I’m back after a brief hiatus due to some other life events…. So as promised, here is the last installment of our NYC trip last month. In this post I’ll focus on the shows and restaurants we visited in the evenings.
Our first night in the city, we had dinner at the Times Square staple Ruby Foos. A little hokey I know, but it was fun. The food wasn’t bad, but not what I had been hoping for based on past recollections of friends and family. The menu seems to have taken a “pan-Asian” turn, which was good, but I had been hoping for some good old school Chinese food. Service was prompt, and I like that they brought chop sticks first and you had to ask for silverware if you wanted it. Prices were about what I would have expected for the area (around $20-$30 for entrees), sadly though…. No fortune cookies!
After dinner we headed over to the Schoenfeld Theatre on 45th to see the incomparable Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience. The show centers on the Queen’s weekly meetings with each of the 12 prime ministers that have been in office during her 63 year reign. The show was fantastic and showed both humorous and intimate vignettes of the Queen with her Prime Ministers. So far as I can tell there was no official collaboration with Royal Family so artistic liberties were likely taken as the “audiences” are private one-on-one meetings. If you have the chance to see this show I highly recommend it!
The following night we dined at Amarone, one of the plentiful Italian restaurants in the theatre district. Relatively small and unassuming it was quite good and the service was excellent. We were in and out in plenty of time to catch our show, but didn’t feel rushed. Prices were similar to Ruby Foos with most entrees in the $20 to $30 range with a few higher end items closer to $40. To be honest it is difficult to get a bad meal in New York and almost any of the little restaurants in the theatre district will prove that point.
Following dinner we walked up to the O’Neill Theatre on 49th street for our second show of the weekend, The Book of Mormon. This show was quite a bit more irreverent than the previous night, but didn’t fail to please! The show follows a group of young Mormons on their faith mission to a remote corner of Africa, where (pardon the expression) hilarity ensues! The show was ridiculously funny, and had all the trappings of a South Park production which the writers are better known for. This was well worth the ticket price of admission!
Afterwards we went in search of a night cap in midtown since our first choice watering hole, the Oak Bar at the Plaza, was STILL closed. We thought about heading up to the King Cole bar at the St. Regis on East 55th, but felt like it was farther than we wanted to go at that point so we settled on the View Lounge at the Marriott Marquis. This was a mistake not to be repeated! While it had the kitsch factor of being 48 stories up and having a rotating view, it the service was slowwwwwwwww, and the drinks seriously overpriced! The Lounge closes at midnight (early for NYC) and they have the Gaul to change a cover for non-hotel guests! The sole food option was a buffet that was similarly overpriced and looked a little dodgy to me (that said, I have an aversion to buffets to start with). In hindsight… the cab ride up to 55th would have been worth it!
Happy travels turtle herd!