Last Friday night was a winner in Lehigh Valley. Jeanne and I started at Cosmopolitan in Allentown. If you haven't been to this restaurant, you have to go check it out. The owners spent a lot of money constructing this place and, in my opinion, it is the closest thing to four-star service in this area. When you walk in, there is a beautiful rainfall display behind the hostess area and a crystal chandelier that used to hang in Hess's Department Store. I'm looking forward to warmer weather so we can experience the rooftop lounge area at Cosmopolitan; I am sure the views will be incredible up there.
We each had a specialty martini and the fish and chips appetizer (crispy calamari and flounder served with tartar sauce and fresh cut fries). I also ordered a hearts of romaine salad and Jeanne had the lobster ravioli bisque. The food was outstanding. There was no need for an entree; we were both stuffed at this point. Our check with tip at Cosmopolitan totalled $60.
Next we headed across the street to Allentown Symphony Hall for a production of "Hamlet, A Rock Experience", presented by the Allentown Public Theatre. What a unique experience to say the least. The play was set to the score of Pink Floyd's The Wall. It was a pretty simple stage setting; a band of five was the backdrop and there were limited props. The production only lasted four days so if you didn't get to see it, you really missed out. It was well worth the $28. Kudos to all the performers involved.
I was a little disappointed at the limited turnout for the show. Allentown Symphony Hall seats 1,200 and I would say there was only about 250 people there. Their loss! Symphony Hall is a great location to see a show. In 1899 it was converted to a theater and the architecture and charm still remain. It is definitely one of my favorite Lehigh Valley locations to see a performance.
What are your favorite Lehigh Valley locations for a night out on the town?