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Theater Feature • March 7, 2017
thEATer: Waitress’s Caitlin Houlahan’s Favorite Spots in the Theater District

The dining scene of New York’s Theater District is quickly becoming one of the best of the city, and few people know it better than the actors who call the neighborhood their second home. In this installment of thEATer, we chatted with Caitlin Houlahan, who is warming hearts as the lovable Dawn in Waitress on Broadway. Check out Caitlin's go-to eateries below -- including where to get some of the best pie in town!

Favorite post-show hangout?

Dutch Fred's -- they make their own beef jerky. Enough said.

Caffeine fix?

On 47th -- Frisson! They have amazing cold brew. Especially good for during breaks when at rehearsal.

Dressing room delivery?

At Nine Thai -- BEST FRIED RICE IN TOWN. Also their delivery is SO FAST.

Quick meal on a two-show day?

Our whole cast is obsessed with Dig Inn right now. Healthy AND delicious. I'm a sucker for their sweet potatoes. I could literally eat them every day.

Waitress0765r-2See and be seen spot?

When the weather is nice you can expect to always run into someone around New World Stages either at Blockheads or Mother Burger. It never fails.

Cool vibe to grab a drink?

Bar Bacon. You can get a flight of whiskey and they pair it with different types of bacon. COME ON.

Place where you run into all your friends?

Chipotle. Chipotle. Chipotle. Any of them in midtown. I always see people I know!

Favorite restaurant in all of NYC?

BUTTER. But only for special occasions 🙂 not a bad thing on the whole menu.

Your personal go-to?

My go to is Glass House Tavern. I met my boyfriend there, I take people there after shows, great food and service, and they have AMAZING PIE. Glass house is no joke. It has such a special place in my heart and countless memories.

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Review: Waitress

By Jose Solis

Waitress is a musical about the legacy of women. Jenna (Jessie Mueller) learned how to bake pies by watching her late mother come up with special concoctions to commemorate special times in her life. From heartbreak to joy, Jenna’s mother had a pie for every occasion, and her daughter grows up to be just as creative in the art of baking. But life has forced Jenna to put this knowledge aside. She works as a waitress in a diner where she collects tips she then brings home to her abusive husband Earl (Nick Cordero). She allows herself to dream of having a better life when she’s with her work friends Dawn (Kimiko Glenn) and Becky (Keala Settle). Then she gets a wake up call when she learns she’s expecting a child. What legacy will she leave her child? Jenna’s potential fairy godmother arrives in the form of a pie baking contest set to take place in a nearby town. The 20 thousand dollar prize would give Jenna the chance to pack her bags, leave her husband and start anew with her kid. To say that the pie contest is a red herring wouldn’t be so much a spoiler as it is a testament to how Waitress is a musical about real life. People dream of winning the lottery all the time, they count the …Read more

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