Joe Allen

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2978 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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Pre/post Theatre
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Because of kitchen repairs, we will be serving a modified summer menu which is available on our website joeallenrestaruant.com. We will have our classic menu back as soon as possible, and apologize for any inconveniences.

Since 1965, Joe Allen has been a quintessential New York restaurant serving a classic American menu in the heart of the Theater District. Just two blocks from Times Square, it has been a favorite of Broadway performers, locals, and tourists for almost 50 years.

Please note that we begin taking reservations 7 days in advance starting at midnight online and at 11 a.m. over the phone.
Parties of 6 or more should call the restaurant directly.

Due to the high volume of reservations we receive for pre- and post-theater, we can only guarantee a table for a maximum of two hours. If you would like more time, please contact the restaurant directly to make your reservation.
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WB
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just adore Joe Allen and am thrilled that their kitchen is once again up and running at top form. I had a terrific guacamole to kick things off followed by the most delicious calf's liver and onions I've ever tasted. The waiter recommended their house red wine and it was really just perfect with my meal. The service is as always, simply the best at Joe's. Thanks to all the staff for the consistantly excellent service and marvelous food.

c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for pre-theater. Service outstanding! Good martinis!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Muy mala experiencia ,la comida no merecía la pena ,el pollo seco y la hamburguesa nada especial .

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r
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable, convenient, & consistent. A New York treasure.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere is very nice. My main complaint is that I tried to make reservations prior to going to the theater. my preference would have been around 6 pm. On OpenTable the latest I could get reservations was 3:30 pm. There was virtually no one in the restaurant at that time and hardly anybody in there when we left about an hour later. I heard an employee tell someone on the phone to come in between 5 and 5:30. Probably will not rely on OpenTable to make reservations anymore. The other complaint I have is that my husband and son ordered the hamburger. My son ordered his well done and it was rare. My husband ordered his medium and his was well done. With hardly anyone else in the restaurant you would think they would get this right.

LG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The gas at the restaurant was off so the menu was limited. We were not warned ahead of time and were disappointed.

D
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

What happened to some of the delicious food items starting with the best ever French fries!? Also the meatloaf mysteriously disappeared from the menu also. Bring them back!!

Had to eat at bar as reservations were behind schedule but Rich was attentive and professional!

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Joe Allen’s isn’t what it was...Food was just ok, service was really slow and inattentive. I’d gone there for many years on at least a weekly basis but hadn’t been in a few years. Disappointing.

LC
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the authentic restaurant and atmosphere. The bar is a favorite. Drinks always good, service can be a bit lacking sometime. I wanted to order the quiche but wanted something light before hand. So, I had asked the waiter and he suggested I order a green salad. It was good and I saved some to eat with my quiche. The waiter tried to take the salad away several times before my entree arrived. I told him I was saving it to eat with my quiche. Then my quiche came with guess what? a side of mixed greens salad. The waiter did not even address it. He gave us such attitude through the whole meal while he blatantly flirted with the table next to us. For a restaurant that we frequent, he made us feel like second rate guests. We never tip less than 20% at JA but actually thought of a much lower tip that night but left 20% anyway. Oh and bring back the meatloaf please.

G
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Our experience at this restaurant was terrible. The food was absolutely awful, it was very pricey, and I would not recommend it to anyone. In our party one person had a crab roll which came with potato chips. He said it tasted like something directly from a grocery store freezer. Another person had a steak which looked like it had been microwaved. It was tough and flavorless. I had a hamburger which was very mushy, American cheese was not available so I had to settle for the cheddar.Overall, I would definitely not recommend this restaurant.

HL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love coming here pre theatre. Just wish they would provide a few more brunch menu options.

R
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for an easy place to go to that is reasonably priced this is it.

NY
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing as always...but what’s up with no vegetables?

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a great spot close to the theatre. I was seated right away even though the rest of my party was running a few minutes behind - something I greatly appreciated and would return solely because of this. Our waitress was very nice and my burger was DELISH!! My boyfriend's steak however wasn't so great. He said he tasted like it was very recently frozen and heated up quickly. He would return again and order the burger.

G
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to have a delicious supper before a show!

GF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Simple but varied menu. Limited wine list but well suited. Really love the NY saloon atmosphere with dark wood and classic photos on the wall. Had not been for a long time. Will certainly be back. Great value.

CK
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and ambiance very good. Our served Skylar was exceptional!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Stopped there before going to see a 5pm show. Arrived for a 2:45 reservation and sat right away, we were the only ones there! It was after the morning brunch rush and afternoon matinees so the staff must have been in a shift change or all taking their breaks because our server was not around and we were the only ones there. We were able to see the staff sitting on the other side of the restaurant eating their own meals but not many staff members came to check on us. At one point we asked the hostess to get another round of drinks.

On a better note, the food was delicious! If you want to try it out maybe go not at the time we did and I’m sure it would be a much better experience.

PA
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here after a show - nice atmosphere, delicious food, and prompt, courteous service — great spot for pre or post-theatre!

DW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointing dinner
Chicken in chicken salad was dry.
Salmon not at all evenly cooked.
Confusion on the menu as to side dishes that come with entree
Water was good however

C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took some out-of-towners here for the New York theater vibe, and they loved it. We were grateful for the lack of piped in music so we could talk without shouting at each other. Lovely staff, nice food, especially the awesome desserts. Wish the roast chicken came with some veg, though.

WB
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday lunch for me and some family members from out of town. The service and food could not have been more perfect! They gave us the royal treatment for sure including their famous banana cream pie with a candle in it. I simply adore Joe Allen’s and the fabulous staff there and thank them for such a happy time for my birthday!

M
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch. Convenient to theater. Very attentive service. I will be back😁👍

GM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu was limited. I remember having a wider variety of choices the last time I ate here.

CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight

JG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance and the service; it was great. I was disappointed in the food I ordered, the tostado. My other dining companions ordered the burgers and were happy with them.

JT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and great service! Perfect night out for dinner before going to see a broadway show.

J
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hamburger was rare and fresh, the quiche a knockout, not a chocolaholi but the chocolate pudding cake should not be missed.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Higher expectations with the food and I had to continue asking for water. However, the staff was quick to give me the ticket!

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with family before the matinee of To Kill a Mockingbird. Love this place!

SM
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

While the food was generally quite good, the service was lacking. This started with the chaos at the front desk, where three people studiously ignored us until we caught the eye of the coat-checker, who found our table (we had reservations and our guests had already arrived).

Then we Wai am 20 min before a drink order was taken, and the bottle of wine took a considerable time to arrive.

There's a difference be attentive but measured service, and just slow, and this was in the second category.

m
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visiting NY & a revisit to this cozy restaurant.

B
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is my favorite go-to, pre/post theater restaurant in NYC. It’s classy in a low-key manner, the staff are friendly, service is great and the food is always simple and delicious.

PS
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lively, fun after theater spot. Menu was limited due to some construction issues they are having but all four of our meals were excellent and well prepared. Bread is good and service was great! I would go again in a heartbeat

BJ
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A classic after-theatre haunt. Great burgers, wonderful salads, a super roasted chicken. Nothing fancy, just good solid comfort dining surrounded by theatre folks.

SM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still waiting for the gas to be reconnected so they can offer their full menu.

B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful experience. Perfect for pre theater venue.

JB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pkace

D
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my staples. Service and food are always excellent, and the atmostphere can't be beat.

KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding! When I made the reservation I told them it was my girlfriend's birthday and our dinner was for a pre-theater 7PM show. We had a cozy table away from the bulk of the other tables and ambience was comfortably romantic. Waiter very efficient and friendly. I needed to charge my phone and he offered to get it done for me while we ate. They brought a very appropriate desert with a small candle in it for my girlfriend and then left not embarrassing her with a big show by allowing me to sing HB quietly to her. Highly recommend for dinner any time for any occasion. perfect location close to the theater district.

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