This steakhouse first opened as a speakeasy in 1926, the password was "Frankie" to get past the door and you heard "Johnnie" if you were allowed in. There are two city locations, with W 45th Street closest to Times Square.
Perfect for an inexpensive Indian fix, Minar has a wide variety of vegetarian options, delicious curries and biriyani, and dosas (crepes) served with coconut chutney. There's limited seating so find an empty seat on the closed-off section of Broadway.
Though it is very touristy, you can't help but be charmed by the singing waitstaff (most of the voices are Broadway-ready and many go on to star in shows) at this 1950s-themed restaurant worth at least one visit for meat loaf.
Go after the show so you don't have time constraints and be prepared to wait in line at this tiny, no reservations spot for some of the most delicious Korean small plates, like the famous brisket bulgogi sliders with cucumber kimchi.
The interior is bright, the staff chipper and the American comfort food top-notch, with creamy milkshakes and excellent burgers, hot dogs, big salads and sandwiches. There is also a self-serve soda fountain, hard to find in New York City.
A meal here isn't complete without the fresh and flavorful crudo, or raw fish selection, the linguine with clams and pancetta,and the simple but perfect Branzino Per Due (Mediterranean sea bass for two).