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Where to Eat Before (or After) a Show at Carnegie Hall

May 12, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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Carnegie Hall is one of New York City’s most famed concert venues, and if you’re catching a show inside of its walls, you don’t want to be late. Fortunately, there are some great restaurants in the vicinity (they work just as well for after-show bites, too). From new American cuisine to classic Italian to authentic Thai, there’s something here for everyone—even if you’re just looking for a pre-show espresso!

Best Restaurants Near Carnegie Hall: Bevy

With Chef Chad Brauze running the menu, you’ll never find any lackluster dishes at Bevy, one of New York City’s finest new American restaurants. Pulling produce and meats from local farmers and fishermen, Bevy’s menus incorporate the freshest of ingredients. Starter dishes include Crispy Candied Bacon, Lobster Bisque (made with tarragon cream, onion brulée, and wild sturgeon caviar), and White Jumbo Asparagus (with poached egg dressing). As for entrees, the Golden Tile Fish (grilled with fennel broth, red pepper, and rouille) and Sear Diver Scallops (served with romesco and watercress) will leave you with a flavor explosion you won’t ever forget. 153 W. 57th St., Fl. 3, 212-897-2188, bevynyc.com

Best Restaurants Near Carnegie Hall: Topaz Noodle Bar

Topaz Noodle Bar provides an intimate dining space with a menu that’s focused on Thai noodle dishes. If you feel like slurping down some fresh, hot noodles, you’ll have your pick of options at Topaz, including Gang Jued Woon Sen Soup (clear soup with glass noodle, tofu, and ground pork with mixed vegetables), Gauy Tiew Singapore (angel hair noodle with meat, mixed vegetables, and yellow curry), Pad Woon Sen (wok-fried glass noodle with meat, egg, ear mushroom, napa, onion, scallion, carrot, bell pepper, celery, tomato, and bean sauce). Portions here are generous while the prices are affordable—it’s a win-win! 129 W. 56th St., 212-247-2277, topaznoodlebarnyc.com

Best Restaurants Near Carnegie Hall: Patsy’s Italian Restaurant

Founded in 1944, Patsy’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving up classic Italian dishes. Known as the restaurant that Frank Sinatra made famous, Patsy’s hasn’t lost its charm. Chef Sal offers up all the traditional Italian entrees you’d hope for, such as Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Francese, Chicken Piccata, Stuffed Calamari, Linguine Marechiare, and Chicken Caccitora. Patsy’s array of appetizers is just as impressive as their main courses thanks to the inclusion of Clams Oreganata, Stuffed Artichoke, and Hot Antipasto (baked littlebeck clams, shrimp marinara, eggplant rollatine, and stuffed mushrooms) on the menu. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491, patsys.com

Best Restaurants Near Carnegie Hall: Bobby Van’s

Bobby Van’s latest location is one of our favorites, and it can be found directly across from Central Park. The menu includes classic grilled items, as well as the foremost cuisine to be found in traditional New York City steakhouses. It’s all about the steak and the seafood here, so be sure to try out the filet mignon, bone-in rib eye, porterhouse steak, Chilean sea bass, sesame crusted ahi tuna, or horseradish crusted salmon during your next visit. Pizza and pastas are also available for those wanting to mix things up a bit. 40 Central Park S., 212-369-4000, bobbyvans.com

Best Restaurants Near Carnegie Hall: Zibetto Espresso Bar

Need a zap of caffeine before you attend a Carnegie Hall show? Or how about following an afternoon matinee? Zibetto Espresso Bar has you covered. Serving some of the best coffee in Manhattan, walking into Zibetto feels like walking into a small café in the middle of Italy. Their unique coffee blend comes from carefully selected beans that have been roasted in Italy, so order up a caffe, cappuccino, macchiato, Americano, or caffe latte—you will not be disappointed. Baguettes and desserts are also available to order, including cannoli, tiramisu, and prosciutto panino. 1385 6th Ave., 646-707-0505, zibettoespresso.com

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