Exploring Times Square: Best Places To Eat, Drink, Play And More

February 23, 2017 5:50 AM

Taxis on 7th Avenue at Times Square, New York City (Credit: Thinkstock)

Taxis on 7th Avenue at Times Square, New York City (Credit: Thinkstock)

For native New Yorkers, Times Square is an area that is usually avoidable and full of tourists. However, there is charm and wonder in the area that makes everyone feel they are experiencing the city for the first time. From dinner to drinks and sleeping in Times Square, here are the best things to do in the area. By John Friia

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(Credit: Bowlmor)

(Credit: Bowlmor)

Bowlmor

222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-680-0012

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TO PLAY: Bowlmor boasts 48 lanes with seven unique bowling lounges, a sports bar and a dining room. Bringing the history of the city to present day, the bowling alley pays tributes to key city landmarks, including speakeasies, Chinatown, Central Park and Coney Island. While bowling a strike, people can order one of their super-sized meals ideal for large groups. Whether people are craving a Behemoth Burger, a two-foot Coney Mega Dog or the gigantic Party Pretzel, there will be plenty of food to pass around. New Yorkers can savor their signature libations as they party on the lanes and hope for a perfect game.

(Credit: Sardi's)

(Credit: Sardi’s)

Sardi’s Restaurant

234 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-221-8440

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TO EAT: Times Square is full of countless restaurants, but none as iconic as Sardi’s Restaurant. Located in the heart of the Theater District, Sardi’s has become a popular spot for Broadway stars. Among their notable dishes is the Cannelloni au Gratin, made with a combination of beef, veal and sausage rolled in a crepe with sherry flavored tomato meat sauce. Dinner is not complete without a sweet treat, and Sardi’s delivers with their Boccone Dolce with meringue, fresh strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream.

(Credit: Madame Tussauds)

(Credit: Madame Tussauds)

Madame Tussauds New York

234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
866-841-3505

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TO EXPLORE: With locations throughout the world, it is fitting that this iconic museum is nestled near the “Crossroads of the World.” From former presidents to bands and actors, Madame Tussauds brings a smile to any New Yorker’s face as they explore each room. In addition to rubbing elbows with world leaders, people can try the Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience — a multi-sensory interactive journey full of wax figures and adventure.

(Credit: 54 Bar at the Hyatt Times Square)

(Credit: 54 Bar at the Hyatt Times Square)

Bar 54

135 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10036

TO DRINK: With all of the hustle and bustle of Times Square, people can take a break and enjoy a cocktail high above the city at Bar 54 at the Hyatt Centric Times Square hotel. One of the city’s highest rooftop bars, Bar 54 boasts stunning views of the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower and the New Year’s Eve ball. With a combination of sumptuous libations and small gourmet bites, this year-round rooftop makes a memorable evening for everyone.

(Credit: The Knickerbocker)

(Credit: The Knickerbocker)

The Knickerbocker

6 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
855-865-6425

TO STAY: There are numerous hotels in Times Square, but none delivers the same type of comfort and style than The Knickerbocker Hotel. The historic hotel is located in the heart of Times Square and offers rooms that are simple, yet luxurious, with high-tech amenities and serenity. Guests and visitors alike can also enjoy culinary delights of celebrity chef Charlie Palmer at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, located on the fourth floor. During the winter months, the rooftop is transformed into Après at The Knick, which brings the aura of an Alpine lodge to the heart of Times Square.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.