Best restaurants near Times Square

Avoid the overpriced, undercooked tourist traps and have a great meal with our guide to the best restaurants near Times Square in New York.

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Benares

Benares Time Out, Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Benares

  • Price band: 2/4

Just a short stroll north of Times Square, the subdued dining room at Benares offers a respite from midtown madness, as well as a taste of the ’hood’s most ambitious Indian cooking. Virtuoso chef Peter Beck (Tamarind) oversees the region-hopping bill of fare, which includes a robust selection

  1. 240 W 56th St, (between Broadway and Eighth Ave), 10107
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Danji

  • Price band: 2/4

With butcher-block tables, inventive Korean-inspired small plates and a Michelin star to boot, this diminutive eatery is of the rare breed that would likely be just as packed downtown as it is on West 52nd Street. Chef Hooni Kim (Daniel, Masa) brings his haute French training to bear on the food of

  1. 346 W 52nd St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves), 10019
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Don Antonio by Starita

  • Price band: 2/4

While tourists bumble into Sbarro looking for a New York slice, pizza aficionados have been busy colonizing this pedigreed newcomer—a collaboration between Kesté’s talented Roberto Caporuscio and his decorated Naples mentor, Antonio Starita. Start with tasty bites like the frittatine (a

  1. 309 W 50th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Esca

  • Price band: 3/4
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Esca is the area’s slickest and most creative choice. Part of the Mario Batali–Joe Bastianich empire, the menu takes a whirl through Southern Italian seaside cooking (spaghetti with lobster). Start with the signature raw antipasti, called crudi, then move on to excellent, shareable pastas such

  1. 402 W 43rd St, (at Ninth Ave), 10036
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Gazala

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Chef-owner Gazala Halabi (Gazala Place) opens her second venture dedicated to the cuisine of the Israeli Druze (a religious group with ties to early Islam). Her menu includes various kinds of hummus, along with smaller bites at a meze bar.

  1. 380 Columbus Ave, (at 78th St)
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Hakkasan New York

Animated by a luxurious array of ambient sounds, scents and lighting, Hakkasan New York is a stunning evolution of the London original that is acclaimed for its Michelin-starred modern Chinese cuisine.The 11,000 square foot restaurant features a signature "cage" carved out of dark English oak and

  1. 311 West 43rd Street, 10036
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Kashkaval

  • Price band: 2/4
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Warm woods and soft lighting evoke a turn-of-the-century general store at this midtown eatery and gourmet emporium. The restaurant, tucked behind the retail shop, suffers from sluggish service, but all is forgiven when tangy Mediterranean spreads—vinegary artichoke dip, hot-pink beet

  1. 856 Ninth Ave, (between 55th and 56th Sts)
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Sushi Zen

  • Price band: 2/4
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Opt for a seat at the 10-stool sushi counter to witness the respect with which the masters at this peaceful den approach their work: every step, from the preparation of the dishes to the storing of their ingredients is done with a precision and deliberateness akin to artistry. While traditional and

  1. 108 W 44th St, (between Sixth Ave and Broadway), 10036
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Toloache

  • Price band: 2/4
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This Mexican eatery from chef Julian Medina (Maya, Zocalo) suits its Theater District locale: The dynamic, richly appointed duplex is adorned with beautiful tiles and murals of Mexican scenes. Buzzed-about concoctions include a crunchy grasshopper taco, but flashes of brilliance show up in more

  1. 251 W 50th St, (between Broadway and Eighth Ave)
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