Restaurant Row

Nested among Broadway Theaters in Times Square, New York City, Restaurant Row is a district that's home to dozens of authentic restaurants. This neighbourhood caters to individuals seeking high-quality food before and after theatre shows. Restaurant Row offers Asian, European, Mediterranean, American, Caribbean and other cuisine that will tingle your taste buds.

Background and Facts

Restaurant Row
Since the 1920s, the Theatre District in Manhattan has attracted flocks of spectators. After enjoying great Broadway shows, the visitors had to travel significant distances to find some delicious food. In the 1970s, dozens of restaurants were established on a stretch near Times Square within walking distance of numerous theatres. Since then, Restaurant Row has been a popular destination for dining before and after the shows. Broadway actors and producers love to patronize the authentic restaurants in the heart of the Theater District.

Cuisine

With more than 40 establishments to choose from, you're guaranteed to find something that will satisfy your cravings on Restaurant Row. This district is home to various businesses that specialize in traditional and fusion Asian dishes. From sushi and sashimi to Korean BBQ and Kimichi, you can enjoy delicious Oriental dishes. The local Chinese restaurants serve Sichuan, Hunan, Cantonese and other regional variations. As expected, the Italian restaurants on Restaurant Row offer premium antipasto, pasta, seafood and oven-fired pizza. Imported wines from Italy's finest vineyards are also on the menu. Additionally, the French restaurants in the district boast a large selection of high-quality wine and spirits. Spanish, Mediterranean and South American platters is readily available on Restaurant Row. If you're looking for some pub-style dining, just reserve a table at one of the Irish restaurants.

Events and Other Highlights

The Taste of Times Square is an annual food festival that's held on Restaurant Row and other adjacent streets. This event hosts more than 50 vendors who offer mouth-watering treats for visitors. New or experimental dishes are usually available in this outdoor culinary festivity. Additionally, Restaurant Row is associated with the 9th Avenue International Food Festival, which runs for more than a dozen blocks that branch off 9th Avenue. Live music and other forms of entertainment enhance the already exciting atmosphere of both festivals. If you're history a buff, then you'll embrace St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Originally established as a Dutch Reform entity in the 19th century, this church found a permanent home on 46th Street in the 1920s. Long before eateries lined Restaurant Row, the place of worship dominated the cultural scene of the area. Another landmark that's located in this culinary mecca is the Riu Plaza New York. This 29-story contemporary hotel has more than 600 well-appointed guest rooms and plenty of other premium amenities for a great stay in Times Square.

Visiting Restaurant Row

Occupying all of West 46th Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Restaurant Row is located within walking distance of the 49th Street station that's served by the N, R and W lines of the New York City Subway. This famous block is bound by 8th Avenue on the east, which carries southbound traffic. The western edge of the district is defined by 9th Avenue, which accommodates vehicles heading northbound. Buses that are operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stop on both avenues. Parking at Restaurant Row is extremely limited, so you're advised to use public transit. Despite having a narrow layout, West 46th Street has various points that are conveniently laid out for taxis that need to drop off and pick up passengers.

Location: all of West 46th Street in the heart of Midtown Manhattan

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