7 Great Dinner and a Show Options

7 Great Dinner and a Show Options

Cafe Fiorello (Courtesy Fireman Hospitality Group)

Dinner and a show. It sounds cliché, but this is one of my absolute favorite things to do in NYC. There’s something inherently comforting about having great food and then enjoying a couple hours watching quality theater, dance, film or a concert.

Fireman Hospitality Group—founded by Shelly Fireman to bring industry professionals together in the name of design, food and hospitality—has a series of family-owned restaurants in NYC (and Maryland) that not only serve delicious dishes, but are conveniently located near some of the best performance venues in the city.

Upper West Side

Eat Here: Cafe Fiorello: This classy Italian restaurant is a must for its signature thin-crust pizza and also has an antipasto bar (with 32 vegetables and 12 seafood options), as well as pastas, local fish and prime steaks.

See This: Lincoln Center is the home of the NY Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater (Broadway and Off-Broadway shows), Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Julliard and then some. This cultural hub celebrates all aspects of the performing arts and offers an outstanding variety of things to see and experience on a daily basis.

Midtown West 

Eat Here: Brooklyn Diner 57th Street: Known for its famous chicken soup (with thick-sliced challah), Chinese chicken salad and cheeseburger deluxe (voted one of the best in the city), among other tasty dishes, this diner’s menu is as culturally diverse as the borough it’s named for. 

Redeye Grill: This updated, upscale, classic American restaurant is best known for its seafood, prime steaks and raw bar (that has oysters on the half shell, king crab, shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail and lobster cocktail, among other delicacies).

Trattoria Dell’Arte: An Italian restaurant meant to emulate an Italian artist’s studio (sculptures and drawings are highlights of the decor), Trattoria Dell’Arte boasts signature thin-crust pizza, an impressive antipasto bar, prime steaks, flavorful pasta dishes and more.

See This: Carnegie Hall has three concert halls within its walls and is considered New York’s premier concert venue. Symphonies, orchestra, solo performers, choirs and more perform here, offering audiences the chance to see a wide range of talented artists from all over the world. Visit New York City Center where you can witness stunning dance performances and limited runs of memorable musical theater productions.


Eat Here: Brooklyn Diner 43rd Street: Baked mac & cheese, chicken pot pie (that sells out daily, so get there early) and indulgent cheesecakes are among the standouts on a generous menu of diner favorites.

Bond 45: This Italian steak and seafood entity used to call W. 45th St. home but is in the process of relocating to a bigger and better location on W. 46th St. When it reopens in early 2017 at the Edison Hotel, guests will once again be able to enjoy the restaurant’s famous veal chops, pizza, salads and steaks.

See This: All but one Broadway theatre is within walking distance from these restaurants, as is Radio City Music Hall. Catch the biggest stars of stage and screen on the Great White Way, or see the Rockettes® and major recording artists in one of the biggest performance venues in the city.

Union Square

Eat Here: Florian Café: Evoking the old-world vibe of Caffe Florian, a famous Venetian coffeehouse, Florian Café is a charming Italian restaurant with housemade pastas, thin-crust pizza, local and imported fish, as well as steaks.

See This: There are wonderful Off- and Off-Off Broadway theaters dotted around Union Square including the Daryl Roth Theatre (with its attached DR2 Theatre), Vineyard Theatre and Classic Stage Company.

Brooklyn Diner 43rd Street (Courtesy Fireman Hospitality Group)

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