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.
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.
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.
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.