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Nov 7, 2009 03:36 PM

scarlotta or harry cipriani

we have 7pm theater tickets and wondering which place would be a better choice before. i looked on open table and saw that scarlotta is in the theater district, so i assume it's closer. when i mapquested cipriani with the theater it says 1.6 miles or 8 minutes. my inlaws really loved it last time they were in nyc. we don't want to be rushed. what time should we make a reservation for?


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  1. scarlatto is is so rushed its not quality. i wouldnt go out of my way for cipriani either. try uncle nick's for greek.....or nick's ouzaria for greek tapas

    1. Whatever you do, avoid Harry Cipriani like the plague. Along with Mr. Chow, it is a contender for the worst restaurant in NYC. It kowtows to the rich that have no concern for food and don't mind being ripped off for the scene and atmosphere. There's actually a $36 salad on the menu featuring canned tuna. The fact that you can walk south a few blocks, have an infinitely, infinitely, infinitely superior meal at Le Bernardin, and walk out actually spending less seems like some sort of cosmic joke. The zero star review of Harry Cipriani from the NYTimes:

      Consider Becco, ViceVersa, Marseille, and Toloache in the Theater District. If you're looking for something more upscale, Daniel Boulud's db Bistro moderne is a great choice. Their $45 pre-theater menu may be the best option in the area given the time constraint.

      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

      325 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

      Mr. Chow
      121 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

      Harry Cipriani Restaurant
      781 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

      Becco Restaurant
      355 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

      Toloache Restaurant
      251 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: hcbk0702

        my friend who lives in the city suggested vice versa. looks like that's the winner.