Not pre-theater in the theater district: DB Bistro, Triomphe, La Masseria, Vice Versa or other suggestions?
We are meeting another couple, old friends of my husband, for dinner near times square, near where his friend works. Since we no longer live in town, we want a nice restaurant with good food and good atmosphere, where we can talk and catch up. We need to meet at 7 or thereabouts (babysitters already arranged), which isn't quite post theater. We have always enjoyed our food at DB Bistro, but were considering alternatives. Any thoughts on the restaurants mentioned?
Of these, the only one I have been to is Vice Versa. The food is not the best around, but it is one of the best for the price in the theater district. The desserts are particularly creative(unusual for an Italian restaurant) and the pastas are very good (love the strozzapreti with duck ragu and the gnocchi). Though it may be very busy pre-theater, the tables are well-spaced and the seating is very comfortable, and it is not too loud. I prefer the food at Orso, but would never go at that hour. Same goes for Marseille.
I have enjoyed Trattoria Trecolori (w 47th). Good Italian food -- I especially usually like their daily special ravioli (I've had that daily special on a number of occasions and it's always different and always tasty). It can get crowded downstairs during "pre theatre" but we've asked to be seated upstairs and it's much more quiet (and roomy!) up there. And the service is still attentive.
I ate at db bistro moderne over the weekend and had a great meal. My party of 6 arrived at 8:00, so the theater crowd was long gone. We had a wonderful, unrushed meal.