Part of a global restaurant chain, the Hard Rock Cafe New York occupies the lobby of Broadway’s former Paramount Theatre, framed by the towers and billboards of Times Square. With its tables surrounded by music memorabilia, the eatery combines American-style dining with a rock ‘n’ roll theme.

The Basics
With a 700-plus capacity, music videos showing on big screens, and authentic rock ‘n’ roll artifacts, the Hard Rock Cafe is one of Midtown Manhattan’s buzziest dining spots. Open morning till late, the restaurant serves classic American fare: think burgers, ribs, desserts, and a cocktail-heavy bar list. After your meal, admire the exhibits, and browse the Hard Rock merchandise on sale in the on-site store.

Some day trips from cities such as Boston include lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe; other options team dinner with a ticket to a Broadway show or another attraction. Select tours of New York City stop by the restaurant to check out the art deco architecture.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Hard Rock Cafe appeals to American-food lovers as well as pop and rock music fans of all ages.
  • Visitors can shop at the Hard Rock without eating at the restaurant.
  • The Hard Rock Cafe is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Amenities include restrooms and free Wi-Fi.

How to Get There
Situated near Times Square at 1501 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, the Hard Rock Cafe is easy to reach by subway. Get off at 42nd Street–Times Square station, then walk north along Broadway to West 43rd Street. Driving isn’t advised, but you’ll find paid parking garages on West 44th and West 46th streets.

When to Get There

The Hard Rock Cafe is open every day from 8am to 12:30am. Reservations are recommended for dinner. For fewer crowds, aim for a morning, lunchtime, or afternoon visit.
Must-See Memorabilia

Take time out from your meal or drinks to marvel at the Hard Rock Cafe’s many pop-and-rock displays and artifacts. Highlights include a bass guitar played by Paul McCartney during the Beatles’ heyday, John Lennon’s handwritten original lyrics to “Help,” Freddie Mercury’s kimono, and a suit worn by Elvis Presley.


1501 Broadway
New York City, New York