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Treat Yourself to Great Music Performing Arts
and Broadway Shows on Your New York Holidays

Everyone loves their New York vacation. When I talk to friends or strangers about their visits to NYC, they all tell me how much they enjoy going to New York Broadway shows, taking the New York City tours, spending many hours in Central Park and discovering the culinary delights of New York City restaurants.

New York Holidays Plaza Hotel
Relax at the Rose Club Bar in the Plaza Hotel, New York City

There is a staggering amount of theatrical performances to see on your New York holidays.

Let me try and make it easier to understand how to select from the Broadway shows that are available for you to enjoy. The variety of shows is usually divided into three categories:

  • Broadway
  • Off-Broadway
  • Off-Off-Broadway

1. Broadway Shows

These are the dramatic shows and major popular musicals with big names that are located near Times Square and take place in the large theatres with 500 seats or more.

New York Holidays Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

It is possible to find discount tickets while on your New York holidays and you may be able to find cheaper tickets for shows the same night:

Booking online is a great idea but if you don’t get around to doing that, visit the Broadway Concierge and Ticket Center inside the Times Square Visitor Center.

Ticket prices at this time can be up to $130 a seat.

For booking information check these venues:

  • NYTix.com
  • www.TDF.org
  • Broadwaybox.com

2. Off-Broadway Shows

Off Broadway are smaller performances, usually 500 seats or less. The shows can be a bit more intellectually serious but still great performances.

New York Holidays Victory Theater
New Victory Theater, an Off-Broadway Theater at 209 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues in Midtown Manhattan

The location of the theatres range from Time Square to scattered locations all over Manhattan. The ticket prices are much less around $25 to $50.

  • Broadway.com
  • Playbill.com
  • Newyorkcitytheatre.com
  • Theatermania.com

3. Off-Off-Broadway Shows

These performances cater to very small audiences with 100 seats or less and the settings offer a more personal intimate ambience.

Although the prices are very inexpensive and the shows can be really good, occasionally the performances can be somewhat avant-garde and may not be pleasing or suitable for the more conservative theatre-goer, so research before you book your New York vacation.

Check these great Off-Off-Broadway theatres:

  • Endtimes Productions
  • The People’s Improv Theater
  • Rising Sun Performance Company

Enjoy Free Outdoor Theater on Your New York Holidays

In the summer, New York offers free “Shakespeare in the Park” performances in Central Park.

These are so popular because they often feature famous actors and the line-ups can be very long to get a ticket.

Make sure to get your ticket early. Arrive at the park by 8 – 10 a.m. on the day of the performance and stand in line for hours, or book online when planning your New York vacation:


World Class Music and Dance Companies for Your New York Holidays

In New York you can find a variety of both small and world famous musical and dance companies, which put on a variety of shows each night of the week.

Experience a delightful array of prestigious chamber music on your New York vacation, fantastic opera, world-class dance musicals and premier orchestras playing a spectacular variety of concerts.

New York Holidays Alice Tully Hall
Alice Tully Concert Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City

Here is a list of New York’s high-profile Music and Dance Companies featured at Lincoln Center at 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway):

  1. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Alice Tully Hall
  2. Metropolitan Opera at Metropolitan Opera House (also known as The Met)
  3. New York City Opera at New York State Theater
  4. New York City Ballet at New York State Theater
  5. New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall

New York Holidays Metropolitan Opera House
Metropolitan Opera House (middle of the photo) at Lincoln Center in NYC

More New York Broadway Shows to See on Your New York Holidays

Music and Dance Companies

1. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, presents avant-garde musical and dance shows and is one of the best places for new cutting-edge performances to see on your New York holidays.

2. Carnegie Hall at 881 Seventh Avenue has three auditoriums to feature its dazzling classical music performances; the Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall and its largest venue, the majestic Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

3. Radio City Music Hall at 1260 Avenue of the Americas – tour of this legendary Art Deco venue or see one of the shows including the Rockettes.

New York Holidays Radio City Music Hall
Take a Tour of the Radio City Music Hall in New York City

Attend Film Premiers on Your New York Holidays

New York is home to many of the world’s greatest films and often major film releases open earlier in the large theatres here.

If you want to attend these premiers at one of the major Cineplex theatres on your New York vacation, such as United Artists or AMC, make sure to get your ticket as early as possible.

At some of these opening shows, you may get a chance to participate in a moderated discussion with the cast and director after the screening.

For new film-goers, repertory films are provided by commercial institutions devoted to screening classic films. These are film exhibition venues that do not primarily focus on first-run releases.

New York Holidays Broadway Shows
Experience World Famous Shows in World Famous Broadway

Discover Unique Film Locations on Your New York Holidays

In addition to the major cinema multiplexes located throughout New York City, other intriguing New York film venues include:

Angelika Film Center

  • Located at 18 West Houston Street and Broadway.
  • New foreign and independent films many screened only in New York.
  • There is a cafe upstairs for after-viewing.

Anthology Film Archives

  • Located at 32 Second Avenue and East 2nd Street.
  • Unique films, both classic and new, most playing for only one or two screenings.
  • Many of the films will not be seen anywhere else.
  • Several film festivals are hosted yearly.

Cinema Village

  • Located at 22 East 12th Street between University Place and Fifth Avenue.
  • Documentaries, independent and foreign films.
  • Films playing here are unlikely to play anywhere else.
  • Discussion with directors is common at opening weekends and if you enjoy discussions, plan to be here on your New York holidays.

New York Holidays Carnegie Hall

Film Forum

Located at 209 West Houston Street in a stylish Greenwich Village theater.

Features contemporary current independent releases and classic repertory films.

Film-goers especially look forward to the repertory programming schedule so be sure to include Greenwich Village theatre in your New York vacation plans.

Carnegie Hall at 881 Seventh Avenue features Dazzling Performances

Film Society

Located at the Walter Reade Theater in the Lincoln Center, 155 West 65th Street (at Broadway).

Enjoy a terrific repertory program with a variety of experimental and foreign films.

Stay for discussions and panels featuring bold-named directors, screenwriters, and actors.

Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI)

  • Located at 35th Ave and 36th Street in Queens.
  • A museum of moving images with exhibits on zoetropes(an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures) and video games, film and television.
  • Includes a great screening program featuring films throughout the day.

New York Film Festival

  • Located at Lincoln Center.
  • Great films from around the world featured in October.
  • Includes interesting discussions, lectures, and panels.
  • Buy tickets months in advance for your New York holidays as they usually sell out quickly.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Located at 11 West 53rd Street.
  • The crown jewel of modern art museums, the MoMA offers a fantastic repertory program in a nicely renovated theater within the museum.
  • Tickets to films at MoMA are very reasonable.

Tribeca Film Festival

  • During the spring, the Lower Manhattan movie theaters put on a fantastic amount of screenings and discussions.
  • Only a few years old, but the Tribeca Film Festival has become a prominent event in NYC.
  • Venues may include AMC Loews Village 7, Tribeca Cinemas, Apple Store in SoHo, Barnes Noble Union Square, Tribeca Film Center, Tribeca Drive-In at the World Financial Center Plaza and Hudson River Park’s Pier 40.

Indulge in Romantic New York City Restaurants, Delis and Street Stands on Your New York Holidays

NYC has thousands of fabulous restaurants on every street and city block and each is as diverse as are the people. There is something to suit every hungry palate by cuisine and by price range.

New York Holidays Pizza
John`s Pizzeria at 260 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhatan

A great place to enjoy a fantastic New York City pizza before or after a Broadway show is at John`s Pizzeria. With high ceilings, a stained-glass dome window, brick ovens and chefs preparing the pizza in open view, this restaurant has wonderful ambience for rest and relaxation.

New York Holidays Johns Pizzeria in Broadway
Stained-Glass Dome at John`s Pizzeria, Broadway New York City

You can choose from high-end New York City restaurants bars or the numerous corner grocery stores, bodegas, delis, and the great variety of street vendors, such as the famous New York hot dog and New York Bagel stands, the Middle Eastern carts in mid-town and the Korean BBQ Food Trucks, dessert trucks and Belgian waffle trucks parked in various parts of the city.

New York Holidays Rose Club Plaza Hotel
The Rose Club Bar at Plaza Hotel in New York City

After a visit to one of the spectacular New York Broadway Shows, go for a bite to eat at any of these mouth-watering food venues on your New York holidays.

In the spring, you will also find fruit stalls all over the city serving fresh mangoes, bananas, strawberries and other assortments at a very low costs. I stopped at a wonderful fruit stand on Brooklyn Bridge and enjoyed a refreshing, succulent mango on a hot day in New York.

New York Holidays Rockefeller Square
Outdoor Restaurants of Skating Rink Bar at Rockefeller Square in New York City

NYC is a Vegetarians’ delight as there are hundreds of New York City restaurants with vegetarian-only menus even in high-end establishments.

Check here for the latest information on NYC restaurants.

Charming New York City Restaurants in Little Italy on Your New York Holidays

When in New York City, you have to go to Little Italy. This is a jewel of a getaway with a pedestrian only walking street and charming restaurants with lots of Italian ambience. This neighbourhood is a lot of fun. I love visiting Little Italy.

New York Holidays Little Italy
Sumptuous Little Italy Ristorante on Mulberry Street in New York City

Here is my list of restaurants in Little Italy, all of which are great spots to eat, drink be merry:

  • Amici II
  • Casa Bella Italian Ristorante
  • Cha Cha’s In Bocca Al Lupo Cafe
  • Da Nico
  • Il Cortile
  • Il Palazzo
  • La Bella Ferrara
  • Paesano of Mulberry Street
  • Pellegrino’s

Discover Food Tours of New York City Restaurants on Your New York Holidays

New York is a top culinary destination and home to some of the finest haute cuisine restaurants in the world.

New York Holidays Pier 17New York Holidays Battery Park Terrace

A glass of Champagne at Battery Park Restaurant Terrace

New York Holidays Little Italy Restaurants

Dining at South Street Seaport – Pier 17 (left photo) and the wonderful street-side terraces of Little Italy ( right photo).

If you would like to get an overall view of the diverse food culture on your New York holidays, consider taking a Food Tour.

New York City tours are a fantastic way to experience the city culture and getting around to taste a great variety of culinary delights and culturally diverse foods of NYC.

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