StageBuzz treated me to a Broadway Day and we didn't even see a show. First he took me to a great lunch at Joe Allen's on 46th Street. It's been an affordable Broadway hang out since 1965 (even Angus McIndoe worked there before starting his own place). It's an easy atmosphere and the food is good and inexpensive. Today was a perfect day to be there - not crowded and the air conditioning was blasting.
My favorite part is the decor - the walls are covered with window cards of flop plays and musical. Check out their "Flop Viewer" for the gems. I don't think I have to tell you which one is my favorite.
After our lingering lunch (and attempt to steal a window card or two), we ambled down to The Drama Book Shop on 40th Street. I spent my birthday gift certificate (thanks Sally!) on Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances and Painting Churches and David Hirson's La Bête.
It was a cool way to spend a very hot afternoon.