176 Metropolitan Opera House Tips
Park at a chain parking lot (like Icon), and get a deal online. I got parking for $28 by requesting a coupon be emailed to me.
The Merry Widow
Great to have dinner at the restaurant inside - have the first and second course before the show and your dessert awaits with coffee on first interval. Formal dining and not cheap - but very pleasant experience, convenient, pretty setting - and good food.
The weather was chilly, cloudy with on/off drizzle. I wore casual slacks, good turtleneck, rain coat with liner. Some in audience were more dressed but most not..
PJ Clarkes if you enjoy pub food - literally across the street from the Met.
The weather was sunny unseasonably winter warm day. I wore business casual.
For those who don't speak Italian, there is now an electronic "ticker" that provides translation services so you don't miss a word of the opera!.
We reserved a table at the Grand Tier restaurant on the second floor of the Met lobby. Food and service excellent and very extensive wine list. Expensive but worth a splurge.
Most area restaurants and the ones in the Met building are pricey ($$$$). Use Google maps or restaurant guides to find more moderately priced ($$-$$$) neighborhood places.
Take train to Columbus Circle and walk - avoid the wait for #1 local
I wore Found out there is no need to dress up. Free to wear your own style.
The weather was quite windy, but clear. I wore suit shirt with tie but some people looked like they were going a suit a suit and tie others casually .
We ate at Bar Boulud across the street before the performance. Wait staff very friendly and helpful.
Lines are long @ bar during intermission. So take bottled water in purse. Take binoculars or opera glasses if sitting higher than first tier. Recommend La Scala "Carmen" glasses for $35. They come with little red light to read program w/o disturbing other folks near you. Nifty.
You can park on the street. Even if there's a Muni meter , after 7 PM is free.