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I am looking for a pretheatre dinner before going to see Mamma Mia (Broadway and 50th). I am strongly considering Vice Versa. Anyone like this suggestion or have a better one?

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  1. I've never been to Vice Versa but have tried Insieme a couple of times and it's really very good. Plus it's right across the street from your theater.

    1. Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. Delicious homestyle fare served by a friendly, efficient staff in a large space with attractive decor and tables set comfortably apart.

      http://www.trattoriatrecolori.com

      (I have not been to ViceVersa, but lots of Hounds like it.)

      1. I would choose Vice Versa or Orso. Both have interesting food, desserts at Vice are more creative, Vice has a more plush feeling, but Orso has a lively buzz, particularly after theater when many celebrities eat there.

        1. I recently enjoyed a pre -theater dinner at La rivista on 46 th street. Food was tasty and atmosphere was agreeably old - fashioned.

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          La Rivista
          313 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

          1. How about Esca? Second: Lattanza. Third: Becco.

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            Becco
            355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

            Esca
            402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

            1. I don't want to make extreme claims for it, but I had a pre-theater dinner at Scarlatto, and it was quite good--comfortable tables, pleasant service, attentive to the time issues....good salad, good pasta--and very reasonably priced. Not a meal I would journey across town for, but a pleasant low-stress (half a block from the theater) way to eat a good dinner for a reasonable price.

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              Scarlatto
              250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

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              1. re: Pearlie

                had a reservation for five saturday night and was promptly seated. very nice that they have an elavator to the second floor - helped us get 2 elderly people with walking problems up there very easily. service was very friendly and professional. our group had 1 tomato soup with shrimp, entrees were 1 ravioli special, 3 sea bass specials (fantastic) and a veal soorentino. desserts were cheesecake, pears and vanilla gelato and tiramusu. 2 glasses of wine. very good food at a fair price in the theater district. bill was about $185- incl tax; tip on top of that. definitely a winner and would happily go back!

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                Trattoria Trecolori
                254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                1. re: Pearlie

                  Same here tonight. Had a reservation at Trecolori at six. Because of a six-block traffic jam down Broadway, arrived at Trecolori to find that they had given away our table (fair enough) and couldn't guarantee another table within half an hour. There was a line of twenty or so yelling for tables and staking their claims to be there first. Clearly, something's going on at Trecolori!

                  So after a fifteen minute wait I walked next door to Scarlatto and asked if they could do anything. They could not have been more helpful and said it would take between five & ten minutes to seat us, but she could guarantee we'd be in time for the theater.

                  And so we were. The food was very good, and the service was perfect. The lamb ragu was worth coming back for, and we had big approval from my picky eaters for their courses.

                  Goes to the top of my list for Broadway pre-theater joints.

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                  Scarlatto
                  250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

                2. La Masseria.

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                  La Masseria
                  235 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036

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                  1. re: arisp

                    Basso 56

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                    Basso 56
                    234 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                  2. Based on recommendations here, I'm trying to decide between: Basso 56, ViceVersa, Scarlatto. (Saturday nite dinner, pre-theater.) All the menus look good.

                    Also, best places for pizza on a Saturday afternoon? Dine-in okay, but something quick.

                    Thanks!

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                    1. re: wysguymd

                      Re: Pizza. What neighborhood? Slice or whole pie?

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                      1. re: RGR

                        Somewhere near Penn Station would be great. Either slice or pie, just don't have a lot of time.

                        1. re: wysguymd

                          One of the best pizza places in Manhattan is actually *in* Penn Station: Don Pepe, on the right, next to the Krispy Kreme as you walk west through the station.

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                          Don Pepe Pizza
                          2 Penn Plz, New York, NY 10121

                      2. re: wysguymd

                        To me, Basso56 was -- good, quite expensive though of course there is a premium in the theater district even over NY prices. If you are looking for outstanding food, it is not.

                        1. re: wysguymd

                          I've had a couple of good experiences as Vice Versa; the food and service were both quite good. And one terrible experience at Scarlatto: the food was just OK but the service was pitiful. We reserved for 6 PM pre-theater because our theater was directly across the street. It took forever to get our entrees, even though they knew we had to make a curtain. They couldn't have cared less and we had to rush across the street to make it in time. I also thought the food was far better at Vice Versa.

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                          ViceVersa
                          325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

                        2. Lattanzi for sure...really really good food! Esca is extremely expensive....

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                          Esca
                          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

                          Lattanzi
                          361 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

                          1. Love Lattanzi - despise the attitude at Esca.