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Chowsters - I need your help.

I've searched the archives and the same names keep coming up for good places to eat before or after a show. Some of them look really good - I'd love to try db Bistro or Eleven Madison Park, especially at their lunch prices - and the rest seem to all be Italian.

However, we're looking for a place that's more casual for a quick sit-down lunch before a Wednesday matinee that's NOT Italian.

Only requirements: good food, casual, within 10 blocks theater district (specifically w. 48th between 6th and 7th) and NOT Italian.

Prix-Fixe or ala carte is fine - $20-30 per person.

Any suggestions?

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  1. West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th
    http://www.westbankcafe.com

    Marseille
    9th Av. & 44th St
    http://www.marseillenyc.com

    Thalia Kitchen
    828 8th
    www.restaurantthalia.com

    1. Hi: I work near W. 48th and we usually go to Saigon 48 for their quick service and lunch specials (starting at 6.95). I have not had a bad meal there yet. The service is super-fast. I like the portions, I am a big eater and I never leave hungry. They also have a bar so you can get drinks if you like. Enjoy your show.

      1. Also try Dervish, on W.46th (or 47th, I forget) between 7th and 6th Avenues. Saigon 48 is between Broadway and 8th. Forgot to include that.

        1. I love Akdeniz (Turkish) for pre-theater: delicious, very reasonable, and conveniently located, just east of all the traffic.

          www.akdenizturkishusa.com

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          1. re: City Kid

            Thanks everyone!

            We wound up going to Aoki (Japanese), right next to Saigon 48, for their lunch special. Two rolls for $9 and a really big bento box for $11. Total came to $26, including tip.

            Food's very good, service is quick, casual - and just a two block walk to the theater.