Even when the kids were very young, I’ve made a point to expose them to the magic of Broadway and all that it has to offer. Ryder’s first show was Annie on Broadway when he was just 3 1/2. With the abundance of shows and theaters lining the Great White Way, come the many restaurants and eateries positioned to feed the droves of hungry theatre goers. With all the options, I still get confused and overwhelmed by where to eat before our shows, especially when finding something that’s available or kid friendly.
This weekend, Siella and I had the ultimate night out on Broadway, starting with dinner at Charlie Palmer, in The Knickerbocker Hotel! What I loved is that they offer a Pre-Theater Menu for anyone looking for a quick bite, before hitting a show! The Pre-Theater menu does not include a kid’s menu, but the kitchen was more than happy to accommodate Siella, offering a pasta with tomato sauce, which she devoured! I enjoyed my Kale Ceasar salad and an Icelandic Cod with butter bean cassoulet, turnips, and blue potatoes. Since it was our special little date, I let Siella choose any dessert from the menu. She eagerly picked the chocolate tart, which we happily shared with me.
After our lovely dinner, it was time to hit the show. We walked a few short blocks to the Palace Theater, where its latest resident, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Broadway Musical is playing! Friends who’ve seen it said it was super interactive, and the theater is definitely a site to see! There’s a band playing as soon as you walk into the theater, and the stage is so decked out, you don’t know where to look first!
The performance was funny and super colorful. SpongeBob and his quirky friends face trouble in Bikini Bottom from a nearby volcano, that threatens their undersea world. It’s total chaos, but just when all hope seems lost, SpongeBob seizes the day to save his underwater home. The impersonation of the casts to the SpongeBob SquarePants characters were so spot on! Bravo!
What an awesome night! I am so happy to have discovered Charlie Palmer at The Knick, which is likely to be on my dinner list for our next Broadway experience. And their yummy food isn’t limited to the Theatre District. Charlie Palmer’s other restaurants throughout the city which include Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Crimson & Rye, and Upper Story by Charlie Palmer!
I loved my date with my little girl. We spend so much time together as a family, but I love setting up these excursions for one on one time with the kids, individually. And Siella is so mature, and such a treat to be with that I sometimes need to remind myself that I am out with my six year old daughter. Thank you for a lovely evening Siella!