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Good Pre-Theater Restaurant within a few blocks of the Winter Garden?

I am bringing my mom to a Saturday mat. show and am looking for a good restaurant to take her to before the show. She has recently had both hips replaced so I was hoping to find something within a block or two from the Winter Garden Theater. Any price range is fine we just want something good. Thanks!

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  1. Playwrights Tavern (202 W 49th) around the corner is great for pre-theatre. Standard pub fare, done consistently pretty well. Good burgers, shepard's pie and the like. Moderately priced.

    1. Bar Americain is a few blocks away and very nice

      1. There's a Ruths Chris on 51st between 6th and 7th (very close) if you happen to like them (I don't particularly). If you like Japanese, try Sapporo on 49th and 7th - excellent noodle soups, but nothing fancy.

        1. If you and your mother eat Mexican food, Toloache is on 50th, b/t B'way & 8th. Acc. to their website, they serve brunch on Saturday. We've not eaten there, but I've read good reports from Hounds who have.


          If that won't work for you, Ellen's Stardust Diner is on B'way at 51st.


          1. Insieme, excellent Italian (1 mich star). Decor is a little tame but the food is terrific. Helmed in the kitchen by Marco Canora and Wine-duty Paul Grieco (Craft, Heath).

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            1. re: silencespeak

              FYI: Insieme does not serve lunch on Saturday though they do serve breakfast until 11 a.m. Hours are on their website homepage.


            2. Went to Roberto Passon a couple of weeks back and it was perfect for what you're looking for. corner of 50th and 9th. extensive brunch and lunch menu.

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              1. re: winedanddined

                I agree - I was impressed with my one dinner there.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I considered suggesting Roberto Passon, as well as Uncle Nick's (on 9th, b/t 50th & 51st). But they are two long avenue blocks from the Winter Garden, which = about 4 blocks, and for someone who has just had a double hip replacement, I felt it was too long a walk. I even discounted one of my favorites, Trattoria Trecolori, because I thought its location on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th, might be a bit too far.

                  1. re: RGR

                    Ah - good to know - I had missed the bit about the hips.

              2. I work across the street from the winter garden. While I generally venture to the Subway or pizza place, I know a few good places in the area.

                If you want sushi - go to Natsumi on 50th b/w Broadway and 8th - it's really fresh and if you like maki, they have very creative rolls with mango and gold leaf type stuff.

                Thai - Thailia is worth the hype - it's "upscale" thai and raw bar, on the corner of 50th and 8th ave.

                For Greek - Molyvos or Uncle Nicks on 8th or 9th Ave - I cant remember which.

                And for the BEST Blintzes you've ever had (and the chance to catch some big Bway producers shmoozing it up), go to the restaurant in the Edison Hotel. Can't remember if it's just called Edisons or not. On 47th just west of Broadway, I think....

                I'd avoid Playright's Tavern because it's very tourist trappy. If you want bar food, there's Scruffy Duffy's on 8th avenue and 47th - some of the best Wings in the city. Or go down to St. Andrews on 45th just east of 7th Avenue - honestly my favorite Irish bar in the city - and they serve buffalo calamari and all the traditional scottish foods.

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                1. re: secondbecky

                  Secondbecky when you say Thailia I assume you mean Thalia (one i) on 50th and 8th? If so, there is nothing Thai about it. In fact, I would avoid Thalia as overpriced, medicore continental food.

                  If you are up for Mexican I second the rec for Toloache, though I have not been for their brunch.

                  1. re: prdct

                    toloache's brunch menu looks good, though i've only been for dinner. i've had the tacos and was quite impressed

                  2. re: secondbecky

                    Molyvos is on 7th Av. between 55th and 56th, Uncle Nick's on 9th between 50th and 51st.

                      1. re: fooodie

                        yeah somebody told me that on another thread. I was so upset by that.

                        I have never actually eaten anything other than the raw bar at Thalia, I guess I just assumed it was thai. lol sorry!

                        1. re: secondbecky

                          Try the new (and gorgeous) Aspen on West 47 (between 6th and 7th)....American style tapas and small plates in a spacious wonderland of beauty.

                          1. re: Will4Food

                            I love the space, but the food at Aspen Social Club is somewhat overpriced and nothing special. The Bison Slider being one of the standouts is tasty, but one slider for $6 is a bit much to wash down with your $8 domestic beer.