I'd be really grateful for some local advice.
My wife and I will be staying in UWS for our first ever visit to NYC (from Australia). We've managed to get tickets for The Apollo Theatre Talent Quest Grand Final on Oct 26. Starts 7.30 with ticket pickup at 7pm. Hoping to eat in the general vicinity either before, after or both. We're open to any recommendations so long as they're relatively authentic and relate to the local area. We don't want to end up in some themed tourist trap like "Sylvia's." One place that caught my eye was "Red Rooster" (unfortunately it closes at 10.30 weeknights). Any suggestions eagerly considered.