You’re going to see Les Miserables at the Imperial Theater and you need to know where to eat dinner beforehand? No problem! We’ve got just the right pre-theater restaurant for those going to see the Broadway revival of the hit musical.
It’s the musical that has more lives than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Les Miz has been revived on Broadway twice since it debuted in 1987. The most recent reincarnation follows on the heels of the success of the Oscar-winning 2012 film. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables follows the struggles of various characters in 19th century France, including Jean Valjean, the convict determined to make good and his nemesis, Javert, equally determined to lock him back up; Fantine, a devoted mother forced to turn to prostitution in order to provide care for her daughter, Cosette; young lovers Cosette and Marius; lovelorn pauper Eponine and her devious parents, the Thenardiers; and the young student soldiers of the June Rebellion of 1832. The unforgettable score has spun some of the most recognizable songs on Broadway, from “I Dreamed a Dream,” to “Bring Him Home,” to “On My Own.”
A hop, skip and jump from the Imperial Theater, family-run Restaurant Row favorite Le Rivage has been pleasing palates for 30 years. Chef Paul Denamiel excels with the French comfort food taught to him by his grandparents and in world-famous kitchens such as Le Cirque, where he worked with legends such as Daniel Boulud and Jacques Torres. The cozy brick interior, lined with paintings of the French landscape, along with the rustic menu, completely transports diners to the old country, a mindset that will linger until show time.
What to Eat
Try Gallic classics such as trout amandine, with toasted almonds and bordelaise ($20); frog legs ($20) sautéed in garlic; and coq au vin ($20), chicken cooked in Burgundy wine. For dessert, the chocolate mousse ($7) is hard to resist.
What Else to Know
The restaurant offers great value in a $25 prix-fixe lunch and $25 and $39 prix-fixe dinners daily in addition to the a la carte menu.