Avoiding the snow in the theater district between shows

fallingawake
Understudy
joined:8/30/09
I have tickets to both a matinee and an evening show tomorrow and I don't live in the city. Does anyone have any recommendations of where I can sit/be inside between shows? I've used the 8th floor lobby of the Marriott before, but it might be crowded. Is there other places like that in the theater district or any diners that wouldn't mind someone hanging out for a few hours? Thanks!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
There is a real "diner" in the Edison Hotel, right next door to the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on 46th Street (between Broadway and 8th) - also has an entrance on 47th Street. It's pretty low key, not fancy but has decent diner food and sometimes is not all that crowded. (there is a fancier restaurant there too - don't get confused.)I've sat there with a book on occasion and no one bothered me.

It's actually where they filmed the promos for the Tony awards...

But the Marriott is also a decent place to wait..and maybe it won't be all that crowded due to the snow.

Good luck navigating the weather..it doesn't sound like it's going to be awful in the city. We can hope..Have fun!

Updated On: 12/13/13 at 07:37 PM
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
If you want to do some shopping and don't mind walking about 4 blocks, on Broadway (on the same side of the street) there is the Disney store on 45th/Broadway, Toys R Us on 44th/Broadway, and a new H&M on 41st/Broadway.

If you want to avoid the shopping crowd and want to sit, there are the Regal and AMC movie theatres on 42nd Street where you could catch a film between shows. There are also some bars on 8th Ave.
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Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
I usually see two shows on Wednesdays, if I have a lot of time in between I sometimes kill time by going to a movie, there are two movie theaters on 42nd St (AMC Empire and Regal Ewalk, in case you want to check movie times)

Danny's Deli, just off of Times Square on W47th has upstairs seating, usually not too crowded and I have never been bothered or asked to pay rent when I killed time up there.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
You can walk over to my place and play with my dog so I can nap before heading to work my shows tomorrow night.
CATSNYrevival
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^Play with your dog, Jordan? Is that a euphemism?
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Jordan Catalano
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No. I mean play with my dog so he's tired when I leave.
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
I think the Marriott will be your best bet. Plenty of times when I'm early I take the escalator up to the second floor (where the entrance to the theatre is) and just sit and read.
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Playbilly
Broadway Legend
joined:3/30/12
Could be annoying on the 3rd floor of the Marriott if there is a convention or event. I say, go to 8th floor and find a spot.
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Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
There's a sh*tty Christmas store where Colony was that you could hang out in.
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
I think the key here is do you just want to relax - or eat dinner or shop. You have a lot of choices regardless.
everythingtaboo
Broadway Legend
joined:5/5/04
I like to sit in the second floor lobby of the Westin, entrance on 43rd and 8th. Nice comfy chairs there and not as mammoth as the Marquis. (That's also my go to loo break, if I'm not by the Crowne Plaza.)

I'd say stay away from Times Square shopping between shows. It's madness, not including the construction and the chance to running into SantaCon.


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LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
The 3rd and 4th floors of the Marriott aren't too terrible, either, though you'd have to sit on the floor. :)

Also recommend the diner at the Edison. Or the new Num Pang on 48th. Wifi!
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oasisjeff
Broadway Star
joined:11/15/07
Yeah, I often hit a movie in between. Most productive way to kill time between shows (although it does seem overkill, heh)
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morosco
Broadway Legend
joined:7/10/04

You might try for an empty (and comfy) chair in the Hotel Edison lobby.

fallingawake
Understudy
joined:8/30/09
thanks for the tips everyone! I'm not really too interested in shopping, just will eat someplace and then hang out and read until the next show. I definitely will check out the Edison!
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
The diner at the Edison is right near the entrance - but I can't remember if it's near the entrance at 47th or 46th..LOL But the walkway goes from one end to the other.
Borstalboy
Broadway Legend
joined:2/9/04
Some places along 8th Avenue have some handy booths that one can see "theater people" lounging in between shows.
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Liza's Headband
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I vote that we all head to Jordan's. How many guests can you accommodate?
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swoboda
Chorus Member
joined:4/26/11
Try the matzoh ball soup if you hang at the Edison lobby. It's really good!
swoboda
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Try the matzoh ball soup if you hang at the Edison lobby. It's really good!
NotTheComfyChair
Chorus Member
joined:3/19/13
the diner at the EDISON is at the 47th st entrance. I try to use the cut-throughs from 43rd to 47th to avoid the time square madness and/or weather with the Edison being the last leg...
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broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
A little bit of a farther walk, but I absolutely love the Rose Main Reading Room in the public library. It's up two floors and there's wifi, it's nice and warm and very quiet and there almost always seem to be desks. Great way to kill some time and it's free with no pressure to order anything like you'd have at a cafe or diner.
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Theater'sBestFriend
Featured Actor
joined:3/5/13
After you're done playing with Jordan's dog, grab a cocktail in the street-level bar of Blue Fin, in the Mariott Marquis Hotel, watching the show and parade of humanity in Times Square through the big picture windows. Get a bite upstairs (or have some olives in your martini) so you don't fall asleep in the evening performance.

Updated On: 12/14/13 at 11:07 AM

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