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Jun 3, 2009 12:55 PM

Theatre District for dinner

Need some recommendations for this Saturday - pretheatre dinner - all cuisines except Sushi - price range $30 - $40 per person - nice ambiance and good food would be a plus!

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  1. Trattoria trecolori
    254 W 47th St

    Uncle Nicks

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    1. re: notsochubbychubette

      Have you tried the ricotta cheesecake at Trattoria Trecolori? Just saw it on the menu?
      hungry i

      1. re: hungry i

        Trecolori is one of our favorites in the Theater District. I've had the ricotta cheesecake, and it is very good. Also, the tiramisu is one of the best versions I've had. Seriously delicious! Actually, all the desserts are on a cart which is brought to your table. Somehow, I've never managed to get past either the tiramisu or the cheesecake.

        1. Saju, despite the name it is a French Bistro. Good food, good service, fun place.

          1. Dafni on 42nd between 8th and 9th (across from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, not that that's a plus) is a very nice brand-new Greek place with very good food in your price range (and reasonably-priced wine). I posted on it below.

            1. We can recommend Sweet Emily's - 321 West 51- which was very affordable and offered an eclectic menu along with some solid comfort food. Affordable, relaxed and convenient. We had the ceviche and the bacon mac and cheese for appetizers (8.00 and 5.50), which we enjoyed immensely. I followed with Shrimp Mojito, which is a grilled shrimp dish for $12 and my daughter had chicken pot pie ($8) along with a side of mashed potatoes for $5.00. The staff could not have been nicer.

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              1. re: mvi

                Is this a newer place? Sounds interesting. Thanks.


                1. re: LeahBaila

                  We haven't been to Sweet Emily's. It opened within the past year in the space formerly occupied by Rene Pujol.


                  1. re: LeahBaila

                    It is new. We met Emily, who was just lovely, and the space is inviting and warm. The menu is available on line but they also had some specials the night we were there. Fantastic drinks, too. We said we'd be back, and we meant it. My daughter (23) is all meat and potatoes and I am mainly a vegan but I do eat fish, so it is not entirely easy picking a spot that satisfies us both and proves to be affordable. We really enjoyed ourselves. When we left to wander over to see West Side Story, there was a couple having drinks in a cozy seating area right in front, and there's a nice bar, too.

                    1. re: mvi

                      Thanks for the feedback, mvi! Sounds intriguing. :)


                      1. re: LeahBaila

                        Let's hope they make it. Such a tough time right now. I hope to see more feedback from other people who try it. I have to say, there were a lot of people there the night we were out and about, and all looked happy. Several couples in their 50s or 60s and a couple of families like us. It was a very warm and personal place- not frantic chaos with rushed service and jaded owners. We really liked it. I think if you were going out before seeing a play with parents or teenagers and watching your wallet, this would be among the top choices to consider. Lots of good choices and a very pleasant atmosphere. As I said, we will be back when we return to see a few more shows this summer.

                        1. re: mvi

                          We tried it Saturday night. Can't beat the value. Desserts are sensational, my tapioca pudding with coconut drizzle was a surprise and the single best dessert I've had in months. Sweet Emily, indeed.

                          I found the speciality drinks too subtle... need more of a kick. On second order, just went for standard Kettle 1.

                          If Emily is to survive, she needs word of mouth. Not too crowded on a Saturday evening... where neighboring places were buzzing. A nice, inexpensive dinner in the theater district .. seems like a perfect ticket for these times.

                          Only dissapointment... Emily never stopped by to say hello. I wanted to know who first dubbed her "Sweet."