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johnnolesmd Sep 14, 2008 11:58 AM

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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    clembeauchamp RE: johnnolesmd Sep 14, 2008 12:33 PM

    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.

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      RGR RE: johnnolesmd Sep 14, 2008 12:36 PM

      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.


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

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        rrems RE: johnnolesmd Sep 14, 2008 01:06 PM

        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.

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          roober RE: johnnolesmd Jan 29, 2011 11:18 AM

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

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

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            scotty27 RE: johnnolesmd Jan 29, 2011 11:21 AM

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


            355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

            402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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              Pearlie RE: johnnolesmd Jan 29, 2011 01:32 PM

              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.

              250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

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                kennycandy RE: Pearlie Jan 30, 2011 08:16 AM

                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!

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

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                  aguy239 RE: Pearlie Feb 26, 2011 04:54 PM

                  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.

                  250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

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                  arisp RE: johnnolesmd Feb 26, 2011 05:32 PM

                  La Masseria.

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

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                    i8NYC RE: arisp Feb 26, 2011 05:54 PM

                    Basso 56

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

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                    wysguymd RE: johnnolesmd Mar 1, 2011 11:31 AM

                    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.


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                      RGR RE: wysguymd Mar 1, 2011 11:56 AM

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


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                        wysguymd RE: RGR Mar 2, 2011 10:35 AM

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

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                          annandale RE: wysguymd Jul 22, 2011 06:09 AM

                          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.

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

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                        yebo RE: wysguymd Mar 1, 2011 12:02 PM

                        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.

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                          City Kid RE: wysguymd Mar 2, 2011 11:00 AM

                          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.

                          325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

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                          sockster RE: johnnolesmd Mar 2, 2011 12:03 PM

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

                          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

                          361 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

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                            smilingal RE: johnnolesmd Apr 6, 2011 08:48 AM

                            Love Lattanzi - despise the attitude at Esca.

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