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November 10, 2018

Considered the pinnacle of theatrical performance, Broadway shows, are widely respected and recognized around the world, hailing more than 11.5 million theater-goers a year, as they marvel in awe of the lights, music, and dancing. Theater-goers travel from all around the world to this magical district adorned with bright lights, billboards, and red-velvet ropes.

The history of Broadway has seen an immense amount of growth and change over the years. Broadway was one of the first streets in New York illuminated by bright lights, thus earning the nickname the “Great White Way”. In 1750, Thomas Kean and Walter Murray opened up the first theater company on Nassau street which housed 280 seats for ballad operas and Shakespearean plays. As the industry began to grow in the 1800’s many more theaters began to open including the Victoria Theater, the Lyceum Theater, and the New Amsterdam Theater to name a few. In 1857, the first show “The Elves” was performed on Broadway and ran for fifty performances. Similarly, the first musical ‘The Black Crook’ opened in 1866, and ran for four hundred and seventy four performances. In 1904, the IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit) opened the Times Square station allowing greater accessibility to the theater district. In the 1920’s Broadway entered it’s most prestigious period delivering shows such as George White’s Scandals, Poor Little Ritz Girl, and The Band Wagon; shortly after, the Great Depression hit the New York theater district and many theaters were forced to close.

During the Great Depression, Broadways shows offered political commentary and social engagement to its audiences while simultaneously allowing them to escape from reality. In the years after the depression, composers and lyricists on Broadway pioneered a new way of storytelling that brought a new age of musicals. The Golden Age delivered a number of performances that received rave reviews such as Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, and West Side Story to name a few.

Over the years, Broadway has composed an infinite number of shows that we have come to know and love; from My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera, which is the longest running show in history, to Les Miserables and The Producers. Theater has become the bright beating heart of the city. Midtown, Manhattan has become the center stage in the performance arts scene, comprised of captivating musicals, long running hits, and riveting dramas

Whether you have lived in New York for years, or are visiting for the first time, going to see a show in the renowned New York Theater District is quintessential. While you may already have the show picked out months in advance, there is one more thing you need to consider - that is, where you will dining pre or post-theater.

We’ll make it easy for you. Nerai offers a three-course Weekend Theater Menu at $49 a person. Our menu features a variety of dishes to choose from - we’ve listed our most-popular here. Start with a fresh Horiatiki Salad, or tender and juicy Octopus grilled over an open flame. Next, choose from our fresh Lavraki, a mild and sweet fish with moist tender flakes, or our Lamb Chops with a honey glazed carrots, a dolma and dressed with lamb jus. Finally, finish off the meal with our hand-rolled Baklava served with a tahini parfait and pistachio gelato or Kataifi Ekmek with vanilla custard, pistachios, and mastiha gelato.

Join us Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 - 6:00 pm or 9:00 - 10:30 pm and delight in this three-course Weekend Theater Menu.