Stay Near Times Square

…While Avoiding Crowds!

The lights and neon can be thrilling. After all, Times Square draws millions of tourists yearly to that busy, iconic intersection. Here, you’ll be around plenty of shopping, theaters, and yes, tourist traps. Continue reading to get this New Yorker’s advice on how to make the best of your trip in the greatest city in the world.

Where To Eat

Pick any overpriced restaurant in Times Square and you will find yourself disappointed. So, to have a memorable meal in the area instead–and there are plenty–try these spots:
Burger Joint
The Burger Joint is affordable, low-key, and home of the absolute best burger and fries in the area. We recommend going off-peak hours as it is a neighborhood staple. Get the burger with the works, some fries, and then walk up to Central Park for an outdoor nap.
Totto Ramen
Totto Ramen is a ramen sensation. In fact, it’s the best bowl you’ll have in NYC. It’s so good that there are three in Midtown alone. We recommend going to the one near 10th Avenue, as it is usually quieter.
In the mood for some Mexican food and not sure where to go? Look no further. While it isn’t the most affordable, Toloache delivers in flavor with their amazing tacos, delicious ceviche, and more traditional dishes, all of which are masterfully prepared.
While you won’t find steaks or caesar salads here, you will find lots of amazing Korean infused dishes, bibimbaps, sliders, and more. Open for lunch and dinner and affordable great food in Midtown? Yes, it’s really worth it.


We can’t vouch for nightclubs in the area, but there sure are hole-in-the-wall type bars to enjoy like Jimmy’s Corner. Head Downtown or go to Brooklyn 🙂


Theater Tickets

Broadway and Off-Broadway shows can get expensive, if you can even get in at all. The TKTS office is one way to try your luck, but be prepared to wait in line. Shopping for tickets online is where the magic happens. These sites offer discounted tickets: (which gives 5% to charity),, BroadwayBox, Broadway Insider and Entertainment-Link, and the app TodayTix (only for day of shows).

Street Etiquette

New Yorkers avoid Times Square like the plague. Let’s face it: it’s exciting to visit, but if crossing the busiest street in the city was part of your daily lunch break, you’d look to walk the other way, too. One way to alleviate traffic is by walking to your right, not stopping randomly, and being considerate of others around you.

Where To Stay

There are plenty of tourist trap hotels in Times Square, but there are also some establishments that are actually worth your hard-earned money. Here are a few that make the Viral cut…

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