Cool Midtown Spots for Pre/Post Show Drinks and Bites

Cool Midtown Spots for Pre/Post Show Drinks and Bites



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New York City is known the world over for Broadway, which last year attracted more than 14 million theatergoers. Moreover, Times Square, which attracts 50 million of the 60 million annual visitors to the city, can be full of over-priced food and drinks. Below are some bars and restaurants to enjoy an elevated experience before or after seeing any of the 35 Broadway shows on The Great White Way.

Social Drink & Food located in the Theatre District, this gorgeous outdoor rooftop terrace is a great Summer Friday spot for those with jobs near Times Square. The party starts right away with happy hour from 1-5 pm featuring $8 margaritas and piña coladas. Guests can lounge on the newly renovated terrace or challenge their coworkers to a game of beer pong, corn hole, giant Connect 4, or mini golf on the built-in course! For some sustenance, the terrace offers shareable bites like brisket egg rolls and fried olives as well as a selection of flatbreads, sandwiches and desserts. From 4-9 pm, guests can also enjoy the new outdoor grill menu featuring dishes like Choripan, Mexican-style corn on the cob, Israeli batata and more!  


Da Dong Midtown’s upscale Chinese restaurant DaDong has a stunning second-story garden terrace perfect for a relaxed Friday afternoon. Guests can kick back under wooden pergolas and take in the gorgeous views while sipping on frosé and indulging in fresh seafood from the raw bar. DaDong’s a la carte menu featuring dishes like cherry foie gras, Kung Pao shrimp, and cold avocado noodles can also be enjoyed outdoors. On weekdays from 4-5 pm and 9-10 pm, visitors can take advantage of the new “Happiest Hour” featuring $1 oysters, $1 crystal vegetable buns, $5 Tsing Tao beer, $7 selected wines and $10 selected cocktails.


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Just Looking for cocktails? No problem! Here are few great bars serving up inventive cocktails within walking distance of Times Square.


The Polynesian, a 21st century ode to Tiki, is celebrating its one year anniversary with some incredibly vibrant cocktails. This is a chill but classy bar with several large format cocktails to enjoy with friends.

    • Killer Kiwi - A verdant green boozy concoction with r(h)ums, melon, cinnamon, kiwi curd, bitters, pandan and tropical juices

    • Captain's Last Breath - A bright blue Daisy with rum, Chartreuse, blue curaçao liqueur, orgeat, absinthe and lime

    • Hoist the Colors Punch - A decadent, large format punch of rums, cinnamon, bitters, absinthe, tropical juices and club soda served in a treasure chest

New luxury hotel, The Times Square EDITION, offers Broadway-themed cocktails by Salvatore Tafuri at The Terrace.

    • Angel of Music - A sparkling sipper made with rosé brut, vodka, rose and cardamom

    • As Is - Inspired by the Paloma and the Spritz, this all-day tequila cocktail also includes Italicus, grapefruit and Fever-Tree Tonic

    • Speed The Plow - For fans of the Pisco Sour, the drink gains complexity from Chartreuse and is garnished with chamomile flowers and an edible paper bird

Dear Irving on Hudson is the newest expansion of Dear Irving to Midtown West, with cocktails and spectacular views from its 40th and 41st floor terraces.

    • Gold Sector - A soothing marriage of BERTOUX Brandy, apricot and banana liqueurs, brown butter honey and bitters

    • Pablo and Pilar - A stirred Tiki-style rum drink with passion fruit, Chartreuse, Maraschino, grapefruit and lime bitters

    • Gibson - A Martini variation with gin, bianco vermouth and pickled onion

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