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Jan 21, 2007 08:44 PM

Pre-theater dining - reasonably priced

I'll be in NY in Feb and we'll be going to see Mama Mia. Any ideas for reasonably priced dinner close to the theater for the 4 of us? Hopefully under $100 even better if less.


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  1. I suggest Daniela's--I've been there a few times and it's delicious. It's Italian and reasonably priced. It's on 8th Avenue near 45th St.

    1. Is that under $100 for 4 people, including drinks (wine, liquor), tax (nearly 9$) & tip (15-20%)?

      There are restaurants in the Theater District that offer special pre-theater prix-fixes, but even if you drink only tap water, the ones I'm familiar with will still be above that budget once tax & tip are factored in.

      Old San Juan, on 9th Av., b/t 51st & 52nd St., might work for you. They serve very tasty Puerto Rican and Argentinian cuisine. Portions are substantial, and prices are very reasonable.

      Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves very good Szechuan cuisine. It should fit your budget since sharing is the way to go in Chinese restaurants.

      1. Cara Mia has a pre-theater prix fixe for about $20/person. Pretty solid Italian.

        1. Sardis, the theater district classic was the perfect place after MAMA MIA last year.

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          1. re: veeelchop

            I haven't been to Sardi's in a long time, and do not feel I am current enough to talk about the food - but I cannot see how 2 people can dine there for $100 total, let alone 4 (per the OP's request), unless they've slashed their prices considerably.

            1. re: Striver

              Perhaps veeelchop had a different experience, but I have not heard anyone ever say anything positive about the food at Sardi's.

              1. re: RGR

                That's why it's been a long time (and I do mean long). :)

                Since the OP's original request doesn't state what kinds of cuisine, setting, etc., it's kind of hard to respond. Perhaps Wondee Siam or Grand Sichuan or maybe Breeze? But not knowing more of the OP's desires, It's hard to say.

                Had a very nice lunch at West Bank Cafe recently (we went for brunch on a Saturday, but they only serve that on Sunday - nonetheless lunch was reasonable and good); however, I can't see 4 people having dinner there for $100 unless - and here I agree with your original post - they just had entrees (most of which are $20 or less, not counting any specials, which are usually more), drank water, and left a reasonable but not generous tip.

          2. Becco will get you a great antipasto and 3 course AYCE pasta dinner for a bit over $100 for 4 not (including tax/tip)