Now that Roundabout is using a theater on 23rd and 3rd,
I wonder if anyone can recommend a decent restaurant in
this area for before Theater. Sounds like Picholine is
great but probably too good to rush through dinner.
Your suggestions would be appreciated.
Sounds like you don't have time for the upscale
options, Union Pacific, Cena, Bolo, etc. Park Avenue
South is full of restaurants, especially south of 21st
Street. Some possibilities are The Globe (liked by
Asimov), at around 26th, Pagliacci (liked by my
officemates) and Ribollita (a tuscan liked by
someone!), at 20th or so. Since the theater is just
west of Lex on 23rd, these would be fairly close.
Pitchoune, several blocks south of 23rd on third, may
be a little farther. The Thai restaurant that used to
be called Rungsit, on the corner of 23rd and 3rd has
quite good food. Lots of Indian restaurants on Lex in
the high 20s. Several are cafeteria style (with very
basic decor), including Shaheen (off the corner on
29th, Curry-in-a-Hurry at 28th and Chowhound-favorite
Kasturi, at around 26th (always full of groups of
cabbies), some are more upscale and could take longer
(like Pongal). Teriyaki Boy (don't laugh!) on Lex just
south of 23rd has a range of quick, good-value
i've given these choices several times on this board,
so i hope everyone else forgives me, but i think union
pacific and tabla are both terrific and your best bets
for an all-around great meal. you can find more
detailed comments and recommendations for dishes by
doing a search on the site. those would definitely be
my top two in the area. others i think are good are
gramercy tavern and cena. people on this board also
like patria a lot. i haven't been to 11 madison park
but have heard mixed things. veritas i believe also
opened there recently and if you like wine then maybe
you should go there.
Thanks, that was fast. Since we really don't have time
to eat slowly and savor things those high end
suggestions must wait. We'll try one of the others and
post if we have something terrific.
In the meantime, I'd love to add my raves for Tabla. I
ate there at lunch time (with someone related to the
chef) and was thrilled with the food. I am still
remembering the tastes. Will try it again for dinner
in a few weeks. Hope you will all try it (those who
haven't yet). Thanks again.
For something truly practical and pre-theater, there
are still a number of decent options: Sal Anthony's on
Irving Place has early evening prix fixes, Yama on 17th
and Irving might be bearable early in the evening,
before it gets packed (doesn't take reservations), and
that French 24 hr bistro on park av south and 19th (?)
-- the name escapes me now -- is fine as well, despite
the snotty service. And, for a high-end night, there's
also Verbena, which is even nicer in warm weather, with
a very pretty garden in back.
Thanks. I plan to try it. I was really looking for a
less expensive alternative for pre-theatre. In the
meantime, I did try Tabla. That was incredible! Food,
atmosphere and service--a memorable experience. I'm
already planning my next visit.
By the way, we ate at Turkish Kitchen on 3rd after
getting all the recommendations. It was very good
(though a little pricey) and a really peaceful place.