Celebrate BROADWAY Classics, History & Fun @ JOE ALLEN’S!!!
Located at 326 West 46th Street on the theatre district’s busy restaurant row, JOE ALLEN’S RESTAURANT has been filling the bellies of locals, tourists and Broadway stars since 1965 with comfort American dishes that keep tables full and energy high. It’s been said that Rosie O’Donnell and Al Pacino are huge fans of the 57-year-old restaurant that started out catering to “chorus kids with bad knees,” but quickly became the place where the worlds of theater stars and theatergoers converged. In other words, Joe Allen has defined (and then redefined, and then redefined again) “the theatrical hangout.” With an array of unrecognizable play posters lining the walls, many say, the restaurant’s biggest gift to the theatrical community has been turning the terrible indignity of being associated with a failed show into an honor (albeit a dubious one) with its now-famous “flop wall.”
With a menu that changes daily, Joe Allen’s still manages to successfully maintain signature, including the grilled burger, the meatloaf, and salads that remain fan favorites.
The escargot was classic and delicious. Served simply with sliced baguettes they were garlicky, juicy, and succulent! The guacamole was fresh and rich. Served with salty tortilla chips, there was nothing too special, except that it was delicious and authentic and an amazing midtown find!
There are eggs, sauteed calf liver, vegetable stew, shrimp & pasta, lobster rolls, chicken sandwiches, luxe salads, sides and desserts that create a diverse and intriguing menu. The oven-roasted french pork chop served with black figs and a sweet marsala sauce over sauteed kale sounded enticing, but the pork, although thick and generously served, was too dry to enjoy. The sauce and fig combo was outstanding, but I could not get over the lack of juice in the deliciously roasted white pork meat.
However, one bite of the meatloaf, served with mashed potatoes and gravy with spinach, and it’s no wonder why half the patrons sitting nearby have too ordered this dish! The tender loaf was almost as good as my mama’s! The classic and easy dish was magnificently simple,, amazingly flavorful, and defyingly good (especially in comparison to the pork chop)…
With meals ranging in the $20 – $30 range, for a midtown tourist-heavy spot, the prices are fairly reasonable. With high turn around, the service is quick but not rushed. The staff is friendly and there’s ample room at the bar if tables are packed!
This summer, Joe Allen’s launched their newest tradition: the After Theater Cocktail Hour. Unlike other happy hours, though, this Broadway hangout’s will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 11:30 p.m.– perfect timing for theater professionals just getting off work and theatergoers just leaving a show. This nightly event will only happen at the bar, so find a barstool and order from a special menu of $9 classic cocktails, generously poured and expertly mixed!
So, go to Joe Allen’s and take in the classic meals, learn some Broadway history, and enjoy some Broadway fun!