New York’s arts scene and culinary scene are equally celebrated around the country and the world, drawing millions of visitors seeking to be inspired and delighted each year. If you find yourself in Manhattan in 2017, make sure to take some time to paint the town red with a meal at one of the city’s hottest restaurants and tickets to a Broadway show. In a single evening, you can discover why it’s undeniably true that there’s no place on earth like New York.
Estiatorio Milos | 125 West 55th Street
Home to the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere, this Midtown eatery is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-theater meal. At Estiatorio Milos, you can enjoy a wide variety of the world’s best seafood, flown in from Greece, Portugal, and Spain, and used to create everything from Greek-style ceviche to big eye tuna sashimi. Pair your meal with tickets to the hilarious Book of Mormon, a comical look at the LDS Church written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, playing just a few blocks away at the Eugene O’Neill Theater on West 49th Street.
The Modern | 9 West 53rd Street(American, west 50s)
Another home run for Danny Meyer-helmed Union Square Hospitality Group, The Modern is the place to enjoy new American cuisine in Manhattan. Located in the always-enchanting Museum of Modern Art, the culinary mastery of the chefs at The Modern is as much an art form as the paintings that surround it. Start your meal with a plate of seared prawns with pickled black radish and grapefruit confit and follow it with the peerless pistachio stuffed chicken with glazed leeks in a foie gras sauce. To complement your American fare, snag a pair of tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Hamilton, a hip-hop infused musical about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton.
Per Se | The Shops at Columbus Circle (French-American, west 50s)
Another hit for celebrity restaurateur Thomas Keller, Per Se has long been lauded as one of the best restaurants, not just in New York, but anywhere in the world. Anyone eager to enjoy some of the city’s best food would be wise to book a table at this highly-praised hotspot, where a rotating menu of seasonal dishes, like Hudson Valley duck foie gras with radicchio, turnips, walnuts, and flowering quince, delight diners night after night. Cap your night with tickets to Wicked, the beloved reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz from My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman.
Asiate | 80 Columbus Circle
Located in the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Asiate offers a wide variety of Asian-inspired and expertly-prepared seafood and meat dishes. Begin your meal with a plate of smoked Maine lobster with Asian pear, Thai basil, and celtuce and round out the evening with a plate of Waygu beef with piquillo pepper, sweet potato, and bone marrow. Follow up your food with a viewing of Kinky Boots, a Tony Award-winning musical penned Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein and performed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on West 45th Street.
Ai Fiori | 400 5th Avenue
Italian food is so much more than pizza and pasta, and there’s nowhere that proves just how complex Italy’s cuisine can be than Ai Fiori. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it ideal for theater-goers catching either matinees or evening shows, Ai Fiori’s menu boasts everything from an Ossetra caviar appetizer to entrees like duck ravioli topped with a cherry gastrique and foie gras butter and poached swordfish with artichokes, pesto, and prosciutto. Follow your meal with tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, a coming-of-age musical about a teen whose act of kindness goes viral, thrusting him into a life of celebrity he’s hardly prepared for.
No matter which of these celebrated shows you end up at or restaurants you dine in, New York’s top chefs and most influential performers are sure to make your night on the town one you won’t soon forget.
Note: This is a guest post by Candice Schaffer; the views and opinion expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Manhattan View, 70 Vestry, and One Manhattan Square.