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Feb 21, 2010 02:17 AM

50th and Broadway

Taking friends from out of town for lunch before theater - a birthday! Price is not the concern, but should be delicious and comfortable but need not be one of the great dining stars of Manhattan. Requested that the choice be just a few blocks from the theater.

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  1. Which day of the week will it be?

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    1. re: David W

      unfortunately Wednesday and St Patrick's Day!

    2. Thalia is nearby and is both very comfortable and delicious.

      Victor's Cafe is also close.

      1. I'd pick ViceVersa-it's casual yet very good service, and the food (especially the pasta) is very solid. I think it festive enough for a birthday.

        I'd point out that Le Bernardin is also very close-I'm not sure if you can comfortably eat there at noon and make the 2:00 curtain.

        If you haven't already, you may want to check out opentable's new map feature-you put in the time, date and number of people, and can map available reservations on a map-a very handy way to see what's available nearby.

        1. ive only eaten here once and many chowhounders dont like it but ive had a great meal at ruth chris and it was very comfortable

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          1. re: daffyduck

            Ruth's Chris isn't bad (not great either, IMO), but it's a national chain. With the wealth of independent restaurants NYC has to offer - particularly in the steak house category - why go to one you can dine at in so many other places?

            I'll ditto LeahBaila's rec for Toloache - high end contemporary Mexican in a festive setting and a very convenient location for the OP (50th between Bway and 8th).

            1. re: Striver

              Toloache is now looking like the choice but I'll keep reading. Thank you.