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Non-touristy dinner near Times Square?

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carmenv Sep 11, 2007 08:31 AM

I'm going to a Broadway Show tonight - any recommendations for a good dinner near the Gershwin Theatre/Times Square that isn't a tourist trap?

Thanks!

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    RGR Sep 11, 2007 08:53 AM

    Since there are literally hundreds of good to excellent places to eat in that area, it would help if you would provide some specifics. Cuisine preferences? Casual vs. Fancy? Per person budget? And tell us if that figure includes drinks, tax & tip.

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      ciciNYC Sep 11, 2007 09:13 AM

      I'd recommend the West Bank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd (between 9th & 10th Ave, I believe). It's not at all touristy. The food is consistently good, and you can usually get some interesting wines by the glass. You might want to try a reservation. My husband and I usually eat at the bar. You'll see the occasional celebrity, but it's very low key with pleasant service.

      www.westbankcafe.com

      1. Spiritchaser Sep 11, 2007 09:23 AM

        West Bank is a good choice. There is also Le Madeliene (I think I destroyed the spelling).

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          carmenv Sep 11, 2007 09:50 AM

          West Bank Cafe sounds great, thanks! I'll try to make reservations...No cuisine preferences really, $40 per person max, casual...

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            idia Sep 11, 2007 10:33 AM

            Marseille -- pure and simple!

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              clashfan Sep 11, 2007 10:52 AM

              Inseime on 49th and 7th. From the owners of Hearth.

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                NAtiveNewYorker Sep 11, 2007 11:19 AM

                Second Marseille. Also, Roberto Passon for very good (not fantastic) Italian.

              2. NAtiveNewYorker Sep 11, 2007 11:20 AM

                I happen to like Brooklyn Diner on 57th so I'd recommend their branch in Times Square (on 43rd just east of the Square). Great chicken soup.

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