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Best Pre-theatre in Broadway area

russbeer Jan 17, 2010 04:25 AM

Hi again everyone,

We've just booked tickets to see Phantom of The Opera and we're now looking for a quality pre-theatre meal before the show.

Anything other than thai and spicy food is an option, budget is not a problem as we wouldn't be drinking so we can spend more on food!

Are the Russian Tea Rooms good? We're staying opposite I think.

Would like it to be within short walking distance to the Majestic Theatre on West 44th...

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    gutsofsteel Jan 17, 2010 05:53 AM

    Russian Tea Room is an overpriced tourist trap.

    I like Trattoria Trecolori on 47th St. which is very close to where you'll need to be.

    1. r
      RGR Jan 17, 2010 06:01 AM

      Hi russbeer,

      I would strongly advise staying away from The Russian Tea Room. Two words: Tourist trap.

      I would recommend the following restaurants in the Theater District area:

      Seasonal Restaurant & Wine Bar, on 58th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs., is a hidden gem serving superb Austrian cuisine. Open a little over a year, it has received a Michelin star.

      Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622915332504/

      Alto, on 53rd St., b/t 5th & Madison, serves excellent Northern Italian cuisine. It has garnered two Michelin stars.

      Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622789519891/

      dbBistro Moderne, on 44th, b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is one of 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. At db, he focuses on contemporary French bistro cuisine. Needless to say, the food is first-rate.

      Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

      Enjoy the show and Bon Appetit!

      1. e
        edwardspk Jan 17, 2010 06:02 AM

        If you like Italian seafood, Esca is a great choice. I second gutsofsteel - avoid Russian Tea Room.

        1. ellenost Jan 17, 2010 06:13 AM

          An excellent restaurant near your theatre is Marseille on W. 44 St. and 9th Ave. The restaurant has French food in a brasserie-type setting.

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          1. re: ellenost
            russbeer Jan 17, 2010 08:02 AM

            Gone with DB Bistro Moderne as I wanted to go Daniel but its too expensive!!

            thanks everyone

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