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PRE THEATRE DINING AROUND LINCOLN CENTER

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MY GIRLFRIENDS AND I ARE PLANNING TO GO OUT TO DINNER NEXT THURSDAY BEFORE ATTENDING THE OPERA AT LINCOLN CENTER. CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A RESTAURANT WITH A PRE THEATRE MENU IN THE AREA?

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  1. I think most places in the area will accomodate pre-theatre dining - you might check out Telepan, Piccholine, Rosa Mexicano, for starters.

    1. Compass, which serves New American cuisine, has a 3-course prix-fixe for $35. I'm almost certain it's available throughout the dinner service.

      http://www.compassrestaurant.com

      La Boite en Bois, the teensy French bistro, offers a pre-theater prix-fixe for $34.

      http://www.laboitenyc.com/Pre-Theater...

        1. Just went to Compass for the third time - have been impressed every time I've been. Highly recommended for pre- and post-event dining.

          1. How comfortable would it be for a single diner? Is there eating at the bar? Thanks!

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            1. re: jasmine

              You will be treated well as a single diner in the dining room. However, if you are one of those who isn't comfortable eating alone at a table, Compass does have lounge dining. I've never eaten in the lounge but acc. to their website, there is a different menu in the lounge. Their website has the menus.

              http://www.compassrestaurant.com

            2. If you are into good old fashioned chinese food -- shun lee palace is great.

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              1. re: jordana

                In case you choose this option - the one on the westside is actually called Shun Lee West - they also have a dim sum cafe next door. SL Palace is on the eastside. We enjoy Shun Lee West, but it has a lot of detractors on this board as well.

              2. Cafe Luxemberg!!! Great atmosphere and good food.

                1. I'm intrigued by all this gushing for Compass. I have never found it to be anything close to what it wants to be.

                  And in the neighborhood, it's totally outclassed by Telepan, but especially by Picholine, which is the pre-opera venue of choice. They'll ask when you book if you're going to the opera, and will time their service accordingly.

                  You'll have a great time.

                  - Sean

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                  1. re: Sean Dell

                    We've not been to Telepan yet, but we've had more mixed experiences food-wise at Picholine than at Compass. We've had the cuisines of almost all the chefs who've been through the revolving kitchen door at Compass, and the only one that didn't quite meet our expectations was, surprisingly, Katy Sparks. But, then, she had one of the shortest tenures, so I have the feeling her heart was not really in it. As for the current chef, John Fraser, the one dinner we had with him in charge was delicious.

                    1. re: RGR

                      I guess it's the revolving door at Compass that always bothered me. I did eat there when Katy Sparks was there, and was disappointed, as much by the room and the fuss as by her food.

                      - Sean

                  2. For something a little less pricey than Picholine, try Gabriel's on W 60th. They don't have a pre-theatre menu, but they will get you out in time for curtain if you tell them you have tickets.