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Jan 6, 2009 05:34 PM

Best Pre-Theater Lunch

My parents and I are heading to NYC this week for a matinee showing of Shrek. We don't go into NYC very often so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a pre-theater meal. We are open to all types of food, but we'd like to stay around mid-town if we can because we will be in a tight schedule.

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  1. What day of the week? What is your budget including tax, tip, drinks? What cuisines do you like? Where is your theatre?

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    1. re: kathryn

      We are going tomorrow, Wednesday for a 2pm show. We are looking to arrive in the city round noon. We are going to the Broadway Theater at 52nd and Broadway. We are looking to spend about $30-40 per person not including tax and tip. Money isn't a huge deal so long as we get a meal that is worth the money. We are going tomorrow, Wednesday. We like all different types of food. We would like to avoid Asian cuisine - esp. sushi - but we love american, cajun, italian, and new age eclectic menus.

      1. re: Jdkaplan

        Toloache has a prix fixe lunch for $24. I've heard good things but haven't been to Toloache, only to their sister restaurant.

        I have been to West Bank Cafe as well as Marseille which are CH pre-theatre favorites, and within your budget

        You could also do the "Lunch Menu Bouchon" (prix fixe) at db bistro moderne as long as you don't choose the lobster entree.

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        1. re: kathryn

          I second Toloache. I've heard great things.

    2. Most of the places on Restaurant Row have pre-theatre specials, including pre-matinee lunches. Joe Allen's is a favorite.

      There are also several good places on 9th Avenue in the Theatre District which have specials. I used to go to Rachel's (608 9th Avenue) but I don't know if they have the same specials or if it's still good. I also like The Chimichurri Grill.

      1. I like the prix fixe lunch at Roberto Passon@ 50th and Ninth Avenue- inexpensive and good quality.

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        1. re: hopegoode

          I second Joe Allen, great NYC atmosphere and just away from the Times Square crowd.