Any restaurant-goer can tell you that nothing pairs better with delicious food like unforgettable ambience and service.
For that priceless combination, look no further than Planet Hollywood and Buca di Beppo in Times Square. Enhance your theatergoing experience with pre- or post- show meals and drinks at either of these two legendary restaurants, or stop by for lunch to take a look around and refuel.
Planet Hollywood Memorabilia
Planet Hollywood has been a Manhattan resident longer than incoming New York University freshmen have been alive, but the attraction hasn’t lost any of its star power over the years.
The beloved stop is known for its vast, rotating collection of cinema props and costumes. Displays showcase around 100 items at a time ranging from Kate Winslet’s dress and sets of broken dishes from “Titanic” to Sarah Jessica Parker’s costume in “Hocus Pocus.” Other favorites include props from “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” and the “Wayne’s World 2” car.
Sci-fi fans gravitate towards “The City,” one of the three sections of the main room where planes and spaceships hang from the ceiling, flying in from movies like “Top Gun” and “Independence Day.” Younger visitors may recognize costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the “Hunger Games” franchise. With the recent release of the “Power Rangers” reboot, kids and adults alike will marvel at the original costumes worn by the colorful heroes.
As an homage to New York City’s frequent role as movie backdrop, the two other sections of Planet Hollywood’s main room are “The Hudson” and “Central Park,” both devoted to the city’s best qualities on photo and mural-covered walls.
Planet Hollywood’s Memorable Cuisine
While your eyes feast on memorabilia dine on offerings including appetizers, entrées, specialty platters, sandwiches and more to simultaneously satisfy your taste for culture and food.
Guests give two thumbs up to the BBQ ribs served St-Louis style, the LA lasagna and the “World Famous Chicken Crunch.” Like any good multiplex, there’s something for everyone; vegetarians have a variety of options such as like pizza, veggie burgers and salads.
If you need a quick refreshment, try one of Planet Hollywood’s movie-themed smoothies like “Pretty in Pink”—with pineapple, coconut, orange and cranberry—or the “Transformers”—a blend of mango, raspberry, orange and banana.
Buca di Beppo’s Italian Vibes
Step through to Buca di Beppo, serving guests creative takes on Italian cuisine in rooms filled to the brim with vibrantly whimsical decor.
Eat dinner at a round table with the bust of the Pope as the centerpiece in the lavish “Pope Room,” or sit among vintage ephemera in the “Poster Room.” If vino is your drink of choice opt for the wine room, where wine bottles and grape vines adorn the walls and ceilings.
Wherever you are in Buca, let the tunes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin serenade you as you enjoy traditional dishes like the lasagna, prosciutto stuffed chicken and spaghetti with meatballs all served family-style on red and white tablecloths. If you’re dining with a picky eater, don’t fret. Buca offers a “create your own pasta” dish where everything, down to the seasoning, is entirely up to you.
Between courses, peruse shots of Italian-American icons like Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio in addition to old family photos—showing generations of the Buca team’s clan—before returning to your table for a bowl of tiramisu with homemade ladyfingers, cheesecake or a chocolate cannoli.