Ah, springtime in New York City. If you think that sounds nice, you’re not alone—tons of people flock to The Big Apple every spring as winter thaws out and the Broadway season heats up. It makes for a lively atmosphere, but sometimes you just want to avoid the crowds. Fear not—trusted food guide Zagat has spilled the beans on tourist-free eats near Times Square so you can chow like a local on your trip to the Great White Way. Here are a few picks that got us seriously salivating.
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Richard Rogers Theatre for uber-popular Broadway newcomer Hamilton (it just won a Pulitzer), you’ll want to arrive early as it’s almost surely a sold-out show—grab a quick, fresh bite at nearby City Kitchen, which has a little something for everyone (tacos, sushi, burgers, and more).
Are you en route to see Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre? Complete your experience with a meal fit for a sultan at The Lambs Club, which serves up seasonal New American fare and craft cocktails in a plush red-leather atmosphere.
Is Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre more to your taste? Pair the show with bewitching Mexican food and killer margaritas at Toloache. Yum.