Party Earth Review One of the busiest, most frenetic, and most visually stimulating urban centers in the world, Times Square offers a vast assortment of dining, shopping, and entertainment options that go beyond its famous bright lights... ... read full review
42nd Street to 50th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
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Midtown, New York –
One of the busiest, most frenetic, and most visually stimulating urban centers in the world, Times Square offers a vast assortment of dining, shopping, and entertainment options that go beyond its famous bright lights and giant flashing advertisements.
Usually filled with hordes of tourists and people who work in the area, the square provides plenty to do for mainstream types who prefer familiar fare like Sephora, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Planet Hollywood, and The Olive Garden, as well as for more adventurous folks who stray off the main drag to seek out spots like Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain.
Visitors looking for excitement will find the area between Broadway and Eighth Avenue swarming with big-name theaters and restaurants, two huge cinemas, and dozens of street vendors selling everything from handbags to cartoon caricatures, while those interested in people-watching and celeb sightings can hang out in the pedestrian plazas or watch tapings of Good Morning America in the morning and Late Show with David Letterman in the early evening.
Budget-conscious theater buffs standing in line at the TKTS booth for day-of discount tickets will most likely be serenaded by street musicians and local characters like the Naked Cowboy, though twenty-somethings usually hit the plethora of bars, lounges, and comedy clubs later on for more professional entertainment.
The site of many annual events, perhaps none other is quite so famous as the legendary New Year’s Eve celebration, when Times Square is packed skyscraper to skyscraper with revelers of every stripe waiting for the ball to drop.
Getting cheap Broadway show tickets from the TKTS booth is always a great idea…but getting rush tickets is even better! Really popular shows like Avenue Q sell incredibly cheap day-of tickets at the box office – all you have to do is go to the theater and ask. Not only will you save money, you’ll avoid the TKTS line.
Local professionals and tourists of all types and ages.
Entertainment and shopping include Broadway theaters, Caroline’s Comedy Club (1626 Broadway), cinemas, Madame Tussaud’s wax museum (234 West 42nd Street), Bowlmor Lanes & Strike (Times Square Building, West 44th Street), Dave and Buster’s (234 West 42nd Street), and hundreds of retail stores. Bars and cabarets include B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street) and Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club (349 West 46th Street).
Annual events include all-day yoga during Solstice in Times Square, live music and cuisine from local restaurants during Taste of Times Square, and the famed New Year’s Eve celebration.
Street vendors sell hot dogs, pretzels, and other snacks. Dining options include chains like Applebee’s (234 West 42nd Street) and Hard Rock Café (1501 Broadway) and neighborhood favorites like Virgil’s Real Barbecue (152 West 44th Street), Bourbon Street (346 West 46th Street), Village Pourhouse (366 West 46th Street), and Shake Shack (691 Eighth Avenue).
More upscale options include Del Frisco’s (1221 Sixth Avenue) and Le Bernardin (155 West 51st Street). Famous food strip Restaurant Row (46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) features cuisine from all over the world.
Prices vary by venue.
Any time other than weekends and rush hours for a less crowded experience, or weekday evenings for a bustling but less chaotic scene. Fridays and Saturdays are the most packed and energetic.