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May 13, 2009 11:23 PM

Pre-theatre No Reservations

In town from Chicago for a friend's wedding this weekend (5/15). Hoping to grab a good meal and a show on Friday. Looking for a nice pre-theatre dinner for two where you don't need reservations (not sure if this is even possible). Would like to keep things near the theatre district since we don't know the city well. I'd love to find a place with a nice prix fixe menu so somewhere under $45 (even better if it's lower). New to chowhound and searched the forums a bit and there is a wealth of information out there so any suggestions/direction would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hey, ochuang,

    Welcome to Chowhound!

    It is very dicey to go to restaurants in the Theater District pre-theater without reservations, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. So, I stongly advise that you make a reservation. If you decide to ditch your plans, you can always cancel without any penalty.

    dbBistro Moderne, on 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is one of 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. At this one, he is serving contemporary French bistro cuisine. Needless to say, the food is very high caliber. The a la carte menu is expensive; however, there is a pre-theater 3-course prix-fixe for $45 -- a great opportunity to sample the cuisine of one of the city's major chefs at a bargain price.

    Marseille, on the corner of 9th Av. & 44th St., is an attractive, bustling brasserie with very good French/Mediterranean cuisine. They offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $38.50.

    Cascina, on 9th Av., b/t 45th & 46th Sts., serves homestyle Italian food in a pleasant, rustic setting. Their pre-theater 3-course prix-fixe is $24.50.

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      1. re: RGR

        Add jfood for Marseille. Right around the corner from Hair and if it is nice you can sit outside

      2. It really depends on what cuisine you're looking for. Uncle Nick's offers nice Greek cuisine that's very reasonably priced. Hell's Kitchen (not related to the TV show) offers Mexican cuisine that will also not break the bank. There are plenty of other restaurants along 9th Ave that might be what you're looking for.

        Hell's Kitchen
        679 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        Uncle Nick's
        747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. Roberto Passon and Center Cut, the latter is in Lincoln Center but has a fantastic prix fix for $35.

          1. It's not very much of a foodie spot but you can probably get into Langan's, it's got a great bar, and it's very inexpensive.

            1. The last time we were in Manhattan we got into Sardi's at the last minute with a phone call. The food was okay, but the atmosphere was great for a pre-theatre dinner. I remember dining there several timeswith my parents when I was a bit younger, so perhaps it is a bit nostagic for me.