Joe Allen

4.8
3261 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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Pre/post Theatre
With Broadway's staggered start times, things get tricky, so if you're desired time is unavailable online, please give us a call, as we hold a certain number of tables for phone reservations only.

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.

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.

Because of staggered theatre times we can only guarantee reservations made online for one-and-a-half hours for parties of two, and two hours for parties of three or more.

For reservations after theatre, please check your show's running time at http://joeallenrestaurant.com/show_info

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3261 people are saying
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Mack
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in New York visiting our daughter and having dinner before seeing the Phantom of the Opera and decided to have dinner at Joe Allen, a restaurant we heard about but never been there. The service was excellent. The food delicious and we had a very enjoyable dinner.

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vipSimon
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is unchanged for 50+ years and still, to me, the only place for after the theater. Convivial, reliable, delicious.

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williamg
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location and ambiance. The Team is great, friendly and providing the best service!
Food was delicious. We frequent 4 to 5 times a year, always satisfied.
Thanks!

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AmyT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we wanted. A real New York Times Square experience with great food.

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Bill
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town fro Louisiana for our float in the Macy’s parade

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect after Theatre go to. Food, service, ambiance all hit the spot!

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vipStew8131
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy place that we wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for OpenTable! Definitely recommend checking out for a spot off the beaten path, but close to Times Square and theaters that serves tasty American fare nothing fancy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast, efficient and attentive service, burgers were delicious. Perfect for pre-theater.

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JohnS
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant whenever I go to NYC! Food and service always great!!

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vipValleyFoodie
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waiter ever! I’ll always ask for Bob on return visits.

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MarkD
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great ambiance, excellent hamburger

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ChristineS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The perfect spot for a pre- or post-theater dinner! The menu is a combination of comfort food (meatloaf) and healthy classics (linguini with clams, salmon), so there's something for everyone.

JM
JamesM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We had high hopes but we’re disappointed with the quality of the food for the money paid
The wings were average , as was the ceviche
The steak frites was great and linguini was average
Wine was tasty, atmosphere was nice
The staff were friendly

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Sfisher354
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our granddaughter for lunch before a matinee. We had grilled shrimp, calves liver, and southern fried chicken sandwich. All delicious. Would like to go back and enjoy the bar some night. Service impeccable and pleasant.

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Tequila
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. A standout in the theatre area.

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EFlo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was great she served us quickly and efficiently got us out to our show on time unfortunately i dont remember her name.

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Nancy
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was much better than I anticipated. My only comment is that I don’t eat carbohydrates and I couldn’t substitute a grain for Brussels sprouts.
Otherwise, really good.
Oh also their bout red wine was sweet and not good. They should get a dryer red for a house wine.

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CathieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends one with a walker and was greeted and seated with ease

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JWWjr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Joe Allen's is "comfort food done perfectly." The calf's liver, under a demi-glace, with bacon and/or sauteed onions, along with mashed potato and spinach, is the best I've had anywhere in NYC. Meatloaf, with the same sides, is also particularly good.

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vipNAR53
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was terrific. Glad to be back at Joe Allen.

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vipDavidK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always

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Pattyb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Joe Allen’s
We had dinner there on March 11th 2020. That was the night before Broadway closed for Covid. This was our first time returning to Broadway since then. We had to celebrate at Joe Allen’s. Dinner and service were fantastic. It felt like being “home”.
Thank you!!

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vipJackiestype
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great

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vipHappy2BinNYC
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is the “go to” place before and after theater. For years, the food has always been good, the service is great, and the bartenders know how to make great drinks.

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Irish17
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pre theatre brunch and we were all so pleased to see JA wads as we remembered! The food was good and the service fabulous!

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NancyE
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite places to go in New York. The food is always good and the service excellent. They keep doing it right!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way.

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blpski
Little Rock
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood GEM!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great pre-theater lunch. Attentive staff, good food and great setting

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vipLuckySpumoni
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect after theatre spot. Cozy atmosphere and a really good burger!

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FrankV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Joe Allen. It is one of my favorite theatre haunts in the city. The staff and management are attentive and friendly. My only wish is that they would bring the tostada, the salmon and scrambled eggs, and the omelette back to their late night menu. They were three of my favorite dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best time! Thank you.

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HenryF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has always been a favorite place to go before or after the theater. I've been a fan for decades.

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STEPHENG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have dinner at Joe Allen's when visiting NYC. Love the atmosphere, location, decor and food. The steak is great as are the wine and whiskey selection.

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Tequila
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. Great food and drink. Great staff. Always leaves you wanting to return.

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vipJohnB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen was wonderful! Even before we arrived, they reached out to ask whether or not we would be seeing a show that evening. Very considerate of our time and the waitstaff was attentive/friendly. If you are in midtown seeing a show, THIS is the place to go!

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vipBabsB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best spot anytime but especially pre or post theater!

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foodie
Spain
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great waiter, good food, nice atmosphere, pricey drinks

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Kath
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great option for theatre dining! Always good!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch before a show

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Joe Allen is rated 4.8 stars by 3261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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