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Apr 20, 2010 10:11 PM

Looking for POST-theater dining in Midtown

I'm sure the is-there-anything-decent-in-Times-Square question has been beat to death -- in fact I know it has, since I've just spent quite a while searching and reading threads... but still can't find anything I'm thrilled about, hope somebody can help.

2 of us coming in from out of town, first time without the 4-year-old since she was born, so we're looking forward to an adult meal.

Catching "A Behanding in Spokane" at 8:00, and since we're having a late lunch that day at Lupa, we figure we'll do dinner AFTER the show.

Upscale-ish is good, don't mind spending money, considering the occasion. Not too picky about type of cuisine (though after Lupa, would probably prefer non-Italian).... main thing is kick-ass food, and at least a semi-romantic atmosphere.

Theater is the Schoenfeld, (W 45th between Broadway & 8th). Since we're staying at 54th & Broadway, we'd really like to just walk, preferably find something in between. Or wander over to 9th? But staying on foot would be great.

Any suggestions much appreciated!

170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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  1. We sometimes eat after a show as well. You might want to call and confirm the final seating for these places (not sure how long your show runs), but here are 3 places we have eaten at after shows. We made reservations on opentable for all.

    Marsaille - french bistro. bustling at all hours and gets good reviews on this board. great energy, cozy, and always good

    Taboon - sort of a moroccan/middle eastern type place. far west - 10th avenue (in the 50s) - but it's more neighborhoody than theatre hot spot and is very relaxed. food is excellent and the space is cozy. they also have outside seating if you get lucky

    Insieme - priciest of the 3. think they technically bill themselves as italian, but when we last dined there (admit that it was last summer), we didn't order anything remotely "italian". I did the tasting menu. I remember service was impeccable and the food delicious and an excellent value.

    777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

    773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

    1. If you are willing to walk a few extra avenues over to 11th, I highly recommend the new restaurant in the hotel Ink48 called Print (48th and 11th). It is seasonal american (farm to table with an in-house forager), with very good food and a beautiful room. If you go, I highly recommend the goat cheese gnocchi and crab salad appetizers and the halibut/ramps entree. The desserts are also fantastic.

      If you are in the mood for top notch sushi, I would recommend Shimizu (51st between 8th and 9th). Sit at the sushi bar and let them take care of you. Not as "romantic" in the classical sense, but excellent nonetheless.

      Good luck!

      318 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

      1. Behanding is listed with a 90 minute run time (no intermission), which will get you out around 9:45 - plenty of time to book a res.

        Marseille, mentioned by another poster, is very good and quite convenient, although i wouldn't call it romantic (bright and bustling - although at 10:00, it should be considerably calmer than during the pre-theatre rush). We've also enjoyed Taboon. For more upscale dining in the area, you might want to consider DB Bistro Moderne. It's on 44th, between 5th and 6th (east of TS); you could easily walk to a 10:00 res there.

        DB Bistro Moderne
        55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

        773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

        1. I would highly recommend Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, on 58th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs. Delicious Austrian-inspired cuisine. Very pleasant ambiance, and the lighting gives it a romantic feel. It has been awarded a Michelin star.

          Photos of our dinners at Seasonal can be viewed here:

          and here:

          The contemporary French bistro cuisine at dbBistro Moderne is excellent. Not surprising since it is one of 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. But it does not have romantic ambiance, and the seating along the banquettes is rather tight.

          dbBistro photos here:

          1. I'll give Marseille another recommendation--very solid food, and I think you could get in without a reservation. It's not quiet or particularly elegant, but I do think it qualifies as romantic--or at least fun and romantic.

            Also a nice spot: Mont Blanc on 48th between 8th and 9th. It serves Swiss and Austrian food and tends to have a lot of regular customers. For this one, I would recommend calling in advance--not sure what it's like at that time of night.