Interesting but well priced for pretheater?
Looking for a middle priced restaurant in the theater district that has good food, atmosphere and prices! Don't mind going as far as 9th & 10th Avenues but want to be somewhere between 42nd and 50th so we don't have too far to get to the theater! Know places like Marseille but too expensive! The BBQ places are overrun with children and drunk college boys. Have tried to get into Hell's Kitchen with no luck but that was a couple of years ago. Still good and worth it? Also used to go to Cara Mia which was ok but not very exciting. Anything else around? Know of any secret hide-a-ways?
I'm a fan of Hell's Kitchen; it can be tough to get into at times, but even with six people it's never been more than a 30-minute wait for me, and pre-theater it shouldn't be a problem at all, depending on the day of the week. I'd also recommend Toloache if you're looking for new Mexican.
There are a million good places on Ninth Avenue for not a lot of money, though, especially if you're willing to forgo decor. Uncle Nick's is up around 50th, and has really great, not expensive at all Greek; any one of a dozen places around for Thai as well. I'd search the board for Ninth Avenue if I were you.
I hesitate to recommend this as it is very loud and the food is inconsistent, but for a decent cheap meal in the theater district, Vynl is a cut above a basic diner and some of the dishes are interesting, with a combination of American comfort food and Asian stir-fries. They do have some interesting cocktails too. It won't win any awards, but it might serve the purpose.
Marseille has a 3-course dinner prix-fixe for $35. Is that too expensive?
Hardly a secret, but for Italian, Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds.
Btw, Virgil's BBQ is very family-friendly, so I get the "overrun with children" bit. But where are the drunk college boys?