JOE ALLEN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Please keep checking our website for updates. We thank you for your patience and support.
March 15, 2020
After much conversation, consideration, and deliberation, we’ve decided to suspend operations for the time being.
The health and well-being of our staff, our customers, our communitiy, and our city is absolutely paramount. And as this story has developed, it’s become abundantly clear that remaining open would unneccessarily put people at risk of unknowingly contracting and spreading COVID-19.
This has been no easy decision; having to weigh public health, financial viablilty, and the loyalty we feel towards our staff and customers has been, in a word, agonizing. That said, our goal is to reopen as soon as possible, and we will be evaluating our options on a day-to-day basis.
New York State has waived the waiting period for unemployment benefits, and we’ve encouraged our employees to apply for this emergency assistance. Additionally, we’ll be honoring requests for all accrued paid time off. We are also monitoring the developments in Washington regarding H.R. 6201: Families First Corona Virus Response Act, and will keep our staff updated as to how this affects them.
We are a small business, family-run for more than 50 years; many of our employees have worked here for decades. We are rooted in the neighborhood, stalwart in our community, and optimistic about the future.
Please keep an eye on our social media pages, as we want to keep everyone informed.
Take care of yourselves. Take care of your families, your friends, your neighbors. Thank you for your continued patronage over the years, we’ll see you soon.
In May, 1965, Joe Allen opened the restaurant that bears his name.
That same year, the cast of the ill-fated show "Kelly" gave Joe a poster of their show. It ran one performance, and they thought it should hang, well, somewhere. Since then, it's become a Broadway tradition for those unlucky flops to adorn our walls. Everyone remembers the hits, but we revel in the flops.
"Chorus kids with bad knees" were the first people that braved midtown's far west side way back when. Opening a restaurant west of Eighth Avenue was a gamble, but the Broadway community embraced Joe Allen's restaurant with open arms. A hamburger cost 75¢, and the most expensive ticket to a Broadway show was $7.50. A lot has changed since then, but what hasn't changed is our commitment to provide a quality experience at a reasonable price.
Our menu changes daily, although certain favorites are always available, and while the service is informal, it does not sacrifice professionalism. If you're looking for dinner before the theater, after the theater, a quick drink, or a quiet business lunch, you simply can't make a better choice.