Times Square restaurants: 5 places even locals should eat

Times Square may be a must-see for out-of-towners, but it’s a tourist trap most self-respecting New Yorkers try to avoid. Beyond the congestion, the food has always left much to be desired, anyway. (Guy Fieri has a restaurant there, need we say more?)
But there’s hope on the neighborhood’s culinary horizon. Here are five restaurants — some new, some tried-and-true — in Times Square’s vicinity that are worth braving the crazy crowds. Watch out sketchy Elmo and the Naked Cowboy, here we come.

TRACY E. HOPKINS. Special to amNewYork