Pre-Theater Dinner in West 30s/40s
I'm interested in ideas for an early (5 or 5:30) pre-theater dinner in the west 30s/40s (hopefully around 6th, 7th, or 8th aves) that's both good, nice, and reasonably priced.
It would be helpful to know your cuisine preferences and, since people's opinions can difffer, what you consider reasonable, i.e., per person budget, excluding drinks, tax & tip.
Keens, on 36th St., b/t 5th & 6th Av., has been in that location since 1885. So, in addition to delicious food, there's incomparably charming old NY ambiance. Prices in the cozy Pub Room are more reasonable than in the main dining room.
A couple of places I've not been to but which have a reputation for good food and pleasant atmospherics:
Seven, on 7th Av., b/t 29th & 30th Sts. - http://www.sevenbarandgrill.com
Tir Na Nog, is an Irish pub, on 8th Av. & 33rd St. - http://www.tirnanognyc.com
Price point is hopefully $30-ish per person or less (without drinks/tax/tip).
Cuisine preferences? Whatever. We're going to Restaurant Sorrel in Brooklyn the next night, which is sort of nouveau American, so something somewhat different than that would be good.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and no steakhouses please.