The Great Bite Way: Post-Theater Dining

by Julie Besonen, 05/01/2013

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  • Sardi's
    234 W. 44th St., 212-221-8440, Times Square, Manhattan
    Make a beeline for the upstairs saloon after a show. A wall of windows overlooks the Broadhurst Theatre, and, if you time it right, you can see Tom Hanks signing autographs after tearing up the stage in Lucky Guy. Sardi's has a sea of big tables, and it's not uncommon for an entire cast to be gathered around one, telling tales and clinking glasses. Yes, tourists predominate, but locals have a soft spot for it, too, perhaps because the classic cocktails are strong and not badly priced. Sadly, the signature cheese spread and crackers are no longer free, but you don't have to shell out a lot for a late-night supper. Split the giant chicken club sandwich and french fries or get an appetizer portion of the creamy cannelloni au gratin. There's such a convivial vibe here that strangers often strike up conversations with one another—and, of course, it's always amusing to behold the caricatures of showbiz folk deluging the walls.

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