You’re going to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theater, and you need to know where to eat dinner beforehand? No problem! We’ve got just the right pre-theater restaurant for Broadway’s newest gender-bending rock opera.
The Show: Neil Patrick Harris portrays a transgender German rock singer who ends up in a trailer park in Kansas. Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the musical originally ran Off-Broadway in the late 90s and collected a few Obie Awards. Now running for the first time ever on Broadway, the buzz is on about how many Tonys the show will earn next month. Its eight nominations include Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical for NPH. The Grammy-nominated soundtrack includes the hits “The Origin of Love” and “Wicked Little Town.”
The Restaurant: The Lambs Club happens to sit just across the street from the Belasco. And it just so happens that Neil Patrick Harris, a self-declared foodie, was one of the judges that voted Lambs Club chef Geoffrey Zakarian to triumph on a recent episode of Iron Chef. The restaurant takes its name from the building’s history: The space was once home of the U.S.’s first professional theatrical club. The gorgeous Art Deco design of the interior hearkens to back to Broadway’s boom years.
What to Eat: Zakarian’s modern American cooking includes show-stopping signatures such as loin of Colorado lamb and braised shoulder with spring vegetables and potato mille-feuille ($42) and Scottish king salmon with white asparagus, quail egg and mushrooms ($36).
What Else to Know: The restaurant has jazz nights every Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 8pm in the mezzanine bar. The dining room also features a prix-fixe, pre-theater menu: three courses, $49, from 5 to 6:15pm. You want some wine with that? Pairings are $30.