New York’s arts scene and culinary scene are equally celebrated around the country and the world, drawing millions of visitors seeking to be inspired and delighted each year. If you find yourself in Manhattan in 2017, make sure to take some time to paint the town red with a meal at one of the city’s hottest restaurants and tickets to a Broadway show. In a single evening, you can discover why it’s undeniably true that there’s no place on earth like New York.

Estiatorio Milos | 125 West 55th Street

Home to the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere, this Midtown eatery is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-theater meal. At Estiatorio Milos, you can enjoy a wide variety of the world’s best seafood, flown in from Greece, Portugal, and Spain, and used to create everything from Greek-style ceviche to big eye tuna sashimi. Pair your meal with tickets to the hilarious Book of Mormon, a comical look at the LDS Church written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, playing just a few blocks away at the Eugene O’Neill Theater on West 49th Street.

Courtesy of Milos New York
Courtesy of Milos New York
The Book of Mormon Courtesy of Eugene O'Neill Theater
The Book of Mormon Courtesy of Eugene O’Neill Theater

The Modern | 9 West 53rd Street(American, west 50s)

Another home run for Danny Meyer-helmed Union Square Hospitality Group, The Modern is the place to enjoy new American cuisine in Manhattan. Located in the always-enchanting Museum of Modern Art, the culinary mastery of the chefs at The Modern is as much an art form as the paintings that surround it. Start your meal with a plate of seared prawns with pickled black radish and grapefruit confit and follow it with the peerless pistachio stuffed chicken with glazed leeks in a foie gras sauce. To complement your American fare, snag a pair of tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Hamilton, a hip-hop infused musical about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton.

Photo Courtesy of The Modern NYC
Photo Courtesy of The Modern New York City
Hamilton Musical Courtesy of Broadway Richard Rodgers Theatre
Hamilton Musical Courtesy of Broadway Richard Rodgers Theatre

Per Se | The Shops at Columbus Circle (French-American, west 50s)

Another hit for celebrity restaurateur Thomas Keller, Per Se has long been lauded as one of the best restaurants, not just in New York, but anywhere in the world. Anyone eager to enjoy some of the city’s best food would be wise to book a table at this highly-praised hotspot, where a rotating menu of seasonal dishes, like Hudson Valley duck foie gras with radicchio, turnips, walnuts, and flowering quince, delight diners night after night. Cap your night with tickets to Wicked, the beloved reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz from My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman.

Courtesy of Per Se Restaurant New York City
Courtesy of Per Se Restaurant New York City
Wicked Broadway Musical Courtesy Broadway Box Joan Marcus
Wicked Broadway Musical Courtesy Broadway Box Joan Marcus

Asiate | 80 Columbus Circle

Located in the stunning Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Asiate offers a wide variety of Asian-inspired and expertly-prepared seafood and meat dishes. Begin your meal with a plate of smoked Maine lobster with Asian pear, Thai basil, and celtuce and round out the evening with a plate of Waygu beef with piquillo pepper, sweet potato, and bone marrow. Follow up your food with a viewing of Kinky Boots, a Tony Award-winning musical penned Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein and performed at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on West 45th Street.

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental - Asiate Restaurant View
Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental – Asiate Restaurant View
Courtesy of Broadway Kinky Boots
Courtesy of Broadway Kinky Boots

Ai Fiori | 400 5th Avenue
Italian food is so much more than pizza and pasta, and there’s nowhere that proves just how complex Italy’s cuisine can be than Ai Fiori. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it ideal for theater-goers catching either matinees or evening shows, Ai Fiori’s menu boasts everything from an Ossetra caviar appetizer to entrees like duck ravioli topped with a cherry gastrique and foie gras butter and poached swordfish with artichokes, pesto, and prosciutto. Follow your meal with tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, a coming-of-age musical about a teen whose act of kindness goes viral, thrusting him into a life of celebrity he’s hardly prepared for.

Ai Fiori - Courtesy of Langham Hotels
Ai Fiori – Courtesy of Langham Hotels
Courtesy of Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre New York
Courtesy of Dear Evan Hansen – Music Box Theatre New York

No matter which of these celebrated shows you end up at or restaurants you dine in, New York’s top chefs and most influential performers are sure to make your night on the town one you won’t soon forget.

Note: This is a guest post by Candice Schaffer; the views and opinion expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Manhattan View, 70 Vestry, and One Manhattan Square.


  1. Sigh. Sounds like they encompass everything that is New York, don’t they. The Mandarin Oriental has certainly captured my heart!

  2. Carmen Edelson

    It’s a great property!

  3. The seafood/Book of Mormon combo is the most immediately appealing to me. A fresh meal with a pleasant, light aftertaste to set me up for an evening of belly laughs! But I would not be too fussy if someone got me a ticket to any theatre production really, as dinner and a show sounds like a great NY experience.

  4. Carmen Edelson

    That’s a great choice, Joe! Thanks for reading.

  5. Lara Dunning

    Not sure when I’ll be back in NYC, but I will keep these places in mind as its a must to take in a theater show, and I’m always looking for a good place to dine.

  6. Carmen Edelson

    I hope you make it to NYC soon, Lara!

  7. I love New York. Haven’t been there but sooner I have to see this place. I bookmark all the articles of NY and this one is going to that list for sure.

  8. Carmen Edelson

    Glad to hear it! Hope you make it to NYC soon 🙂

  9. Siddhartha Joshi

    Such a lovely list! I am simply fascinated by the view that Asiate gives and the character of Per Se. Bookmarking this, though I am not sure if I will be able to afford them all as yet 🙂

  10. Carmen Edelson

    Never say never! You have to treat yourself every now and then, right? 😉

  11. Really confusing which one to choose over the other! Such GRANDNESS! Though I love Italian food I will go in for the sea food among these.Indrani recently posted…Faces of India – 303 from Kurseong, West Bengal

  12. Carmen Edelson

    Seafood is my favorite as well!

  13. Thanks for interesting list. I will see when I am next in New York =)

  14. Carmen Edelson

    You are very welcome, Alina!

  15. If I will visit New York I would like to treat myself with one of these luxury experiences, with dinner in an awarded restaurant followed by a play on Broadway. I have seen a play in London before and it was a great experience. I bet in New York is the same, as both cities have great theaters and brilliant actors.

  16. Carmen Edelson

    Both London and New York have a great theater scene! I hope you make it to NYC soon 🙂 It’s an incredible place for foodie and theater goers.

  17. Parampara

    I am going to bookmark this post! So elaborately talks of the food must-dos in NYC <3

  18. Carmen Edelson

    Great! I hope it comes in handy 🙂

  19. I done NYC before many moons ago but never did Broadway. Hopefully one day I will hit up a show, its on my American bucket list 😀 Great write up 🙂Danik recently posted…Our top 5 things to do whilst checking out Beijing

  20. Carmen Edelson

    Thanks, Danik! The theater scene in NYC is incredible.

  21. Love the way you have combined restaurants with shows to see – we saw the Book of Mormon in London and laughed so much! Thanks for the restaurant recommendations, I’m keen to check out Per Se when we next go to NYCSuze recently posted…8 True Moments for Atypical Tourists in Lanzarote

  22. Carmen Edelson

    Isn’t it HILARIOUS? Definitely one of my favorites. Hope you make it to NYC soon 🙂

  23. Vicki Louise

    This is such a great way to showcase a night at a lovely restaurant before heading off to the theater – and combining the two is one of my favorite things to do. Love your theater recommendations too – Kinky Boots and Wicked are incredible!Vicki Louise recently posted…48 Hours in Chicago: Where to Stay, What To Do & Where To Eat

  24. Carmen Edelson

    They are two of my favorite shows! Thanks for the kind words, Vicki 🙂

  25. This sounds like a perfect luxury dinner experience. I would definitely like to experience it when I visit nyc. And the shows seem to be great idea of entertainment alongside the meal

  26. Carmen Edelson

    Food and theater… the best combination 😉 Thanks for commenting, Neha!

  27. Stacey Veikalas

    Love this the theater and dinners what could be better than that! For sure will do when in NYC this summer! Thanks for sharing!Stacey Veikalas recently posted…What You Have to Eat While Visiting Lithuania

  28. Carmen Edelson

    Great! I hope you enjoy NYC this summer.

  29. I love New York and i am interested in everything there!! Great list and awesome shots!!

  30. Carmen Edelson

    Thank you! It’s a great place with something for everyone.

  31. Sandy N Vyjay

    Firstly, New York City and above that great restaurants with great food, makes for a great experience. On top of that the entertainment in the form of the Musicals are like the icing on the cake. Would love to spend an evening revelling in this experience.Sandy N Vyjay recently posted…Connecting with Nature at Prestige Glenwood

  32. Carmen Edelson

    Definitely the icing on the cake! Hope you make it to NYC soon, Sandy 🙂

  33. Love NYC. I could go here over and over and over again 🙂 I love the food too so it is always great to get the latest opinions and updates on the best places to eat. The whole Broadway musical scene is still something I haven’t got to, despite many trips to the Big Apple. A reason to get back there…Kerri recently posted…Best things to see in the Mekong Delta : Vietnam

  34. Carmen Edelson

    Definitely a reason to go back, Kerri!

  35. Laura Lynch

    I’ve wanted to go to Per Se for a very long time, and I also love Wicked, so that’s the perfect pair for me! Why does NYC always have to be so alluring with its incredible restaurants and entertainment!

  36. Carmen Edelson

    It really can’t help how alluring it is 😉 We must give in to its magic!

  37. The view from the Mandarin Oriental is to die for… I’d probably forget to eat my food I’d be so busy staring out of the window. Must get back to New York one day! I’ve seen the Book of Mormon (very funny) but none of the others, so perhaps Kinky Boots next time.Emily recently posted…Christians and Crusaders: Along the King’s Highway, Jordan

  38. Carmen Edelson

    I know… that view is pretty epic! Definitely worth a visit. Kinky Boots is fabulous! SO much fun.

  39. Abhinav Singh

    Seems like there is so much to do in NYC. I love polyglot, mukti cultural cities like NYC. Closer home, Mumbai in India is one such city I adore.

  40. Carmen Edelson

    I think you’ll love NYC then!

  41. Shane Prather

    It’s my dream to one day see a show on Broadway! It would be far different than seeing wicked in my hometown in Ohio.

  42. Carmen Edelson

    Yes, it would definitely be different! Thanks for reading, Shane 🙂

  43. Jitaditya Narzary

    A great city such as NYC surely has a lot to offer. Thanks for taking the effort to list them out. The Wicked Broadway Musical is something that would suit my tastes 😉Jitaditya Narzary recently posted…Vibha Krishnamurthy: A Crusader of Hope

  44. Carmen Edelson

    You are very welcome! Wicked is a fabulous show – fun for everyone.

  45. Rashmi and Chalukya

    Now you have given us many more things to do to add to when we make a trip to NYC. A musical performance combined with some delicious food treat makes for a great evening. The rotating Menu at Per Se and the Mandarin Oriental hotel is something we would be looking forward to.Rashmi and Chalukya recently posted…Bookmark these Beautiful Sunset Spots in India for your Next Trip

  46. Carmen Edelson

    I always love a rotating menu! I think you’d definitely enjoy those two restaurants.

  47. Samarpita sharma

    I am hoping NYC will happen towards the end of this year. Keeping fingers crossed and bookmarking this write-up, there is so much about food! Thank you!

  48. Carmen Edelson

    Crossing my fingers, Samarpita!

  49. Dinner and a show!! A perfect night out. We would love to see some of the shows listed- Wicked in particular sounded so interesting that the kids and I looked up the story line. Very cool story! The last show the kids saw was The Lion King and it was really magical.

  50. Carmen Edelson

    Kids would absolutely LOVE Wicked! Great choice 🙂

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