With a run time of two and a half hours, it is highly recommended that you grab a bite to eat prior to heading down the yellow brick road to Oz. There are a number of fantastic choices in the Theatre District close to where Wicked is enjoying an extended run at the Gershwin Theatre, whether you’re looking for something cheap and easy or something fancy and luxurious.
1. Quick Bites
Arte Café – Located in a landmark brownstone in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Arte Cafe offers a variety of Italian dishes with a home-style flair. During the warmer months, enjoy Arte Cafe’s large, outdoor patio, located just steps away from Central Park. Arte Cafe prides itself on excellent food, impeccable service, and an atmosphere that immediately puts you at ease.
Carnegie Deli – A true New York Staple, Carnegie Deli can’t be missed during any trip to the city. Carnegie Deli opened its doors in 1937, right across the street from its namesake, Carnegie Hall. Back then, it was only a 40-seat restaurant, but it expanded in 1976, and now includes a service that will ship their famous cheesecake to anywhere in the U.S. Known for their Kosher-style deli meats, their sandwiches all weigh in at over one pound, so you definitely won’t go to the theatre hungry!
2. Moderate Bites
Blue Fin – Located in the heart of Times Square, Blue Fin features the talent of Executive Chef Eric Woods. Boasting a lavish raw bar that features shrimp, clams, oysters, and lobsters, the sushi menu is one of the hottest in the city. With views overlooking the bustle of the theatre district, and rave reviews from the New York Times, Blue Fin is a great choice for sushi-lovers.
3. Fancy Bites
Gallaghers Steak House – A New York classic, this upscale restaurant is nestled in the Theater District with Times Square just a few blocks away. Guests can enjoy the old-time New York feel as they dine on flavorful cuts of meat, fresh seafood and other delicious favorites that have made this steakhouse an icon.