Joe Allen

4.8
3135 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
  • 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 3135 people are saying
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vipLynnH
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is classic old school NYC. I mean where can you get meatloaf, mashed potatoes, calf’s liver and banana cream pie that’s REALLY good. And the waiters are such personalities. Go after 9:30 to people watch. Oh and the French fries are a not to miss. Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always love Joe’s! So glad to be able to do to a wonderful play and have a martini and a burger at Joe Allen’s after.. treats are back!

JM
vipJohnM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a lovely human being. We had the best evening

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BryanS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is the perfect choice for dinner before a Broadway show. Simple menu, great service, good drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service! Definitely recommend!

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Bwaygourmet
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobe Joe Allen!! I’ve been there three times in 6 days - it is the Cheers of Broadway ! Greta good and nice waiters!

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JenG
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried and true. Joe Allen never disappoints. I had the calf's liver with bacon and onions. My friends both had the meatloaf. Can't go wrong with either of them!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent burger! Best I’ve had in a long time!

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mariac
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

So nice to be back at a favorite.. though it was very slow while I was there. The staff was attentive. And food wonderful.

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FrankM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Broadway is Back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipPeterF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is back and happily so! The menu has some of its favorite offerings and some new as well. Service is familiar, friendly, and hospitable. Like Dolly returning to the Harmonia Gardens, Joe: “it’s so nice to have you back where you belong!”

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laurend
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to go before a show. Fun decor, attentive service and delicious food.

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Mphr
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went to Joe Allen for brunch before the theater. Food was excellent and service very attuned to theater goers. This place has been around forever, and now I understand why. Best Bloody Mary ever!!!!

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Leeo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was overjoyed to hear that Joe Allen reopened. This is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. The food is consistently superb, the wait staff is attentive (without being intrusive) , and even the drinks are perfect. It has a classy "casual" vibe but I, for one, would not wear dungarees to eat here. The liver and onions entree is my personal favorite along with the banana cream pie, but you can't go wrong even if ordering one of their sandwiches. I will definitely be returning to eat here soon.

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JacquelynS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at the restaurant pre theatre and really enjoyed the food and service so much that we returned after the show. We wer only in the city 2 nights. After our second show the following night we went back and had another delicious dinner. We can't wait to return on our next trip to the city.

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CliffB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location; superb ambiance, staff and food. What else is there to say! I particularly like the simple elegance of Joe Allen. So glad you are back as we safely navigate the pandemic together!

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vipRuthT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Year after year, Joe Allen's never disappoints the theater crowd it's catered to since 1965. Legendary service for comfort food in speak-easy environment that inexplicable makes your feel like you've arrived.

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Love2dineout
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love Joe Allen! So glad your open again!! Food is great but we missed a few things from the old menu. Couldn’t wait for a slice of banana cream pie to celebrate my husbands birthday. It was good but not as great as the woman who used to bake them. Can’t wait to tie in Joe Allen with a Broadway Show after!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - miss it on miami . Always so good . Never disappoints- super consistent

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DeanB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is far and away my favorite spot for a pre or post Broadway meal. Always great food and service. Best place for a celebrity sighting!

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JoElaF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be back dining and enjoying great food and ambience at the iconic Joe Allen.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have an institution like Joe Allen survive the pandemic and ready to serve theater patrons. A great option for before or after your show or movie.

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vipScottK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great place to eat… Good service and atmosphere.

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EileenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to dine once again at Joe Allen’s! Due to the pandemic, it had been some time since we had last been there. It felt great to be welcomed back! Staff was very accommodating and food was better than ever! We look forward to returning soon. Thank you!

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SteveF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been patrons for over 40 years. Have not been for many months because of closure from the pandemic. Like old times some of the same old staff. Like coming home

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vipShelleyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeffrey is the BEST server on Earth. And being back at Joe Allen was a dream. It's been missed during the pandemic. Same energy. Same food. Same cocktails. Same piece of home.

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vipkppm
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice to be back.. Great service, friendly, smiling, fun, efficient from the waiter. Food good... burger very good, but seemed smaller. Nice crowd...

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JoyE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is back and I couldn’t be happier. Long time NYC tradition. You can always count on the quality of the food and service and that special Joe Allen vibe. They never disappoint.

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vipGSSFTL
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen has always been my favourite restaurant in theaterland. How glorious to have it open again. The staff are personable, able and professional. The menu of comfort food and classic dishes is classic. My steak tartare was just as it should be (and so rarely is elsewhere). The dining room, decorated with posters of Broadway flops, is clubby and comfortable. With Mr Allen’s death and the delay in theater reopening, I feared the restaurant might not reopen. It’s back by and the same as it ever was: perfect!

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Beth
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe Allen is as fantastic as ever. Great ambiance, delicious food, and outstanding service. My dinner companion would want me to add applause to the bartender too; he said it was the perfect Manhattan!

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GreatFoodCheapWine
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to have this staple back after its long Covid hiatus. One of the best places to go before or after a Broadway show!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy it’s open again. It’s the perfect neighborhood restaurant.

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vipAnthonyCT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to see it back open and with the same high qulaity of food and service.

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DougB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is my "go to" comfort place. The Martinis are always perfect, service prompt but not pesky, ambiance is very nice, food is wonderful.

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TomG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So glad Joe Allen is open again — just like it always was, except some new technology for ordering. Comfortable, familiar and homey — with good food!

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HughT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It has class. That's all that needs to be said. Wait staff worked as a team. Everyone delivered excellent service.
.would be nice to have more white wines by the glass.

TJ
TinaJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excited you have opened back up!
Our first time back to the City from Dallas in over 2 years.
As always one of our favorites!

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vipTerry
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great comfort food, perfect theater-district atmosphere. VERY nice to be back!

JT
vipJenniferT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the ambience. The burger was good. Service was excellent. Would like more menu choices.

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vipLark
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best hamburger. Perfectly cooked and served. The French fries were also the best - crunchy, crispy bits of potato, perfectly realized. Wait staff were engaging, prompt with excellent service and quick with a smile. I would definitely return for an encore.

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Joe Allen is rated 4.8 stars by 3135 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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