Joe Allen

4.5
3088 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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Pre/post Theatre
JOE ALLEN WILL REOPEN ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18TH

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 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3088 people are saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOzboyus
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It’s closed.

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RAYM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Joe Allen's has always been a New York City classic. Great food, service and ambience. Given difficult times, they did not disappoint with superb food and service. Looking forward to a reopening soon!

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vipDiegofun
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem, we love Joe Allen and we can wait until they reopen!!!

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ChristopherM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Joe Allen is closing again, and like other restaurants in my hometown (and the whole darn country and world) is under siege right now. Two nights before the most recent closure, we went and were served by a warm and wonderful waiter named Michael. The staff has been heroic during the pandemic, but somehow able to make diners forget the world outside the doors of this restaurant. I go with the burger here, which is really great. I can't wait to go back to Joe Allen when Broadway is back.

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vipJimN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Joe Allen for decades now.

Never disappointed.

The ambiance is a perfect balance between unpretentious, cozy warmth and show biz ambition.

The food strikes the same balance—simple, hearty, comfort, with a splash of theatricality.

Service is always friendly and welcoming.

I’m so happy to be there, and do my small part to keep the doors open in this stressful and challenging climate for ALL restaurants.

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ThomG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to eat at Joe Allen again. They have really redone the restaurant so no one is close by, and you feel safe throughout the meal. The tables are spread out, and there are air purifiers throughout. Everyone is masked and the food quality remains high. I will be back! Thank you!

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vipDiegofun
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience as always, such a gem! We love Joe Allen and everyone there.

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dbjcsw
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad to see it close. So very sad to see it close.

Joe Allen
Responded on November 9, 2020

Many moths later and we're open again, just letting everyone know!

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vipOnoT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Food and drinks were excellent, service was great and our server had a great personality.

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MaggieR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Joe Allen for before or after theater dinner. Or simply to pop into the bar for a drink. Our waiter was a riot - I wish I could remember his name - but he was the best! We'll be back after the coronavirus fades away. Everyone, please wash your hands and stay healthy!!!

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AnnH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, great food bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I haven't been to Joe Allen's for a while, so am not a regular. When we arrived at 8:40pm per reservation, it was fairly empty. Nonetheless, we were seated way in the back. I didn't object because I didn't want to be disagreeable in front of my son, to whom I had told Joe Allen's was such a great place. We had finished within the hour and when we left, it still was not crowded, and I just wish we had been placed at a nicer table. It felt disrespectful.

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vipStevenV
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We’re regulars. It’s a lovely, reliable joint for pre or post theatre. Staff are warm and welcoming. Food is also reliable, not too creative but very satisfying. Love coming here.

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vipEdmundAMontclair
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A reliable sanctuary from the madness of the Midtown theatre district.

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vipHollyT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch - the stuffed french toast and the yogurt with berries were both fantastic. Can't wait to go back again!

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Archie64
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Branzino and scallops were tremendous. Drinks were ok...a bit overpriced but hey, it’s NYC. Overall very nice pre-show experience.

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vipAlan
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We Will always love going here. However, we missed seeing some of our regular entrees like free range chicken, and no pasta dish except chicken Parmesan?

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vipMamaZ
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was wonderful, and it was nice to be there on

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good, always fun, always special!

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TriciaM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I could go with yes or no on this one depending on the friends. While I enjoyed the cauliflower and hummus, the fact that there were almost no "non-meat" options at a restaurant in 2020 is amazing to me. There were four of us dining and three of us don't eat meat. One person got the caesar salad, two of us got the cauliflower and hummus. Pretty much our only options. Having said that, the meals we all got were good, the service was excellent and the location is really convenient to theaters.

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Formerteacher
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is often my go to place for lunch on Matinee Wednesdays! Good food, good service and fair prices.

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Anon
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

You can't be Joe Allen for a pre-theatre lunch or dinner. Reliable food and very good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for after theater. An old stand-by that has aged well. You can get a lighter dinner and the food is ok to good. It’s like a diner for the rich and famous.

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SidF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good comfort food and drinks at reasonable (Manhattan) prices.

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GinaK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

This place has tremendous potential! The inside is warm and cozy. The tables aren't too close for comfort as with other restaurants. The menu has a good variety, but the food is just mediocre. I had the brisket sandwich. The bread was good, the spread was good, but the brisket was dry and tasteless. My sister had the turkey burger--same issue--good bun and fixings, but the turkey burger was bland. So sad! A real disappoint given the restaurant's wonderful ambiance. I think the bar would be packed if they had a specialty cocktail list. The servers need better training. No food recommendations. No drink recommendations. The place was virtually empty, but our server only visited the table a few times and seemed disinterested in the job at hand. This would be a great place to order a beer if only for the ambiance, but don't go there looking for a specialty cocktail or for a good, quick meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Joe Allen. Everyone was so nice! Food was excellent

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vipRobertG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both outstanding...It’s always been a gem and it still is.

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MitchPNY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to place in the Theater District. Professional staff. Great burgers. And, if you go in the evening AFTER a show, you never know who you'll see there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We left the theatre and needed a quick bite to eat. Few tables empty at 10.50 pm but not too much to choose from the menu for vegetarians. Lovely waitress recommended the cauliflower hummus dish which was delicious. Fun place with a good story.

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vipEmily
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful lunch with my 9 year old grandson. I have been a patron for years, this however Isaacs first experience. So happy to share these experiences.

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PatriciaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, everything was excellent. However, this is the first time that it took 20 minutes between when I finished my appetizer and when my turkey burger arrived, and it was not that busy... However, my server was attentive.,

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Cynthia
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu. Not very creative. Seated by door with wind every time door opened.

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vipJoyE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can always count on the consistency of a meal at Joe Allen - great service fresh food and delicious banana cream pie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MichaelC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!!

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vipdianaf
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipPeterB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful spot for brunch with out of town friends. Terrific service and delicious food.

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vipHowardM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for pre-theater or just hanging out at the bar! Great, reasonably priced venue.

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Joey
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for pre theater

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Joe Allen is rated 4.5 stars by 3088 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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