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Dinner and a Show: Where to Eat Before ‘The Book of Mormon’

An eatery that celebrates the home of the Church of Latter-day Saints

You’re going to see The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O’ Neill Theatre and you need to know where to eat dinner beforehand? No problem! We’ve got a restaurant that will take you to God’s country, just a few blocks away.


Dine out at Johnny Utah's before seeing 'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway (Photo: Courtesy of Johnny Utah's, inset: Joan Marcus)

Dine out at Johnny Utah’s before seeing ‘The Book of Mormon’ on Broadway (Photo: Courtesy of Johnny Utah’s, inset: Joan Marcus)

The Show: Two young Mormons, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, go on their first mission to Uganda in this satire by the creators of South Park. Their misadventures result in an encounter with a tribal warlord and a hilariously raunchy retelling of the scripture. Songs, such as “Hello,” and “Tomorrow is a Latter Day,” are laden with as much humor as the plot. The musical comedy took home nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it debuted in 2011.

The Restaurant: It’s as all-American as it gets: Johnny Utah’s is a cowboy-themed restaurant that celebrates the state that holds the world headquarters of the Church of Latter-day Saints.

What to Eat: Though the spot is known more for its mechanical bull rides than for its food, it’s hard to go wrong with BBQ ribs ($26), dressed with tangy housemade sauce, or the “Real Kentucky-Style” fried chicken ($21).

What Else to Know: The Red Hot Happy Hour is 4-7pm on Thursday and Fridays, with $3 beer, $4 drafts, $5 drinks, $6 frozen margaritas and an $8 appetizer menu.

For more restaurants near The Book of Mormon, see our Theater District dining listings.
For where to drink after The Book of Mormon, see our post-theater bar suggestion.

Johnny Utah’s
25 W. 51st St.

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