After working on his classic songs, composer Richard Rodgers often retired for the night to an upper room at Sardi’s. Stop by and soak up some of that history: The soundtrack in the bi-level bar and dining room is strictly show tunes, and the decor features caricatures of entertainment legends (Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason). Choices on the meaty menu are limited, and the food is filling—cannelloni are drenched in cheese-and-cream sauce; crab cakes are egregiously enormous but at least heavy on crab. Start eating early so you’ll have time for the Chocolate Symphony, a medley of mousse, ice cream, candy and a giant chocolate-dipped strawberry. That Broadway buzz you’re experiencing is from the sugar.
234 W 44th St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Eighth Ave|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu 11:30am–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun noon–7pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority|
|Price:||Average main course: $26. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|