Part of the experience of seeing a Broadway show is catching a meal beforehand. Here’s a roundup of some of the Theatre District’s best restaurants to enjoy before the curtain goes up.

Orso

Run by the same owners for 35 years, Orso is a staple in the Theatre District, where many celebrities are seen dining. Sit near the bar so you can get a close look as they walk in. Orso offers the table fresh bread with a homemade bean dip to start. Try the rigatoni Bolognese, which has been on the menu for years. The calf’s liver is also a popular dish at this Italian restaurant located on Restaurant Row’s 46th Street.

Bond 45 New York Italian Kitchen & Bar
This famous restaurant recently relocated from 45th to 46th Street, right next to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is now playing. Bond 45, which has two floors, is well known for its vegetable antipasto bar where you can choose three, five, or a regularly rotating selection platter of vegetables for the table. There’s also seafood, homemade pasta, pizza, and breakfast all day.

Le Rivage
Located in the heart of Restaurant Row on 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Le Rivage is a staple for theatergoers. It offers a cozy, romantic French country atmosphere with a prix fixe $29 lunch and $39 dinner menu. Choose their famous lobster bisque for an appetizer and the French onion soup burger, or the Gambas Le Rivage as a main course. Then, for dessert: Slowly savor the Peach Melba topped with vanilla ice cream, raspberry sauce, and almonds. The staff here will get you in and out quickly in time to make your show!

Friedmans
New to the Theatre District is this American restaurant inside the Edison Hotel on 47th Street. It’s one of five locations throughout Manhattan and specializes in gluten-free dining. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m., so there’s time to enjoy a preshow cocktail with your meal. Some of the items on the eclectic menu are matzah ball soup, vegetable potstickers, fish tacos, Asian chicken salad and chicken and waffles. Friedmans also is a good brunch spot before a matinee, with pancakes and eggs to choose from.

Don Antonio
For a quick bite before a show, head to Don Antonio on 50th Street for some delicious and crunchy wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Head here if your theater tickets are uptown at Children of a Lesser God on 54th Street or at the Broadway Theatre. They don’t take reservations, so make sure you leave enough time to wait for a table or sit at the bar for a more intimate setting.

Dutch Fred’s
Check out one of the hottest new spots for brunch or dinner in the Theatre District, on 47th Street. Their specialty is cocktails, but the chef prepares a mean sesame-seared ahi tuna. If you’re headed to a Wednesday matinee across the street to see The Band’s Visit at the Barrymore Theatre, Dutch Fred’s offers a $14 lunch special that includes a drink.

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