dinner near times square
im seeing the play Proof tonight with a group of five friends.(48th and B'way) Does anyone have good ideas as to where we can eat in the neighborhood? We're not too picky today about type of cuisine but we want good and not too expensive. any ideas?
I had a very good meal at Lotfi's Moroccan on 46th (between 8th and 9th) last night just before a play. It's not exactly cheap, but it is reasonable. The lamb tagine was very nice, the cous cous very fluffy, and my new discovery was the olive salad. Also thumbs up on the lemon chicken and the merguez sausage. Cheers.
The Theater district Ollie's is better than the one on Bway and 84th. It isn't the greatest, but at least there are some interesting things on the menu.
I don't know about the one up near Columbia.
Virgils is hit or miss, in my experience.
Carmines is strictly a party place. The food is OK, but the atmosphere is what you want. I don't think it would be good pre-theater, it's more for a birthday party group, where getting a little looped is expected.
Pongsri Thai Restaurant at 244 West 48th Street (between 7th and 8th) is a good choice, and is close by. They have a website at http://pongsri1.citysearch.com/ which incldes some menu items.
They have a variety of dishes including poultry, seafood, pork, noodle dishes, steak etc...
I love their duck in ginger, carrots and straw mushroom sauce. It is duckbreast,a nd the sauce is delicious. They have other dishes with teh same sauce as well. Their orange chicken is a crispy chicken breast with a tangy orange sauce and is good as well. they have some interesting brightly colored fruit/alcohol drinks as well.
They serve family style so you get to try whatever the table orders. If it is a table for 2 they serve one dish at a time (because of table space.
While neither of the dishes I mentioned are spicy, they do have many spicy dishes. You can order 3 levels of heat, but their food can get very hot.
The restaurant is large and gets a nice looking crowd. I see a lot of couple, and small groups, many of which are probably theatre crowd.
The service is good as well. We once had a fouth person show up during peak hours when we had just finished our food, and the waiter didn't bat an eyelash even though they needed the table. He just handed him the menu and made sure his food came promptly.