Our favorite theater district restaurants

Let's face it -- the worst part about going to see a Broadway show is that you have to be in the Theater District. In addition to battling the tourists in Times Square, you're faced with some seriously limited (not to mention overpriced) dining options. Well, next time you're considering dinner and a show, take a look at our list of favorite spots:

Higher-end joints

Marseille 

Location: 44th & 9th

This French brasserie is great for a date spot or a popular choice if your parents are visiting from out of town. They also do a good 3 ...


Shows we're excited for this fall

For the basic bitch, fall means pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. Here at Playish, it means the new season of Broadway shows. Put on your sweater and take a peek at our top picks for this season:

Dear Evan Hansen

Evan Hansen

We’re betting this musical about a boy who feels invisible suddenly being thrown into the spotlight will be a NYT Critics Pick based on the amazing team behind it. It’s already won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, Helen Hayes Award, and Drama Desk Award. The Tony/Emmy-nominated composing team, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are the ...


Can’t get Hamilton tickets?

Here at Playish, we have lost the Hamilton lottery enough times to believe it’s a hoax. If you, too, are a veteran lottery loser and unwilling to drop $500 on a rear mezzanine Stubhub scalper ticket, fret not: there are other shows on Broadway.

Here are three great historical and/or political alternatives to Hamilton:

 

The Color Purple

Michelle Obama may have called Hamilton the greatest piece of art in existence, but a certain Miss Oprah Winfrey produced The Color Purple. Director John Doyle’s flawless revival stars Cynthia Erivo as Celie, a poor, black girl in rural Georgia ...


Who are the Shuberts?

If you’ve ever heard of the Shuberts or Nederlanders, you might have wondered why they have so many Broadway-related places named after them.

Well, it turns out that Broadway is not a perfect, competitive market--it’s an oligopoly. For those of us who skipped Macroeconomics and think the word “oligopoly” sounds like a multi-partner sexual arrangement or a town in Greece:

Oligopoly, n: The market condition that exists when there are few sellers, as a result of which they can greatly influence price and other market factors.

In fact, just three companies own the majority of Broadway theaters and ...


People are the worst

You’ve just shelled out $150 for a ticket to a show. You’ve planned your evening around seeing it. You’ve read some reviews and as the curtain lifts your eyes widen with excitement. Why, oh dear God why, then do you ruin it?

People in Broadway audiences are still people, meaning they suck. They may be well intentioned people 99.9% of the time, but somehow when they are in a theater, they become the worst.

I’m sure you can relate to the experience of getting distracted as someone’s iPhone shines through the darkened theater a ...