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fun, non-crammed birthday lunch vaguely near Theater District for 13-year-old?

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ajt13 Oct 24, 2007 11:19 AM

He's a generally open-minded eater, likes Asian, bbq, seafood, etc. I want a nice pre-theater lunch spot for Sunday that won't be frantic or touristy, priced below exorbitant but above modest. He's from NJ and appreciates NY.

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  1. Spiritchaser Oct 24, 2007 11:34 AM

    Not sure what you mean by "fun" but check these two places:

    Le Madeleine - very good food, very nice atmosphere and if you explain it's for a young persons birthday maybe they would make the effort to seat you in the garden room. he would definately get the "young sophisticated vibe" here.

    Bann - A Korean grill restaurant. Good food and you get to grill stuff.

    1. ssf36 Oct 24, 2007 12:36 PM

      Perhaps Ruby Foo's, 49th & Bway. It's a little touristy but decent Asian food and if he likes chocolate, their layer cake is a great birthday dessert.

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        ajt13 Oct 24, 2007 03:08 PM

        These all sound good -- maybe I'll ask him to pick. Not sure myself what exactly I meant by fun, but I want him to enjoy a characterisitic and somewhat grown-up NY experience -- and yes, he loves chocolate.

      2. JungMann Oct 25, 2007 08:22 AM

        I head to HK for pre-theatre. Vynl is great; a little more grown-up might be Whym.

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          ajt13 Oct 25, 2007 09:37 AM

          I thought of HK but heard the lines are long for Sunday brunch, which worries me with tickets on 43rd st -- do you see a problem?

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            Striver Oct 25, 2007 10:43 AM

            Marseille (44th & 9th) is a nice place with an interesting brunch menu (French Mediterranean/Moroccan) and quite reasonable. Check Opentable for availability.

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          ajs42548 Oct 25, 2007 08:28 AM

          Try Virgil's for BBQ, on 44 St just east of Broadway. I also like Delta Grill( Cajun) on 9 Ave (I forget the cross street but it's in the mid 40's). I also like Chelsea Grill of Hell's Kitchen, 9 Ave between 46 and 47 St. Virgil's has the most party-like atmosphere of these 3 places though.

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            ajt13 Oct 25, 2007 09:39 AM

            We've done Virgils -- but Delta sounds fun.

          2. drbelfer Oct 25, 2007 10:48 AM

            Well if you like Italian and are aleady in the Theatre District - try John's Pizza on W44th - great oven pizza and good italian food to boot. Fun place, airy, open and has a stain glass ceiling

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              idia Oct 25, 2007 11:35 AM

              I was going to recommend something else but frankly, Ruby Foo's, touristy or not, sounds really perfect for him. It's a cool scene, the food is decent Asian, and it's walking distance to most theaters.
              Is Le Madeleine still open? When do they have to close?

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                ajt13 Oct 26, 2007 05:04 AM

                Ruby Foo's website says it's closed because of a kitchen fire!!

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                  Spiritchaser Oct 26, 2007 05:22 AM

                  Up to the courts (or some board) to decide. They won an appeal and are open currently but it's a battle.

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                  LeahBaila Oct 25, 2007 11:42 AM

                  Second John's

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