Coming off a post on relationships…let’s talk about an amazing date night in NYC!
My boyfriend told me a little before my birthday, on the phone when we were both frustrated that plans to see each other had gotten cancelled, that he wanted to take me to a broadway show for my birthday. He had wanted to wait and tell me in person, but decided over the phone would have to do. We both needed the pick me up since we were kinda down about not being together.
He had to tell me because he was deciding what show to book. His thoughts were Wicked or Lion King, but I’ve seen both! Not that I would have complained – they are both amazing – but he wanted to take me to something new. So now that he knew what was out of the question, the actual show would be a surprise.
Fast forward to last night. It was almost two weeks after my birthday but fun to keep the celebration going. He had told me ahead of time that we were going to Becco for dinner. I learned that it is one of Lidia’s restaurants, and to get excited for homemade pasta.
Becco is tucked into Restaurant Row, and immediately takes you to the scene of a bustling Italian family dinner. It’s loud, packed with people drinking wine and waiters carrying bowls of pasta. There are brick walls, a gorgeous wood bar in the middle is surrounded by square tables covered in white table cloths. The waiter immediately brought us a few types of bread and poured olive oil over a white bean puree.
We decided on a bottle of red (every wine is only $29!) and then ordered our entrees with the option to add-on the day’s pastas. We started with a perfect caesar salad, then three separate waiters dished out the three heaps of pasta onto our plates. A spaghetti with marinara and basil, an orecchiette in a light sauce with sausage, and a gnocchi in a creamier sauce. SO GOOD. I stopped myself from finishing it all (and we could have gotten as much as we wanted!) because my salmon was coming. I also tried his chicken parm – both simple and delicious. My only complaint was that, had we not requested to keep each course a little longer, they would have rushed us out!
We ordered cappuccinos to wake ourselves up before the play, which was a good call. The best I’ve ever had perhaps. All that foam!
Phantom of the Opera
After dinner, we took a stroll through busy New York streets and were surprised that it wasn’t as chilly as we had expected. I still had no idea what we were seeing, and kept eyeing the signs wondering if that was it.
Finally, we turned a corner and I saw the big Phantom mask. We had both talked before about how our moms love Phantom and we grew up listening to the soundtrack, and I just knew that was it. “We’re seeing Phantom!?” I asked, and he confirmed. YAY!! I had to text my mom right away and she said, “Take a picture of the chandelier!” Here ya go, mom…
The Majestic was beautiful — similar decor to The Fox in St. Louis but on a smaller scale. Our seats were phenomenal. 10th row maybe? We were a bit dressed up, but there were baseball hats and shopping bags around us. The theatre was full of all kinds of people babbling in foreign languages and the whole thing just felt so very New York City to me.
The lights dimmed and the gorgeous opera voices filled every corner of the room. How do people sing like that? Holy cow! I knew so many of the songs thanks to my mom. Angel of Music, Phantom of the Opera, and Music of the Night are my favorites. “SING FOR ME!!” Still listening to them on Spotify!!
After the show we walked a few streets over to briefly take in Times Square. Even on a Wednesday night it was overwhelming and ridiculous. So we headed back to Port Authority to grab a bus home.
It was a perfect night. Wonderful memories together and an incredible birthday gift. Still smiling.
- What’s one of your best birthday gifts?
- Have you ever seen a Broadway show?