I missed these moments of catharsis, these almost sacred moments, experienced only in the theater, shared by the public and the performers. But as much as the ups that exist inside the theater itself, I missed the sense of community, manifested every night after the show at the bars in the Theater District. The places we would go straight from the stage door to chill out, refuel, greet friends and meet new ones.
The default kind of mainstay for many show castings on or around 47th Street has become Glass house tavern. This place seems to me almost intrinsically linked to Broadway. After The group’s visit, for example, who was right across the street at Walter Kerr [Theatre], we met there several times a week, occupying a booth or two. This is a place where you risk meeting someone you know. It is a bit like Cheers.
Fries and a beer or wine and a salad or a martini and a chicken, they have it all. And everything is damn reliable. Can’t wait to come back after a show. I’ll probably eat a scoop of truffle risotto or 12. –Adam kantor, co-founder of “dinner theater”, History, and Grammy and Emmy-winning Broadway artist in Group tour, rental, rooftop violin and more
Sarah Ruhl, playwright, author, essayist and teacher
West Bank Coffee serves the most glorious mashed potatoes and roast chicken near Times Square, as well as my favorite beetroot salad. And the red canopy of the West Bank is next to Ollie’s Sichuan, where you could get dumplings or soup during a rehearsal break.
I will never forget once, when I performed my first play in New York, dinner in the West Bank with playwright Tom Stoppard and director Blanka Zizka. I had my baby on my lap and Tom Stoppard gave me one of his scallops. Oh my God, I kept thinking, I just ate one of Tom Stoppard’s scallops.
It looks like an element of old New York; a place where you could meet a dear friend, beloved designer, theater agent, actor you don’t know if you recognize, theater lover, usher or artistic light you always wanted to be with friend and where you can get delicious, simple, no-frills food while doing a weird curtain on a Tuesday night. May it always be so. –Sarah ruhl, author of the next dissertation Smile: the story of a face and the play and the opera, Eurydice
Otis Williams, musician
When I was in New York for meetings with the producers of the Broadway musical Is not too proud, one of the good places we had dinner was The Palm Midtown located at 250 West 50e Street. It is one of those warm and friendly places where, as soon as you enter the dining room, you feel at home. I love the caricatures on the wall, so many reminders of artists, writers and actors from Broadway and Hollywood who shared meals there.
The food is cooked to perfection and the restaurant team is always on hand. If you fancy a good steak dinner, the Palm’s steaks are excellent. Seafood is also exceptional; Personally, I love the restaurant’s lobster bisque, chopped salads and Chilean sea bass. Usually at the table, between all the guests present, there is a bone-in rib eye steak cooked to order, surf and turf, giant chunk crab cakes, fresh asparagus and more. I have to stay in shape for my concerts, especially our famous “Temptation Walk”, so I have to step back from the table when it comes to amazing desserts! –Dr Otis Williams, sole survivor and founding member of The Temptations