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I'm taking two thirteen year old girls (both adventurous eaters; one's a pescatarian- no red meat, the other a real sushi fan, but will try new things) to an 8 pm Saturday Dreamgirls showing at the Colonial. I'd like to take them to a nice meal before the show. We've done and enjoyed Teatro in the past. I have some ideas, Penang, East Ocean City, but if you've got a great thought, please suggest away. The new Bistro du Midi is close by and looks like it's got a lot of seafood and veggie options, what do you think?

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  1. Bistro du Midi is very nice (casual dining downstairs in the bar area & more formal upstairs). You might also want to scout out Market at the W Hotel. The hotel vibe might be fun for them and the food is very good.

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    1. re: hunterboston

      I went to market last night and enjoyed it. There is a nice rice cracker encrusted raw tuna appetizer that might be enjoyable for your sushi fan. Price point is higher than your other suggestions but the vibe as hunterboston says is fun. RE sushi connection, montien is close by has okay sushi and lots of thai-based veggie/seafood items.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        Thanks! These are the sorts of ideas I was hoping for! Hadn't thought of Market, but I'll have to look into it. Montien's and idea, how "ok" is the sushi there? Are there other, better, sushi options within reasonable distance? Oishi and O ya are too long a hike (and probably too over the top for this purpose :)).

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          The sushi is good but won't wow you. No other sushi is really an easy walk. Ginza is about 15 minutes away. Your original ideas of Penang is also good and interesting and I hear good things about bistro du midi but haven't been.

          1. re: gourmaniac

            How about Bina Osteria?

            1. re: justbeingpolite

              I don't think that would be particularly fun for 13 year olds.

              I'm still trying to figure out what a postpreteen is. Not just a teenager?

    2. Postpreteens = teens, no?

      If you want sushi, Sakurabana isn't a far hike from the theater district.

      Otherwise, how about shabu/hotpot? Something for pescatarians and meat lovers, fun, and tasty. You have Shabu Zen and Kaze, both really strong options.

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      1. re: kobuta

        13 yr old girls. I'm not willing to admit that they're teenagers, yet, and , thank god, they're not acting like 'em. Both adventurous eaters. Love mussels, most seafood.
        Shabu shabu is a good thought. How long would that meal take, as we're going to the theater after. Maybe Peach Farm or East Ocean City or New Jumbo?

        1. re: justbeingpolite

          Took my two grandaughters (8 and 10 yo) to Peach Farm a few weeks ago. They are not adventurous eaters but they will try something different. They are also very interested in different cultures and Peach Farm was a great place to take them. There was a large table having a family dinner with huge center platters of fish and crabs. When one of the patriarchs saw my girls looking at the display of food he called them over, talked to them, and showed them all the things on the table. A wonderful time and a great experience - and Papa's salt squid was wonderful.

          1. re: justbeingpolite

            If you go early and avoid the crowds, the meal can be as long as you like, since you cook and eat on your own. I don't like dumping everything in at once, so I tend to take a longer meal (1.5 hr or so). I would say say it can be done in an hour when not packed.

            I'd say, if you show up at 6pm or so, you'll have plenty of time to spare.

            Peach Farm and East Ocean City are also excellent options. Chinatown usually has fast service so I think both will be fine choices, if a more typical dinner experience.

            1. re: kobuta

              Thanks for the good ideas!!