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John Piekarski Aug 2, 2000 03:22 PM

OK, what if you don't have time for a pre-theater dinner -- are there any good options for fast yet tasty food in the Times Square/Theater District/Broadway areas?

Is Tad's fast and tasty? Are there little ethnic places where you can grab gyro, pizza by the slice, quick Asian or the like? What would a Chowhound eat in a hurry in this area?

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    Jessica Shatan Aug 2, 2000 06:04 PM

    I would sit at the bar at the Russian Vodka Room on 52nd and 8th and have a martini with Muskowskaya vodka and some type of smoked fish platter or the salmon caviar which will all come with delicious bread/blinis. Maybe a shot of their own infused dill vodka to offset the fish.....

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      Anil Khullar Aug 3, 2000 06:12 AM

      Vodka Room ? Really ;-). It is really filled with
      thick cig. smoke. Not good for pre-theatre mood.
      Having spent hours at a time there, I'd say after
      eating, it is time to stagger home ;-)

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        Jessica Shatan Aug 3, 2000 09:51 AM

        Well, perhaps it is diff't than you think early in the evening. When I have been there around 6:30 it's is not smokey and only half-filled, sometimes there's a pianist playing, the bartenders and the service couldn't be nicer and I really have had pleasant (and delcious) times there. Late night does get crowded and can be smokey.

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      Anil Khullar Aug 3, 2000 06:06 AM

      Uncle Nick's Ozeria is fast enough (9th & 50s)

      Actually many ethnic restaurants on 9th Ave are
      fast enough. If you like noodles, Try Sapporo (Japanese) @ 49th, 6th & 7th Ave, actually closer
      to 7th. There are two Churrascaria's (if you have a
      big appetite at that time) one, called Rio Dejaniro
      on 43rd 6-7th, other 49th 8th-9th

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        andrew reibman Aug 3, 2000 02:35 PM

        I kind of liked uncle Nick's. I haven't sat on the bar/"greek tapas" side, only on the resteraunt side. We've had good luck with the grilled fish and grilled octupus. Also the hot appetizer plate is good, especially the fried meetball things.... And a number of people actually speaking Greek when they order - always a good sign.

        But I would really hesitate to ever go there again pre-theater. Fast it is definitely not.

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