Not everyone is into live theatre. The thought of singing for some is as torturous as making me sit through a football game. Be that as it may, a Broadway show is no better way to splurge an evening in New York City. Among over 350 restaurants, the restaurant scene in the theatre district has a few that will actually make your night at the theatre more enjoyable, depending on your situation.

1. Tony's Di Napoli

Photo by Megan Peterson

Photo by Megan Peterson

Broadway shows can be very lengthy. To prepare for nearly three hours of singing, you will want to make sure you eat enough. You will have no problem filling up at Tony's, since everything is family-style. Tony's Chicken Parmesan is the best chicken parm you will have in your life. Bring the entire family or, worse case scenario, you have dinner for the next couple of nights.

2. Virgil's Real Barbeque

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Photo by Kelly Peterson -- Foodie Out Loud foodie 

Bring the person who is not-so-into theatre here. If you go to a matinee with someone who is not the show-going type, you can repay them with these train wreck fries. If the show let you down in anyway, walking into the fresh barbeque smell of meat in the smoker will "shake the blues away."

3. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Photo by Megan Peterson

Photo by Megan Peterson

The theatres have picked up on the fact that adults love a drink before (and during) a show. Theatres like the Lyric Theatre allow you to purchase your $15 drink inside the theatre. But why spend that much money when it is always happy hour here at the bar? Avoid those sky high prices by enjoying a mojito for $5, wine for $4, or a beer for $3. That's more like it.

4. Victor's Cafe

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Photo by Megan Peterson 

While flipping through your Playbill, there is a restaurant section to help you make a restaurant selection pre or post-show. I have to say, of all of those restaurants listed, Victor's is the only one worth going to. Victor's serves up authentic Cuban cuisine, which is hard to come by these days.

5. Capital Grille

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Photo courtesy of @thecapitalgrille on Instagram 

When you get stuck paying full price because there was no other way you were getting show tickets, Capital Grille has a deal for you. The Capital Grille, located on 51st Street, has a special prefixed pre-theatre menu. At $39 per person, you get 3 courses when you dine between 4 pm and 7 pm — the best $39 spent on Broadway.

6. Don Antonio by Starita

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Photo Courtesy of @food4carmen on Instagram 

Seeing Jersey Boys? According to Mary Delgado, everything Italian ends in a vowel, like pizza. Nearby Worldwide Plaza, better known as "Broadway hangout," this is the place where the broadway stars hang out in between their shows. Don Antonio is home to the only fried pizza in New York City.

7. Juniors

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Photo Courtesy of adventurouskate.com

Whether you were the one dancing on stage or watching the show, you were away from food during normal dinner hours. Junior's is that late night place you can count on being open after the final bow. Nothing hits the spot late night like a grilled cheese, fried chicken, or slice of Juniors' famous cheesecake.

8. City Kitchen

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Photo by Megan Peterson

The only way you're getting a chance at seeing Hamilton is if you are one of the few lucky lottery winners two hours before the show. You can get great food in no time, since City Kitchen is conveniently located to the Richard Rogers, St. James and the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. You will have your choices of a lobster roll, ramen, burgers, tacos, doughnuts, or sushi.  

9. Schmackary's

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Photo by Megan Peterson

 

Many of the theatres offer a student rush deal for the day of the performance. More often than not, you will get in line at 8 am and wait until 10 am to find out they are out of $27 tickets for the day's performance.

Cookies and coffee from Schmackary's are guaranteed to cheer you up if you missed a shot at show tickets. Some to-die-for flavors include red velvet, cookies & cream, chunky monkey and schmoes, and Schmackary's is no stranger to the broadway legends.

You may find legends such as Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth and Corey Cott behind the counter for the annual Broadway Bakes event. Schmackary's often celebrates anniversaries of shows with special limited-time cookies.

 

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