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Pre-theater dining - reasonably priced

tivon Jan 21, 2007 08:44 PM

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. jrazzle RE: tivon Jan 21, 2007 09:55 PM

    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.

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      RGR RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 04:07 AM

      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.


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        acpi RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 02:21 PM

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

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          veeelchop RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 03:49 PM

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

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            Striver RE: veeelchop Jan 22, 2007 05:44 PM

            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.

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              RGR RE: Striver Jan 22, 2007 07:18 PM

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

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                Striver RE: RGR Jan 22, 2007 08:05 PM

                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. jenniebnyc RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 04:43 PM

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

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              tivon RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 10:32 PM

              Thanks for all the advice. We probably won't be drinking wine that night, so thats one less cost. I promise to leave a good tip :) (my sister used to be a waitress so she is very sensitive to this). I didn't specify cusine, since we are pretty open.. I'll take a look at the suggestions.

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                MRS RE: tivon Jan 22, 2007 11:12 PM

                Cascina is great for pre-theater!

                1. AKR RE: tivon Jan 23, 2007 06:20 AM

                  the budget sounds a bit low but i'd second becco, also try afghab kebab house, a BYO on 9th and 51st which is inexpensive.

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