Exciting and delicious news, Waitress fans! It’s just been announced that Waitress has created a cookbook! The Waitress Pie Book – Sugar, Butter, Flour is filled with scrumptious and witty recipes inspired by the delectable creations that Jenna dreams up in Waitress.
The publisher states, “Sugar, Butter, Flour celebrates Jenna’s art of baking from the heart featuring her best foolproof and flavorful pie recipes for falling in love, for mending a broken heart, for celebrating new beginnings and for all the little milestones that come afterwards. Featuring an array of showstopping pies, each with a twist that puts it over the top; from rum-spiked cookie crusts to hidden layers of passion fruit preserves, these are familiar favorites with hidden depths. Sugar, Butter, Flour proves there’s a perfect pie for every occasion – and that everything is better with pie.”
The book is now available for pre-order on the Broadway Merchandise Shop!
Tickets for Waitress start at $49 for groups of 10+, so call 877-943-2929 and book today!
Here at Your Broadway Genius, we’ve got all the tips to maximize your Broadway (or Off-Broadway) experience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time!
- Are you used to buying snacks and drinks in a movie theater before the movie begins? On Broadway, they sell snacks and drinks, too…for twice the price! Since most theaters do not allow you bring outside food into the house, we recommend you eat beforehand and save your wallet!
- Before the show there will usually be an announcement asking the audience members to silence all cell phones and electronics before the show. Genius Tip #2 is to go one step further and just turn them off. Even if your phone is on vibrate only, vibrations can still make a loud noise, especially if your phone goes off during a quiet moment in a show. Also, certain apps still make noise even if the phone is on silent, particularly alarm apps, reminders, music, maps, etc. You can check all these things individually, turn off vibrate, and manually lower your media and ringer volume. Your best bet though is to turn your phone off for a couple of hours and enjoy the show.
- If you are with a group of people, establish your post-show meeting spot before entering the theater and make sure everyone knows how to get there. Depending on the size and age range of your group, it might be helpful to meet somewhere outside the theater, since most people in the theater are trying to leave and you don’t want to get in their way or block them in.
- Bring a bag if you’re thinking of keeping your Playbill or ticket. If you get a souvenir from the show, they’ll usually give you a bag, but the size of the bag may depend on what you get.
Follow these tips, and your Broadway experience will be hassle-free. Call 877-943-2929 now and get your trip started!
Other Pro Theatregoers: What tips can you think of that weren’t listed here? Any tip you disagree with? Share in the comments or tweet @YourBwayGroups!
Charging your phone in Midtown.
On this, I am an expert.
Being a complete and utter theatre nerd, who often spends hours on end before and after shows in the theatre district, I have searched high and low to find power outlets in the theatre district. I’ve tried it all. I’ve even sat in the lobby of a Broadway theatre pre-show and charged my phone (with permission of the box office attendant, of course) until I was kicked out at half hour. Shameful, I know.
Luckily, since then, I have done more adventuring throughout Midtown and have found a plethora of more reasonable places to re-charge. Check out a few of my Genius picks below:
- The Marriott Marquis: The Marriott Marquis, though not really hidden in itself, is definitely a hidden gem when it comes to recharging. The gorgeous hotel, located right off of Broadway between 45th and 46th St., is not only home to a Starbucks, shops, the Marquis Theatre, and the most entrancing elevators you’ve ever seen, but it is also home to the famous “eighth floor”, on which I have spent more hours than I’d like to admit sitting with friends before shows, chatting, and, of course, charging our phones! There aren’t a plethora of outlets here, but head over to some of the tables and chairs lining the wall and you should spot a good few. Of course, while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a snack, or do what I did and get all of your holiday shopping done in the gift shop!
- Caffe Bene: Remember a few blog posts ago when I wrote about the best places to get co
ffee in the Theatre District? Well, being the coffee addict I am, I’ve spent enough time in each of these shops to have memorized which have power outlets, and which do not! My best pick for charging your phone while sipping a latte would have to be Caffe Bene, right on the corner of 49th and Broadway. This place is huge and sells not only great coffee, but gelato and delicious gourmet waffles (yep, you heard me right!). There are a lot of outlets hidden in this shop, so take a seat, relax, and recharge!
- Westin Times Square: Yep, another hotel. Only what’s especially cool about the Westin Times Square is that they have a unique Brightbox Charging Station! When charging, you get special access to a secure compartment where you can plug in and leave your phone while you go explore. Later, come back and retrieve your phone, fully charged and ready to go! The Westin Times Square is located at W. 43rd St. between 7th and 8th Ave.
- Southwest Porch: The Southwest Porch at Bryant Park is definitely the most scenic place to charge your phone, especially at this time of year when Bryant Park’s annual Winter Village has just opened, and you can watch people ice skate on the Bryant Park rink! Though no purchase is required to sit and enjoy the ambiance, Southwest Porch is also home to a full-service bar and restaurant. So…simplify things! Stop by and enjoy a pre-show dinner while you charge your device. It’s the best of both worlds! The Southwest Porch is located at W. 40th St. and 6th Ave.
So, now that you’re super informed, don’t be that guy who who hangs out in the theatre lobby like I once was. Instead, quit worrying about your phone running out of juice! Swing by one of these locations, and then have some fun with your group in Midtown!
No matter who we are, where we come from, or what style of show we like, there’s one uniting factor that brings us all together – coffee.
Practically everyone likes their morning coffee. For some, coffee is a want. For others, coffee is a need. For me, I am a coffee fiend. My favorite drink, however, is an iced mocha. I get it year-round (yes, it could be zero degrees outside, and you’ll still find me drinking an iced mocha). Living in Manhattan, I have made an effort to find some of the best coffee spots in the city. And being a theatre fan, many of these coffee stops fall in the Theatre District.
So where is the best spot for you (or your entire group) to stop and grab your pre-show coffee? Here are some of my Genius recommendations.
GENIUS PICK: My personal favorite coffee stop in the Theatre District is FRISSON ESPRESSO. This pint-sized yet pretty coffee shop boasts some of the best coffee I have had in the entirety of Manhattan.
Located on 46th street between 8th and 9th Ave., This location is ideal for coffee fiends like myself who are traveling with a small group or have some free time away from their group, as the location is rather small. However, there is seating inside, as well as some outlets, making Frisson Espresso a good place to charge your phone. Besides the intimate feel and OUTSTANDING beverages, my personal favorite part of Frisson is their playlist, which changes daily. This is definitely my top pick – don’t miss it during your trip to Broadway!
FRISSON ESPRESSO – 326 W 47th St. (Nearby the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the Imperial Theatre, the Barrymore Theatre, and many more!)
COFFEE IN GRAND CENTRAL: Is your group coming into the city by train? If you’re already making a pit-stop in Grand Central Terminal on your trip to New York, look no further to find a great cup of coffee! There’s a wide variety of grab-and-go coffee shops that are PERFECT for your group right inside the station.
Here are just a few:
- Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
- Cafe Grumpy
- Joe Coffee
- Financier Patisserie
Finally… STARBUCKS. We know you want it. We do too. Luckily, Starbucks is a staple here in New York City – you can find one on practically every corner. Here are the Starbucks locations that are closest to Times Square:
- 1500 Broadway
- 1585 Broadway
- 684 8th Ave
- PRO TIP: There’s a smaller, to-go style Starbucks located on the ground level of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the same building that houses the Marquis Theatre!
Long story short – you don’t have to miss that morning cup of coffee just because you’re not at home! The Theatre District and Your Broadway Genius have got you covered.
Whether you’ve booked tickets for a matinee or an evening performance, chances are your group will want to enjoy a meal in the theatre district. While Broadway shows are certainly the main attraction, the theatre district also offers a plethora of entertaining stores, attractions, and eateries. What better way to top off your Broadway experience than with a visit to a unique themed restaurant? Our Geniuses have done some “research” (which meant A LOT of food but even more FUN!) and compiled a list of 3 dining experiences your group will simply love:
For the complete Broadway experience, your group must dine at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. On the exterior, Ellen’s looks like a classic, 1950s themed diner. However, once you walk in, you’ll notice that Ellen’s has “changed the tune” of the typical diner. Ellen’s is equipped with a supremely talented SINGING waitstaff known as the Stardusters. That’s right – your classic American cuisine will be served with a side of showtunes ranging from Broadway standards to songs from the hit musicals currently running on Broadway. In fact, your waiter or waitress might just be a future Tony Award winner. Ellen’s Stardust Diner has served as a launching pad for it’s singing waitstaff who have gone on to perform in Broadway musicals and touring companies, both international and domestic. Nostalgic memorabilia and retro 50’s decor make Ellen’s a diner you and your group will surely never forget.
Located at 1650 Broadway and directly next to the Winter Garden Theatre (currently home to School of Rock), Ellen’s is a convenient place to eat either before or after your show. Additionally, Ellen’s does offer group party packages. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is your group ready to rock?! Ready or not, Hard Rock Cafe is the #1 place to jam out over some burgers and classic American dishes. Located in the heart of Times Square, it’s hard to miss this totally cool restaurant with it’s iconic, electric guitar that can be seen even a few blocks away. The restaurant is decked out with an awe-inspiring collection of memorabilia from rock ‘n roll history. Your group might end up sitting next to a piece from rock legends such as The Beatles, Led Zepplin, and Elvis Presley. Likewise, feel free to dance around the dining hall to see costumes worn by music icons like Madonna and Gwen Stefani. Learn a little bit of New York City history by exploring memorabilia associated with NY based artists including Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and John Lennon. Of course, your group’s delicious meal will be underscored with some of the most of memorable rock tunes in music history.
After your meal, be sure to check out the 1,800 square foot Rock Shop to pick up authentic Hard Rock merchandise as a souvenir from your experience. Located at 1501 Broadway and right near the Marquis Theatre, your group will love rockin’ out at this cafe in the center of Times Square. It’s super easy to reserve a table for your group directly on the Hard Rock Cafe website. A heads up that restaurant management suggests groups book a table two weeks in advance. Groups larger than 20 should contact NewYork_Rocks@hardrock.com.
Lights, Camera, Appetizers! Oops…sorry. We’re getting hungry. It’s Lights, Camera, Action on a satisfying meal for your group at Planet Hollywood. While we are clearly Broadway fanatics, the magic of Hollywood is absolutely a close second. Enjoy your delicious American fare while you also feast your eyes on memorabilia from some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Set in a large city-themed dining room, you’ll look up to see planes overhead from the movies Top Gun and Independence Day. And that’s just the beginning of this cinematic adventure! You’ll also see costumes and prop displays from movies ranging from Terminator to Austin Powers to Hunger Games. Every direction you look in features a different piece of movie magic. Enjoy “dinner and a movie” as one Hollywood blockbusters play on several surrounding screens.
Just like the Hard Rock Cafe, Planet Hollywood has a variety of merchandise for you choose to from once you’ve finished your meal. Located at 1540 Broadway and right near the Palace Theatre, you can walk right out of your Broadway show and into the history of Hollywood within minutes. You can book a group of up to 20 people directly on the website. Groups larger than 20 should contact Planet Hollywood’s Group Sales Team.
So if you’re hungry for a Broadway show and an unforgettable dining experience, you now have 3 unique dining options to choose from. Bon appetit!
There’s nothing ‘sweeter’ than a post-show treat and our Geniuses have found the place that will leave you wanting “s’more.” Schmackary’s, founded by Zachary “Schmackary” Schmal, has become the cookie staple of the theatre district. Conveniently located at 45th Street and 9th Avenue, Schmackary’s is in close proximity to 9 Broadway theatres including the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and the Booth Theatre.
In addition to several classic flavors such as Chocolate Chip and Funfetti, Schmackary’s also includes a rotating selection of specialty cookies. In fact, Schmackary’s menu changes daily! Sch’mores, Red Velvet, and Cookie Dough are among the line-up of cookies that you can choose from. Of course, just as the seasons change so do some of the available cookies. Each season, Schmackary’s bakes cookies inspired by the flavors of the season. Seasonal flavors for the Fall include Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple Crisp, Worms ‘n Dirt, and Rocky Road. Cookies are priced at $2.75 each with special group pricing as well (6 for $14, 12 for $25).
Schmackary’s prides itself on providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all of it’s patrons. There are several places to sit and cozy up during autumn and winter months while additional outdoor seating is provided. The staff is friendly, attentive, and more than willing to offer you their own personal cookie recommendation to help you choose your post-show treat. Given it’s prime location, don’t be surprised if you spot a few familiar Broadway faces when you make your visit to Schmackary’s. In fact, Schmackary’s often partners with Broadway professionals for events and special themed cookie. For example, in May 2015, the store hosted Broadway Bakes. Broadway stars like Audra McDonald, David Burtka, Megan Hilty, and Jeremy Jordan all volunteered to serve cookies behind the counter. 50% of proceeds from the event were donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. In 2015, Schmackary’s raised over $13,000 in support of the organization.
We recently featured Schmackary’s in our social media video series “#TGIGenius”. This weekly video series offers quick tips for your group’s next trip to Broadway. Be sure to check out our interview with Rachel, an employee of Schmackary’s, to learn more fun facts about the best place for cookies in the theatre district. Feel free to share on Facebook or Twitter!
With it’s welcoming atmosphere and delicious cookies baked in the heart of the theatre district, Schmackary’s is the place for you and your group to satisfy your Broadway “sweet tooth”.