The list of must-see attractions and experiences in New York City is virtually endless, as are the quality food choices. Times Square in particular is a hotbed for visitors, and while most tourist areas struggle to feature quality restaurants that truly represent the heart and soul of the city, this is simply not true here. In fact, there are plenty of options to fit all tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. Listed below are our 10 best restaurants in Times Square that every tourist should visit.
The Lambs Club
Fine modern American dining isn’t always easy to find in this tourist hotspot, but The Lambs Club is the place to be for a high-end feast in Times Square. Located in the luxurious Chatwal Hotel, The Lambs Club features multiple rooms for dining and private events and an extensive menu against an elegant clubhouse ambiance.
Fare: Modern American with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Serving: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar Menu, Private Events
Los Tacos No. 1
Los Tacos No. 1 is proof positive that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to eat well in a Times Square restaurant. Ranked within the top 10 best restaurants in all of New York City, Los Tacos No. 1 follows authentic family recipes from Mexico for a true Mexican feast not often found on the East Coast.
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Catered Events
The ultimate food market in the heart of Times Square, City Kitchen offers a variety of options in a trendy, urban setting. Every NYC neighborhood is represented by their group of vendors offering their restaurants’ signature dishes at moderate prices.
Fare: Japanese, Mediterranean, Desserts, Mexican, Seafood
Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
There are a number of nationwide chain restaurants in Times Square, but only Shake Shack makes our list as one of the best restaurant in Times Square. Quality ingredients at an affordable price make this the ultimate in comfort food, but come early if you have theatre tickets because the lines will be long!
Fare: Fast Food – Burgers, hot dogs, shakes, beer and wine
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Carmine's Italian Restaurant
While New York City is known for its incredible variety of food choices, no cuisine is done better than Italian, and Carmine’s is one of the best options in the area. Carmine’s offers huge family-style portions of authentic Italian courses, plus convenient delivery for residents and tourists alike.
Fare: Family-style Italian with vegetarian and vegan options
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Catering, Private Events, Take-Out, Delivery
With a décor reminiscent of its birthplace in London, Hakkasan offers high-end Cantonese cuisine that is among the best you will find in the city outside of Chinatown. Hakkasan utilizes authentic ingredients, styles, and preparation techniques with a modern flair drawn directly from the Guangzhou region of China.
Fare: Cantonese with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Serving: Dim Sum Lunch, Dinner, Private Events
Simply put, a visit to the city would not be complete without a stop at an authentic pizza parlor. Joe’s Pizza fits the bill nicely for those visiting Times Square looking to enjoy a quick slice or two of true New York style pizza.
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
The Little Beet
One of the more unique destination on our Times Square restaurants list is The Little Beet, who focuses less on cuisine style and more on health and wellness. Their completely gluten-free menu is dedicated to providing plant-inspired meals that balance protein, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Catering, Take-Out
Junior's Restaurant & Cheesecake
Best known for its fabulous cheesecake, Junior’s is a worthy stop for any meal. Inspired by its Brooklyn roots, the Times Square staple features a full diner and deli-inspired menu to satisfy any craving.
Fare: American diner and dessert with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Take-Out
Hunt & Fish Club
A gorgeous modern ambiance and high-end cuisine make a visit to the Hunt & Fish Club more of an event rather than a meal. Aptly located near the theatre district, the intimate, artistic setting throughout the various rooms are as enjoyable to explore as the menu itself.
Fare: Steakhouse and seafood with vegetarian and gluten-free options
Serving: Lunch, Dinner, Private Events, Bar Menu