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CURRENT Best Bets
Orphans (Broadway, Play Revival)
BOTTOM LINE: This drama about two brothers and the father figure they never had features a powerhouse trio of performers all living up to, and exceeding, expectations.
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Matilda (Broadway, New Musical)
BOTTOM LINE: Why haven't you bought tickets yet?
ANOTHER GOOD BET: Cinderella
(Off Off Broadway, Musical Revival)
Women of Will (Off Broadway, New Play)
BOTTOM LINE: Tina Packer leads an evening that charts out the growth and development of Shakespeare’s female characters; it is as educational as it is brilliantly performed, making for a wholly captivating and informative theatrical experience.
ANOTHER GOOD BET: Pinkolandia
(Off Broadway, New Play)
FOR A LAUGH
Old Hats (Off Broadway, Vaudeville)
BOTTOM LINE: Some clowns never get old -- and that's good news for us.
ANOTHER GOOD BET: Showgirls! The Musical!
(Off Off Broadway, New Musical)
Tiny Rhino (Off Off Broadway, Short Plays, Drinking Game)
(This is a 21-and-over affair)
BOTTOM LINE: A theatrical drinking game, or the best thing you can do with your Monday night.
Bull (Off Broadway, New Play)
BOTTOM LINE: A smartly written, expertly acted and directed workplace tragicomedy that should not be missed.
Kinky Boots (Broadway, New Musical)
ANOTHER GOOD BET: Matilda
(Broadway, New Musical)
Fuerzabruta (Off Broadway, Performance Art)
This show has been around for a while, but it's a reliable good time unlike any other theatrical offering out there. Part performance art, part dance party, witness some incredible physicality through this captivating spectacle.
ANOTHER GOOD BET: Avenue Q
(Off Broadway, New Musical)
TIMES SQUARE INSIDER
(compiled by Joseph Samuel Wright)
New York’s Theatre District (where nearly all Broadway and a few off Broadway shows play) is conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan, in and around Times Square. The neighborhood is a churning hive of amusement and dining designed for your enjoyment, but it is so jam-packed with people and establishments that it can be hard to weed through the madness to find the true gems. Luckily, Theasy is here to help you choose! Check out our recommendations below and avoid the over-priced, tourist-trappy, theme-parked extravaganzas. We’ve branched out west to include some Hell’s Kitchen locales and a little to the east to give you the best selections the Theatre District can offer!
* Spotlight * TKTS and Show Savings * Family Dinners * Elegant Eats * After Show Cocktails * Nightlife and Entertainment * Cheap Drinks * $1 Pizza Slices * Bathrooms * Getting Around *
SPOTLIGHT ON THE SQUARE:
DAVE AND BUSTERS
Times Square is all fun and games, but at Dave and Busters on 42nd Street it's REALLY all fun and games! Dave and Busters is a bustling, bright den of excitement that can provide a respite from the pavement of Times Square without sacrificing the buzz of the intersection-turned-playground.
Great for families or a more adult night out, Dave and Busters pairs game-playing with tasty bar food and cocktails. And the Times Square location has some great deals:
* Happy Hour is Mon - Friday from 4:30 - 7:30 PM -- 1/2 price cocktails and beer/wine specials
* Power Hour is Mon - Friday 4:30 - 7 PM -- Get 60 minutes of video game play for only $10
* Eat & Play Combo for $18.99!
Fore more info or to get tickets, visit: http://www.daveandbusters.com/locations/StoreInformation.aspx?trackid=50_TIMES_SQUARE&TaxID=164
TKTS and Other Ticket Discounts
The TKTS booth is an outreach by the Theatre Development Fund where people can purchase unsold tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway Shows on the day of the show at a discounted price. Located in the middle of Times Square at 48th Street, you can’t miss the giant red staircase and line of eager theatregoers. Tickets are dependent on availability, but you can get an idea of the option ahead of time by looking at what they offered the previous week on their website: http://www.tdf.org
Box Office Only Deals
Many Broadway shows offer discount tickets that can only be purchased at the box office, usually day of. These can include general rush tickets, student rush tickets, standing room only, or lotteries. Information about these options will be available on show websites. More about rush tickets and student discounts: http://www.theasy.com/cheaptickets.php?tab=2#TabbedPanels1
WHERE TO EAT:
Carmine’s – This family style restaurant is a place where you share Italian cooking with a side of great conversation. Order the penne alla vodka and be sure to save room for that Italian cheesecake!
West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Dallas BBQ – It’s easy to get lost in the neon of 42nd street, but even wedged on a block with Madame Tussauds and Spiderman, you won’t miss Dallas BBQ. Kids meals, affordable dishes, and Texas-sized margaritas are just a few of the things that pack this eatery full. Make sure to get their honey barbeque sauce — they’ll put it on anything for you if you ask right.
West 42nd between 7th and 8th Avenues
Vynl – Out of all of Manhattan, Vynl stands above every other theme restaurant with its combination of trendy and kitsch — case in point: each bathroom is themed after a celebrity musician. The atmosphere is as fun as the décor, and there’s no beating the wall-size mosaic Dolly Parton in her bathroom. Order their mac n’ cheese or the famous Vynl Burger.
9th Avenue between 50 and 51st streets
Sardi’s – This two-level bistro is a Broadway institution. Here tourists and professionals meet among the famous caricatures of stage legends for a snack and to be seen. Sardi’s has a pre fixe as well as pre-show dinner and post-show supper, so whatever you need, Sardi’s will provide. (Featured in The Muppets Take Manhattan.)
West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
21 Club – A landmark in New York, the 21 Club continues to be a favorite haunt of the elite. There is a strict dress code and reservations are a must, but the pork belly is to die for—worth it! 21 Club manages the impossible by maintaining an impeccable fine dining environment without the unwanted stuffiness. $5 parking available with dinner reservations.
West 52nd between 5th and 6th Avenues
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – This world class steakhouse is a NY Magazine Critic’s Pick and a Zagat sweetheart. Del Frisco’s is everything you want a steakhouse to be — decked with woodwork and serving the finest in beef and seafood. Lunch, dinner, and cocktails available.
Sixth Avenue at 49th Street
AFTER SHOW COCKTAILS:
Broadway Lounge at the Marriott Marquise – Perched above the lights of Times Square on the 8th floor of the Marriott Marquise, the Broadway Lounge is a fun, flashy bar with great service and stylish drinks. The décor is reminiscent of a convention center, but the view is brilliant.
West 47th between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Bamboo 52 – This trendy bar brings together my three favorite things: sushi, delicious signature cocktails, and a happy hour. But really, the drinks are the reason to hit this hot spot. Their Wasabitini and Basil Pear Martini can change your life. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, have the volcano bowl!
West 52nd between 8th and 9th Avenues
The Library – Located inside the trendy Hudson Hotel, the Library is a stylish, warm little nook where your cocktails come with walls of books, billiards, and a roaring fireplace. With leather sofas, gilt mirrors, and laptops, it looks like old New England but operates like our Manhattan. This is a great, little-known place off the usual tourist radar.
58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues (inside the Hudson Hotel)
ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHT LIFE (PRE-SHOW/POST-SHOW)
Jazz at 59E59 – Post-show every Thursday night, the adorable Anderson twins play live jazz post show at 59E59’s E:Bar, rated by Time Out NY as the number 1 theatre bar in the city. It’s a little far East, but it’s a gorgeous space and a fun night!
59 E 59th Street between Park and Madison, Post Show
Manic Mondays – Join NYC’s Theatre Drag Queen du jour Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner every Monday night at 11PM (11:30 drag time) at Bartini Ultra-Lounge for Manic Mondays. As with all Paige Turner shows, you can count on songs, games, and all the snarky musical theatre jokes she can muster! It’s somewhere between a roller coaster and a train wreck, but you’ll have a good time going down! $5 Drink Specials.
10th Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets, 11PM
Lush & Lively with DJ Dan Fortune – Every Friday from 6 – 9 PM at the New World Stages Time Out NY Lounge, DJ Dan spins a mix of vintage vocals, disco delights, and little known recording treasures from his immense collection of cocktail hour hits. $3 drink specials blend perfectly with the smooth songs to create an atmosphere perfect for pre-show or post-work!
New World Stages, 49th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
Jimmy’s Corner – Owned by boxing trainer Jimmy Glenn, Jimmy’s Corner is dive bar with cheap drinks and a lot of character. The walls are covered with memorabilia, and you can get a Bombay Sapphire martini for only $7! You should stick to the beer, though.
West 44th between 6th and 7th Avenues
1 2 3 Burger Shot Beer – The name says it all. At this raucous watering hole, burgers are $1, shots are $2, and beers are $3. That’s a good deal anywhere!
10th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets
Whiskey Trader – This is a midtown sports bar with great deals on martinis, cosmos, and beers. Best of all, there’s a giant tub of free popcorn; you can just dig in!
55th between 5th and 6th Avenues
In a hurry or looking to save a couple of dollars? Nothing hits the spot (or the wallet) like a $1 slice of pizza, and you can find these establishments all over:
99cent Fresh Pizza, West 43rd and 8th Avenue, beside Second Stage Theatre
99cent Fresh Pizza, Broadway between 54th and 55th, West side of the street
Z Deli, 8th Avenue between 48th and 49th
99cent Express Pizza at 42nd and 8th
99cent Pizza, 9th Avenue at 41st street
2 Bros Pizza, 9th Avenue at 40th Street
Of course Starbucks and McDonald’s all over Manhattan have saved many a needy bladder, but here are a few other options for when you need to excuse yourself in Times Square. Here are some of our favorite loo's.
• The Marriott Marquis – There is a lovely loo on the second floor of this huge hotel. In addition to guest rooms, this building also has a theatre, restaurants, conference rooms, and bars, so nobody will think twice when you walk right in.
• The M&M Store – Go to the very top floor to find their bathrooms.
• Europa Café on 6th Avenue between 45th and 46th streets. The bathroom is to the left when you walk in the door.
And of course any hotel or bar will have a restroom, some are just easier to access than others. Word to the wise, NY health code requires a bathroom for any eating establishment with more than 17 seats.
All roads lead to Rome and all subway lines seem to lead to Times Square. The Times Square subway station at 42nd street hosts the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R and Shuttle to Grand Central Station where you can grab the 4, 5, or 6. Entrances are to the Times Square subway station are located at intersections alone 42nd Street, 43rd Street, 44th Street, Broadway, and 7th Avenue. If you prefer the bus, your crosstown options are the M42 and the M50, on 42nd Streets and 50th Streets, respectively, and to go uptown and downtown, try the M104. If you’re feeling adventurous, pedicabs are the pricey but kitschy way to go.
|Al Hirschfeld Theatre||Kinky Boots||302 West 45th Street|
|Ambassador Theatre||Chicago||219 West 49th Street|
|American Airlines Theatre||The Big Knife
||227 West 42nd Street|
|August Wilson Theatre||Jersey Boys||245 West 52nd Street|
|Belasco Theatre||111 West 44th Street|
|Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre||
|242 West 45th Street|
|Booth Theatre||I'll Eat You Last
||222 West 45th Street|
|Broadhurst Theatre||Lucky Guy
||235 West 44th Street|
|Broadway Theatre||Cinderella||1681 Broadway|
|Brooks Atkinson Theatre||256 West 47th Street|
|Circle in the Square||1633 Broadway|
|Cort Theatre||138 West 48th Street|
|Ethel Barrymore Theatre||Macbeth||243 West 47th Street|
|Eugene O'Neill Theatre||The Book of Mormon||230 West 49th Street|
|Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre||Orphans||236 West 45th Street|
|Gershwin Theatre||Wicked||222 West 51st Street|
|Helen Hayes Theatre||Rock of Ages||240 West 44th Street|
|Foxwoods Theatre||Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark||213 West 42nd Street|
|Imperial Theater||Nice Work If You Can Get It||249 West 45th Street|
|John Golden Theatre||Vanya and Sonia and Sasha and Spike||252 West 45th Street|
|Longacre Theatre||220 West 48th Street|
|Lunt-Fontanne Theatre||Motown the Musical
||205 West 46th Street|
|Lyceum Theatre||The Nance
||149 West 45th Street|
|Majestic Theatre||The Phantom of the Opera||247 West 44th Street|
|Marquis Theater||Jekyll & Hyde||1535 Broadway|
|Minskoff Theater||The Lion King||1515 Broadway|
|Music Box Theater||Pippin||239 West 45th Street|
|Nederlander Theater||Newsies||208 West 41st Street|
|Neil Simon Theater||250 West 52nd Street|
|New Amsterdam Theater||214 West 42nd Street|
|Palace Theater||Annie||1564 Broadway|
|Richard Rodgers Theater||226 West 46th Street|
|Samuel J. Friedman||The Assembled Parties
||261 West 47th Street|
||225 West 44th Street|
|Sondheim Theater||The Trip to Bountiful||124 West 43rd Street|
|St James Theater||246 West 44th Street|
|Studio 54||254 West 54th Street|
|Vivian Beaumont Theater||Ann
||150 West 65th Street|
|Walter Kerr Theater||The Testament of Mary||219 West 48th Street|
|Winter Garden Theater||Mamma Mia||1634 Broadway|
|13th Street Repertory Theater||50 West 13th Street|
|14th Street Y Theater||344 East 14th Street|
|37 Arts Theater||450 West 37th Street|
|45th Street Theater||354 West 45th Street|
|47th Street Theater||304 West 47th Street|
|59E59 Theater||59 East 59th Street|
|78th Street Theatre Lab||268 West 78th Street|
|Aaron Davis Hall||160 Convent Avenue|
|Access Theater||380 Broadway|
|Acorn Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Actors' Playhouse Theater||100 Seventh Avenue South|
|Actors Temple Theater||339 West 47th Street|
|Algonquin Theater||123 East 24th Street|
|ArcLight Theater||152 West 71st Street|
|Astor Place Theater||434 Lafayette|
|Atlantic Theater Company||336 West 20th Street|
|Atlantic Stage 2||330 West 16th Street|
|Axis Theater||1 Sheridan Square|
|Bank Street Theater||155 Bank Street|
|Barrow Street Theater||27 Barrow Street|
|Beckett Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Castillo Theater||543 West 42nd Street|
|Cherry Lane Theater||38 Commerce Street|
|Connelly Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Classic Stage Company||136 East 13th Street|
|Daryl Roth Theater||101 East 15th Street|
|Dixon Place Theater||161A Chrystie Street|
|DR2 Theater||101 East 15th Street|
|Duke Theater||229 West 42nd Street|
|Florence Gould Hall||55 East 59th Street|
|Gene Frankel Theater||24 Bond Street|
|Greenwich Street Theater||547 Greenwich Street|
|Harold Clurman Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Harvey Lichtenstein Theater||651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
|Henry Street Settlement Theater||265 Henry Street|
|HERE||145 6th Avenue|
|Irish Repertory Theater||132 West 22nd Street|
|Jane Street Theater||113 Jane Street|
|Julia Miles Theater||424 West 55th Street|
|Kirk Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Kraine Theater||85 East 4th Street|
|La MaMa Theater||74 East 4th Street|
|Laura Pels Theater||231 West 39th Street|
|Lion Theater||410 West 42nd Street|
|Little Shubert Theater||422 West 42nd Street|
|Lucille Lortel Theater||121 Christopher Street|
|Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage 1 at City Center||131 West 55th Street|
|Manhattan Theater Source||177 Macdougal Street|
|Mazer Theater||197 East Broadway|
|Metropolitan Playhouse Theater||220 East 4th Street|
|Minetta Lane Theater||18-22 Minetta Lane|
|Mitzi E Newhouse Theater - Lincoln Center||150 West 65th Street|
|New Victory Theater||209 West 42nd Street|
|New World Stages||340 West 50th Street|
|New York City Center||131 West 55th Street|
|New York Theater Workshop||79 East 4th Street|
|Ontological Theater||131 East 10th Street|
|Orpheum Theater||126 2nd Avenue|
|P.S. 122 Theater||150 1st Avenue|
|Pearl Theater||80 St. Marks Place|
|Players Theater||115 Macdougal Street|
|Playwrights Horizons||416 West 42nd Street|
|Public Theater||425 Lafayette Street|
|Rattlestick Theater||224 Waverly Place|
|Second Stage Theatre (Midtown)||305 West 43rd Street|
|Second Stage Theater (Uptown)||2162 Broadway|
|Soho Playhouse Theater||15 Vandam Street|
|Soho Repertory Theater||46 Walker Street|
|Snapple Theater Center||1627 Broadway|
|The Cell Theater||338 West 23rd Street|
|The Duplex Cabaret Theater||61 Christopher Street|
|The Flea Theater||41 White Street|
|The Red Room Theater||85 East 4th Street|
|Theater 80||80 St. Marks Place|
|Theater for the New City||155 1st Avenue|
|Times Square Art Center||303 West 42nd Street|
|Under St Marks Theater||94 St. Marks Place|
|Union Square Theater||100 East 17th Street|
|Village Theater||158 Bleecker Theatre|
|Vineyard Theater||108 East 15th Street|
|Walkerspace Theater||46 Walker Street|
|Westside Theater||407 West 43rd Street|
|Wings Theater||154 Christopher Street|
|York Theatre Company||619 Lexington Avenue|