ISO Pre-theater dinner on Friday with my in-laws
My in-laws will be in town to see Jersey Boys on Friday night and we are planning a pre-theater dinner at about 5:00 pm in the Theater Dist. The food must be italian with a good selection of seafood, but also non-seafood dishes. I considered Roberto Passon, but there are no longer any reservations available for 6. I'd like to keep the price moderate, as my father-in-law will likely offer to pick up the tab. Is Scarlatto any good? Are there other places that would fill our needs? I'd like the food to be as good as it can be given the restrictions above. Thanks.
Based on a bunch of reading of this board, we went to Marseille the other night (44th and 9th, if I remember correctly). We really enjoyed it-- it was fairly busy but didn't feel crowded (the tables are nicely spaced), had nice service, and the prices were reasonable (entrees mostly around $20).
I had the goat cheese and fromage blanc tart, which was topped with frisee and walnuts. Very rich, very good. Friend started with hummus and pita, which was apparently "regular hummus" (per the waitress, when we asked) that they then blended with extra tahini and olive oil so it was very creamy. I just had a bite, but we both liked it. My entree was a basic steak frites... not much to say there... and friend had the moroccan chicken, which was quite cinnamon-y (which she enjoyed--I liked it for a bite but would not have enjoyed an entire dish). We're not seafood fans, but there were certainly plenty of options on the menu.
We went right about when the theatre crowd was clearing out, but I'd imagine they are used to dealing with pre-theatre crowds (given the mass exodus we saw around 7:30!).
Price for 2 glasses of wine, a non-alcoholic "cocktail", 2 apps, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, and 2 coffees was about $100 after tax but before tip.
I had pre-theater prix fixe at Scarlatto and really enjoyed it. Food was good, prices were reasonable and I had no problems with service. As for some of the other suggestions. Food and service at Dopo were both lacking and service at Cascina was terrible, while food was average.