BY: MAGGIE PARKER
Nothing’s worse than sitting down in a packed theater to see a two+ hour show feeling overly stuffed or sick. The Theater District is packed with restaurants, but many of those restaurants serve up fried, salt-packed dishes that can bring even the most resilient of us to our knees (not where you want to be during a Broadway show).
What you actually need before a show is a healthy-yet-satisfying meal without having to travel too far to reach the theater on time. Those places do exist – and Broadway Spin found them for you!
P.S. Kitchen: 246 West 48th Street
This vegan eatery has a lot of heart. They donate 100 percent of their profits to sustainable charitable work locally and overseas. And P.S. Kitchen’s goal is to provide guests with food that is kind to the body, earth, and taste buds. Their plant-based menu serves food with a French flare ranging from lighter salads to filling grains. Lasagna and “chicken” potpie never felt so fresh.
It also happens to be a favorite post-show haunt of the casts of A Bronx Tale and The Band’s Visit, so it’s about as officially Broadway-approved as they come. Plus, every Broadway Roulette order confirmation comes with a coupon for a free drink with any purchase at this Instagram-worthy hot spot.
The Little Beet: 135 West 50th Street
Fast food can be healthy and involve actual meat, and The Little Beet proves it. Choose to DIY or go chef-suggested from their menu of salads, grain bowls, and plates featuring fresh veggies, proteins, and super creative sauces.
The Marshal: 628 10th Ave.
For a more formal affair, head to The Marshal, where the food is not only good for you, but also good for the environment. This Hell’s Kitchen establishment burns no gas and cooks only with replanted apple and cherry wood from local orchards.
They also buy wind power for their electricity needs, and you can feel the eco-friendliness in the exposed brick space filled with reclaimed wooded furniture. Their menu is guaranteed to satisfy the most diverse group of eaters, offering everything from innovative market veggie plates to bourbon braised arctic char.
Dig Inn: 856 8th Ave.
At Dig Inn, “mindful sourcing is our bread and butter” – though you can swap that bread and butter with organic tofu and rosemary vinaigrette. This waiter-free spot feels like a real farm-to-table experience. The dishes are well rounded and come with a base, sides and a protein. This also allows you to try multiple items – which is lucky, because it’s very hard to choose!
Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen: 417 West 47th Street
Being healthy doesn’t have to be free of personality, or taste, or sauce. Even Mexican food can be made light, and Al Horno does it right. Their goal is to infuse healthy dishes with Mexican flavors by using minimal frying and oil, and offering healthy substitutions wherever possible, like low-fat sour cream, whole wheat and gluten-free tortillas, and exciting veggies including cactus. Yes, cactus! Don’t believe us? Just try the fit fajita, lean beef barbacoa, tone tilapia or energy tacos.
PSST! Every Broadway Roulette spin comes with a free drink at PS Kitchen with any purchase! (As if you needed another reason to go.)