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Jun 22, 2008 02:40 PM

Help pick my pre-theater dinner for 14 women

I have done research on the boards and other sites and want to try somewhere new before going to the theater with a group from DC. My criteria is great food, affordable, and selections for some of the group who keep kosher (they will eat fish, no meat or chicken).
My possibilities include:
Vise Versa

We don't need somthing right in the theater district- just easily accessible.
We've been to West Bank, Amalia, Tao, Hells' Kitchen, Trattoria dell Arte to name a few and don't want any repeats.
would appreciate your help

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  1. Puttanesco, Otto or Becco....

    1. I would avoid Becco like the proverbial plague. Mediocre pastas, very cramped seating, and a hideously high noise level.

      Otto is the Village. Not exactly close to the Theater District.

      Of the restaurants you've listed, I've only been to Esca. I'm not a fan.

      Two Italians I like:

      Trattoria Trecolori, in the Theater District, on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th -

      Osteria Gelsi - On the cusp, on the corner of 9th & 38th -

      For Turkish: Uncle Nick's, on 9th, b/t 50th & 51st - Menu on

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      1. re: RGR

        I second Uncle Nick' and festive place with decent Greek.
        Also, I've fallen head over heels in love with Toloache for delicious Mexican cuisine.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          If you go to Uncle Nick's, i recommend ordering a bazillion appetizers and no mains...the apps are INCREDIBLE and the mains dishes are just so-so, in my opinion. My fiancee and i go there all the time and get a nice bottle of wine and lots of apps, and we never leave hungry.

          I also second Trattoria Tricolori, the only place i'll go out of my way to get to in teh theater district. Very nice waiters, host/ess, and somolier.

          1. re: rugburn

            I'm going to the theater this weekend and will try Uncle Nick's for dinner based on the positive reviews here. I noticed on menupages that there are two establishments located side-by-side (actually this is what they said when I called). I don't need to have a dinner with a main dish, etc. but I would prefer a relaxed meal at a table, as opposed to being perched on a stool at a bar. Which do you recommend, the main place or the ouzaria?


            1. re: uwsgrazer

              Uncle Nick's is totally tabel service. (No bar.) In addition to the very good mezzes, there are several main dishes which I think are excellent: kabobs, grilled lamb chops and grilled whole fish. Note that if you order whole fish, it takes about 40 minutes for them to prepare it.

              I've never eaten in the Ouzeria, but I've peeked inside and iirc, there is table service.

      2. Depending on where your theatre is try Bann - Korean barbecue. They have a great pre-theatre menu and I am pretty sure they have fish. It is light, healthy and fun. 50th and 8th.

        1. Absolutely, positively Taboon. It is different, excellent, chic and it will please your limited eaters as the fish is very good

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          1. re: msny98

            thank you for the Taboon recommendation. we loved the branzino and the bread was wonderful. they had a creamy artichoke soup that had great flavor and texture- it was a special but if you are there and they have it- try it!

          2. The food at Insieme is good at dinnertime, but I haven't seen groups as large as fourteen there. It's not a large space and may have trouble accommodating, though it could be worth an ask.

            Anthos is too hit or miss for me to feel really comfortable recommending.

            You may want to look into Molyvos (Greek). They have room for 14, are fun and tolerant of some rambunctiousness like Uncle Nick's, and IMO has better food than Uncle Nick's. Molyvos is also less tight of a fit than Nick's unless the latter has recently rearranged its dining room.