After 18 months of being dimmed, the dazzling lights of Broadway are turning back on. Live theater is ready to make its triumphant comeback with several mega-hit musicals—including HamiltonWickedChicago and The Lion King—returning at full capacity today, and many more shows raising the curtain in the coming weeks.

Broadway has long been one of New York’s biggest tourism drivers and a quintessential attraction to Midtown, a neighborhood that has suffered more than others during the pandemic. Fortunately, as the Theater District begins to reawaken, there are still plenty of excellent dining destinations in the area excited to host theater goers. After all, the show must go on. So get your tickets, book a reservation and make a night of it.

Here are seven of our favorite restaurants in close proximity to the theaters for an outstanding meal before—or after—you take in a performance.