Located next to venerable ramen shop Sapporo and steps from the 49th street N-R-W entrance, Hagi's only street presence is a nondescript doorway. Those looking for neon signs and bright awnings will most likely walk right past it—but should you find yourself descending the narrow staircase, know that you're in for one of Times Square's best low-key drinking spots.
Sake Bar Hagi
The other night at Hagi I had the most wonderful drinking snack: gobo chips with spicy mentaiko mayo. Never heard of them? Neither had I, but when the bartender Sean told me that gobo was burdock root, I decided...
I was prepared to bite through the golden batter and find fish cake, but I ended up discovering something far better. Each mini corn dog was filled with a mild melted cheese, that formed a perfect combination with the sweet, wafflelike batter.
Eating well late at night in midtown isn't quite as easy as it is elsewhere in New York, but that doesn't mean you can't do well for yourself and your maybe-tipsy urges. So here's your guide: burgers, pizza, Korean Spam stews, street meat, and plenty more to eat in the business heart of Manhattan.
Two years ago we shared our picks for where to eat near Times Square, the focal point of New York's tourist economy and home to many a chain mega-restaurant. But amid the mammoth TGI Friday's and Guy Fieri's 500-seat restaurant, you'll find plenty of quality places for a quick bite, a casual lunch, or a full sit-down meal. This guide covers the picks from our original guide, plus our new favorite spots we've encountered since July 2011.
Whether you're looking for a fancy pre-theater dinner or just want to grab a fast and inexpensive post-show bite, here's an updated list of our favorite Theater District eats that will help you select from the cream of the area's very crowded crop.