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For those attending Die Walküre, how are you planning your dinner? Curtain is at 6:30 and the last act ends near midnight.

Because of work, I won't have time for a real meal. Do you normally bring snacks, eat at the Grand Tier during intermission, or have dinner afterwards? I'm clueless. Thanks.

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  1. I haven't done this current cycle of the Ring. In the past, we've a) made sure to have a late lunch; b) purchased the cheese plate or other light fare available at the bar during the first intermission; and c) brought some snacks to have during the second intermission.

    I've never eaten at the Grand Tier and I've also never gone to dinner afterward (it's just so late!).

    I hope you have an awesome time! Is Levine back for the performance?

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    1. re: LNG212

      Yes Levine is scheduled to conduct and Voigt will sing Brunnhilde.

      I usually have a sandwich at my desk before leaving work, then pick up multiple sweets at Bouchon Bakery for intermission snacking. Bar Boulud will be open for drinks in case someone loses his/her voice, the stage machinery falls apart, or blood circulation stops flowing by the time the magic fire engulfs the warrior maiden in deep slumber.

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      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      Bar Boulud
      1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

      1. re: Mr Porkchop

        I like the idea of wearing horned helmets and waving sausages around while watching Die Walkure. But I'd be afraid my sausages might end up in the bellies of the bag checkers, they're so odiferous. Have you really smuggled them in, before?

        1. re: michelleats

          I'm sure it's been done. I've seen a few picnic blankets with all sorts of stuff in the upper levels. Once someone smuggled a pack of M&Ms which exploded and sent M&Ms flying from the dress circle during that interminable closing scene in Siegfried.

          1. re: fm1963

            Oh boy. I'm sure that woke everyone right up!

            1. re: michelleats

              Some years ago, during the second intermission of Siegried, the rather large, very German gentleman sitting next to me pulled a sausage out of his suit jacket, took out a pocket knife and proceeded to polish it off. He did offer me a slice, but I declined. No one noticed, as it was in the high Family Circle.

              While not my favorite restaurant, Cafe Fiorello is right across the street, is open all day, and you could get a quick antipasto snack at the bar-they are very good at getting you out quickly:

              http://www.cafefiorello.com/Menus.html

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              Cafe Fiorello
              1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: David W

                Thanks for the suggestion. I've never been to Cafe Fiorello. Is the price point comparable to Bar Boulud or Atlantic Grill? I didn't see any prices on your menu.

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                Cafe Fiorello
                1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                Bar Boulud
                1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                Atlantic Grill
                49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

                1. re: Riverman500

                  Try this one - it's a little higher price than it deserves, but consider the location.
                  I have a weakness for the "open face" lasagna that is this huge slice of pasta piled with sauce and meatballs, but I don't want to oversell it-I'd much rather go to Bar Boulud.

                  http://www.zagat.com/r/cafe-fiorello-...

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                  Bar Boulud
                  1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

                  1. re: David W

                    Got it. Thanks for the new link. I'll try Fiorello one of these days. The open face lasagna sounds great,

      2. I can't say we have a routine down pat, exactly, since I've only seen the Ring Cycle once... but in the past, I've eaten a snack before the show and then smuggled in nuts, chocolate or cheese to wash down with crummy wine purchased at the bar at intermission. If you're still hungry, after, the greasy, but serviceable Big Nicks, is nearby and open 24 hours a day. Fiorello's across from Lincoln Center also doesn't close until 12:30 most nights.

        Other late-night places in the area:

        - Landmarc (closes at 2 a.m. every night)
        - PJ Clarke's (closes at 1 a.m. every night)
        - Casellula (slightly further afield, but better for food than the others, closes at 2 a.m. every night)

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        Casellula
        401 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

        Landmarc
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        P.J. Clarke's
        44 W 63rd St, New York, NY 10023

        Big Nick's
        70 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: michelleats

          Thanks for this list. I didn't realize that Landmarc closed at 2 am every night.

          1. re: Riverman500

            Late lunch and then I usually swing by Bouchon Bakery and get some snacks for intermission. And then if you don't mind dining late there seem to be lots of options in the area.

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            Bouchon Bakery
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: Riverman500

              You're very welcome. Hope you enjoy Die Walküre! I know I can't ask you to report back on the opera, but please tell us how the meal goes, after.

          2. i'd say smuggle snacks...and if you want to channel the composer: Wagner was a vegetarian, so maybe nuts and cheese and carrot sticks?...and if you want to blow off steam afterward, depending on where you're headed home to, take a cab downtown and get some weehours food at Balthazar...

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            1. re: Simon

              Ok, snacks. I didn't know that Wagner was vegetarian. Bouchon Bakery is a good suggestion. Does anyone know when Epicerie Boulud will open?

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              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: Riverman500

                Epicerie Boulud is supposed to open sometime this month, but no word yet on the exact date yet.

                http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/din...

                Boulud Sud will open in May.

                http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/04...

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                1. re: RGR

                  Looks like Boulud Sud is on schedule. The first-access preview dinner tonight is sold out.
                  http://perks.urbandaddy.com/new-york/...

            2. I've never eaten at the Grand Tier restaurant, but I know that their strength is serving dinner in a timely manner between acts. I'm assuming that they give instruction upon making a reservation, but I think that you put in an order either before the opera or at the first intermission and eat at the following intermission, perhaps with desert served at the following intermission.

              I don't know if the food is better than average, but it sounds like a novel experience and at least you won't miss any of the opera.

              Hope you enjoy the meal and the opera -- the end of the last act is one of my very favorite moments in opera!

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              The Grand Tier
              30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: rteplow

                We've had lunch in the Grand Tier Restaurant a few times pre-ballet matinees. The food has actually been very good each time. I have no idea how things work during opera intermissions, but it's certainly worth checking into.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com