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Your Ultimate Broadway Itinerary: 'Charlie and Chocolate Factory'

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Matthew Wexler |

Like the show 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?' Then you’ll love this golden ticket adventure through New York City

In our continuing series, The Broadway Blog and have curated the ultimate New York City itinerary to complement your Broadway experience. Whether it’s a pre-theater meal or city attractions to fill the entire day, these insider recommendations will turn your theatergoing experience into a standing ovation.

Our second installment draws inspiration from the hit Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, this Technicolor musical follows Charlie Bucket and some slightly less sweet children on their adventures through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. New York City has plenty of its own wonderment – here’s what not to miss:

Cast of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on Broadway (Photo: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory')

Cast of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on Broadway (Photo: 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory')

A Slice of Brooklyn Chocolate Tour
Willy Wonka isn’t the only one inventing scrumptious chocolate bars! Head to Brooklyn for this four-hour bus tour that includes stops at Jacques Torres Chocolates, The Chocolate Room, Raaka Chocolate, Baked and LI-Lac Chocolates. And the best part about it? Samples are included at every stop!

A Taste of Times Square
There are plenty of sweet treats just steps from the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory plays eight times a week. Check out these sprawling sweet shops:

M&M’s World New York — Choose from two floors of confectionaries, customize your own M&M’s right in the store with the Personalized Printer, or take advantage of the Color Mood Analyzer to determine which candy-coated chocolate suits your fancy. 1600 Broadway at 48th St.

Dylan’s Candy Bar — Within walking distance of the theater en route to Central Park, check out Dylan’s latest outpost at Turnstyle at Columbus Circle, an underground shopping and food hall, where you can pack their signature fillable tackle boxes with all of your favorite candies. 1000 8th Ave. (Columbus Circle subway station)

Hershey’s Chocolate World — Delivered directly from Chocolatetown, USA (aka Hershey, Pennsylvania), here you’ll go loco for coco! Interactive experiences include customizing a mix of miniatures, kisses, and Reese’s mini peanut butter cups. 1593 Broadway at 48th St.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Willy Wonka’s world is filled with fantastical surprises, but there’s plenty to discover in the heart of Times Square at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Fun-filled activities include The Black Hole, a mind-bending whirlwind; LaseRace, where you’ll have to duck crawl and leap your way to the other side; and 18,000 square feet of themed galleries packed with oddities and Instagram-worthy photo opps. 234 W. 42nd St., between 7th and 8th Aves.

Bronx Zoo
As fun as a chocolate factory can be (on Broadway or in real life), no trip to New York City is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Bronx Zoo. New additions include Nature Trek, which offers a bird’s-eye view from a towering tree house along with wavy bridges and elevated tunnels; or check out the Treetop Adventure, featuring aerial courses and a 400-foot-long zipline.

A World of Flavors
Willy Wonka’s experimental gum that offers the flavors of a three-course meal gets Violet Beauregarde in trouble when she steals a piece from the production line, but those visiting these family-friendly theater district restaurants will have a grand time eating their way through as many courses you’d like!

Vynl — A neighborhood favorite for more than 20 years, Vynl’s eclectic menu arrives on album covers and features everything from mac n cheese and chicken tenders to more adventurous Massaman curry and Kung Pao shrimp tacos. Be sure to check out the tribute bathrooms that pay homage to Elvis and Barbie! 756 9th Ave. at 51st St.

Island Burger & Shakes — This hole-in-the-wall burger joint offers nearly 70 variations on the classic such as the Route 66 (topped with avocado, swiss cheese and bacon and served on dark rye) or the spicy Napalm (blackened and topped with barbecue sauce, jalapeños, cheddar cheese and habanero chiles). Cool down with a malted black and white milkshake. 766 9th Ave., between 51st and 52nd Sts.

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