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Jan 10, 2009 06:38 PM

Great food near 44th & Broadway?

A friend is treating my husband and me to Equus at the Broadhurst Theater next Friday. We want to take him out for a nice dinner before the show. I'm not too familiar with the options in that area of Midtown so I would love any suggestions for restaurants:
Criteria: no seafood (friend doesn't like fish, he prefers steak or meat), moderately priced, nothing touristy, showy or sports-bar oriented, no chains. I'd like great food, not too noisy and boisterous, and close enough to the Broadhurst Theater to walk (within 20-min walking distance). I noticed DB Bistro Modern, Chez Josephine, Breeze, Hell's Kitchen and Virgil's BBQ from the NYTimes but have not been to any of them and am not sure how good any of them are.Thanks for any suggestions you can share.

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  1. Lots of threads on this. I would steer clear of everything that you mentioned based on your criteria.
    Make it easy on you- Marseille and West Bank.

    1. My wife and I have always like Thalia, on the corner of 50th and 8th Avenue, which is perhaps a 10 or 15 minute walk to your theater. It's one of our favorites in the area, for both drinks and meals. They have an American-European menu and several meat choices.

      For a brasserie menu and experience, you could try Pigalle, on the corner of 48th and 8th. We like the authentic bistro style and feel, and the food is reasonably good, but not great. But for pre- or post-theater, it is very dependable.

      For Italian, you could try La Masseria, on 48th, between Broadway and 8th. It is roomy and more upscale than Pigalle, and they serve up some really tasty Italian dishes. Reviewers on Zagat's are very positive about La Masseria.

      790 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      828 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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

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      1. re: BrookBoy

        I would suggest Marseille over Pigalle any day. Not familiar with La Masseria, though. I'll try that one myself soon.

        1. re: BrookBoy

          Masseria's great. I especially love their roasted rabbit alla caprese.

        2. Another vote for Marseille.

          1. Marseille it is. I just checked out their menu and they have a lot of duck options, which my husband will appreciate. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!! I'm also going to try Thalia and the others on my next trip to that part of town.

            1. If DB is on your list, I highly recommend it. I've been a number of times over the years, and it has been consistently good. I'd make a reservation.

              I'd personally avoid West Bank - while you might get a Nathan Lane sighting like I once did, the food was mediocre and it was very crowded.

              Agreed with Thalia.

              There are a ton of cheaper restaurants as well. If you like Greek food, I highly recommend Molyvos.

              Steak - DEL FRISCOS - it might be a bit father away than you want - on 47th or 48th between 6th and 7th.

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              1. re: secondbecky

                I was looking for a tasty meal in the area last night, and checked out Molyvos, based on this recommendation. It was great!