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News Jambalaya and Jazz Hands: 18 Can't-Miss Spots for Pre- and Post-Show Dining Playbill.com's staff offers a collection of restaurants that offer the best dining in Hell's Kitchen, from quick, casual places to fancy spots for a special night on the town.


There's nothing quite like a classic evening out to enjoy dinner and a show. Whether you're dining on inexpensive burritos and seeing an Off-Broadway play with your friends or planning a romantic date night complete with a classic New York steak followed by orchestra seats to the latest hot-ticket musical, the two go hand-in-hand.

Playbill.com's staff has gathered a collection of our favorite restaurants located in our Hell's Kitchen stomping grounds, where theatregoers can savor dinner before or after a performance.

Click through to read suggestions for a variety of restaurants for pre- or post-show dining.

Sosa Borella

Sosa Borello is a great, low-key spot for empenadas, fresh pizzas and sangria. Appetizers include grilled mozzarella, mussels and ceviche, and entrees range from pasta to parrillada, which includes short rib, chicken thigh, sausage and mashed potatoes. An added bonus: They always get you out in time for the theatre. sosaborella.com

Café Edison

When you’ve got 15 minutes to scarf down something before a curtain, the counter at Café Edison is the place to go. Favorites include a piping hot bowl of chicken soup in the winter and a fresh turkey burger in the summer. It's cash only, and you’ll likely run into a ton of Broadway chorus kids getting their quick and cheap eats. 


This restaurant is a go-to. Blockheads has the best margaritas in town, and you can't beat the price at $4 each. Plus, their Mexican food is off the hook, especially their guacamole. If you're going pre-show, no more than two margaritas. If you're going post-show, join all your friends in Worldwide Plaza for margz til midnight! blockheads.com


Gossip is great for a pre-show dinner. It's right in Hell's Kitchen, and they have great hummus, as well as other bar bites like Gaelic Nachos, the Gossip Panini and Shepherd's Pie. The bar is not too loud, making it a good choice to catch up with a friend before hitting the theatre. gossipbarnyc.com

Room Service

This Thai restaurant on 9th Avenue provides a festive, (literally) sparkling atmosphere for a pre-show meal. The inventive menu offers everything from classic Thai items like Pad See Euw to the more creative Bangkok Chicken Pumpkin Curry and Pomegranate Walnut Duck. The restaurant offers a full bar as well.

El Centro

El Centro offers fun, lively and casual Mexican food ranging from tacos and tamales to main dishes that include grilled vegetable enchiladas with salsa verde to chilaquiles (corn tortilla casserole topped with avocado, queso blanco, crema fresca and pico de gallo). Beverages include mojitos, senjarrita (sangria with herradura reposado and grapefruit jarritos) and classic margaritas. elcentro-nyc.com


This Mediterranean restaurant on 10th Avenue offers a pre and post-theatre fixed-price dinner for $38, which includes a meze, main course and dessert. Taboon also offers an a la carte menu, from which diners can order an array of mezes or main courses like branzino and lamb osso bucco. For thirsty diners, the drink menu includes inventive cocktails with creative names. taboononline.com


Anejo features a creative menu of small plates that are easily shared with a group of friends. Creative variations on guacamole are available, as well as tuna, shrimp and tile fish ceviches. Dine on spanish rock octopus, lamb barbacoa and corn dumplings while sipping on classic and inventive margaritas, or choose from drink options described as "Long and Refreshing" and "Stirred and Delicious," as well as the intriguing category "Fruit and Spice." anejonyc.com

At Nine

This Thai restaurant serves a variety of appetizers and main courses, as well as a low-priced happy hour. Dig into a Tom Yum Soup and Avocado Eggplant Salad or Spicy Basil Fried Rice for more classic options, or turn to the "Surprisingly" section of the menu where you can choose from Soft-Shell Crab Basil Paradise or Kaeng Fak Thong Avocado. atninenyc.com


Walk too fast and you'll miss this charming little place, which offers rustic Latin fare ranging from queso fundido and taquitos de langosta to Brazilian pacu fish ribs. Those feeling ambitious could opt for the seafood tower, which includes jumbo shrimp, raw oysters, a whole lobster, king crab leg, oyster shooters and a sampler of ceviches, tiraditos and tartare. pulperianyc.com/home

Kilo Wine Bar

This wine bar serves small plates and an extensive selection of wines to choose from. Food options include goat cheese crostini, iron skillet kale, baked brie and octopus. Reservations recommended. nyckilo.com


Breeze is a low-key French-Thai fusion restaurant and a great spot for pre-theatre dining. You can choose from lighter fare like spring rolls, steamed mussels and mixed vegetable soup, and those looking for a heartier meal can opt for sea bass with ginger sauce, roasted butternut squash ravioli or duck curry. breezenyc.com

Delta Grill

Delta Grill's specialty is Cajun cooking. The restaurant serves up classics like jambalaya, fried green tomatoes, po boys and catfish lafitte. Adventurous diners could choose the alligator and smoked pork sausage. And don't forget the fried cheese grits. thedeltagrill.com


This classic French restaurant offers an upscale experience for pre-theatre dining, with a $38 three course fixed-price dinner as well as an a la carte menu. Diners can start with a crab cake falafel or burgundy snails followed by lamb shank tagine or ginger crusted golden snapper. Those looking for a classic French experience should definitely order the bouillabaisse. marseillenyc.com

The Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel

Once home to the country's most prominent writers and literary personalities, as well as the leading figures of the American stage like Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood, this historic location serves a pre-theatre dinner menu, which includes a choice of soup or salad, several entrees and three desserts for $35. An a la carte menu is also available. algonquinhotel.com

Rice N Beans

Tiny and inexpensive, this restaurant boasts authentic Brazilian cuisine. Options include Feijoda, a slow-cooked casserole filled with meat and seasoning, codfish Portuguese style and black bean soup. And try just about anything grilled. Sangrias, mojitos and margaritas are also available. ricenbeansnyc.com

John's Pizzeria

An abandoned church that the owners renovated into a restaurant, John's Pizzeria serves traditional and more creative pizza options, ranging from the Margherita to the Hawaiian. Pizzas can be customized with additional toppings. The restaurant also offers salads, pastas and paninis, as well as an extensive wine list. johnspizzerianyc.com

Frankie & Johnnie's Steak House

Broadway and a steak. What could be a more iconic New York night out on the town? Start off with a crabmeat cocktail or oysters before digging into a sirloin steak, filet mignon or broiled salmon with a side of baked or mashed potatoes. And, of course, you can end the night with a slice of New York cheesecake. frankieandjohnnies.com

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