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Feb 5, 2009 04:44 PM

Times Square/Theatre District Suggestions on the cheap side

I'm coming to NYC with my SO and teenage son to see a show. We'll be in town two nights. What I need is a suggestion for Friday night--we get in town at dinner time and something for pre-theatre Saturday night. My son is not an adventurous eater so American, Italian and Chinese are our best bets. Also, is there anyplace fun to go after theatre.
We were in NYC a year ago and ended up at the national chains---not our finest hour!

Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. There's a John's Pizza in the area which is in a very beautiful old church. There are many reasonable places on 9th Avenue in the high 40's and low 50's, My favorite is Uncle Nick's Ouzaria if you'll do Greek.

    1. I made this suggestion a few months ago when a Chowhounder asked a similar question:
      I really enjoy Scarlattos and have recommended it a few times on this board for people looking for an inexpensive dining option in the theater district.Meal begins with a bread basket with white bean dip. Entrees average $15-. I enjoyed the pumpkin ravioli dish($11). The dessert menu ($7) offers various choices beyond the typical offerings at Italian restaurants. The atmosphere is comfortable and inviting ( compared to Becco's crowded and noisy space) though I've only eaten there early evenings after Sunday matinee. See menu at

      The website offers a 20% offer from this restaurant using the code listed when making a reservation. See : for information about this deal.Deal ends sometime in March.

      For dessert after the show - we've done Ruby Foo's (shared the dessert bento box)and Junior's (for their cheesecake) in Times Square. Probably considered tourist spots( what isn't in Times Square...) but we enjoyed both places.

      250 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

      Ruby Foo's
      1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

      1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: fayth

        Ruby Foo's is fine, but if you want more authentic Chinese food, go to Szechuan Gourmet, which is very nearby.

      2. The teenage son might be happy with a visit to Island Burgers & Shakes; I know I would. Also, I've not been to this particular location of John's Pizzeria, but if it's like their store on E 64th St, it should be pretty good.

        John's Pizzeria
        260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

        Island Burgers & Shakes
        766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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        1. re: rpk

          This John's Pizzeria is related to John's of Bleecker in the West Village. It is not the best pizza in NY but the location is extremely convenient, and the setting is nice.

          1. re: rpk

            That location, at any rate, of John's Pizzeria is not good; it's totally mediocre.

          2. Wall the extra couple blocks to Hell's Kitchen, 9th Av. The best way to get there is through Restaurant Row 46th St. ... this way you can see how ridiculously priced everything is there and when you get to 9th Av you have an explosion of restaurants at 1/3 the price. Just look sift the boards for Hell's Kitchen restaurants. All within easy walkking distance to the shows.

            1. Walking over to 9th Ave./Hell's Kitchen as per OP is a great idea. I don't think the fact that he is a picky eater should restrict you to only pizza and burger places. I think you all would enjoy the food and experience of Akdeniz on 46th between 5th and 6th Aves. (just east of the theater district). Both prix-fixe ($21.95 all evening) and a la carte, with enough "safe" choices for even the least adventurous, such as kabos and grilled chicken and fish. Very friendly and charming place, a favorite of mine. Just make sure to reserve as it's small and quite popular.

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              1. re: City Kid

                I agree, that you don't have to be restricted, but the burgers at Five Napkin are good. I hear that the s'mores shake is over the top good.