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Jan 28, 2009 05:59 PM

Going to a Broadway show, what good to eat in the area?

Hi :

I'm going to NYC for the first time next week with my husband. And I'm going to a Broadway show, want to eat in a good place near the Broadway area, any suggestion? Not too expensive please : )

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  1. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in the Theater District area. Therefore, it would be helpful to have some specifics so that we can make appropriate suggestions.

    What are your preferred cuisines? Any avoids?
    Will you be having lunch or dinner?
    Do you want casual or fancy?
    What day of the week will you be seeing the show?
    Since people's idea of what "not too expensive" means can differ substantially, what is your per person budget for food only (drinks, tax @ nearly 9%, and 20% tip additional)?

    4 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      It used to be difficult to find a good place in the theatre district, but over the last 5 years many places opened.
      for seafood i like Blue Fin(next to W hotel), Becco is good for italian, and of course there is Carmines, Sushi Gari , Plata Forma for Brazilian, Baldoria ( Rao's sister) , Keene;s isnt too far away for chops

      1. re: RGR

        I was thinking something in American Cuisine, I'm already going to Keen's restaurant one day, so nothing in steakhouses.
        I'll be having dinner, late after the show probably
        I want something casual, as I don't want to expend so much money ($50 per person)
        I'll be going on a Thursday


        1. re: Giselle_Marie

          Thalia, on 50th and 8th, is a favorite of mine for good American. Good food, good service, reasonable prices.

          A nice Italian restaurant is La Masseria, on 48th between Broadway and 8th.

          Another good Italian is Baldoria, on 49th, between Broadway and 8th. Baldoria is owned by Frank Pellegrino, Jr., who is the son of the senior Pellegrino, who owns the legendary Rao's and who often shows up in movies and TV shows.

          Be aware that restaurants in the Theater District get very crowded before and after showtimes.

          1. re: Giselle_Marie

            West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th Avs., serves excellent New American cuisine. Service is friendly, the vibe is low-key, the decor is pleasant, and tables are comfortably-spaced tables. They are open until 1 a.m.