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Neighborhood Guide: Alice Tully Hall

 

Even if you never set foot inside the actual hall of the newly remade Alice Tully Hall—though with its 1,087 custom-made seats; mechanized, adjustable stage; and, by all accounts, beautifully crisp, bright, and reverberant new sound, you probably should—you will find much to love about this strikingly beautiful addition to the neighborhood.

 

 

Take a stroll on a summer’s evening, grab a glass of wine or an iced tea from the outdoor bar, and sit out on the breezy prow jutting over Broadway. You won’t find better people watching anywhere on the Upper West Side. If you’re hungry, and want to admire the magnificent glass-enclosed lobby—almost ten times larger than its predecessor—from the inside, there are plenty of seats to be had in sprawling, buzzy café, at65. The food is simple, reasonably priced, and mostly satisfying: soups and sandwiches; “kettles” of Traditional Mac and Cheese with bacon, or a Twice Baked Goat Cheese Soufflé with Watercress Salad; cookies and cheesecakes. Wine, beer and cocktails are also available, either at your table or at the long, snaking, limestone bar.

 

 

From its outdoor sunken plaza to the massive glass wall fronting Broadway that brings the inside, outside, and vice versa, the new Alice Tully Hall, designed by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, is spectacularly good at the one thing its previous incarnation did so poorly: welcome the people of neighborhood into its arms.

Alice Tully Hall is located on Broadway and 65th Street. The cafe at65 is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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