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Your Ultimate Broadway-Inspired NYC Itinerary: 'Waitress'

Category Ultimate Broadway Itinerary

|by Matthew Wexler |

Like the show ‘Waitress?’ Then you’ll love this sweet itinerary through New York City

In our new 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 first installment draws inspiration from the hit Broadway musical Waitress, featuring music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Awward nominee Sara Bareilles. The musical follows the unforgettable story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage.

Don’t miss Betsy Wolfe in ‘Waitress’ (Photo: ‘Waitress’)

Don’t miss Betsy Wolfe in ‘Waitress’ (Photo: ‘Waitress’)

Little Pie Company
From the moment you walk into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the smell of fresh-baked pie wafts through the air (thanks to “pie consultant” Stacy Donnelly). Most of the onstage pies are props, but if you want a taste of the real deal, head to Little Pie Company (), one of Hell’s Kitchen most iconic sweet spots. Founded in 1985 by Arnold Wilkerson, the shop’s homemade pies may rival those of Jenna’s… and they’re edible! Our pick: the old-fashioned apple pie, spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. 424 W. 43rd St.

Sunday Funday: A Taste of Williamsburg Tour
All those pies may whet your appetite, so head to Brooklyn and one of the borough’s most eclectic neighborhoods, Williamsburg, for a walking tour of some of the best bites and shopping. Discover city wineries and breweries and local chocolates and ice cream, along with fiery tastings from hot sauce purveyor Heatonist. Bring your camera or smartphone for Instagram-worthy locales around every corner, including street art and city views.

Westway Diner
No Waitress-inspired itinerary through New York is complete without a meal at a classic diner. At nearly 30 years old, Westway has been serving locals, tourists and theater professionals since it opened its doors in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, just a shuffle away from the Great White Way. The epic menu offers everything from milkshakes and burgers to breakfast 24 hours a day. Our pick: a triple-decker turkey club with a side of waffle fries. – yum. 425 9th Ave.

Don’t like pie? Fear not! The theater district’s resident cookie shop will satisfy your sweet tooth with a rotating roster of home-baked delights. Founder Zachary Schmal began baking out of his tiny NYC apartment, but it soon became apparent that cookies were to him what pies are to Jenna! Be sure to check out the in-store menu to scope out your favorite flavor. Our pick: Maple Bacon, packed with candied bacon, maple syrup, toffee bits and sea salt. 362 W. 45th St.

Waitress features Broadway’s first all-female production team. You can also find inspiration in other female artists currently on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Discover Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (through August 13), which highlights the significant achievements of women artists from World War II through the beginning of the feminist movement. More than 50 artists are showcased through paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints, textiles and ceramics, including works by Lee Krasner and Louise Bourgeois as well as recent acquisitions by Carol Rama, Alma Woodsey and more.

Head to MoMA’s PS1 location in Long Island City, Queens, and discover a site-specific installation by Cinthia Marcelle (through September 4) as well as Maureen Gallace: Clear Day (through September 10). Gallace’s work draws inspiration from the American landscape and still life. And while the artist avoids describing her work in narrative, its exploration of American idealism is a great parallel to Jenna’s journey and Waitress’s small town setting. 11 W. 53rd St.; MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City

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