Swap Street Food for Modern American Fare at This Contemporary Restaurant in Midtown’s Times Square

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Long-time New York residents—including those who have lived in Manhattan for less than a decade (who have self-proclaimed New Yorker status)—often advise visitors to steer clear of Times Square’s tourist-heavy streets. Nonetheless, the appeal of visiting this iconic location, particularly to catch a Broadway show here and there, continues to attract both locals and tourists to the site. 

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Since street food doesn’t quite match the refined post-Broadway theater dining experience we envision, we’ve discovered a befitting brasserie for the occasion. Introducing The Alderman, a modern American restaurant nestled in a tamed respite on 48th St.

Discreetly tucked towards the back of the Motto Times Square’s lobby, the Renwick Hospitality Group’s outpost pays tribute to the New York City Board of Aldermen, who bestowed the moniker “Times Square.” Its interiors, inspired by NYC’s illustrious Gilded Age, blend luxury motifs with contemporary accents to give the space an upscale ambiance: lush brown leather banquettes, gleaming monochrome tiles, and Art Deco lights honor the vintage glamour of this bygone era.

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In tune with this golden period in Manhattan, the cocktail menu starts with a nod to classic New York-style concoctions, remixed with refreshed flavors. Martini lovers would appreciate the distinct Fennel Seed Martini, which comprises Belvedere Vodka, Martini & Rossi Bianco, Lillet Blanc, Giffard Pamplemousse Liqueur, and fennel seed. Plus, the libation is shaken and stirred on a full-service martini cart—a classy touch, indeed. If you’re privy to a Gibson or Old Fashion, you’ll find their twists on both drinks, featuring the Strawberry Old Fashioned and the Blueberry Gibson.

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Let’s dive into the food, shall we? Curated by Chef-Owner and Founding Partner Carsten Johannsen alongside Executive Chef Steven Hubbell, the menu offers classic American cuisine elevated with affluent flavors and presentation. We recommend beginning with the Bread & Butter, served with cultured butter, drizzled with herb oil, and sprinkled with flaky sea salt. You might wonder, “How can bread and butter be that good?” The answer is yes, it can—and it’s a must-have starter dish (apologies to gluten-free diners). 

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From the ‘Raw Bar’ offerings, one can indulge in Half Maine Lobster, fresh-caught Smoked Diver Scallop, and East Coast Oysters on the half shell. Consider ordering the Grande Plateau seafood tower for a more extravagant choice for $150. As for the entrées, there’s a worthy Smash Burger, which comes with red buddy cheese, pink sauce, hot mustard, and red onion on a toasted brioche bun; a Pan Roasted Steelhead Trout, served with cream spinach and fennel; or a Roasted Normandy Duck if you’re feeling fancy. The Fried Sunchokes plated with an addictive garlic aioli and the Roasted Bone Marrow, accompanied by spicy beet jam and grilled bread, make for excellent add-ons.

Whether you’re a tourist looking for a stylish restaurant, a professional working in Midtown during your 9-to-5, or a weekend visitor catching a Broadway matinee, The Alderman is the sleek Times Square eatery to visit for any occasion.

Top Takeaways

Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York City

Address: 150A W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Cuisine: American

Price Point: $$

Takes Reservations: Yes – OpenTable

The vibe: A calming, contemporary brasserie providing tourists a respite from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan’s Times Square attraction.

Our favorite thing on the menu: You can go only right with any selection on the menu, but our choice is simple: the irresistible Bread & Butter starter plate.

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Open daily from 7 am to 10 pm for breakfast and the all-day menu, with bar hours extending from 10 am to 11 pm.

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