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One Fine (Matinee) Day: A Broadway Matinee Itinerary

Category Broadway

|by Jane Jourdan |

The best way to have a perfect matinee day

Obviously, we love a Broadway show at any time of day, but there is something extra sweet about a midday show. We have a pretty particular way of going about our matinee routine – which includes both pre- and post-show fun – that we wanted to pass along. We’ll call it the “Tour de Broadway,” because dedicating an entire day to Broadway is pretty much the only way we see shows, and we want to make sure you can celebrate Broadway the right way! Also, we’ll let you in on a little secret: These spots are frequented by some of our Broadway friends, so you may even see Elphaba off-duty. We guarantee it will make for, in Beautiful’s lyrics, “One Fine (Matinee) Day.”

We guarantee you’ll have ‘One Fine Day’ by combining your matinee with these pre- and post-show spots near Broadway (Photo: Zachary Maxell Sterz)

We guarantee you’ll have ‘One Fine Day’ by combining your matinee with these pre- and post-show spots near Broadway (Photo: Zachary Maxell Sterz)


Start off with a matcha across the street from your favorite green Wicked witch at Bibble & Sip (253 W 51st St.). They also make amazing pastries and green goodness to match the goddess from Oz. Next, head to a little Broadway brunch at Rustic Table (504 W 42nd St.), an eatery with a wide range of egg dishes just a hop away from the steps of Broadway.

Next, we recommend heading to Central Park for a midday stroll, where you can take in the sites of the lower half of the park near Columbus Circle. Make your way back to Broadway, but make sure to stop down at the Turnstyle Underground Market (1000 8th Ave.), where you can snag a snack or juice before the show.


We came, we saw, we loved it! Now it’s time to celebrate. We recommend popping over to Glass House Tavern (252 W 47th St.) for their prix-fixe, pre-theater meals – pre- or post-show, this dining experience is not to be missed.

After dinner, we recommend a rooftop bar to toast to Broadway as you blow a kiss towards Times Square! Head to the Refinery Rooftop on top of the Refinery hotel for gorgeous views, a little bubbly and maybe a dessert to sweeten the end to your evening. 

For more of the best of Broadway and beyond, check out our list of Top New York Shows in September 2018.



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