, but certain staples (shrimp fra diavolo, chicken piccata) remain year-round. 343 W. 46th St (at Ninth Ave)

E&E Grill House
In most cases, “affordable steakhouse” would be an oxymoron, but the owners of this restaurant keep the bulk of their menu at accessible price points and include a side with each of their meat and fish entrees. Split an order of parmesan-truffle or sweet potato fries for an extra treat. If you take in a show, present your ticket and Playbill for 10 percent off food. 233 W. 49th St (at Broadway)

The Palm
This West Side spot specializes in Italian-American fare. In particular, it’s known for massive portions: The heaping veal parmesan is even bigger than the plate it’s served on, and the bone-in rib eye feeds at least two people. Finish your meal with the bag of warm doughnuts holes (tossed in cinnamon-sugar at your table) or decadent seven-layer chocolate cake. Just across the street from Wicked, you never know who you'll see inside. Plus, stop by the Playbill booth at the Marketplace for your chance to win a $100 gift card to the hotspot. 250 W. 50th St (at Broadway)

Though named for a Greek muse, the menu here takes its inspiration mainly from American and Italian cuisines. Dishes like the herbaceous cioppino and zucchini-noodle pasta cater to those seeking lighter fare, while the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese or grass-fed burger satisfy anyone craving rib-sticking comfort food. 828 Eighth Ave (at 50th St)

Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Between the singing wait staff and the retro videos playing around the room, it’s hard not to get swept up in the lively atmosphere of this 1950s-style diner. Follow up one of the homey blue plate specials (chicken pot pie, meatloaf) with an equally classic dessert (warm apple pie, brownies, whoopie pies). Plus, your waiter could end up one of Broadway's next stars! 1650 Broadway (at 51st St)

Portions at this famous diner are enormous. Lay down a solid savory foundation (maybe a reuben or the baby back ribs) before moving on to the real reason you’re here: the cheesecake. Sixteen different varieties (plus a smattering of layer cakes, cookies and other desserts) ensure every sweet tooth is sated. Located in Shubert Alley, keep your eyes peeled for spottings. 1515 Broadway (at 45th St)

Hurley’s Saloon
Blending an Irish pub with an American bar and grill, this historic tavern (operating since 1892) stays bustling from opening until its late close at 1am. A robust appetizer menu makes a strong case for ordering several small plates (pub potato skins, stuffed clams and blackened shrimp are standouts), but the onion soup and massive burger shouldn’t be overlooked. 232 W. 48th St (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)

Westway Diner
Actors often hit up this unassuming eatery for dinner, so keep your eyes peeled. Like any good diner, the options are plentiful and affordable. Eggs and omelets are served all day (the namesake encompasses peppers, onions, tomato, and feta cheese), and the spanakopita is homemade. 614 Ninth Ave between 43rd and 44th Sts)

Mooncake Foods
Putting a Pan-Asian spin on the classic American diner, this eatery delivers plentiful options for affordable, flavor-packed comfort food. Warm up with one of three wonton soup riffs or a spicy grilled lemongrass shrimp and supplement your choice with a homebrewed ice tea. 359 W. 54th St (at Ninth Ave)

New York City Signature Eats
Magnolia Bakery
First made famous by Sex and the City, this now-chain of shops draws crowds with its pastel-frosted cupcakes, retro icebox cakes and signature banana pudding. Court a sugar rush by getting at least one each — and maybe a couple cookies for good measure. 1240 Sixth Ave (at 49th St)

Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian revitalized this iconic lounge in 2014 to pepper the American menu with European accents such as a mezze platter and country-style pate. The afternoon tea — complete with tea sandwiches, scones and sweets—is pricey, but absolutely worth the splurge if you're looking to add to your BroadwayCon memories. 768 Fifth Ave (at Central Park South)

Down the block from the convention center, this deli is classic through and through: Among the most popular items are the pan-fried potato pierogis, the chicken noodle soup, and triple-decker sandwiches, with most of the latter named after celebrities new and old (from Mae West to Britney Spears). Save room for a slice of ultra-classic New York cheesecake. 825 Seventh Ave (between 53rd and 54th Sts)

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