Edgy, frenetic and lively we always visit Times Square when we’re in New York, the bright lights and electric action seem to draw us in like a magnet. We were there more than usual on this trip – Toys R Us with its ferris wheel, numerous candy stores and the Hop On/Off bus had us there during the hours of daylight. Definitely best by night though, the flashing billboards create an overwhelming spectacle and the theatres of Broadway are pulsating with life. Son loved it too – all those lights and all that action, you can’t help but get a buzz from it.
As well as soak up the atmosphere we came here a couple of times for dinner. Touristy for sure, the restaurants can be a bit gimmicky but with a 4 year old in tow we didn’t mind one bit – fine food was not on our agenda. Our first port of call was Mars 2112 – an alien themed place which was such great fun – a spaceship ride to our table and numerous aliens mingling and wandering around while we ate got a massive thumbs up from Son. All to do with the atmosphere we had a great time, sadly I think it has since closed.
A real Times Square tradition for us is Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Retro and 1950’s style it is nothing much to look at from the outside and serves very tasty but pretty standard burger type meals, Husband and I literally stumbled upon it on our first NYC jaunt. It has become a firm favourite, somewhere we revisit every time we are in the Big Apple. Nothing again to do with the food or the theming, it is all about the staff here. All Broadway wannabees they burst into song mid food service, entertaining customers with songs from the musicals, singing and delivering burgers all at the same time.
Son was engrossed with the huge screen on one wall showing a Disney movie – no sound but that didn’t matter. When he had a spare moment a plate of spaghetti kept him busy.
We arrived around 6.30 in the evening and easily got a table although the restaurant was fairly busy. By the time we left at 8 pm there was a line outside the door stretching right around the block so it seems like we’re not the only ones who love it here. Kitsch and fun, this is one of our Times Square traditions worth continuing.