41 episodes

Welcome! Don’t have a reservation? No problem. On Cocktails at Table 7: Inside New York’s Joe Allen, your table is always ready. In candid conversations with Broadway veterans, long-time regulars, even past and present employees, your hosts, Dana, Sean and Jason, recreate the intimate vibe that an evening at Joe’s has always offered. You’ll hear stories of the “Good Ol’ Days” in 1960’s Hell’s Kitchen, rarely told anecdotes from the shows on the “Flop Wall,” and the special connection between the restaurant and the people who make theater happen (Chita Rivera, F. Murray Abraham, and Daryl Roth, just to name a few.) You’ll feel like you’re tucked away at your favorite table or perched on a barstool sipping a martini, enjoying an insider’s night out. What began as an effort to preserve the connection to our beloved community has evolved into a joyful celebration of the memories and moments that have made Joe Allen one of Broadway’s most enduring hits. Cheers!

Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen is produced and hosted by Jason Woodruff, Dana Mierlak, and Sean Kent, with music by James Rubio and logo design/artwork by Christina D'Angelo. The producers would like to extend a special thank you to the owners of Joe Allen, Orso, and Bar Centrale Restaurants.

Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen Sean Kent, Jason Woodruff, Dana Mierlak

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Welcome! Don’t have a reservation? No problem. On Cocktails at Table 7: Inside New York’s Joe Allen, your table is always ready. In candid conversations with Broadway veterans, long-time regulars, even past and present employees, your hosts, Dana, Sean and Jason, recreate the intimate vibe that an evening at Joe’s has always offered. You’ll hear stories of the “Good Ol’ Days” in 1960’s Hell’s Kitchen, rarely told anecdotes from the shows on the “Flop Wall,” and the special connection between the restaurant and the people who make theater happen (Chita Rivera, F. Murray Abraham, and Daryl Roth, just to name a few.) You’ll feel like you’re tucked away at your favorite table or perched on a barstool sipping a martini, enjoying an insider’s night out. What began as an effort to preserve the connection to our beloved community has evolved into a joyful celebration of the memories and moments that have made Joe Allen one of Broadway’s most enduring hits. Cheers!

Cocktails at Table 7- Inside New York’s Joe Allen is produced and hosted by Jason Woodruff, Dana Mierlak, and Sean Kent, with music by James Rubio and logo design/artwork by Christina D'Angelo. The producers would like to extend a special thank you to the owners of Joe Allen, Orso, and Bar Centrale Restaurants.

    Cocktails with Matthew Broderick: Lousy Frittata!

    Cocktails with Matthew Broderick: Lousy Frittata!

    Matthew Broderick isn’t just a two-time Tony Award winning award winning actor who has starred in a dozen Broadway shows, or a beloved star of countless hit films and TV shows who has been an audience favorite for decades. He’s also one of the most engaging and hilarious guests we’ve ever had the privilege of “sharing a round” with, and, in this episode, we have an absolute ball discussing anything and everything with this true Joe Allen all-star. We explore Matthew’s affectionate decades-long relationship with Joe Allen Restaurant, his incredible collaborations with showbiz icons like Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Jason Robards and Marlon Brando, and the stringent requirements one must meet in order to land a coveted spot on the Joe Allen flop wall.

    • 37 min
    Cocktails with Jesse Tyler Ferguson: He Can Cook Too!

    Cocktails with Jesse Tyler Ferguson: He Can Cook Too!

    Before Jesse Tyler Ferguson was a charming, familiar face in American living rooms on the groundbreaking hit sitcom, Modern Family, he was a charming, familiar face at Joe Allen. This week, we enjoyed a high-spirited round with this versatile actor, producer, author, and regular, who is currently back on Broadway in a much anticipated revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award®-winning, Take Me Out. We explored the life changing philanthropic work Jesse’s Modern Family fame has enabled him to do, the inspiration he found as a young theatergoer in the work of William Finn and James Lapine, the ins and outs of the Albuquerque children’s theater scene, and what it takes to brave the elements on the stage of the Delacorte Theatre.

    • 48 min
    Cocktails with Donna McKechnie: The Education of D*O*N*N*A

    Cocktails with Donna McKechnie: The Education of D*O*N*N*A

    To celebrate Valentine's Day, we had the great pleasure of having a round of cocktails with Tony Award winning Ms. Donna McKechnie! Not only is Ms. McKechnie an award winning dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer, she also has the distinction of being a Joe Allen “day-one” regular. We chatted about everything from standing on "A Chorus Line”, learning from the greats, the first days of body mics, to the special place Joe Allen has in her heart. She put a smile on our faces, we know she’ll put a smile on yours. Cheers!

    • 35 min
    Cocktails with Victor Garber: It feels good.

    Cocktails with Victor Garber: It feels good.

    For our first episode of 2022, we shared a round with one of the classiest and most accomplished people we know, Victor Garber. Victor’s association with Joe’s goes back decades and we were thrilled to have him share memories of evenings spent there with colleagues and friends. We were treated to hilarious and heartwarming anecdotes about legends past, including Gilda Radner, Robert Moore, Stephen Sondheim, and Maureen Stapleton. We also covered the pleasures of a visit to Schitt’s Creek, the charms of Bernadette Peters and Jennifer Garner, and the undeniable appeal of a Joe Allen LaScala Salad. Like Victor himself, an actor who has played everyone from Jesus to Liberace, this conversation has a lot of range

    • 38 min
    Cocktails at Christmas...AGAIN!

    Cocktails at Christmas...AGAIN!

    The Ghost of Christmas Past visited us this time around! Take a trip down memory lane as we chit-chat with the staff about some of our favorite memories in the restaurant. We also wanted to share this episode as a tribute to the man who started it all, our boss and inspiration, Joe Allen, who passed away this past February. Yes, it's last year's episode, but it's been a year since we've heard it and it's just as fun now as it was then. Happy Holidays!

    • 51 min
    Cocktails with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez: Hygge!

    Cocktails with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez: Hygge!

    On this week's episode, the brilliant Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez gave us a peek into the family ties and subversive joy that fuel their amazingly successful musical collaborations. We covered the rough and tumble development history of “Frozen,” the surprising emotional power of “WandaVision,” the enduring flop appeal of “Dude,” and how “making it up as we go along” became a mantra for both pandemic survival and catchy TV theme song gold.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

single in ny ,

A podcast like no other.

In a world full of opinions, this is a conversation with some of the most accomplished theater people with nothing to promote. There is one single purpose; listening to some great anecdotes and sharing of their history.

I love this podcast as much as I love this restaurant, and the wonderful people that make it a second home.

biglucifer ,

What a delight

In a sea of mediocrity entertainment, Cocktails at table 7 is a lovely lighthouse to charm the barnacles off your ship. All 3 hosts are wonderfully effusive, witty and knowledgeable. What a joy to hear intelligent adults in engage in lively conversations

TLoyd456 ,

A favorite!

I LOVE this podcast! The hosts are witty, funny and sincere. The guests are solid (Chita Rivera, F. Murray Abraham, Betty Buckley...just to make a few) with great stories to share about their careers and their love for one of New York’s most iconic restaurants in the theater district. I’m always looking forward to the next episode. Don’t stop!

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