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Best Restaurants In NYC Theater District

My 16 year old daughter and I are traveling to NYC the first week in Sept and need suggestions of good fun restaurants in the Theater District. We love most food including sushi, seafood, American, Asian. Do not like steak and barbeque. This is her first visit and would like the price to be no more than $ 200 for the two of us. We are seeing South Pacific one night and Billy Madison the next.
We would great;y appreciate any help you might offer!

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  1. Lots of good choices...I'll throw one out there, I like Victor's, a Cuban restaurant. Good food and good service.

    They're online if you want to look them up.

    1. if you use the "Search" function on this board with the keywords "theater district" you'll find *numerous* discussions about this topic.

      1. As goodhealthgourmet suggested, use the "search" function on this board. But also note that "South Pacific" is not in the regular Broadway "theatre district"; it is showing at Lincoln Center. You can also seach "Lincoln Center" for recommendations.

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        1. re: LNG212

          In the poster's defense, searching by neighborhoods is often inconclusive, or produces way too much to be useful. I search first, but I think it's also fine to enter a new plea and see what people have to say today.

          For Lincoln Center: I highly recommend Gabriel's:


          And this is Victor's Cafe that I recommended earlier:


          Both do a big pre-theather business, so you'll get out in time.

          Good luck!

          1. re: johnblacksox

            There are multiple requests *every day* on this board for the theater district. There are many replies on these threads. And yes, one should do a search before posting, especially on such a common topic. (See the "New to Manhattan Board? Read this first" sticky at the top of the Manhattan page where pre-theater dining is specifically mentioned as a frequently asked question.)

            My main point was to let the OP know that "South Pacific" is not in fact in the same neighborhood. S/he may wish to split his/her question to get answers for the 2 different locations.

          1. re: thew

            Just FYI, that link is exactly what I meant when I said that sometimes search results by neighborhood are too much to be useful.

            That Yelp link lists, seriously, almost side by side, Per Se and a Falal cart. Would you recommend either of those for pre-theater dinner to a visiting mother and 16 year old daughter?

            1. re: johnblacksox

              well one can then , on yelp, narrow that search by price and cuisine in just a few clicks.

              and yes, i would recommend both those places to anyone

          2. Sushi-a-Gogo, directly across Broadway from Lincoln Center, is casual and well within your budget. The sushi is fresh due to the high turnover. The eel with green apple roll is particularly good.

            1. I asked the same question last year and overwhelmingly people suggested the italian place Trattoria Trecolori. http://www.trattoriatrecolori.com/ The cooking is top notch!

              1. I like Masseria on 48th btw 8th & 9th, and Nizza on 9th ave and 45th (?). Used to go to Amarone (9th Ave) a lot, but haven't been there in a few years. Also Ariana, on 9th & 51st, is good for Afghan food. Usually though I just stroll up 9th ave in the 40s and 50s and see what strikes me - the restaurants there tend to be a little less pricey than those on 8th ave, and there's more to choose from. If you want to browse some menus: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/the...

                Great choice of shows, by the way, this coming from a total theater geek (until I moved away for grad school last week I was a stage manager in the city, and had a few Broadway internships when I was starting out 2 years ago). South Pacific was fantastic when I saw it (though that was with the always-phenomenal Kelly O'Hara as the lead, who's now having a baby; I can't speak for Laura Osnes, who's playing the role now). And while I haven't seen Billy yet, the three actors who play the lead danced at a gala I worked in May, and they were pretty amazing. Enjoy!

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                1. re: Emmmily

                  I would do Landmarc for South Pacific (your daughter presumably doesn't drink alcohol at 16!) and pop down Restaurant Row for Billy Elliot. None of the restaurants are five star but there is a marvelous array, from Firebird (Russian), to Meson Sevilla (Spanish), Le Rivage (French), Brazil, Brazil, etc. I think you'd find it fun.

                2. uncle nick's for mezes (greek tapas) on 9th ave is good