7 places to eat between Harry Potter and the Cursed Child plays


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most popular plays on Broadway, but many theater-goers have a question about what to do between plays. How about these top 7 places to eat?

If you didn’t know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is on Broadway. What am I saying? Of course, you knew that! What you may not realize is that the five-and-a-half-hour play is in two parts, so you’re actually getting two plays for the price of one. You get a longer than usual interval between the two halves of the play, which is enough time to grab dinner, get a drink, and talk about your hopes for the second half.

That’s great, but then it all comes down to where to actually go. If you’re new to Broadway—or completely new to New York—you’ll have no idea of the surroundings. The last thing you want is to get lost around New York and miss the second half of the play. Harry Potter will not be impressed.

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Don’t worry; there are plenty of options depending on your tastes and preferences. Whether you need something cheap to offset the $400 per person tickets (in some cases) or you snagged the $40 tickets and can splash out on food, here are 7 places you can eat between Harry Potter plays.

Xi’an Famous Foods

Let’s start with a local Chinese restaurant that’s made Xi’an style. This is just a 10-minute walk away from the theater and is a favorite for many. The downside is the lack of bathroom, so you’ll need to make sure you go before you leave the theater.

There’s a good selection of foods from the place. You can get hand-pulled noodles, delicious dumplings, spicy cumin lamb burgers and so much more. If you prefer a soup because you’re planning on visiting in the winter, opt for the hand-ripped noodles in soup.

Xi’an Famous Foods is open between 11 am and 8:30 pm, so you’ve got plenty of time to eat while you wait for the second play.

The Little Beet

For the vegetarians and vegans out there, look out for The Little Beat. It’s a little bit further away from the theater, but you’re still looking at around 10 minutes of walking. And The Little Beet even has a bathroom, so no need to time things just right!

There are pork, chicken and salmon options for those who may dabble in some meats, but also plenty of tofu dishes. You can even just get a veggie and grain bowl without any of the protein-filled additions. It’s another place open until 8 pm, so you won’t need to worry about rushing around anywhere.


If you’re looking for a taste of Italy that’s also casual and fun, give Becco a try. The opening hours vary by day, with Sundays offering the longest opening hours. You can even grab a late dinner after the play if you time it all just right.

There’s a range of pasta dishes available, with a dish of the day that you’ll definitely want to ask about. You can also check out the menu online if you want to plan ahead of time, so you can focus on a stress-free meal between plays. It’s worth booking ahead for a group, especially if there are more than four of you in the party, just to be on the safe side.

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City Kitchen

When it comes to wanting something very casual, take a trip to Eighth Avenue for City Kitchen. Open from 6:30 am throughout the week, this is more of a busy food court than a single restaurant. There are multiple vendors offering anything and everything you could possibly want. The minute you walk in, you’ll get the smell of donuts.

There are tacos, sushi, Mediterranean wraps, lobster rolls, ramen noodles and so much more. You will not be disappointed. This is also good for those who have different tastes and preferences. Everyone can go to their own vendor and you get to sit down and eat together. Plus, it’s only a three-minute walk away from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Sushi of Gari

If you’re looking for sushi but you want to sit down, you’ll want to pay a visit to Sushi of Gari. The downside to this is it doesn’t open until 5 p.m. Fortunately, the second play doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m., but the first play finishes at 4:40 p.m. (or close enough).

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Sushi of Gari is less than a 10-minute walk from the Lyric Theatre. It’s all about the sushi here, with a price range to suit everyone. This is the definitely the perfect option if you’re not with the kids, who I know from experience can be picky when it comes to sushi!

The Marshal

This is definitely going to be the one when you want to push out all the stops. The Marshal offers only locally sourced food and everything is cooked in a wood-fire oven. If that doesn’t sell it yet, then wait until you read what’s on the menu.

There’s a range of fresh vegetables, New York cheeses, and meats that will leave you satisfied and feeling like royalty. The opening times will depend on the day of the week and unfortunately, it’s not open on Fridays. Book your tickets for one of the weekend viewings to drop by The Marshall. It’s only a 10-minute walk away.

Café Grumpy

There’s a drawback to this place for Millennials, but an awesome plus for those who are fed up of seeing everyone on their devices: there’s no Wi-Fi at Café Grumpy. You’ll actually need to talk to each other while there! There; now that’s out of the way, it’s time to move onto the other positives about the place.

Café Grumpy is a Greenpoint branch. Greenpoint may ring a bell if you’ve watched Girls. It’s one of the smaller coffee shops in the area for a quick bite to eat and a drink, but it also tends to be quiet. The downside is the place shuts at 7 p.m. during the week. If you’re looking for somewhere to sit for the whole interval, this isn’t it. If you’re visiting at the weekend, the place opens until 8 p.m.

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Where will you eat between Harry Potter and the Cursed Child plays? What type of food do you love to eat on a night out? Share your thoughts in the comments below.