Nobody said it was easy. In fact, going to the theatre in the summer can be a more strenuous activity than many realize. Navigating the concrete jungle, surviving the lines for TKTS or rush tickets and figuring out where to eat, drink and cool off before the show can all take a toll on a Broadway baby.
Never fear: Playbill is here to help. In fact, we've rounded up ten of our favorite places that serve pre-matinee brunches for theatregoers looking to enjoy an afternoon show. These Hell's Kitchen restaurants offer tasty treats and refreshing beverages — to say nothing of air conditioning — to help theatregoers get to their shows on time, ready to give a standing ovation.
Click through to read our roundup of Hell's Kitchen brunch spots and get ready to make your reservations!
This restaurant offers a varied menu from Thai to American classics, including cocktails such as the "Good Morning America" and "Flimsy Mimsy." The food includes inventive egg dishes, dark chocolate pancakes and sandwiches that include peanut butter, bacon and banana tempura. vynl-nyc.com.
This Hell's Kitchen go-to, known for its bright atmosphere and eclectic menu, is now serving brunch seven days a week — perfect for those planning on catching a Thursday matinee but are craving some green eggs and ham before the show. An added bonus: The menu includes gluten-free items. eaterynyc.com.
This upscale restaurant on 10th Avenue offers hearty brunch options, such as a hamburger served on an English muffin, as well as lighter egg dishes, like a smoked salmon, sour cream and chive omelet and Mediterranean chop salad. 44andx.com.
KITCHN offers brunch and a show. The $25 fixed-price menu offers everything from omelettes and benedicts, with bottomless mimosas, and diners can enjoy a drag performance on Sunday before a Broadway matinee. ktchnnyc.com.
Route 66 Cafe
Located on 56th Street and 9th Avenue, Route 66 is far enough away to never have a long wait, but close enough to the theatre district to make your show on time. Brunches include a free mimosa or bloody mary and coffee with your meal, as well as mini muffins. route66nyc.com.
This Hell's Kitchen wine bar offers classic brunch entrees, like baked eggs and yogurt with mixed berries and nuts, as well as pastas and unique sandwiches and paninis. All can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating in the back, along with a pitcher of mimosas. mediwinebar.com.
This tiny, charming spot on 9th Avenue offers a fixed-price brunch that includes seven appetizers that range from stuffed grape leaves to lemony cabbage. Entrees include steak and eggs and salmon eggs benedict, as well as super-strong Turkish coffee that will perk diners up just in time for the matinee curtain. hummuskitchen.com.
Theatregoers do not need to depend on the kindness of strangers at Southern Hospitality. Diners can cool off with the two-hour special of bottomless mimosas or bellinis for $14.95 with the purchase of a brunch entree like smoked brisket hash or fried chicken and waffles. Those looking for something lighter could opt for the asiago and fresh spinach omelet or the vanilla bourbon baked french toast. southernhospitalitybbq.com.
This upscale diner offers everything from classic omelettes to benedicts to pancakes with strawberries, chocolate chips or walnuts, topped with whipped cream. Those needing a refreshing drink can choose from an orange, banana or fresh fruit health shake or even a classic New York egg cream. georgioscountrygrill.com.
This small restaurant on 9th Avenue is known for its red onion mashed potatoes, which come with many of the brunch entrees. Brunch entrees also include egg scrambles, potato pancakes and Croque Monsieur. It's BYOB, so if diners want to enjoy some mimosas with their meals, they should pack some champagne in their bags. Come prepared: it's cash only.