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Dinner before or after the theater? [moved from Manhattan board]

5:30 seems so early and 11:00 so late! What do most people do and what's your take on the "early" experience versus the "late" one? We probably should have done matinees, but our tickets are for the evening.

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  1. I prefer the early side but more so 6pm and near theater, telling server of the curtain time (if 8pm). I like Roberto Passon and Marseilles.

    1. I agree. Try to find someplace closer to the theatre that you are going to, so you don't have a long walk. So, don't go to db Bistro if your theatre is on 51st Street. What are you seeing, and where is the theatre? What type of food do you like?

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      1. re: robinsilver

        Jersey Boys (with an 11:00 reservation at Babbo), Boeing Boeing (10:30 at Balthazar) and Gypsy (11:00 at Gramarcy Tavern). Right now I think we'll go forward with Babbo (it was difficult getting in) and see how it goes. I figure we can try and change the other two reservations for earlier or just cancel and go some place else. What would you recommend near the other two theaters?

      2. i like it either way... but sometimes split it up.... dinner before desert after, or small plates at different places before and after....

        1. As I'm getting older, pre-theater. It's really difficult digesting my meal at 11:00 at night for me.

          1. Definitely pre-theatre. I can't concentrate if I'm hungry!