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Dinner before opera at the Met?

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Opera is at 8pm on a Saturday night. Was thinking of Daniel which is a fairly short cab ride away. Dinner starts at 5:45pm. Can this be done? I haven't been to such an upscale place in quite some time and don't know how long dinner takes. By the way, opera ends at 10:45pm. Any other ideas if this won't work. Chow!

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  1. I, for one, would not do Daniel before going to a show or opera because I feel that caliber restaurant should be the centerpiece of the evening, and I wouldn't want to feel rushed. When I go to the theater, ballet or opera, I prefer to dine in close proximity to the entertainment venue, and the fact is, there are several very fine restaurants within walking distance of Lincoln Center. You can reserve for 5:45, have a relaxing meal, and then stroll over in plenty of time to make the curtain.

    We've had many excellent pre-performance dinners at Compass. Delicious New American cuisine is served in a large space with attractive contemporary decor. We always ask to be seated in one of their cozy, comfy booths.

    http://www.compassrestaurant.com

    We've yet to try Telepan, but it has gotten uniformly positive reviews from Hounds who have been there.

    http://www.telepan-ny.com

    Enjoy the opera and Bon Appetit!

    1. would you consider Shun Lee? I know it's not Daniel...

      43 W. 65th St., New York, NY, 10023
      between Columbus Ave. and Central Park West
      212-595-8895

      1. Picholine is high quality food, but they are also very used to dealing with the Lincoln Center crowd. 5:45 would work.

        1. I agree with RGR--Daniel should be the star of the evening and you don't want to feel rushed going to such a fine restaurant. I go to the Opera often and definitely suggest a place within walking distance of the Met. For an 8 PM curtain, 5:45 PM is more than enough time for a leisurely meal. Here are a few restaurants within walking distance that are all good:
          Picholine, Cafe Des Artistes, Cafe Fiorello, Gabriels and Boit en Bois. Check out www.menupages.com for addresses, phone numbers and websites for them all.
          Have a wonderful meal and enjoy the Opera!

          1. Telepan is my restaurant of choice before the opera-I'd reserve for 5:30 if you wish to have the 4-course meal. By backup is Compass, which is excellent as well.