Best things to do in Times Square
Tucked away just a block from Times Square’s Olive Garden, this Japanese eatery is full of a younger, hipper clientele. (Hard to believe, we know.) The sake here is so killer it’s a favorite among the city’s Japanese expats.
In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show. But the team behind Tribeca mixology den Ward III ushered in a second act, introducing some key upgrades (including serious cocktails) while maintaining the charmingly offbeat flavor of the place. Forget you're a stone's throw from Times Square while listening to nightly live jazz acts and sipping dark-spirit–heavy tipples.
As much as we love Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera, sometimes new Broadway shows just seem more exciting than the old standbys. From family-friendly musicals to romantic dramas, the Great White Way has something for everyone.
There's no shame in going to a Dave and Buster's. (Yes, even one that is located in Times Square). You'll be entertained for hours inside the combination bar which serves food and offers classic arcade games. What's better than playing your childhood favorites like Pac-Man, Skee-Ball and Pop-A-Shot? Playing them while you're drunk!
Most rooftop bars rely on their expansive vistas to woo the crowds, noting the sky-high vantage as the main attraction. For Magic Hour, the spot from TAO Group that crowns the Moxy Times Square hotel, its view of midtown and the Empire State Building is just a footnote. The team plays up the idea of an “urban amusement park” in its palatial 10,000-square-foot space, with rotating carousel seating, a topiary garden and Foreplay, a putt-putt course filled with animal statues in NSFW positions.
Neither fancy, flashy nor touristy (in this neck of the woods, that’s saying something), the slender dive bar is a veritable boxing shrine. Another major selling point? The drinks are cheap, which is a rare treasure to find in central Manhattan.
Although across the street from the livelier Havana Central, this hole-in-the-wall Cuban eatery has a big following of native connoisseurs, so you know it’s the real deal. Try the octopus salad (trust us).
This guitar mecca is one of the last remaining shops—and sites of cultural authenticity—on what used to be Manhattan’s “music row.” Helmed by the husband-and-wife team who founded it in 1978, the shop boasts a constantly evolving selection of new and used guitars and accessories. If you feel like shelling out the big bucks, check out some of Rudy’s custom guitars, like the ones he created with crooner Mark Knopfler.