Wondering where to eat near Times Square? While it seems like there are a near-infinite amount of options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hesitant to make a snap decision. 

Lucky for you, we’ve done the Times Square scoping for you. Read on for our four favorite Times Square dining options:

1. Carmine's

Best For: Family-style Italian 

It’s been said before, but bears repeating: There’s nothing like Carmine’s. An NYC institution for 30+ years, Carmine’s is located just two blocks from Times Square and serves an unrivaled family-style Southern Italian feast. 

Think endless garlic bread, bolognese, manicotti, chicken parmigiana, shrimp scampi, cheesecake, and chocolate cannolis. The portions are heaping, and the hospitality is unmatched. Carmine’s is always a crowd-pleaser. 

2. Havana Central

Best For: A fiesta-fueled happy hour 

If you find yourself in Times Square hankering for a happy hour, it’ll be hard to do better than Havana Central. Stepping into Havana Central puts you in instant party mode. Order an ice-cold, freshly-muddled mojito or tasty margarita and peruse the made from scratch Cuban cuisine menu. 

From empanadas, street corn, pernil (slow-roasted pork), sweet plantains, and churros, you’ll have your pick of fiesta-friendly food accompanied by energetic Latin music and spirited staff. 

3. Latitude Bar & Grill

Best For: Party hopping under one roof

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for a fun night out, NYC’s Latitude Bar and Grill has four floors at the ready. The first floor features a 36-foot bar, plus a full dinner menu and creative cocktails. Enjoy American-style bar food including Philly cheesesteak spring rolls, chicken and waffles, or burgers with all the fixings. 

After a good meal, head upstairs for some billiards or another drink in the Victorian or cabana room. If you enjoy a good view, make your way up to the fourth-floor bar where you can enjoy an outdoor lounge and beautiful views of 8th Avenue. 

4. Butter

Best For: Hungry foodies 

Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli began as executive chef at Midtown hotspot, Butter. A delicious and approachable American menu, Guarnaschelli uses local market offerings for a thoughtful, seasonal menu. Butter’s atmosphere also maintains the perfect balance of trendy and cozy, perfectly welcoming whether you’re looking for a formal dining experience or something more casual. 

We highly recommend starting your meal with a hearty gnocchi mac and cheese. From there you’ll have plenty of entree options from the vegetarian grilled white cloud cauliflower with coconut milk, baby rutabaga, and Marash pepper to a New York Strip Steak with charred scallions, and thyme. 

Save enough room to end with a round of raspberry beignets with vanilla dipping sauce. 

Ready to take Times Square’s dining scene by storm? 

From family-style Italian to Cuban cuisine to a rooftop bar or celebrity chef hotspot, you’re now equipped with the information to find your ideal dining setting in Times Square. Looking for even more NYC dining options? Check out Tripleseat’s VENUES directory to search for great dining and event spaces. 

Topics: rooftop bars, italian cuisine

Written by Miranda Paquet

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