The Great Bite Way: Post-Theater Dining
by Julie Besonen, 05/01/2013
Gypsy cocktail. Photo: Jason Woodruff
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326 W. 46th St., 212-581-6464, Midtown West, Manhattan
Since 1965, industry types and big-name stars have frequented Joe Allen, one of those places that must be sprinkled with pixie dust to still be so animated. All around you is a murmur of show talk by show people. The brick-walled space is famously adorned with posters of flops like High Fidelity and Moose Murders, making for great instant-conversation fodder. Crowds flood in when the theaters let out, but it's fairly easy to secure a bar stool or table. Still, make a reservation just to be safe; the staff knows the running time of everything on Broadway, so they'll be able to tell you when you should expect to arrive for dinner. Once you're seated, no one will make a fuss if you just want a cocktail and sides of sautéed spinach and french fries or perhaps chocolate pudding cake saturated with hot fudge. The American menu is straightforward and a good value—it's filled with classics like a fat burger and an old-fashioned omelet with spinach and cheddar.