Not Your Mama’s Pre-Theater Dinner

Winter is the perfect time to head to Times Square to take in the year’s best Broadway shows and luckily, we have the most delicious, posh restaurants within walking distance to your favorites. You don’t even need a ticket to enter!


Midtown West
1285 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
212-459-1222 •
Cuisine: Steakhouse
Attire: Business
Price Range: $$$$
Serving: Weekday Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol: Full bar
Ambiance: Upscale
Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No

One of BELLA’s all-time favorites, Mastro’s never disappoints. Known for its flavorful and juicy cuts of steak, magical menu, and high-end service, you’ll also love the waitstaff—they make sure you get in and out with time to spare before curtains. Create your own seafood tower as an appetizer loaded with your favorites, including lobster tail, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, oysters, and more. Finish the night with a playful cocktail and some warm butter cake, and you’ll be ready to brave the crowds of Times Square!

BELLA’s “A” List



MASTROS’ LEMON DROP: Lemon-infused vodka, sweet and sour, triple sec, fresh lemon served up smoking over dry ice featuring a sweet lemon sugar rim by Little Waisted


Pair it with: “The Book of Mormon”


Midtown West
28 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
212-221-9560 •
Cuisine: Nikkei
Attire: Business casual
Price Range: $$$
Serving: Weekday Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol: Full bar
Ambiance: Modern
Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No

Nikkei cuisine is a combination of Peruvian and Japanese flavors and dishes that dates back to the 1800s. The opening of Sen Sakana makes us wonder why there haven’t been any Nikkei restaurants in Manhattan sooner. Nothing we tried here was a disappointment, and trust us, we tried a lot. Most dishes are small plates meant to be shared, and each bite had us intrigued to try the next. Fill up on an assortment of hot and cold small plates, and save room for sushi. The flavors are different than you’d expect, but are wonderful all the same. Don’t miss the Mochi Empanadas for dessert—they’re the best we’ve ever had!

BELLA’s “A” List

CRISPY TEBASKI NIKKEI: Black feather chicken wing, aji panca amakara sauce

NIKKEI CEVICHE: Torched salmon, cancha, oba, yuzu leche de tigre

AVOCADO: Lime ponzu, sen criolla, harumaki crisps

ACEVICHADO: Shrimp, basil, avocado, mango, maki, topped with scallop, acevichado sauce, wasabi sea salt, sweet potato puree on the side
QUINOA CHAUFA: Pork belly, brown rice, plantains, king oyster mushroom, onsen egg, smoked oshinko

THE ISLAND OF NUTS: Pisco infused with Japanese black sugar, walnut, Tiki bitters

MOCHI EMPANADA: House made Mochi filled with ice cream of your choice

PICARON WAFFLE: Our version of the traditional Peruvian dessert. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, Chancaca cinnamon syrup, banana kinako ice cream

 Pair it with: “Dear Evan Hansen”


Theater District
132 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
917-348-5737 •
Cuisine: Omakase
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Serving: Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol: Cocktails, Beer, Liquor
Ambiance: Trendy
Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No

This small, unassuming underground lair is the perfect stop before heading to a show. Graffiti-splattered steps lead you down into the eight-seat omakase restaurant helmed by David Bouhadana, where diners need not look at a menu. Twelve pieces of the freshest sushi you will ever have set you back only $50, hand-prepared right in front of you. The Wagyu-uni, referred to as “millenial surf and turf,” is probably the menu’s highlight. But here’s the catch: you only have 30 minutes to eat. Once your omakase tasting menu begins, Bou starts the timer, making sure he can get customers in and out in a timely fashion. But you can always squeeze next to the bar and down a cocktail or two if you’re not ready to leave quite yet.

BELLA’s “A” List

OMAKASE: Includes ikura, hamachi, akami, toro, salmon, albacore, uni, scallop, botan shrimp, wagyuni, wagyu and unagi

BOU-JITO: Chili infused Bacardi, ginger syrup, basil

Tidbit -> Pair it with: “Hamilton”


Theater District
215 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
212-419-2770 •
Cuisine: Southern
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $
Serving: Dinner, Saturday Brunch
Alcohol: Full Bar
Ambiance: Modern Upscale
Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No

If you want to get down ‘n dirty before a show, this Southern locale is the spot to hit. Known for its Nashville-style grub, it’s safe to say that dinner here may get messy. From the tacos and fried chicken to the barbecued pulled pork, everything here is finger-lickin’ good. Start with some apps if you’re really feeling hungry, but whatever you do, don’t miss the cornbread. After you’ve completely satiated your appetite, you can head downstairs to work off some of those calories playing games like pool, corn hole, darts, and even beer pong!

BELLA’s “A” List

NACHOS: Add steak, chili, pork, or chicken

PULLED PORK: With baked beans and coleslaw
FRIED CHICKEN: With French fries and cole slaw

LUCY’S FROZEN MARGARITA: Cazadores tequila blanco, margarita mix


Pair it with: “War Paint”

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