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When it comes to experiencing the vibrant allure of Times Square, there’s more to discover than just the captivating lights, pulsating energy, and general crowds. 😉

This iconic New York City neighborhood also has some fantastic food options.

While Times Square boasts a multitude of restaurants, we’ve narrowed down the list to five places you won’t want to miss… and are actually worth your money.

From savoring authentic Cuban cuisine at Margon to a mouthwatering slice at Joe’s Pizza, these are 5 places you’ll want to try in Times Square:

  1. Margon
  2. Yard House
  3. Los Tacos No. 1
  4. Joe’s Pizza
  5. Junior’s Restaurant

(links above open Google Maps listings)

Let’s look at each one below. 👇

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1- Margon

Margon is a great place to quickly snag a meal in Times Square.

It’s authentic counter-style Cuban cuisine served in a small spot with friendly staff! Plus, prices & portions are pretty fair.

What to Eat at Margon

cubano sandwich from margon in times square | Better Together Here

The go-to at Margon is their Cubano. While I haven’t had very many of these, this Cubano is my favorite.

Be sure to add rice & beans + plantains to your order. And you can’t go wrong with anything chicken related.

While you’re there, of course, get a Cuban soda!

Where to Find Margon

A kind of small shop on 46th St between 6th and 7th Avenue.

Margon Address:

136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036.

2- Yard House – Good for Sports & Drinks in Times Square

It’s tough to put a non-New York City exclusive restaurant on this list, but we’ve genuinely enjoyed Yard House. And that’s especially true if you want to get tasty food, choose from 100+ beers, AND have a place to watch sports.

watching sports and eating at yard house in times square | Better Together Here

What to Eat at Yard House in Times Square

First, have at least one beer. They have over 100 beers on tap… Seriously, the menu for it looks like a Cheesecake Factory menu!

We also enjoyed the poke nachos and sliders. Their menu is full of slightly expensive & upscale bar food!

a burger and fries from yard house times square | Better Together Here

Where to Find Yard House in Times Square

A pretty large building (can’t miss it) on the corner of 41st St and 7th Avenue.

Yard House Times Square Address:

575 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018.

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3- Los Tacos No. 1

Los Tacos No. 1 is possibly the most popular taco spot in New York City. They have locations throughout the city, and even one conveniently located in Times Square.

A quick note on the ordering process, so you don’t get confused. 👇

  1. Pay for your meal at the register
  2. Wait for your order to be called
  3. Go to the taco counter and tell them what you want on it
  4. Get your food

That may sound simple, but it can be confusing the first time.

What to Eat at Los Tacos No. 1

tacos at los tacos no 1 | Better Together Here

Without a doubt, get their tacos… We’ve tried all of them and they’re delicious!

Other items are great, but tacos are their staple. As a note, the quesadillas are just an open-face taco with cheese, it’s not what you might be expecting!

Their horchata is also delicious and you can always get a Mexican coke.

With a group? Snag some delicious chips & guacamole too!

Where to Find Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square

Find it on 43rd St between 7th and 8th Avenue.

Los Tacos No 1. Times Square Address:

229 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036.

4- Joe’s Pizza – Arguably the Most Popular Food Spot in Times Square

joes pizza box in times square | Better Together Here

Joe’s Pizza was originally opened in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, who was originally from Naples, Italy.

Here’s the hard truth. No matter what you read from grumpy people on Twitter, Reddit, or Google Maps reviews, Joe’s Pizza is a good slice of New York Pizza.

I’ve always been pleased with Joe’s. The crust is probably the most controversial part, but the sauce and ingredients are always good!

If you’re in New York, get a slice (or two) from Joe’s in Times Square. You’ll be happy you did!

Pro Tip: Order ahead if you’re getting a full pie, it’ll save you 20+ minutes. Do it from their website here!

What to Eat at Joe’s Pizza

eating at joes pizza in times square | Better Together Here

Everything is good, all comes down to preferences. I’ve never had a bad slice at Joe’s, but my go-to is usually pepperoni.

You can hop over to the CVS across the street for cheaper and more options for drinks, even a beer if you’d like!

Where to Find Joe’s Pizza in Times Square

Near the corner of Broadway and 40th Street.

Joe’s Pizza Times Square Address:

1435 Broadway, New York, NY 10018.

5- Junior’s Restaurant – Quality Dessert in Times Square

Junior’s Restaurant can have some mixed reviews. I’ll say upfront that the dessert is really good, and the food is usually just good.

What to Eat at Junior’s Restaurant

reuben sandwich from juniors restaurant in times square | Better Together Here

As for food, their most popular item is the Rueben. We’ve tried other items but haven’t been overly impressed by anything, it’s all just a “good” option.

Really, most people go to Junior’s for cheesecake and other desserts.

Their milkshakes are also fantastic!

Where to Find Junior’s Restaurant in Times Square

Super close to a lot of Broadway shows, right on the corner of 7th Avenue and 44th Street. It’s the perfect place to eat near Gerswhin Theater

Junior’s Restaurant Times Square Address:

1515 Broadway @, W 45th St, New York, NY 10036.

Bonus #6- Do NOT Go to Ray’s Pizza

We had a random guy on the street in Times Square once try to convince us to go to Ray’s Pizza…

Eventually, we did and regretted it.

It’s not good, just choose another spot. Check out our best NYC pizza options here.

If you want a really cheap slice near Times Square, go to Dollar Slice on the corner of 55th and Broadway (Google Maps link).

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5 Places to Eat in Times Square Recap

While I generally would recommend going to Hell’s Kitchen for food if you’re near Times Square, there are some solid options right in Times Square.

As a recap, here are 5 quality options for restaurants and food in Times Square:

  1. Margon
  2. Yard House
  3. Los Tacos No. 1
  4. Joe’s Pizza
  5. Junior’s Restaurant

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As long-time lovers of New York City we made the plunge to move across the country to NYC in early 2021... with our 3 dogs at the time (RIP Buddy). We consider ourself experts in exploring new restaurants, finding the best-rated bars, and activities actually worth doing. Plus, my Google Maps organizational skills are 2nd to none. 😜

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