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Late-Night Dining in New York City

Now that shows and entertainment are returning full force, we've listed out great late-night eats for post-show cravings.

Since Broadway theaters closed last year, theatergoers have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of their favorite shows to return. The day has finally arrived! Performances are scheduled to come back with openings as early as this month and many more opening through 2022. 

Top Post-theater Dining Options in NYC

Finding the best post-theater dinner spots in New York City can be overwhelming. With a diverse array of cuisines from around the world, the options seem endless. Many businesses have not returned to the pre-pandemic hours of operation they used to have, but in the city that never sleeps, plenty of restaurants are still open to cater to those post-show cravings. Without further ado, we present the best post-theater restaurant options that just may win a Tony award for their late-night hours (if they offered awards for great late-night dining, that is).

Note: As of August 17, all patrons 12 years and older must show proof of at least one authorized vaccine to participate in indoor dining in New York City in any of these restaurants. 

Havana Central

Havana Central is located in the heart of Times Square, and it is a must if you are craving authentic Cuban cooking. With over six million sold to date, Havana Central's empanadas cannot be missed. The secret to the delicious, savory pockets is they are handmade with love. Filled with your choice of beef, chicken, shrimp, ropa vieja or cheese, a platter of these is perfect for a late-night bite after the show. Pair these with some hand-muddled mojitos, and you "Havana" great late-night snack! Other popular menu items include the "Classic Cuban Sandwich," "Chicharrones de Pollo," "Caribbean Wings," and the "Guava Glazed Ribs."

If you are celebrating a birthday, be sure to mention this to your server. Celebrants enjoy a free flan and receive a fedora! Havana Central is open from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday to Wednesday. 

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Classic Cuban Sandwich (Courtesy Havana Central Restaurant & Rum Bar)

The Mean Fiddler

After the excitement of finally watching a live Broadway show again, chances are, you are not ready to call it a night when the show is over. In fact, your energy level is probably really high, and you are ready to party until the wee hours of the morning. We have you covered! The Mean Fiddler is open until four in the morning on Tuesday to Sunday!

Located in the heart of Midtown, The Mean Fiddler is a party bar with a rotating lineup of DJs. If you have come hungry, try the "Triple Fried Chicken Sandwich" and the "Triple Smash Burger." Both come with three patties on a brioche bun. If the sweet tooth has kicked in, try the "M & M Pancakes." Topped with M & Ms, fresh cream, strawberries, bananas, and blueberries, this decadent treat will melt in your mouth (and not in your hands.) If you are looking for vegetarian options, try "General Tso's Cauliflower Bites" or the "Tofu Quinoa Bowl."

The famous Irish bar, which has hosted celebrities like Johnny Depp and Jimmy Fallon, also has a full bar serving your favorite pint of Guinness and just about any other drink you desire. 

The Mean Fiddler Bar New York | WhereTraveler
The Mean Fiddler Bar (©Katrine Moite)


Barbetta is a landmark among New York restaurants. It opened in 1906 and is both the oldest Italian restaurant in New York and the oldest restaurant in New York's Theater District. It has been the set for popular television shows "Sex and the City" and "Mad Men," and for the movies "Arthur" and "The Departed" among others. The menu features favorites like "Risotto alla Piemontese" made with wild Porcini mushrooms. Barbetta's extensive wine list features over 1,700 different labels with rare vintages going back to 1961. Barbetta is open until 11:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

Iguana New York

Forget about the late-night eats; Iguana has over 29 flavors of margaritas and mojitos! We are kidding because you do not want to miss out on Iguana's guacamole prepared tableside, crab quesadillas, Sizzling Fajitas, or Shrimp Enchiladas. You will also find some Tex-Mex items and other classics on the menu, like baby back ribs. Located in the Theater District, Iguana is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Dallas BBQ

If you don't mind getting a little messy after your show to satisfy your hunger, Dallas BBQ has some finger-lickin' good barbeque! The restaurant is also a favorite for chicken, ribs, burgers and frozen cocktails. Be sure to try their BBQ combination plates, "Baby Back Ribs & Shrimp" and "Baby Back Ribs & Steak." Pina Coladas, Margaritas and Daquiris can all be made frozen with added flavors like mango, wild berry, tangerine and peach. Dallas BBQ is located in Times Square. It is open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.