Barack Obama heads to see Broadway show before heading for dinner at swish Italian restaurant in NYC


Former President Barack Obama enjoyed a night on the town in the Big Apple, savoring five-star Italian cuisine and watching a Broadway show.

Obama left his New York City hotel Wednesday donning a smart all-black ensemble and a friendly smile as he ventured for his night of fun.

The Democrat made his first stop at New World Stages theatre on W. 49th Street, where he visited for around an hour. The playhouse hosts multiple shows, but it is currently home to Americano, a musical about dreamers which would likely appeal most to the liberal president.

He was then escorted by his Secret Service detail and NYPD to Portale, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, where he dined in a private room on the establishment’s upper level with several guests. 

He stayed at the restaurant, where a meal will easily cost $50 to $100 per person without booze, for three hours before returning to his hotel, a DailyMail.com photographer recalled.

Obama’s fun filled night comes just one day after he condemned the Texas elementary school massacre that left 21 dead and called on legislators to take action and reform gun control.

Former President Barack Obama enjoyed a night on the town in the Big Apple, savoring five-star Italian cuisine and watching a Broadway show

Obama left his New York City hotel Wednesday donning a smart all-black ensemble and a friendly smile as he ventured for his night of fun

Obama left his New York City hotel Wednesday donning a smart all-black ensemble and a friendly smile as he ventured for his night of fun

He was escorted by his Secret Service detail and NYPD

He was escorted by his Secret Service detail and NYPD

The Democrat made his first stop at New World Stages theatre on W. 49th Street, where he visited for around an hour

The Democrat made his first stop at New World Stages theatre on W. 49th Street, where he visited for around an hour

He then went to Portale, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, where he dined in a private room on the establishment's upper level with several guests

He then went to Portale, an Italian restaurant in Chelsea, where he dined in a private room on the establishment’s upper level with several guests

Little is known about the nature of Obama’s Wednesday festivities, however photographs reveal he wasn’t trying to shy away from the camera.

Sporting a smile, Obama waved at onlookers as we walked through Manhattan’s streets.

In some pictures, he seemed engaged in conversation, with his security detail.

Spotted outside his hotel, the theatre and the restaurant, Obama seemed overall content during his journey.

While we don’t know specifically who he dined with on Wednesday, one can assume he was deep in conversation with his guests as he stayed at Portale for three hours.

It’s also unclear if his dinning engagement was social or business related. The former president was seen carrying a tablet and several a handful of documents throughout the evening.

Obama is seen smiling and apparently engaged in conversation with members of his security detail in NYC on Wednesday

Obama is seen smiling and apparently engaged in conversation with members of his security detail in NYC on Wednesday

Obama waves at onlookers during his NYC adventure on Wednesday

Obama waves at onlookers during his NYC adventure on Wednesday

Obama sports a solemn expression in a photo taken during is NYC outing on Wednesday

Obama sports a solemn expression in a photo taken during is NYC outing on Wednesday

His excursion came just one day after 19 children and two teachers were killed by a teenage gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Obama was one of many national leaders to express anguish and rally for gun reform following the attack.

The 44th president, taking to Twitter after the shooting, said that both he and former First Lady Michelle Obama ‘grieve with the families in Uvalde who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear.’

‘Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies— and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space,’ he penned.

He then recalled the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which occurred while he was in office. 

Obama said: ‘Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook — and ten days after Buffalo — our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.’

The statement concluded: ‘It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy—a quieter but no less tragic one—for families to wait another day. May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.’

Little is known about Obama's Wednesday night festivities, however photographs reveal he wasn't trying to shy away from the camera

Little is known about Obama’s Wednesday night festivities, however photographs reveal he wasn’t trying to shy away from the camera

Obama's security detail is pictured in Manhattan on Wednesday

Obama’s security detail is pictured in Manhattan on Wednesday

Obama stopped at New World Stages theatre on W. 49th Street, where he visited for around an hour

The playhouse hosts multiple shows, but it is currently home to Americano, a musical about dreamers which would appeal to the liberal president

Obama stopped at New World Stages theatre on W. 49th Street, where he visited for around an hour. The playhouse hosts multiple shows, but it is currently home to Americano, a musical about dreamers which would appeal to the liberal president

He then dined at Portale restaurant in Chelsea for three hours before returning to his hotel

He then dined at Portale restaurant in Chelsea for three hours before returning to his hotel

He allegedly dined in a private room on the establishment's upper level with several guests

He allegedly dined in a private room on the establishment’s upper level with several guests

His NYC excursion came just one day after he and his wife, Michelle Obama, issued a statement about the Texas elementary school massacre

His NYC excursion came just one day after he and his wife, Michelle Obama, issued a statement about the Texas elementary school massacre 

Obama is seen walking in Manhattan on Wednesday

Obama is seen walking in Manhattan on Wednesday

The former president also made headlines last week after his charity, The Obama Foundation, received a $100 million donation from AirBnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky.

The donation intends to fund the Voyager Scholarship, which is for students pursuing careers in public service.

The award will grant $50,000 to rising juniors to cover tuition costs over two years as well as a $10,000 grant and Airbnb credit to fund a summer experience designed by the student.  

Scholarship winners will also get an Airbnb credit worth $2,000 a year for 10 years after their graduation, which is in addition to Chesky’s donation.

Chesky’s donation is the largest the Obama Foundation has received, tied with a $100 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in November.

The Obama Foundation also recently funded community organizations working to close opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color as well as to fund girls’ education, according to its 2020 tax filings.

Obama is seen apparently engaging in conversation with a woman dressed in pink

Obama is seen apparently engaging in conversation with a woman dressed in pink

Obama walks in Manhattan on Wednesday alongside his security detail with a tablet in hand

Obama walks in Manhattan on Wednesday alongside his security detail with a tablet in hand

Obama is seen smiling while holding a stack of papers

Obama is seen smiling while holding a stack of papers

Obama is pictured with his security detail in NYC on Wednesday

Obama is pictured with his security detail in NYC on Wednesday

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