This spring break my family is avoiding steep airfares yet still planning a few unique experiences – hopefully all good! Our first night we kicked off by exploring our own city, Manhattan, which is ever changing. Being big Nashville, TN fans, we heard a lot of buzz about a new restaurant and bar, Opry City Stage. We booked early evening reservations and Monte, Brooklyn, our 6 year old daughter and I subwayed over to Times Square to check out this ode to Nashville and Opryland.
Located right in the center of the city’s busiest neighborhood, Times Square, we dodged tourists, humans dressed as M&M’s and promoters trying to sell comedy clubs tickets and took retreat into a four story homage to some of Country’s finest entertainers. Upon entering you see a wax figure of Johnny Cash, a gift shop which my daughter was eager to explore and a staircase with a wall of photos including famous Opryland entertainers. We took the stairs to the second floor where we were promptly seated and my daughter quickly got distracted watching a band preform live country right in front of us.
We dined on classics like hot chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, biscuits, shrimp and grits, mac ‘n’ cheese and for dessert a giant order of monkey bread topped with vanilla ice cream. The menu was created by the James Beard nominated Bromberg brothers of the Blue Ribbon Restaurants – needless to say, the food was fantastic, so was the music!
After dinner we checked out the rest of this rambling restaurant. There was so much to see! There are artifacts and memorabilia throughout the uniquely and well designed space. My daughter fell in love with a Taylor Swift’s dress, I fell in love with Dolly Parton’s. The second and third floors are both part of the 260-seat restaurant plus a bar and stages. The fourth floor, inspired by Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe, is an exclusive music venue called the Studio at Opry City Stage. This is where ticketed performances are shown, it’s also available for private parties (if you’re a superfan, this floor also has never-before-seen photographs covering nine decades of memorable Opry moments). We ended where we came in, on the first floor where our daughter talked us into buying a pen shaped like a guitar and a cute Opry City Stage branded magnet and notebook. This was a really fun evening, it was actually the first time our daughter saw live country music which she loved.
Opry City Stage is a great option to see live country music and their hours are fantastic. As a parent this is awesome as I can bring my daughter and her friends to see live music almost anytime during the day, we’re not limited to nights only. The food was a hit, although there is no kids menu, there are chicken fingers, mac ‘n’ cheese and enough options to satisfy most appetites.
Daily Show Times (but check their site before going)
- Monday & Tuesday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-12am
- Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-12am (Grand Ole Opry stream 8:30pm-9pm)
- Saturday: 8am-3pm, 5:30pm-12am (Grand Ole Opry stream 8:30pm-9pm)
- Sunday: 8am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Last tip, get the monkey bread!!