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W. 45th restaurant suggestion?

I'm treating my parents, who are coming in from out of town, to a show and lunch. The show is on 45th between 8th/Broadway. Looking for a restaurant that is within 2 blocks away. They are NOT adventurous eaters and like staid, Upper East side type restaurants for the well-heeled, business set.
Any suggestions? Price for lunch could be $60/person (including glass of wine, not tip). Any French, Italian, or steakhouse restaurants to recommend on 46th or 47th?

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  1. Try Pigalle at 48th & 8th Ave. There are also a lot of choices at "Restaurant Row", 46th St. between 8th & 9th Ave.

    1. There was a recent discussion about Barbetta's on w.46th - sounds like it would fill the bill for you (literally and figuratively).

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      1. re: Striver

        Is this for today or tomorrow? If so, the weather is going to be in the mid-50's and sunny both days, which makes Barbetta's outdoor garden a perfect choice.

      2. Marseilles, on 9th Avenue, could work.

        1. Hmmm...if you're looking for a steakhouse, and a well-heeled UES business set kind of place, you might want to consider Shula's Steakhouse at the Westin. I haven't tried the one in NYC, but I had dinner at Shula's at the Westin in Indianapolis and enjoyed my meal. It's on 43rd and 8th.

          1. Haven't heard good things about pigalle aside from the affordable brunch. I mean how good can a 24 hour brasserie be? For Italian you could try Vice Versa on 51st between 8th and 9th and they have a sister restaurant on 44th I think called Etc Etc.

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            1. re: jsgjewels

              I live right in that area and can report that Pigalle is just okay. Good in a late-night pinch, but definitely not an ideal pre-theatre lunch spot.

              I'd recommend:

              La Masseria (Italian), 235 W 48th St., b/t 8th & Bway
              Marseilles (French/Med), 9th & 44th
              Thalia (New American), 8th & 48th
              The Palm West (Steakhouse), 50th b/t 8th & Bway

            2. What about good ol' John's Pizza?

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              1. re: LFeinberg

                I was afraid to say it! I've limited myself to only one mention per day! Hahaha.

                1. Since you say they like "staid, Upper East side type restaurants for the well-heeled, business set," perhaps, the Round Table Room, at the Algonquin Hotel, would be a comfortable fit for them. It is a bit further than your 2-block radius -- 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th.

                  http://www.algonquinhotel.com/nav_res... (Scroll down to view the menu.)

                  On Restaurant Row (46th, b/t 8th & 9th), Le Rivage, the old-style French bistro, serves decent versions of the classics.


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                  1. re: RGR

                    Thanks for the suggestions.
                    I was at Rivage once and I think they might like it. Will check out Lattanzi too.
                    re Barbetta's--I actually went to Barbetta's a few years ago. I'm surprised so many people here like it. Maybe we had a bad meal. But I thought food was mediocre, not worth the price.
                    Anyway, thanks...

                  2. Lattanzi on 46th is my grandparents' favorite Italian place, and they are Upper East side type restaurant people as well.