Dining With a View

Dining With a View

Given the choice between pre- or post-theater dining, I invariably choose the latter. On Wednesday, after the preview performance of Motown: The Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, I made a quick dash, dodging raindrops, to the Marriott Marquis across the street and an even quicker elevator ascent to the Broadway Lounge on the hotel’s 8th floor. Here, the well-edited, small-plates menu suits the late-night appetite. The food has a Noo Yawk accent, with artisanal cheese platters from Murray’s; Hell’s Kitchen-inspired meatballs, quesadillas and nachos; and sliders, tacos and wings prepared with a food-truck twist. Crisp fried calamari from the “Charred, Fried & Fresh” section is a given; so, too, two or three wafer-thin flatbread pizzas. Succulent harvest tomatoes crown the four-cheese edition. To wash it all down? Two rounds of draft Sam. Most prices peak at $16 (cheese selections run $21 and large plates, including a bacon cheese burger and steak frites, top out at $22). Service is friendly and fast. As to the view, the sight of Times Square in full blaze outside the floor-to-ceiling windows is guaranteed to turn the most diehard native into a tourist in his own city. Every time. Apropos of shape-shifting, I’m seeing Jekyll & Hyde on Monday at the Marquis Theatre in—where else but?—the Marriott Marquis. It’s a no-brainer where I’ll be dining afterward.