Before going to the Museum of Modern Art, have breakfast at Tiffany. The renowned jeweler recently opened its Blue Box Cafe, and diners can enjoy their morning meal, along with lunch or tea service, in a room covered in iconic Tiffany blue. Afterward, head to the museum, where intriguing temporary exhibits and a timeless permanent collection will easily fill the hours. If you'd like to have lunch, eat at The Modern, the museum's kinetic, French-inspired dining room.
Head back to Fifth Avenue to stroll and shop after your midday meal. The offerings of the famed shopping street, such as Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue), Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Avenue) and many flagship stores, are at once diverting and beautiful. If you're loaded with parcels from the inestimable MoMA bookshop and your stroll along Fifth, go back to your hotel to prepare for a pre-theater dinner.
Keep in mind that an evening show also lends itself to the indulgence of a stiff nightcap. Try one of Andrew Harper's favorite post-show cocktail lounges:
Bar Centrale — Hidden in an unmarked brownstone in the heart of the Theater District, this bar and restaurant is popular with people in the business. Bartenders mix classic cocktails such as sidecars and aviations with skill, and the small menu has an appealing list of simple appetizers to share. Reserve a table a week in advance. 324 West 46th Street. Tel. (212) 581-3130.
The Rum House — You might recognize this bar in the Hotel Edison as the place where Riggan confronted a theater critic in the film “Birdman.” Its clubby dark-wood interior feels wonderfully warm and cozy. A jazz pianist sometimes provides entertainment. 228 West 47th Street. Tel. (646) 490-6924.