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Apr 24, 2008 12:07 PM

Need dinner suggestion near Theater District...

Husband and I are going into NYC for a play next week. Need a dinner suggestion close to or in the theater district. Was looking for good italian, steakhouse or american. Anything?

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  1. I HIGHLY reccomened Becco or Puttanesca.

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    1. re: kcijones001

      I definitely don't recommend Puttanesca - it's not horrifying, but it's not great either. There's better to be had in the area - Puttanesca is also a little out of the way (56th and 9th), depending on where your theatre is located. Sosa Borella is a pretty solid choice. Many hounds like Trattoria Trecolori. I've had decent meals at Cara Mia. I've never been to Becco, but it gets VERY mixed reviews here - from what I can glean, the all-you-can-eat pasta is fun, but the rest of the menu is pretty awful, and the noise level can be intolerable.

      1. re: biondanonima

        Would recommend Marseille. Have been to Becco many times. To me it's just a factory. I would not recommend it.

      2. re: kcijones001

        I recommend *avoiding* Becco like the proverbial plague. The pastas are mediocre at best, seating is uncomfortably sardine-tight, and the noise level is hideously high, which makes normal conversation impossible.

        Trattoria Trecolori would be my pick for Italian in the Theater District. Excellent homestyle fare served by a friendly, efficient staff in a space with attractive decor and very comfortably-spaced tables.

      3. I've been trawling the Chow boards for a the same thing today, and have come up with three that seem to get consistently good recommendations: Marseille, West Bank Cafe, and Etcetera Etcetera. Waiting on the better half to make a decision. Search the Manhattan board for "theater" for dozens more suggestions.

        1. La Masseria on 48th is a favorite of ours. Good, dependable N. Italian, not too much $$$. Tables in back are quiet, sit near bar up front for more lively atmosphere.