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Series: My Perfect Broadway Day – Abbey

Broadway Inbound

Here at Broadway Inbound, we proudly know a thing or two about Broadway. We’re frequently asked what shows we’d personally recommend and what we like to do around the city. We thought we’d take you behind the scenes on what our perfect Broadway day would look like! This time, we asked Abbey, our press rep over in Australia, what her perfect Broadway day would entail. Check it out below, and tell us about your perfect Broadway day over on our Facebook page.

My Perfect Broadway Day starts with an Aussie inspired brunch at Two Hands café in Nolita. Embodying the laid-back Aussie spirit, this community-focused café offers coastal inspired interiors, stand out coffee, and typical Aussie dishes such as ricotta hotcakes and avocado on toast.

After fueling up on a strong “flat white,” I’m ready to do a spot of shopping. I love nothing more than browsing the unique boutiques and stores in SoHo. The elegant cast-iron architecture, cobblestone streets, and artistic vibe give SoHo a unique atmosphere unlike any other. I might also pop into cult New York perfumery, Le Labo (229 Elizabeth Street) and create a custom-made scent from their fragrance bar that is hand-blended as I wait.

My tummy starts to grumble so I head to Freemans Restaurant (Freemans Alley, off Rivington Street), which boasts one of the most Instagrammable entrances in NYC! Hidden at the end of an unused alley off the Bowery, its menu offers an eclectic mix of simple, old-world American fare. But it’s the interiors that are the star attraction. Housed in a broodingly gothic building, the restaurant’s interiors are a mix of rustic luxe and hunting lodge inspired décor with a menagerie of taxidermy lining the walls.

After a hearty lunch, I head towards Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village for some fresh air and people watching, passing under the huge marbled archway that marks the entrance to the park from Fifth Avenue. A vibrant gathering spot for people from all walks of life, Washington Square Park is a bustling hive of activity with street buskers performing, kids frolicking in the playground, students reading in the sun, and locals playing chess.

Making my way up Fifth Avenue, I quickly duck into the New York Public Library (476 5th Avenue) next to Bryant Park to admire the grand architecture that adorns this landmark building. As one of the largest libraries in America, it houses more than 53 million items and is one of New York’s best free attractions. The recently restored Rose Reading Room will literally take your breath away with its lavishly adorned ceiling and sheer grandeur that is easily accessible by anyone.

Finally, it’s showtime! I head to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on West 49th Street to see The Book of Mormon. Heralded as the “best musical of this century,” the show is a riot and has me crying with laughter. The story follows two naive Mormon missionaries who are deployed to a Ugandan village to attempt to spread their beliefs and practices.

Filled with irreverent humor and endless puns, its underlying message of the positive power of love and service creates a winning combination to deliver one of the most successful musicals of all time.

A day filled with shopping, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and a spectacular Broadway show is truly my perfect Broadway day!

Author: Abbey Sands