There is nothing I love more than a great New York night. Nothing. Last week, we went to see How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and then had dessert and coffee at Joe Allen’s on Restaurant Row, W. 46th Street.
Yes, Daniel Radcliffe drew me in to the show. And there were a couple moments at the beginning where I giddily thought “That’s Harry Potter!” And then, “Wow he’s really short.” And then I forgot about Harry Potter altogether because he was so fantastic in the role, singing, dancing and commanding the stage. It’s a fun show, with a great supporting cast and I left thinking that Daniel Radcliffe can do anything. He’s in the show until January, when Nick Jonas takes over the role.
After, we went around the corner to Joe Allen, a place that I felt nostalgic for as soon as I walked in and I had never been. Open since 1965, the walls are covered in posters of notable Broadway flops, like Breakfast at Tiffany's.
They’re famous for their banana cream pie so we split that and still had a lot left. It’s gigantic and good, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. The ultimate Broadway chick, Kristin Chenoweth, told Bon Appetit “At Joe Allen’s in New York, I order the banana cream pie. It’s ridiculously good. I had it two nights ago. When I’m in town and I want to treat myself, that’s what I have.”
Joe Allen used to give hefty discounts to struggling actors when it first opened and it’s still inexpensive by New York standards. I will go back again and again on those Broadway nights.