My Night at Sardi's

My Night at Sardi's

For every celebrity I spy when I dine at Sardi’s after a show, I order a Bloody Mary. It’s a tradition. Needless to say, Sardi’s being celebrity central, I’ve enjoyed some very boozy nights there. The latest was Apr. 24, following a preview of Pippin. The show ran long (wonderfully long, I should add), so we didn’t arrive until near 11. The dining room was full, but not packed. A quick scan of the room, and I wondered if it was going to be an atypical dry night. But, no, seated off to the side but still on the primo (for people-watching) center aisle, was Hal Linden, Broadway star and Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical (The Rothschilds, 1971) before he went on to TV fame in Barney Miller. Management had brought Linden’s caricature to his table, where he and his companion were admiring and photographing it, and, I imagine, walking down memory lane. (Next to a Tony, a caricature hanging on Sardi’s wall has to be the most coveted honor for a Broadway performer.) It was one of those magic, only-in-Sardi’s sightings. Cheers, Hal! As for me, I ordered my usual: Sardi’s humongous house appetizer (prosciutto, shrimp, asparagus, you name it) followed by spicy steak tartare (made tableside, of course) and boccone dolce for dessert. We dined under Jan Miner’s caricature. More than a dozen Broadway shows are on Miner’s résumé, but you and I know her best as Madge the manicurist in the Palmolive dishwashing-liquid commercials, starting in the ’60s. “You’re soaking in it,” she would say. That called for another Bloody Mary. Cheers, Jan! Cheers, Sardi’s!

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