Theme Restaurants New York
Are you looking to go to a themed restaurant in New York City? Most themed restaurants are experience focused and there are definitely plenty to choose from in New York. Although these restaurants tend to be overpriced and there are usually long queues to get in, they are still a big draw. They are mostly based on a movie, or a specific genre. Themed restaurants are very touristy and should not be your first choice if you want to have great quality food. However, for the purposes of entertainment and fun they can definitely be worth a visit.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
Ellen’s Stardust Diner, from the outside, is a classic American diner however, this place offers a high level of entertainment. The waiting staff sing their way through your order and your time there. Most of the staff are budding Broadway performers waiting for their big break so the quality of the performances is always high, It’s definitely a unique experience. However, the food is not amazing, so just go there for the show. Ellen’s Stardust Diner is very popular, and there can be a two hour wait just to get in if you go around dinner time. If you want to go there without the crowd, go there for an early breakfast around 08:00.
Bubba Gump, when you enter this restaurant, you will recognise everything from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’. You’ll also be quizzed on your knowledge of Forrest Gump and if you’re good, you might win a prize. The restaurant is always busy, but the staff works hard and makes sure you’re seated and served fairly quickly. Do make sure that you only go here if you like shrimp, because that’s prominent on the menu. This restaurant is very touristy.
Hard Rock Café
If you like to rock, go to Hard Rock Café. With 708 seats, the Hard Rock Café in New York is one of the biggest in the large chain. The café is filled with a collection of items from rock-legends such as The Beatles, Nirvana, The Ramones and so on. What’s unique about this Hard Rock Café is that they also have a collection of items from rock legends that have ties to New York: like John Lennon, for example. Once or twice a day, the whole HRC team gathers to dance to Y.M.C.A by Village People and invites everyone in the restaurant to dance along.
Tip: Don’t leave HRC New York without trying one of their typically American desserts, the apple cobbler. You won’t regret it!
You can also book a 2 or 3-course meal with various themes like Blue Grass, Hip Hop or Rhythm and Blues. All menus include one non-alcoholic drink and a dessert. For children there is a Lil Rocker menu.
Jekyll & Hyde Club
Jekyll & Hyde, doesn’t that make you think of horror stories? Are your nerves made of steel? Are you sure you don’t get scared easily? Then take the test at the haunted restaurant: Jekyll & Hyde Club. This mansion is filled with actors who will try to scare you. The decoration is, as expected, horror-themed. The food here is pricy, but the entertainment surely is worth it. No reservations are needed.
Planet Hollywood: the name says it all. Enter and you’ll find yourself in a huge world of movies! Everywhere you look you’ll find quotes and items from your favourite movies. This restaurant, which is owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will surely spark your curiosity. This place is fun for kids and adults alike, the menu is big enough to find something delicious to suit everyone’s taste. Don’t be taken aback by the queue for the restaurant, it’s worth the wait.
Ninja New York
Ninja restaurant is more than a restaurant, it’s almost a mini trip to Japan! There’s an underground tunnel system that looks like a Japanese village with streets, houses and bridges. The ninjas walking around, will occasionally startle you. The restaurant is not cheap, but the dishes at Ninja are good quality. You can only eat at this restaurant if you make a reservation beforehand.