Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Times Square

by staff, 12/25/2012

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  • Fine Dining, Fast Food and Everything in Between
    Times Square has many delicious restaurants, many of them time-honored. The classic Joe Allen and the old-school Polish-Jewish coffee shop Café Edison are two that have lasted for decades for a reason. The sumptuous Lambs Club may be a relative newcomer, but its many fashionable adherents predict it has staying power. At lunchtime, office workers crowd into the Hell's Kitchen location of Shake Shack for quality burgers and Amy's Bread for sandwiches constructed of fresh-baked bread and superior ingredients. Those with expense accounts fill the tables at the elegant Inakaya, dining on impeccably sourced sushi. There is great, spicy, garlicky Chinese food at Szechuan Gourmet and contemporary Mexican cuisine (and top-notch tequilas) at Toloache. Families looking for fun, kid-friendly spots will find just the ticket at Schnipper's: go for bacon cheeseburgers, mac and cheese and handcrafted shakes. For a Southern barbecue experience, try Virgil's, whose pulled pork and "trainwreck" fries with ranch dressing are both remarkable. The venerable Lidia Bastianich is behind pasta specialist Becco on Restaurant Row; Mario Batali is one the names backing Esca, where the focus is on pristine Italian-style seafood. Marseille is a stylish venue for creative Mediterranean fare, and it's good for groups. So is Nizza, which fires up wonderful pizza. All of these options are versed in the dinner-and-a-show drill, serving delectable eats and getting you out in time for the curtain. They're also restaurants where you'll feel your food dollars have been well spent. —Julie Besonen

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