We covered a lot of ground this year on our annual mother/daughter trek to New York City. From Broadway shows to Greenwich Village for a free comedy night, let’s talk about food first…yes, please.
There are some restaurants we just have to visit every time like Avra in Midtown or one of Dos Caminos four locations. Let’s begin first by taking a look at the relatively new Broadway eatery E & E Grill House at 233 West 49th Street across the street from the Eugene O’Neill Theatre where “Book of Mormon” is currently the reigning Broadway darling. (Stay tuned for my post on playing the BOM lottery.)
Always happy for a new dining experience, we were guided to the E & E after buying tickets at the box for the play “The Heiress” and found a great 10% off coupon envelope. We were greeted by a super friendly maitre’d, Jessica, and originally thought drinks before the show in the bar. After perusing the American/Contemporary food menu, I quickly decided to try the pan-seared diver scallops on a bed of corn, bacon, jalapeno summer truffle.
My dining companion, Margaret, enjoyed the flavorful chopped salad including candied bacon with a buttermilk dressing, $10.
Although the bartender/beverage manager “Tom” was a bit reserved on our first trip, we easily broke him down with our southern charm and met one of the regulars, Jason Sands, a long-time cast member of the musical “Chicago.” Heading to NYC? Go see his show!
We also met the new partner/GM and found all the staff to be friendly, helpful and informative. The back of the restaurant had a dreamier decor complete with a fireplace. With clean bathrooms, did I mention we sat at the cozy banquette frequented by Academy Award nominated David Strathairn, now appearing in “The Heiress”? We visited E & E a second time while playing the Book of Mormon lottery for tickets and had THE best Irish Coffee while a friend enjoyed the Peekytoe Crab Fritters with a good Thai-basil chili sauce, $12.
Famous for their delicious cuts of steak as well, put this restaurant down on your must visit list. With entrees from $22 – $56, it should be a special evening at the eatery which is currently #228 out of 7,953 NY restaurants on TripAdvisor. Due to its primo location, get reservations if enjoying dinner before or after a show. Up next, a visit to Avra in Midtown.