Joe Allen

4.5
2540 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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. 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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Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on the last night of our trip to NYC, and couldn't have picked a better place to end our holiday. Superb food, lovely, attentive staff, great atmosphere and nicely presented. I will definitely visit again, next time I'm in town

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my fave dinner spot, not a fallback, a win, all the time.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Joe Allen's is an institution, particularly for anyone involved with - or simply enjoys - the theatre. Great atmosphere, good (largely comfort) food and very attentive and personable service.

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PD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and would definitely recommend.
Fun environment and quaint and just a nice time
The acoustical treatment made it not that loud so we could still have an easy conversation at our table and that is a rare occurrence.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Joe Allen's. Terrific service, lovely ambiance.

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CR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and steak tartare was out of this world!

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RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Was looking forward to the lobster roll. Had the cajun chicken sandwich, which was great. Enjoyed the frittata.

Service was exceptional - from the waitress to the front end. Look forward to our next visit.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh food. Excellent service. A pleasant experience.

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BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend for his birthday - service was wonderful and the food was great!

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BB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New York institution. The food is great—one of a few places to get steak tartare. We went after theater.

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was timely and piping hot from the kitchen.
Service was very good, professional.
An excellent before or after show place to eat.
I will return.

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TM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited here on each of 4 trips to NYC and are never disappointed. We might come back tonight!

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R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely pre-Westminster dinner at Joe Allen, shown right to our table and wine offered right away. So grateful for a delicious vegetarian entree, and the chicken was perfectly prepared. The hot fudge pudding was a welcome indulgence to share before heading back into the city. Thanks, Joe Allen, for a special dinner!

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New York Classic. Old school love. Comfort food with great service.

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DN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is exceptional. Suggestions on menu were just what we were looking for in our meal. Even when 2 friends stopped by unexpectedly they were made comfortable at our table and the waitress did not miss a beat!

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G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It can be very noisy so we chose to eat a little early and that was great. It was quiet and relaxing and even had time for an after dinner drink before early theater. Food is very good as well as service. Always can count on Joe Allen's.

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GS
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I lived in New York, Joe Allen was one of my favorite restaurants. I often stopped by for dinner at the bar. It is an institution, a treasure. Although the staff changes, the ambience never does. It’s ideally located in the Theatre District and is a welcoming, warm, convivial spot. Many times I’ve struck up conversations at the bar that were truly interesting (most about the theatre). The drinks are pricey, but the food is not, so it averages out to be reasonable. The menu runs to comfort food, and it’s always the same. I had steak tartare followed by a Caesar salad. Both were excellent, as always. (I’m often tempted by other standards like meatloaf, too.). The service is attentive without being intrusive, a delicate balance. Whether you’re a New Yorker or a visitor, Joe Allen should be on your list of places to go.

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RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good, always fun!

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OT
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place Everything about it is a class act - the food, the service, the decor and ambiance. Have been here more than once - never disappointed!

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MN
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very very good! Nice atmosphere, great service, yummy food!

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HT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A great place for brunch! Went for Sunday brunch with my daughter pre-show. We had a reservation for 12:15pm, but to be honest we wouldn't have needed it. The staff was warm and personable, the coffee was great, the food was served quickly, and we received just the right amount of attention to make sure everything was fine without hovering. Yes, you're paying Theater District prices. This should not surprise you, you're in the theater district. We look forward to dining there again!

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years while living in NYC, Joe Allen's was my (and my partner's) favorite restaurant. It also became our go-to destination whenever we needed a quintessential "city" experience to give visitors from out of town. There was just something about its rare mix of the cozy with pre-theatre near calamity, comfort food with strong drinks that just worked every time and beguiled everyone. Even after years of being away, whenever I return to The Big Apple, this is the place I make it a point to go to -- along with any fellow travelers -- for that same, consistent wonderfully, and only in NYC theatrical / culinary treat.

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NB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Joe Allen's is one of my favorite theater area spots. Service is friendly, but unobtrusive. Food is always great.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining at Joe Allen. Yummy comfort food in a cozy environment.

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AL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend Joe Allen to people all the time. Might be my favorite restaurant ever.

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NY
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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NK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant for after theatre. Relaxed atmosphere. Good wine selection. Nicely varied menu. Attentive service 😊

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Good was very disappointing compared to previous visits

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Side dish vegetables should accompany entrees as standard fare

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, wonderful ambience and an all round great experience!

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, a great place to gather.
Good service and excellent quality.

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KC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great. We've been customers for a long, long time.

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v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dinner after Hamilton! Just what was wanted, full on broadway with good food to finish! Great service too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I came here after seeing a show. The staff was very friendly and the service was quick. We got the wings as an appetizer, the meatloaf and rigatoni for our entrees and the banana pie for dessert. Everything was really good. The Banana Pie is a must try!! The only thing is I wish they had a cocktail menu and maybe a few more entree choices. Over all everything was great!

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good burger, cranberry pecan pie & cappuccino, very pleasant service, just thought $50 was a little steep!

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CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t think of a better spot to have pre or post theatre dining. Food is great, staff friendly and professional, price is right. A gem.

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JD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender Nick was amazing!

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! We were half hour early to our reservation and they had no problem seating us early. Our waiter was fantastic!

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CG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had made reservations for dinner following a Saturday matinee. Upon arrival, we were met by a friendly greeter and were promptly seated at our table. The couple that had arrived immediately before us did not have reservations. They were told that there were no tables, but were welcome to eat at the bar (reservations are strongly suggested for a reason!)

Immediately we took note of the quaintness of the restaurant and the broadway flop posters adorning the walls...great ambiance. We started off by ordering Buffalo wings and drinks. The wings were fairly good/standard. After having read other reviews, we both decided to order burgers. This turned out to be an excellent choice! The burger was moist and flavorful, yet not extremely greasy like some restaurant burgers can be. Another added plus...the outside of the burger was not burnt/overdone (one of my peeves). We were too full to order desserts, but the options were tempting! Overall we had a great experience and will definitely keep this place in mind next time we plan to catch a show!

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