New York's Opry City Stage brings the legendary country institution to Manhattan
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Credit: Courtesy of Opry City Stage

Country music fans, get ready, because Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry is about to make its way to the Northeast. Opening Friday, Dec. 1, the brand new Opry City Stage is the Opry's first "home away from home," and, located in the heart of Times Square at 1604 Broadway, makes a suitably grand new Opry for the country music institution.

Featuring a four-level live music and dining space, the Opry City Stage will bring together country music sounds, history, and, because not every New Yorker can travel to Dollywood and attempt to eat everything in one day, food. Led by the Bromberg Brothers of Blue Ribbon restaurants, the menu will bring "elevated, Southern comfort food" to the city, with signature dishes including a Pimento Cheese Dip, a Biscuit Basket with cinnamon butter and honey, Smoked Corn Chowder with cheddar cheese and green onions, a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with pickles on a brioche bun, and Honky Tonk brisket, ribs, cheddar sausage, pulled pork, chicken, skillet corn, mac & cheese and hush puppies. Plus, an exclusive Grand Ole Opry-inspired beer from Nashville's Yazoo Brewery called, naturally “Hopry."

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Credit: Courtesy of Opry City Stage

And when you're not eating or taking in live music performances (which will also be streamed from the main Grand Ole Opry in Nashville), the Opry City Stage will draw on its rich country history to put together art installations and exhibits worthy of the Grand Ole Opry name. Launches include opening exhibit "Iconic Fashions from the Opry Archives," which will document decades of country fashion from artists that include everyone from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, a 17-foot recreation of Jimmie Rodgers' Blue Yodeler Guitar, which was gifted to Opry fixture Ernest Tubb and played there for years, and over 300 photographs from the Opry's archives featuring Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and more, which seems pretty grand indeed.