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Dec 18, 2007 12:04 PM

Looking for nice, inexpensive meal near Shubert Theatre

My wife and I are going to see Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre on 225 West 44th Street. It starts at 8pm. Can anyone recommend a nice place to go before hand for a bite to eat. We're not looking for anything expensive, maybe at most $120 for the both of us. We're open to any type of cuisine. Thanks.

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  1. Without tips and drinks Marseille should fit your needs.
    Enjoy the show.

    1. I really like pre theatre dining at the West Bank Cafe.
      The food is very good. If you aren't big drinkers, you can easily stay within your price range. They are always very nice and if you tell them you are going to the theatre, they will be sure to pace your meal accordingly.
      Here is their inviting web site. Enjoy the show. It's very funny in a whacky sort of way.

      1. We just ate at Dervish, a Turkish restaurant with a $23.95 pre-theater dinner. Decent food, certainly won't break the bank.

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        1. re: susan1353

          I had dinner there and I was so disappointed. The food was very mediocre and the service was oblivious. I wonder if I hit it at a bad time or if you got lucky?.
          If it had been decent on my visit, I would have been thrilled at finding such a great bargain... If I see other positive reviews, I'll absolutely give it abother chance.

          1. re: Tay

            I'm with you on Dervish, Tay. We went once not long after it first opened. I thought the food was only so-so and have never felt compelled to try it again.

            I agree with your West Bank Cafe rec, as well as with idia's suggestion of Marseille.


            In addition, Trattoria Trecolori is a favorite Italian in that area. Solidly-prepared homestyle fare, efficient service, and attractive decor.


            1. re: RGR

              Ditto on RGR's recommendations.

              BTW, we had a very nice post-matinee dinner at Trecolori two weeks ago. The signature Veal Martini (tender veal scallops with an egg-and-parmesan francese style batter in a vermouth-seasoned sauce) was as delicious as ever, and the service was warm and welcoming. Very reasonable, too.

              1. re: Striver

                Hey, Striver,

                We haven't been to Trecolori in a while, so I'm glad to hear about your recent excellent dinner there. The food we've had since the move -- all pre-matinee lunches -- has been better than ever! I've never had the Veal Martini. Sounds scrumptious. I'll definitely have to try it sometime.

                I think since the move the three brothers who own the restaurant have gone out of their way to improve the service. While it's always been very efficient, in the old location, it tended to be a bit abrupt. Now, however, I've found it to be much friendlier and, as you said, welcoming.

              2. re: RGR

                Thanks, I think we'll try to get a reservation for Trattoria Trecolori.

                1. re: sbouldin

                  We went to Virgil's b4 Spamalot. Loved Both! They are on the same street. Enjoy the show...