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Zuni - 9th Ave & 43rd Street?

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5 ladies out to dinner on Friday nite before Westside Theatre (43rd & 9th)......been to Marseille, Rachels, Film Center, Esca in this area...any thoughts on Zuni would be appreciated. Not looking for fancy, just good food, comfortable ambiance to just talk and get to theatre in time. Thanks!

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Westside Restaurant
2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Film Center Cafe
635 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Esca Restaurant
402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

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  1. What about Carmine's? i haven't been in about 4 years but it was really good last time I visited.
    200 West 44th Street
    New York, NY 10036
    Map/Directions : Google : Yelp

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    1. re: foodsnob14

      Carmine's is many things to many people, but the one thing I would say it does not have is a "comfortable ambience". It's unceasingly crowded, bustling, and noisy.

      The OP might be interested in Gallo Nero on 44th west of 9th (Italian wine bar with good small plates - chairs are not the most comfortable, though). West Bank is our go-to for conversation-friendly pre-theatre ambience, but I see the OP has been there; Hell's Kitchen on 47th and 9th is solid contemporary Mexican cusine, and the ambience is good; it gets busy, but the background noise level isn't bad.

      We haven't been to Zuni, so can't comment on that request.

    2. Look into Market Cafe and (even closer) West Bank Cafe.

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      West Bank Cafe
      407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: D...DF

        Sorry...didn't include them on the "previously been there" list. Just trying to find something new that I haven't been to. Thanks.

      2. Don't know Zuni so can't comment. How about Dafni for very nice Greek in an attractive and comfortable room with good service? 42nd betw 8th and 9th, across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619628

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        Dafni
        325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

        1. Zuni is OK, nothing to write home about.