Quick advice on fun pre-theater dining in Manhattan
We're dining out this evening prior to a Broadway show (west 50s, 40s), our pre-theater favorite (Cabana Carioca) has closed down and we are looking for an alternative choice. Doesn't have to be Brazilian, but something casual, great food (ethnic is good...cuban, mexican, asian...). Any good suggestions
Old San Juan, on 9th Av., b/t 51st & 52nd Sts., serves Puerto Rican cuisine. It's been quite some time since we've eaten there, at which time we thought the food was very tasty. More recent posts from other Hounds indicate that's still the case. My recollection is that there was not much in the way of decor and tables were closely spaced, but the overall feeling was that people were enjoying themselves.
Marseille, the French/Mediterranean brasserie, on the corner of 9th & 44th St., is always a good bet for pre-theater dining. In fact, we were just there this past weekend and the food, as usual, was well-prepared and delicious. Service is friendly and *very* efficient. The decor is quite attractive, seating is really comfortable, and there's a pleasant upbeat vibe.