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Best restaurant around W.46th Street?

We are looking for a post-theatre dinner around Richard Rodgers theatre, W. 46th Street. The closer the better, although I'd be willing to hop in a cab to UWS - the most important thing is that the food and atmosphere is good. I will be dining with people who lean towards Italian, although we are options to all possibilities....thanks!

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  1. Look into Insieme on W. 51st. The dinner menu is strong. It's divided into classic / traditional Italian and modern Italian portions, so there should be something for everyone. Some people complain about the dining room being too "sterile", but I find it attractive and sleekly modern. The wine list is pretty extensive and the somellier knowledgable.

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    For non-Italian, I am a big fan of the Modern Dining Room at the MoMA on 53rd St. (not the Bar Room). The food is nominally French / Alsatian. It and the service have always been impeccable.

      1. re: chezfredo

        Le Madeleine is, alas, no more. I keep looking to see if they have opened somewhere else, but not yet.

        1. re: dd992emo

          There was talk that Le Madeleine would be taking over the space formerly occupied by Rene Pujol. Thus far, nothing seems to have come of it.

          My pick for Italian near 46th St. would be Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th Av. Well-prepared, delicious homestyle fare. Friendly, efficient service. Attractive decor and nicely-spaced tables.

      2. Check out Marseille...especially if you like French or Moroccan food.

        1. Le Bernardin - Fish - 3 star Michelin 4 stars NYTMES probably the best in NYC
          Esca - top fish
          Taboon - great Middle Eastern
          Palm West - Good steaks
          Gordon Ramsay - at the London hotel
          Sugiyama - Sushi

          1. Toloache, Mexican food (50th btw 8th & Bwy)


            1. For something different, try Bali Nusa Indah (Indonesian, between 45th and 46th on 9th Avenue). The other bloggers have given excellent suggestions so I don't think you'll go wrong with anything they have already recommended. I eat lunch here at least 4 times a month (great lunch specials). I haven't had a bad meal yet and their dinner prices are very inexpensive--you seem to get a lot for the money. Enjoy your show.

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              1. re: rutgers2

                interesting, rutgers2. i didn't know this existed. i don't know of too many indonesian restaurants in nyc, so i'll have to give this a try.

                1. re: cimui


                  Bali Nusa Indah has been around for a long time. We've never tried it because most of the opinions I've read have been more negative than rutgers2's. The thing that would interest me the most would be the Indonesian Rijstaafel. We had a extremely fine one in Amsterdam, where it's very popular, so the bar for me would be high. Unfortunately, I've heard that the version served at Bali Nusa is not particularly impressive. If you do go and have the Rijstaafel, I would be very interested in hearing what you think.

                  1. re: racer x

                    I'm disappointed to hear that you all have heard about or had bad experiences at Bali Nusa. I don't like to recommend a place until I have been there a few times and enjoyed it. However, I only eat lunch there and am vegan so there aren't many options on the menu for me to begin with. I would be interested to hear what cimui experiences (if you decide to go, cimui). I had forgotten to mention Dervish (Turkish) on 46th between 6th and 7th Avenues, Saigon 48 on 48th between 8th and Broadway. I only go for lunch because I work in Midtown but I've lucked out so far.

                    1. re: rutgers2

                      Looks like I said something verboten. So to restate my previous response:

                      I don't know whether things have recently improved at Bali Nusa, but I have had several very disappointing meals there in the past, including their rijstaafel.

                      1. re: racer x

                        I'm sorry, racer x, I didn't mean to sound that way at all. I totally respect your opinion and just wanted to mention that since I have a limited diet, I think you would know better than me, that's all. Again, I apologize.