My love for Les Mis is undeniable yet somehow I have never seen it with my brown eyes. I blame my chorus class in middle school for choosing to perform this play, which caused me to fall madly in love with the soundtrack. I would listen to it constantly singing along as I still do today. I was first in line to see the movie the night it premiered and left belting out the lyrics like I was 13 all over again with my Sony Discman in hand. (I apologize for everyone that was around me at the time because I may have many talents, but singing is not one of them.) Needless to say, I am a big fan and thus my amazing boyfriend scored some MAJOR points this Christmas when I opened my card and to my surprise found two tickets to see the show I’ve obsessed about for oh so long. After I opened my presents and returned from utter shock and stopped screaming with excitement I went into a panic! My boyfriend said “what’s wrong?” with a look of dismay as if he purchased the wrong gift. I replied instantly with “but what will I wear?!” Being my favorite play of all time, a night in New York City, and a romantic date with my boyfriend all wrapped into one, it was time for my fashionista skills to take over.
Luckily, the benefits of New York City is that anything goes. You can be as dressed up or casual as your want. If you know me, you know I always tend to be over dressed which I believe is never a bad thing. One day my girlfriend sent me this Instagram quote that defined me perfectly:
There were the top two choices I need to decide between. Thoughts?!
Next big decision was, where do we go for dinner? I googled restaurants near Imperial Theater, which is where Les Mis is playing. I have to admit it was a tough choice. I am a big review reader. My favorite sites are Yelp, Zagat, and TripAdvisor. Sometimes there are conflicting reviews, tips about foods to try, and/or specific tables to request when making your reservation. I looked at both the ratings as well as read customers reviews about their experience. It is a process I know, but it can pay major dividends.
I saw that Aureole was nearby (4.5 rating from TripAdvisor, 4 star rating from Yelp, and Zagat rated 25 for food, 24 for decor, and 25 for service) but I already ate at Aureole in Las Vegas, so I wanted to try someplace new. I stumbled across Glass House Tavern (4 star rating from TripAdvisor, 3.5 rating from Yelp, and Zagat rated 20 for food, 19 for decor, and 21 forservice).
The Yelp and Zagat reviews recommended to get a table upstairs, which I requested upon making my reservation. Several reviewers recommended to order the crispy truffle risotto balls and raved about the seasonal cocktails. Zagat and TripAdvisor both mentioned that actors frequented this spot.
If Jean Valjean shows up I am giving it a 5 star review regardless! On a serious and more likely note, another thing I liked was that they offered a pre fixe dinner for $39, which was listed under their Pre-Theater tab on their website. Score one for the thrifty shopper and the 13 year old girl in me who will have a dream fulfilled on Saturday, January 9th.