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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?
Thanks!

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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