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Dinner and a Show: Where to Eat Before ‘Pippin’

Where to spot a “leading player” or two

You’re going to see Pippin at the Music Box Theatre and you need to know where to eat dinner beforehand? No problem! We’ve got a restaurant that doubles as a players’ club, too.


Dine out at Joe Allen before seeing 'Pippin' (Photos: Courtesy of Joe Allen, inset: Joan Marcus)

Dine out at Joe Allen before seeing ‘Pippin’ (Photos: Courtesy of Joe Allen, inset: Joan Marcus)

The Show: Prince Pippin, son of King Charlemagne, is on a search for self-discovery. Is he a war hero? An artist? A lothario? A politician? His struggle to find meaning in life is narrated by the Leading Player and a troupe of actors. And in this revival of the 1972 smash, currently directed by Diane Paulus (Hair), the stage becomes a fascinating circus as acrobats leap, tumble and soar in the air to musical numbers such as “Magic To Do” and “No Time At All.” This production walked away with four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical.

The Restaurant: Since 1965, Joe Allen has been a haven for actors and audiences of the Broadway stage. The restaurant’s namesake used to allow theater folk to dine on credit, which is how it initially became an instant industry favorite. Less than two blocks away from the Music Box Theatre, famed regulars include Al Pacino, Jackie Mason and Lauren Bacall. Don’t leave without checking out the famous “flop wall,” which celebrates Broadway’s biggest bombs.

What to Eat: The hamburger ($13.50) is nearly as legendary as some of the stage stars who order it. The classic escargot ($12) with butter, herbs and dry vermouth has enjoyed a long run on the menu, too. On Monday nights, go for the chef’s specials from Mexico — you won’t be sorry; the authentic dishes are from his homeland.

What Else to Know: As Joe Allen is one of the district’s most popular spots for pre-theater dining, reservations are strongly recommended.

For more restaurants near Pippin, see our Theater District dining listings.

Joe Allen
326 W. 46th St.

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