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May 1, 2008 05:49 AM

Dining in Theater District w/kids

We are going to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. Where would be fun to eat before the show? We have two children ages 7 and 11 but do not want a child's restaurant. They are use to eating at nice restaurants. We are staying in Times Square. After researching, am considering Toloache Mexican Restaurant, Del Frisco's, Ellen's Stardust. Would love to hear thoughts. We will be in NYC three nights. So would love to have two other restaurants to consider. Not really up for french or italian. What about pizza?

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  1. For pizza in the Theater District, there's John's, on 44th St., b/t B'way& 8th Av.

    Uncle Nick's, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts., serves very good Greek food in a pleasant taverna-style setting.

    Menus for both of the above can be found on

    Instead of Del Frisco's, I recommend that you go to Keens, a short distance from Times Square, on 36th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. It's been in that location since 1885, so that in addition to delicious food (they're known for the signature mutton chop) and excellent service, there is the charm of unmatchable Old NY ambiance.

    7 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      Thanks for the suggestions. They look great. What about Peter Lugers in Brooklyn. Do you think its worth the trip there?

      1. re: baymom

        We've never been to Luger's. I'm not a big enough nut about steak to feel compelled to go there. And, frankly, I'm not into surly service, which is what everyone agrees is normal there.

        1. re: RGR

          Forgetting what I said earlier, if you could recommend any restaurant pre-theater what would it be?

          1. re: baymom

            West Bank Cafe - New American -

            Marseille - French/Mediterranean -

            Trattoria Trecolori - Italian -

        2. re: baymom

          Having been to Peter Luger, I would say that you can get better steak AND service elsewhere. It is a fun thing to do once, but I probably wouldn't go back unless I had a visitor who wanted to go. I would NOT take children there - the neighborhood is extremely sketchy and the atmosphere (such as it is) is not child-friendly in the slightest.

          1. re: biondanonima

            Completey disagree. Having been to PL many times, I have always had excellent service. The generalization of the "surly" service is ridiculous. The neighborhood is fine, they have a parking lot with attendant, and if you need a taxi, they will get you one. And if the OP's children are 7 and 11, they are not exactly babies (plus they don't want a "children's restaurant").

            To baymom: for more comments on PL, you should do a search on the outer boroughs board. You will find plenty.

            1. re: valerie

              The service I experienced at Luger was perfectly competent, but not necessarily polite. Surly service is actually something of a trademark there, but that doesn't mean they don't get the job done.

              Even if they don't want a "children's" restaurant, I still don't think PL is an ideal place for kids of any age. Also, unless the neighborhood has improved substantially since I was there last, it is most assuredly sketchy and the cash-only policy makes it even more so (you'll need to be carrying a substantial amount of it to eat there! BTW, I am not just being a wuss, I live in an ethnic 'hood and don't generally worry about sketchiness). There are plenty of places in Manhattan to get great steak, without the long subway ride or expensive cab fare.