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Sep 8, 2007 04:40 PM

dinner then theater in the 50's.

studio 54 is presenting "the ritz" (254 West 54th Street) later this month. i want to take deb to a really good birthday dinner before the show sometime in october. in a perfect world, we would dine early and walk leisurely to the show. total budget should not exceed $300 before tax and tip. open to any and all suggestions. thanks in advance.

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  1. I had a fantastic meal at Basso56 on 56th st btwn 7th and 8th (I think). The boyfriend and I each had an appetizer, main, dessert, glass of wine and a digestif, and the bill came to under $200.

    The service was perfect. I'm on a budget, so I haven't been there in a while but if was a pretty good night out.

    1. Go to Piano Due on West 51st Street. Was just is, by far, one of the most beautiful, romantic restaurants in NYC. And terrific high end Italian food. Works with your budget. Don't understand why this place has yet to be reviewed by major critics.

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      1. re: Will4Food

        thanks for all the suggestions. i'll report back on both the restaurant we choose and the play.

        edit: i meant this to appear at the bottom of the thread. my mistake.

        1. Town, on 56th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves New American cuisine in a drop-dead gorgeous subterranean space. Definitely has a celebratory feel. We had an absolutely delicious dinner there. However, it was quite a long time ago and since there has not been much buzz regarding Town lately, I have no idea if the quality still holds up.

          Alto, on 53rd, b/t Madison & 5th, is upscale and serves contemporary Italian cuisine. Chef Michael White is now the executive chef there, as well as at sister restaurant L'Impero. (Took over from Scott Conant.) We had dinner at L'Impero a few days ago, and White's cuisine totally blew us away. Sensational! So, Alto is now at the top of my "go to" list.

          We've not yet managed to get to The Modern (in MoMA, 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th), but our daughter and the b.f. celebrated a special occasion there and said the food was excellent.

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          1. re: RGR

            I definitely second both Modern and Alto. I have been to both this summer and really enjoyed the food at both places.

          2. On W. 51st St. is a lovely and romantic looking place that serves fine Italian fare called Vice Versa.
            I myself am planning on being there the first weekend in November with friends.
            I think you will be pleased and it is within walking distance to the theater.
            Buono appetito!

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            1. Le Bernadin will get you in and out in time for the theater and not make you feel rushed. I think you can stay within budget. check their website menu.

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              1. re: BW212

                deb and i are huge fans of le bernardin. thanks for giving props to one of our two favorite high-end seafood restaurants. seems LB is a tad controversial on this board.