Isn’t it amazing that in a time when the world has almost unlimited access to entertainment, from streaming movies and music to immersive open world video games, that live theater remains such a huge draw? Perhaps it is the rawness of live theater—the sweat on an actor’s brow, the possibility of a missed line, the subtle variations in performances—that make live theater so compelling. Whatever the reason, there has never been a better time to plan a trip to New York City for an evening of Broadway theater.
Seeing a Broadway show is about a lot more than just buying theater tickets, the ideal Broadway getaway includes a perfectly curated night of dinner, theater, and some time after the show to talk about the experience. To make it easy for you to plan and book the perfect evening of Broadway theater, we’ve put together a list of tips and some resources, with specific ideas based on the kind of experience you are looking to create.
First things first, you need to buy show tickets. If you have a show in mind, buy your tickets when you book your air and hotel at Expedia.com. That way you can pay for everything in one place and take care of all of the important stuff right away.
If you want to throw caution to the wind, you can find outstanding same-day discounts at one of the many TCKTs ticket booths in New York City. Just be aware that your first pick may not be available and you may not get the option to sit together as a group.
Plan of action in place, here are some suggestions for curating your entire theater-themed, Broadway getaway to the Big Apple, depending on whom you’re traveling with.
Broadway with the whole family
Where to stay: Sheraton New York Times Square offers an excellent location (close to Broadway theaters) and comfortable, quiet, large-by-New-York-standards rooms.
Where to eat: The Counter is a casual, upbeat, and fun place for dinner before a show. Because the restaurant is all about building your own burger, it is easy to find something that will please every family member—no matter how picky the eater.
Where to end the night: After the show, take the family to Junior’s for what many believe to be the best cheesecake in New York City.
A romantic evening for two on Broadway
Where to stay: Andaz 5th Avenue is perfectly Times Square adjacent and one of New York City’s chicest and sexiest hotels.
Where to eat: Sometimes you need to just go all out, so why not start the night at Le Bernardin. The 3-star Michelin restaurant may be pricy, but like your New York City experience as a whole, it is certain to deliver memories that will last a lifetime.
What to see: When it comes to creating a romantic vibe, you’ve got lots of options. You can go with something classically romantic like The Phantom of the Opera or something sexy and just a little bit naughty like Chicago.
Where to end the night: When the show is over, head back to the Andaz 5th Avenue for craft cocktails at The Bar Downstairs. The dark, cozy bar is the perfect place to unwind with a House Smoked Sazerac and some nibbles.
Viewfinder Tip: Restaurants around the New York City’s Theater District can fill up fast. So make reservations as early as you can (like when you book your travel) so you don’t end up missing your show.
Getting together with friends on Broadway
Where to stay: The W Hotel maintains the hip vibe that the brand is so well known for while being smack-dab in the middle of the Times Square action.
Where to eat: Start the night at Samba Kitchen and Bar, where you can share some Brazilian bites and sip on a Coconut Caipirinha before heading to the show.
What to see: Keep the night lively by seeing something fun and edgy like The Book of Mormon or Avenue Q. Either way, you’ll leave the show with stomachs that hurt from laughing and lots to talk about over drinks.
Where to end the night: Stay with the edgy and fun vibe and wrap the night up with cocktails at the iconic Paramount Bar and Grill.
Do you have a favorite Broadway show? Which current Broadway show are you excited to see?