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Cheap Eats around Broadway?

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I'm going up to see an off-Broadway musical and want to find somewhere to eat beforehand that

1) is good;
2) isn't typical burger-and-fries or chain restaurant eating (Italian? Brazilian? Russo-Ethiopian? whatever fascinating places exist); and
3) won't bankrupt me (I'm paying an unbelievable $30 for my ticket, and am hoping to keep my meal as close to that as possible, if not lower).

Thanks

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  1. Most of the restaurants along Ninth Ave have pre-theater specials that run from $20 to $25 (seated before 6:30pm). We particularly like Basilica (Italian) btwn 46-47 Streets although I stay away from the chicken pizzaola on the pre-theater list.

    1. The show starts at 7:30 so I will definitely be seated before 6:30. I will look into the Basilica and other restaurants along Ninth Ave. Thanks!

      1. Ninth Avenue is a good bet. I love Amarone between 46th & 47th. Have a great time.

        1. If I were you, I'd probably go to Grand Sichuan on 9th Av. just north of 50th St. But then, I'm not you!

          1. Yoshinoya

            24 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036
            between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
            212-768-0558

            This is the Japanese McDonalds but the food is much better in quality and more satisfying. You won't get burgers but you can get a choice of chicken, beef, and or veggies with rice. All for around $6.

            1. Roberto Passon... flavorful, creative Italian, modern look, charming service, moderate prices. 9th Ave if I remember correctly. Bring cash... maybe they take AmEx only, or no CCs, I forget.

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              1. re: The Engineer

                They definitely take AMEX (not sure about other plastic), and they're on 9th and 50th. They're very reasonable, especially if you stick to the pastas, but I wouldn't call them "cheap".

                1. re: Striver

                  I wouldn't call it cheap either, but that's subjective. Either way, one could easily have dinner there for 30 dollars- the amount suggested by the OP.