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A family friendly restaurant near The Winter Garden Theatre

School of Rock is the latest smash hit from Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought us Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, among so many other unforgettable hits.

Based on the hit film, this musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star whose "day job" is as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. He soon assembles a bad-ass rock band from these nerdy students, and unleashes the wild child hidden within the school’s headmistress.

It shows at the famous Winter Garden Theater, which recently celebrated its 100th year as a theater! Winter Garden has been home to many popular productions, particularly revues and musicals, such as the Ziegfield Follies, Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, Mame, West Side Story, 42nd Street and Cats, which ran for 19 years, and Mamma Mia. Show business legends who have graced The Winter Garden stage include Al Jolson, Mae West (Jolson and West appeared together in 1911!), Fred Astaire, Fanny Brice, Angela Lansbury, Buddy Ebsen, Bob Hope, Eve Arden, Josephine Baker, Richard Harris, James Earl Jones and Gilda Radner.

Where to have dinner before School of Rock? (Or after, for you night owls!) The Distillery. Come on over – we’re just a few blocks from the theater, so you'll have a short walk after to digest your meal. Whether you’re making it a date night or a family night out, our laid-back environment and our menu that offers something for everyone make The Distillery your ideal choice. If you’re with the kids – no worries! We offer a valued-priced Kids Menu and a comfortable atmosphere, making us the best family-friendly restaurant near the Winter Garden Theatre.

Soon, you’ll share the view of those who wrote the stellar reviews of The Distillery on Open Table, with phrases such as "great experience pre-theatre," "Service was efficient but not rushed," "a fabulous vegetarian option!," and "cocktail menu is amazing," "shareable appetizers" "the Chicken and Waffles sandwich hit the spot!" and "Service was excellent and the back room for dining allowed our group to have a conversation. I would absolutely recommend this place for a pre- theater restaurant.."

The Distillery is located on 9th Avenue, between 52nd & 53rd, close to Times Square, Terminal 5, Broadway's theater district, Lincoln Center, and every major subway. We serve Happy Hour weekdays from 4 - 8 PM and Brunch weekends from 11 AM - 4 PM. We have handcrafted cocktails, an outstanding wine list, 24 craft beers on tap and food until 2 AM every night. 

Stop by for $10 Lunch Specials weekdays from 11 AM to 3 PM, and Weekend Brunch from 11 AM - 4 PM.  Our back room is perfect for parties, meetings, and private events year-round, with no room fee.

Call us at 212.767.0077 for reservations.

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