Restaurants near Gershwin Theater for pretheater dinner
My mom, sister and I are arriving in New York on Wednesday, 5/14/08 and staying until 5/18/08. On 5/14 we are seeing Wicked. We will probably have lunch at the Chelsea Grill of Hells Kitchen after we check into our hotel, which is the Westin at 43rd and 8th. I can't decide where to have dinner. What is good for a pretheater dinner? We've eaten at Ruby Foo's in the past and I have really enjoyed it, but that has been vetoed by mom and sister, although mom and sister aren't coming up with alternatives! I suggested Marseille and that doesn't work for my mom. I suppose I could make mom go there anyway, but she said she wants to stay away from French food. So, getting to the point in too many sentences, I'm looking for a restaurant with good American food, or maybe Pan Asian that is not Ruby Foo's that is relatively close to the Gershwin Theater, which is on 51st near Broadway. Budget is somewhat flexible. Just FYI, from reading this forum, I have chosen Katz's Deli for Thursday lunch and Trattoria Treclori for Thursday dinner, and Keens for Saturday dinner. Friday is still up for discussion. My sister told me I was like Julie McCoy in my planning of this trip. What can I say, I get hungry and I like to plan where we are going to eat. Thanks.
For your pre-"Wicked" dinner, I would suggest West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th Avs. Delicious New American cuisine. Friendly, efficient service. Attractive decor, well-spaced tables, and conversation-friendly noise level.
You've made excellent choices with Katz's, Trecolori and Keens. For Friday evening, if you, your mom and your sister like Greek food, Uncle Nick's, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts., serves very tasty food in a casual, taverna-style setting. Or for very good Szechuan cuisine, there's Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. You can find menus for both these restaurants on menupages.com.
I had a similar question not too long ago and being a Boston Chowhound also looked here - would second ViceVersa (on 51st), had a wonderful meal with the family and you should be within your budget. Although Marseille is billed as French, there were a few classic bistro type dishes but enough variety to keep us happy (perhaps your mom is thinking of old school drowned in cream and butter).
Again, many thanks to the New York Chowhounds for those recommendations!