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Need restaurant rec in theater district

jmsvss Aug 28, 2007 02:36 PM

A last minute trip will put us in NYC over labor Day weekend. We have tickets for Curtains Saturday 8pm at Al Hirschfeld Theatre. It is doubtful we can make it into the city for a pre-theater meal but its possible. Most likely we are looking at a late dinner around 10:45 or so. Price isn't that important, the other couple does not eat sushi but other than that anything goes. Any suggestions?

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    ryejh Aug 31, 2007 07:45 PM

    Chimichurri Grill, Esca or 44X are all very good

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      jmsvss Aug 31, 2007 01:53 PM

      You have all been extremely helpful - I really appreciate it. I have our plans narrowed down to three - Marseille, le Madeleine and Chez Josephine - all pre theater (a change from my original plan). My impression is I probably can't go wrong with any of them but I can only choose one. Please help!!! They seem to have similar menus and prices. Is there anything that makes one better than the other?

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        idia Aug 31, 2007 02:25 PM

        I would probably choose Marseille. It is quite popular.
        Le Madeleine is very good for lunch as they have an outdoor patio.

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          RGR Aug 31, 2007 07:29 PM

          I have not been to Chez Josephine, but between the other two, I'd definitely choose Marseille. Le Madeleine's food is good, but, in my view, Marseille's is better, and the menu offers French and Mediterranean/North African dishes, which makes for a more interesting dining experience. I like the very eye-catching decor and bustling brasserie vibe. Plus, I think the seating is more comfortable.

        2. LeahBaila Aug 30, 2007 07:57 AM

          Check out El Centro for good, casual Mex food...54th and 9th Ave

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            italiana3 Aug 30, 2007 07:31 AM

            i love La Locanda. It is on 9th ave and 50th street (I think that is the correct cross street...do a search). great Italian

            1. jfood Aug 30, 2007 07:20 AM

              Jfood eats here pre-theatre, not sure of the hours post-theatre:


              1. ChefBoyAreMe Aug 30, 2007 07:19 AM

                While the theater district is not necessarily known for the bet dining, I recommend Osteria Doge. Really good Venitian Italian, heavy on seafood. I've never had a bad meal there, and would even go on a non-theather occasion.


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                  G3B Aug 31, 2007 06:47 PM

                  I disagree with this one. The one time I went there pre-theater, I did not enjoy the food at all. So many other good choices

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                  Captain O Toro Aug 30, 2007 07:14 AM

                  Try Bice - 54th btwn 5th and 6th. . . A bit pricey, but very good.

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                    jmsvss Aug 30, 2007 06:34 AM

                    Many thanks to everyone for your help. I'm new to this board and this was my first post so it was helpful to get the pointer concerning the search feature. I'll let you know how things turn out. Thanks again.

                    1. jinet12 Aug 29, 2007 04:16 PM

                      I have really enjoyed a late dinner at Tabla Bread Bar after the theater...They are open until 11;30 on Saturday night...You must make reservations though, and you will need to take a cab

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                        nycgourmet Aug 29, 2007 08:31 AM

                        We' ve been going to Trattoria Trecolori for years and it's better than ever since they moved to a bright, modern, larger space on 47th bet. Bway & 8th. Standard Italian selelctions but well-prepared & very reasonable. Virgil's for ribs & barbeque on 45th is good,

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                          RGR Aug 29, 2007 09:32 AM

                          Regulars on this board know that I, too, am a huge fan of Trecolori. I agree with you that the new space is so much handsomer and more comfortable than the old location. Service remains friendly and efficient. As for the food, in my view, it's better than ever!

                          On Fridays and Saturdays, they are open until 11:15 p.m., so if you get there anytime before that, no problem. (Note: Weekdays, it's 10:30 p.m.)

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                            williej33 Aug 29, 2007 09:52 AM

                            I'll third Trecolori. Have been going there for many years and always happy. And though I had a sentimental attachment to the old space, I agree with RGR that the new one is much more comfortable.

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                          cashman Aug 28, 2007 03:30 PM

                          Russian comfort food at a homey hole in the wall: Uncle Vanya, 315 W 54th btw 8th & 9th

                          No atmosphere but some of the best food for your money in town: Pam Real Thai Food, 404 W 49th btw 9th and 10th

                          French food that I'm always happy with: Pigalle, 8th Ave at 48th

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                            G3B Aug 30, 2007 04:38 AM

                            disagree with uncle vanya. went once for dinner and it was freezing (winter time and they had no heat) and the food was terrible. Hot foods were lukewarm and not good, service was atrociously slow. will never go back

                          2. jakew8 Aug 28, 2007 03:16 PM

                            Use the search--click on "Search this board" right above your post and type "theater" and you'll see lots of places.

                            Here's one about Italian places to get you started:


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