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 must 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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Can always count on the consistency of a meal at Joe Allen - great service fresh food and delicious banana cream pie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Joe Allen is one of the best spots in NYC. Warm, comfortable environment where you get great food, service and ambiance. (And if you are a theatre fan, you are pretty likely to run into some major Broadway stars dining.) This past trip our service was impeccable as always and Jonathan, in particular, was not only an amazing server and bartender but, AWESOME to chat with at the bar! Definitely hit Joe Allen's when you are in NYC!!!!
Pre-theater on Monday night. Sat at table bar side. Man at next table kept hitting my seat. Service inconsistent. Food just ok. Menu could use ‘refreshing.’ Bartender makes a solid cocktail.
Wonderful spot for brunch with out of town friends. Terrific service and delicious food.
Great for pre-theater or just hanging out at the bar! Great, reasonably priced venue.
Great spot for pre theater
Came here for my birthday lunch and the experience was incredible. It was quiet during the lunch hour. The service was absolutely perfect and the food was easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t recommend them enough.
Great place. Main courses could be a little bigger
Always dependable. We eat there every time we visit the City — at least once.
Shawn was our waitress and she recommended the steak and it was awesome. She was so friendly and helpful. We had the best meal and the food comes our so fast! Great experience! We went back 2 days later.
I had an important meeting that day. I wanted to impress people and I wanted good service. It was excellent. There’s nothing compared to great NYC dining. Thanks so much.
My favorite old school New York restaurant We go after shows and it always delivers
You don’t really go here for the food, although it’s fine. It’s the ambience and the wait staff, both theatrical and fabulous. We love it here.
I was really excited to try Joe Allen after hearing that it was a long-time theater district establishment favored by actors and tourists. I loved the ambiance - this is a great place for a date, a cocktail, or a pre-theatre meal. I'm sad to say I was disappointed in the food. It may just be what I ordered - my husband enjoyed what he had - but my fries were under-cooked and squidgy and the burger was just OK. I would probably go again and try ordering something else though, given that the service was good and I enjoyed the location.
Joe Allen's is a go to place in the theater industry. They always treat us beautifully, we see colleagues there, it's like a club for us. But I think for anyone who wants a good dining experience in the theater district, they will be well pleased at Joe Allen's.
Very accommodating staff. Great food. Made our NYC trip fun.
Joe Allen is a good bet for pre-theater dinner, mainly because of its location. The food is fine (turkey burger and lobster roll), but not exceptional. The pecan/sour cherry pie, however, was delicious.
Always a great evening.
Was there after a performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below so there was a lull at the restaurant since most shows were still performing. It was quiet and relaxing. Our server Reed was very attentive and sweet. From the moment we walked in the door we were treated well. We miss the meatloaf! Hopefully it will come back. Food and desserts were plentiful. Look forward to returning.
Delicious burger and Manhattan
I got there at 4:50 for a 5 o’clock reservation. The waiter immediately get me a drink, which I appreciated. Then he took my order. And I was served my steak at 4:59. It all felt a little rushed! The drink and fries were good. The steak only so-so. If you were looking for a quick meal before a play, I wouldn’t make my reservation more than an hour and a half in advance
one of us had the soup (carrot) and pasta and was very pleased. the rest of us had the liver and it was really, really disappointing,
We had a great meal! Service (Nicole) was very nice and extremely capable. I'd like to come back just for the bar and the ambiance. Great drinks
Mainstay on Broadway. A theatre experience
Great theater pick. Good food which is well prepared by friendly and attentive staff
I’ve been going to pre-theatre lunch and dinners at Joe Allen for about 40 years! It was always one of my favorite restaurants in NYC! We had our usual 1:30 reservation on Sunday where the 3 of us were looking forward to their signature salad - the LaScala! We were told that at 2pm it was still brunch (were they kidding? 2:00?) and therefore we coukd not order our favorite salad. Instead we ordered some sort of chicken salad (the only interesting thing on the trimmed down menu!) that was inedible and which we washed down with $13 glasses of house wine! Yes! $13 for “house wine”! So sad to see this decline. Next show will have to begin at a new restaurant!
Perfect before the theatre. Michael was a great waiter.
All wonderful except that they removed steak tartare and crab cakes from menu.
Hope they come back!
Food was well-cooked, service was a little sloppy ( one guest’s plates were cleared while other guest was still eating).
Joe Allen is by far our favorite pre-theatre spot for lunch. Always, great service and food. A local gem!
Always a fun place, Joe Allen has still got it. Very festive atmosphere and the liver is great. So is the chicken!
My husband and I stopped here for lunch before our matinee show. Despite showing up early for our reservation we were seated immediately and greeted by our server quickly. The speed of service is great for a pre-show stop - the employees work together like a well-oiled machine. We tried the chicken and shrimp salads and both were delicious. Highly recommended for those who need a quick, yummy stop before or after a show.
Love Joe Allen’s always try to go at least once when in NYC.
Awesome waitress plus bartender fabulous
Dining at Joe Allen’s did not disappoint. Dinner was tasty and enjoyable.
Great service, delicious food and wonderful ambiance. A NY treasure!
Perfect pre theatre venue. Cosy, great food, super service, all delivered rapidly so theatre was easily reached in time for the show. Very good value.
I took my 14 year old grandson for dinner. The food was good, and he definitely enjoyed the fudge cake dessert. We had a very small table which felt crowded. The diners at the table next to us were really loud so our conversation was difficult. When they left it was better.
Joe Allen is dependable, very good service and good value.
As always, everything was top notch!!!