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Pre-Theater Dinner in West 30s/40s

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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.

Ideas?

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  1. 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.
    That said...

    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.

    http://www.keens.com

    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

    1. Cuisine preference and price point would be helpful. But right off the top of my head, I would recommend Becco on 46th (between 8th & 9th). It's Italian and they do a nice tableside pasta service. They also have a pretty good wine list.

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      1. re: LNG212

        I have to disagree about Becco. The last time we had the ayce pasta special, the selections were mediocre. Worse, the noise level was so insanely high, we had to shout in order to carry on a conversation. Not exactly my idea of a pleasant dining experience.

        1. re: RGR

          My wife and I loved Becco.Dinner and service was very nice. This palce does get mobbed.Ask to be seated upstairs its a bit quieter. The Palm steakhouse westside is nice too but steakhouse prices.

          1. re: luv2eatct

            Just to note that we were sitting upstairs. Packed to the proverbial gills and anything but quieter.

      2. 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.