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Your Ultimate Broadway-Inspired Itinerary: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Matthew Wexler |

A cocktail-fueled romp through New York City

Spring is around the corner, and as the temperatures begin to rise so does the heat on Broadway. Escape to Margaritaville is one of the most-anticipated shows of the season, thanks to a familiar score by Jimmy Buffet that includes classics such as “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Fins” and more. Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) reunites with choreographer Kelly Divine for a fun-filled trip to paradise, with just enough drama to keep audiences toe-tapping all night long.

Of course, New York City is packed with its own riffs on Caribbean flair, from cultural offerings and craft cocktails and even a beach or two. 

Love is in the air at ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Love is in the air at ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Central Park Zoo
Want to head to the tropics without leaving Manhattan? The Central Park Zoo’s Tropic Zone features a rainforest environment perfectly suited for a host of animals including the black-and-white ruffed lemur, Victoria-crowned pigeon, poison dart frog and Emerald tree boa.

Pre- or post-theater cocktails
Escape to Margaritaville follows the journey of Tully, a part-time bartender and singer who falls in love with a tourist. Romance reigns supreme under the tropical sun, as does the show’s namesake cocktail. Check out these neighborhood hotspots for your own taste of Margaritaville or take a New York Craft Cocktail Tour:

La Pulperia
On Restaurant Row, just steps from the Marquis Theatre, La Pulperia’s Latin-inspired menu is packed with contemporary interpretations of iconic dishes such as ceviche, taquitos and empanadas. But it’s mixologist Daniel Villanueva who really shakes things up with handcrafted cocktails. Favorites include La Pulperia HK (Zarco Tequila, Cointreau, fresh pineapple, jalapeño, cilantro, black lava salt rim) and Negroni & Mezcal (Las Hormigas mezcal, Campari, Campano, Antica vermouth) 371 West 46th St.

El Centro
Corona bottle chandeliers and a brightly colored interior give way to chef Eusebio Pareja’s traditional Mexican menu. Chilaquiles bubble away with layers of tortillas, melted cheese and a variety of toppings. Red or green sauce tops the stuffed enchiladas and the Coca-Cola carnitas tacos aren’t to be missed. Standout cocktails include the jalapeño-cucumber margarita and the frozen sangria-ita, which combines a frozen margarita with sangria. 824 9th Ave., at 54th St.

Stroll a bit off the beaten path to 10th Avenue (but still within walking distance of the theater) and you’ll discover Añejo, a bustling corner restaurant serving elevated Mexican cuisine and a cocktail menu brimming with agave-based spirits. Sharable plates include a pork belly tostada, blistered shishito peppers and short rib tacos. There are plenty of margarita riffs, but for something more unusual try the Pina Amarilla (El Jimador Añejo tequila, Colosia Amontillado sherry, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice, St Elizabeth all spice dram). 668 10th Ave., at 47th St.

Coney Island
For a New York City-style beach getaway, plan a day trip to Coney Island and one of the country’s most famous boardwalks. Luna Park amusement park is open seasonally and full of rides and attractions, including the famous Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster, which has been thrilling riders since it first opened in 1927. When the weather warms, stroll along the beach or time your visit for the famous Mermaid Parade (June 16, 2018). Getting there: Take the MTA subway (F, D, N, or Q train).

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
While the Escape to Margaritaville’s characters spend most of their time on shore, its seaside setting makes you want to dive right in. Visitors to this underwater adventure won’t get wet but still experience the wonders of ocean life through innovative technology and animation, including interactions with Humboldt squid and a life-size 50-foot Humpback whale.

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