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Food That Won’t Break The Bank Before A Broadway Show

Broadway shows can be pricey, but dinner doesn't have to be

Yuting Gao
GREY Journal

We know you’re already shelling out big bucks to see the hottest debut on the Great White Way (and then dropping some more cash on drinks after), so here’s our list of affordable dining options to spare you some pocket change before the show goes on.

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

Lillie's Victorian Establishment
Lillie’s Victorian Establishment. Photo courtesy of NYCgo

Lillie’s is a well-known destination near Times Square with over-the-top decor, especially around the holidays; but, not everyone knows about the lunch specials the grandiose locale offers. For only $16, diners can get a wine or beer as well as their pick from the lunch menu, which includes items like the scrumptious Avocado BLT or the vegetarian-friendly Southwestern Farro Bowl. The special runs Monday through Friday, making it a perfect pick before a Wednesday matinee.

Lillie’s Victorian Establishment
249 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Briciola

Briciola Wine Bar
Briciola Wine Bar. Photo courtesy of MyBigAppleCity

Another spot with a lunch bargain is Briciola. The lively wine bar offers a wine and pasta combo for $18 during lunch, but don’t fret if you need to eat later. Pastas are only $16 all day, and the Fettuccine ai Funghi with wild mushrooms and truffle oil is a crowd favorite. The place gets crowded, so come early and be prepared to share your elbow room.

Briciola
370 West 51 Street
New York, NY 10019
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Burger & Lobster

Burger and Lobster. Photo courtesy of the Infatuation

If you’re craving a little (or a lot of) something from the land and the sea, then Burger & Lobster just might be your best bet. For $35, the Combo for 1 comes with a six-ounce burger, a one-pound lobster, a salad AND tasty French fries. This is more than enough food to make sure your stomach won’t start growling before (spoiler alert) Simba and Scar have their showdown at Pride Rock.

Burger & Lobster
132 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
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BarBacon

BarBacon New York City
BarBacon New York City. Photo courtesy of Bella NYC Magazine

If you’re looking for some reasonably-priced libations to wash down your meal, then BarBacon is a good pick. For weekday Happy Hour, the restaurant has beers for $5 and well drinks or sangria for $6. Up the ante with some Chipotle Pork Belly Tacos or Kentucky Fried Bacon Bites (YOLO) for $16.

BarBacon
836 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
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Go! Go! Curry!

Go Go Curry
Go Go Curry. Photo courtesy of GoGoCurryAmerica

If you’re willing to go (really) casual, then Go! Go! Curry! is an excellent little Japanese curry counter where you can grab a quick bite. “Five” is pronounced “go” in Japanese, and the restaurant is named for Hideki Matsui, whose jersey number was 55. For around $10, you can get the little restaurant’s most popular dish, Katsu Curry, a breaded pork or chicken cutlet served with shredded cabbage and Japanese curry over rice. If you’re looking for quick and delicious, it checks both boxes.

Go! Go! Curry!
273 W 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
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What are some of your favorite New York restaurants? Let us know down in the comments!

Amy Hamblen
Amy Hamblen is a New York-based writer who finds it equally important to be willing to fly to find a good bar and to hone the craft of being a good barfly. You can find her on Instagram @AmysThirsty.

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