Pre theater dinner
This will be my first trip to NY. Would like some pre theater dinner suggestions for a Saturday night. Any other restaurants that would be really good. Thanks.
With literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from in the Theater District, you need to help narrow things down by giving us some specifics. Cuisine preferences? Casual vs. fancier? Per person budget? And tell us if that figure includes alcoholic beverages, tax (nearly 9%) & tip (20%).
With regard to "other restaurants," if you're talking about all of Manhattan, then we're getting into the thousands. So, again, help us by telling us more precisely what you are looking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner? Neighborhoods?
We've had several fun and delicious pretheatre experiences at Esca, 43 & 9. They specialize in Italian seafood. It was the first place I've had crudo, the Italian version of sushi. The tasting menu with wine is $95/pp.
At the recommendation of chowhounds, we enjoyed Tintol, a Portugese tapas restaurant on 46th/6-7.
For old-world New York feel/charm, go to Barbetta (Italian) on 46th. They have an outdoor garden:
RGR will likely provide several reliable recommendations any moment now...
For fancier pre-theater:
dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. is 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's upscale take on French bistro cuisine.
Amalia, on 55th St., b/t B'way & 7th Av., has been open about two months. Delicious New American/Mediterranean cuisine. Beautiful decor. Website -- http://www.amalia-nyc.com -- still under construction. Menu on Menupages.
In the "other restaurants" category:
L'Impero, on Tudor City Pl., b/t 42nd & 43rd Sts. Excellent modern Italian cuisine. Elegant setting. Charming patio overlooking a park for warm weather dining.
Urena, on 28th St., b/t Madison Av. & Park Av. S. Wonderful, inventive cuisine (some Spanish influence) by chef/owner Alex Urena. Pleasant atmospherics.
Hope you have a great first visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!