Joe Allen

4.6
2708 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 starting at midnight online and at 11 a.m. over the phone. If you are booking a table after a Broadway show, please make a note in your reservation which show you are coming from to better estimate your arrival time. 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I haven’t been to Joe Allen in a while, and I was actually shocked by the minimal menu and the rather small portions of the entrées. I’m sad to say it was pretty disappointing and I’m not inclined to go back.

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SM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was not aware that Sunday was Brunch only but still enjoyed it!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for pre-theater dining. Prompt and friendly service.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Joe Allen used to be one of our favorite spots. Not today. The brisket sandwiches were inedible. Meat was dry and tough. Garlic potato chips were far too strong. We used to love their potato chips. There was barely any horse radish dressing on the brisket. So disappointing. However, the Smoked Salmon Benedict was very good. The Fruit Plate for dessert was also very good. Service was good but when the waiter took away our full plates he never asked if something was wrong. This used to be a go to. So sad to see our favorite take a plunge. Lots of empty tables too. Never used to be.

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

Dependable great place for pre/post theater. Joe Allen has a great vibe and great burgers

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LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent comfort food; exactly what I wanted and needed.

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PF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe's continues to be our favorite boîte in the theatre district. The food is so well prepared and the service hospitable and efficient. Joe's is fine dining while being surrounded by friends and a great community. Thanks, Joe - long may you reign! Andréa & Peter

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

What a great spot for an early dinner after the Come From Away Wednesday afternoon matinee! Lauren provided exceptional service, the LaScala salad with Gorgonzola dressing was delicious, and my husband’s New York strip steak was prepared perfectly.

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

It was the perfect place before the theatre. Great burgers great atmosphere great service!

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day brunch was perfect. Our server, Nicole, was very warm and nice and gave great service. Fantastic time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Joe Allen delivered. This place never disappoints.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was terrible. This place seems to be living on legacy.

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SV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great my wife and I love Joe Allen .When ever we go to the city we must go to Joe Allen

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, wonderful ambience & great food.

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c
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the vibe as well as the food. Friendly staff. Very busy and I’d love to return some day.

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t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is delightful. Very romantic. The scallops were perfectly cooked. Service was excellent! Highly recommend.

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JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good meatloaf😀. Deserts were delicious Because it was our anniversary we got a candle in our cheesecake!

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T
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wait staff realizes many of the patrons are going the theatre. Food comes out quickly. The duck entree is excellent as is the cajun chicken sandwich. The guac is an excellent starter. Nice selection of beer and wine. Cocktails are on the small size.

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OT
Chicago
256 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place for lunch. Love that chicken salad!

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant I have been coming here since 1974! It’s always good and the service is perfect.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to go in NYC.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Joe Allen is a stalwart Broadway pub with above average food, professional waiters and the expectation that there is always a celeb sitting at the bar or at the next table. The first time I went there 30 years ago I saw Roy Scheider at the bar. On a quite Tuesday night this week we saw Regis and Joy Philbin having dinner and studying her phone at the table. Just like everyone else in the restaurant. It's convenient, it's good and it's not outrageously priced.

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

Always great! I'm sure I have tried everything on their menu and most of their specials and I've never been anything but completely satisfied! Great to go before or after theater but the real trick is to go after the curtain comes up so you getting much quieter place and a much more relaxed staff. But still always great!

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DR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a great place to dine lunch/dinner the food/sandwich was not up to the usual little disappointing.
DR

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was terrific. We were celebrating a birthday and Joe Allen's got everything right. I would highly recommend this establishment.

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NH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this NY institution! I had guests from out of town and wanted to bring them to this fun restaurant!

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R
Las Vegas
55 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to dine in NYC, perfect all the way around!!

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K
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

There is no better place for Steak Tartare. Every detail of the meal from the lovely salad to the beer is always reliable and delicioua

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe Allen’s never disappoints! You feel welcomed the moment you walk in the door. The staff is always courteous and aims to please - and they do.

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NG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Def order the garlic cauliflower as a side, so delicious!

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VS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server was so rude. Way over priced for taste and service. Probably our least favorite meal all weekend.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were not greeted by a waiter initially, so we sat there for quite some time before we even got water and had to flag down a staff member even though there were about 4 waters working around us. However Christina swooped in like a champ and the rest of the night went off without a hitch.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Perfect for pre-theater dining!

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KW
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, vibrant atmosphere, full of theatre patrons. Excellent food and wait staff. Highly recommend!

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CR
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been using Joe Alern, London for over 30 years and love it, but not do much the new venue. Coming to NYC I knew I had to have a visit to to the original, and I have to say now the best!
From the moment we stepped through the doors we were treated so well by all the staff, who are friendly and super enthusiastic! I love the fact that Joe’s does the burger, even though it’s not on the menu and never is! The best burger ever. Well done Joe Allen’s, you never disappoint me!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Joe Allen! We had visited the property several time years ago in Miami Beach. It was wonderful to reacquaint ourselves with this delightful dining spot in NYC.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful, she had a great personality and dealt with all our needs perfectly. The food was enjoyed by all four of us. All in all a great experience.

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was an experience that I really enjoyed, and will be returning. The food was excellent!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my moms birthday before seeing a show. The atmosphere was so fun and interesting without being too loud and “hip”. A real theatre community staple. Food was good enough and the service was great.

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Buyer beware. They don’t substitute, regardless of reason. They will remove but not add. We paid an outrageous amount for a perfectly average meal. Won’t be going back.

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