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We are going to the Theater for the New City (1st Ave. between 9th and 10th Streets) and would like to have a nice dinner beforehand. Any cuisine will do--just good food. Thanks!

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  1. i coppi italian, its right there and good

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    1. re: intrepid

      I Coppi is nice and they have a year round garden. Do a search of this site there have been some recent hound reports about it being inconsistent. Also service can be relaxed which might not be good if you have a show. I would go to LaVagna (5th and B) or Pylos (7th and A) over I Coppi. Neither is on opentable.com. We just ate at LaVagna and Pylos and everything was delicious. LaVagna has an excellent wine list if you're into that. LaVagna also has a prix fixe dinner. When my SO tried to make reservations at Pylos recently he had to call three times and they didn't return his voicemail. It appears they have some new hosts. This was surprising because we eat there often and had not encountered this before.

    2. My good ol' standby's in EV are Supper (Italian) on 2nd St b/t A and B, Cafe Mogador (Moroccan/Mediterranean) on St Marks Place b/t 1st and A, and the two Momofuku restaurants but they may be too small/casual?

      1. Yuca Bar on 7th and A. the cuisine is billed as "nuevo latino." i've never had a bad meal there.

        1. Momofuku Ssam Bar would be my safest recommendation. Hearth is a little more upscale and at one time was probably the top restaurant in the area, but lately it's been getting mixed reviews. You might also look at Orologio--never been but it's always got people in there (which says a lot in a neighborhood where I've seen more than one restaurant sit empty). I also suggest Veniero's for dessert after the show.

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          1. re: douglas525

            Mermaid Inn on 5th and 2nd is very good if you like seafood, and they take reservations if that is a concern.

            1. re: douglas525

              Agree with all but Orologio, and you're excused for never having been there. I have, and it's nothing worth recommending. You'd be much better off across the street at Westville East.

              1. re: Mazzer

                I actually just tried Orologio on Saturday, and was quite impressed, especially for the price. I got the salad with gorgonzola and walnuts, and my wife got the one with beef carpaccio. While neither had a wow factor, both were made with fresh ingredients and were wholly satisfying. For entrees, my wife got the penne with eggplant, which she enjoyed, and I got the pizza with arugula and prosciutto, which was excellent. My only slight is that it didn't have any tomato sauce, but then, it's an actual Italian restaurant and the menu didn't say tomato sauce. Back to the "wow factor," I have to mention the bread. I know it's odd to say, but it was delivered hot and delicious, and was not just an afterthought the way it is in even some higher end restaurants. Considering we walked out with leftovers for under fifty dollars including tip, I would definitely recommend this place.

                Westville East, on the other hand, I just don't get. It's always packed, but for no reason I can figure. The food is mediocre at best--almost as good as any diner that almost didn't go out of business anywhere in the South.

            2. Prune on 1st Street (1st and 2nd Aves.); or,
              Momofoku Noodle on 1st or Momofoku Ssam on 2nd.

              1. Re: recommendation above for Mermaid Inn: do a search and read the posts about it. A number of hounds, myself included, find it overpriced and boring.

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                1. re: rrems

                  rrems, ditto re: Mermaid Inn . . .

                2. Kanoyama @ 2nd st nr 11th st is great for sushi - try their omakase.

                  1. Xunta is fun and tasty (tapas, 10th and 1st?).... Also i second Supper and Mogador.

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                    1. re: bastet212

                      Tsampa for Tibetan is a nice place with affordable food. On E 9th. Nice ambiance, although a bit on the dimly lit side. Light, but filling which is the type of place I like before sitting down to see a show

                      1. re: bastet212

                        I had one meal at Xunta, and found it a better bar than restaurant. Poorly executed tapas, in my opinion.

                        1. re: Mazzer

                          I probably like it more for atmosphere than anything... comfortable and fun. The prices arent bad and if you order wisely, i think the food is fairly decent. The Live flamenco is always a good time. All in all i like the package.I would agree there are better tapas out there though :)

                        2. re: bastet212

                          Also had a bad experience at Xunta- rude wait staff, loud and mediocre food.

                        3. I tried Belcourt (4th St. and 2nd Ave.) recently and really liked it. I also like the EU a lot, but I feel like not everyone would.

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                          1. re: katie570

                            we have a reservation at belcourt for valentines. what did you eat there?

                            1. re: jsmitty

                              Oh well, guess I missed you in time for V-day, but I had the hanger steak with the fried tempura-like scallions on the side... it was DELICIOUS.

                            2. re: katie570

                              EU is shut, now a (good) pizza place

                              1. re: ttzur

                                This thread is over 15 months old.

                            3. Hearth
                              Back Forty
                              Matilda
                              Seymour Burton (just opened in the old Le Tableau space)
                              Mermaid Inn

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                              1. re: iforman2001

                                hearth or EU
                                i also like perbacco

                                1. re: iforman2001

                                  iforman2001, have you (or any other hounds) been to Seymour Burton yet?

                                2. My picks are Klong (Thai food, St. Marks b/w 2nd & 3rd) and Supper (Italian, 2nd b/w A & B)

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                                  1. re: scarlet starlet

                                    just ate at supper on sat. i am a huge fan.. grilled polenta, burata, sliced steak, grilled aspargus et. al.. all good. dessert.. hazelnut pana cotta, chococlate cake very god..

                                  2. momofuku ssam bar - a must
                                    cafe centosiette - penne arrabiate
                                    max - lamb ragout
                                    kebab garden - simple down home eats
                                    resto leon - solid fare, euro groove
                                    have fun

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                                    1. re: Kameli

                                      Though I am a huge Kebab Garden fan, I am not sure anywhere that has food on steam tables fits the OP's criteria--a nice, pre-theater dinner? It's sooooooooo good though...

                                    2. My favs:
                                      momofuku ssam bar
                                      Frank
                                      Takahachi
                                      Perbacco
                                      Bondi Road (LES... if you like good seafood, can't say much for the ambiance)

                                      Enjoy!

                                      1. Sobaya, on 9th between 2nd and 3rd ave's, has a very good special before 6:30 PM: hot or cold soba that they make on the premises, appetizers, tempura, dessert, all for about 13 bucks. All high quality, nice service, pleasant, casual place.

                                        1. Here is my best of the EV list:

                                          Pylos - Greek
                                          Bourgeois Pig - Fondue
                                          Barbone - Roman Italian (i.e. not red sauce)
                                          Il Bagatto - Southern Italian
                                          Mercadito - Mexican
                                          Royale - Burgers
                                          Boquedita Cubana - Cuban and BYOB

                                          1. Supper- Italian- 2nd st between A and B
                                            Westville East- American (traditional) 11th and A
                                            Caracas Arepas Bar- Venezulan- 7th between 1st and A
                                            Xunta- Tapas- 1st ave between 10th and 11th