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Aug 29, 2006 05:11 PM

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

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  1. 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.

    1. Tintol on west 46th is fun for Tapas. The owner Jose was the first Chef at Les Halles, and the food there was much better when he was at the helm.
      He's got a great touch for rustic dishes of his native Portugal.