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Entertain and Dine: HELLO, DOLLY! and Themed Menu Items by 5 NAPKIN BURGER

The Show

Excitement continues to mount on The Great White Way as Hello, Dolly! opens at the Shubert Theater. This revival of the beloved musical stars none other than Bette Midler. The book is by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. It is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks with choreography by Warren Carlyle. The show is the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago. It will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer, Gower Champion, a staging that has long been considered one of the greatest in musical theater history. The Schubert Theater is located at 225 West 44th Street. Visit:

The Restaurant

5 Napkin Burger, the popular casual restaurant, is showing their love for Hello, Dolly! and its star Bette Midler with two show-stopping menu specials available for a limited time through the month of April. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to purchase trees through the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization that was founded by Bette Midler ( We stopped by on a Thursday night to sample the delightful themed items.

Partner and Executive Chef Andy D'Amico (5 Napkin Burger, Marseille, Nice Matin and Nizza) pays tribute to the play with the creation of the Dolly Burger ($14) that was inspired by the scene where Dolly tells her server "cancel the chicken and bring a turkey". This juicy all-natural turkey burger is topped with Crème de Brie, sliced tomato and a rosemary kumquat aioli to honor springtime Kumquat season, all on a signature potato bun. The garnishes make the Dolly Burger distinctively delicious.

For dessert or a stand-alone treat, you can put on your "sundae" clothes and indulge in 5 Napkin Burger's scrumptious Dolly Sundae ($8). It is reminiscent of the Hello Dolly Bars which were made famous following Clementine Paddleford's food column in "The Week" magazine on September 19, 1965. The column featured a "Hello Dolly Cake" recipe by 11-year-old Alecia Leigh Couch, of Dallas, that she borrowed from her grandmother. The recipe had graham cracker crumbs, flaked coconut, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and condensed milk. 5 Napkin Burger's Dolly Sundae has layers of coconut ice cream, salted chocolate, caramel sauce, pecans, graham cracker crumble, topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut and shaved chocolate. It is a perfect combination of flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Whether you plan to see Hello, Dolly! or not, we guarantee you will enjoy a trip to 5 Napkin Burger. They are a top casual dining spot with a great array of burgers, salads, sides, milk shakes, desserts, ice cream and a beverage program that includes cocktails, wine and beer. Stop by for their Happy Hour (varies by location) and each of the restaurants can be reserved for special events. Delivery and take-out is available. In New York City, visit 5 Napkin Burger in Hell's Kitchen, the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side and Union Square. They also have a restaurant in Back Bay, Boston. Visit their web site at

Photo Credit: Courtesy of 5 Napkin Burger

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