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torontoview May 21, 2010 05:59 AM

Hi all. Just wondering if some of you could weigh in with some suggestions for a pre-theatre dinner in the Theatre District that will not break the bank. (I am going for dinner to Eleven Madison Park, Marea and Le Bernardin...my fave...on an upcoming trip to New York, so looking for a quick, but decent bite on a theatre night.)

Some very helpful person on this board suggested dbBistro Moderne, which I am leaning toward. They have a $45 before theatre pre-fixe, which sounds like pretty good value for this spot.

Anyone else been there.....or have any other suggestions?


Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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    drumwine RE: torontoview May 21, 2010 01:01 PM

    I'm a big fan of the db foie gras burger....great fries too.
    Would also recommend Saju Bistro....pre-theater menu, French/Italian food,

    120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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      G3B RE: torontoview May 23, 2010 09:19 AM

      There are many inexpensive options along Ninth Avenue. If you could provide more details of preferred cuisines and desired price points, I am sure that you will get many suggestions.

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        torontoview RE: torontoview May 23, 2010 10:51 AM

        Thanks. Good point. I am not so fussy about cuisine type, provided it is solid to excellent and good value. I guess a decent price point would be less than $50 per person without drinks or wine. A place that can definitely get you in and out in time for a show on W. 44th would also be a consideration. French, Italian, American are all good, but somewhere nice, where we'll enjoy ourselves, but, more importantly, the food. With resos alreay made for this trip for EMP, Le Bernardin and Marea, it is hardly like we need an out of the park experience. But any wows would be welcome!

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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          Jack_ RE: torontoview May 23, 2010 11:13 AM

          Our favorite pre theater (cheap) is Uncle Nicks on 9th AVe and 50th ST

          Uncle Nick's
          747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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            Rhea58 RE: torontoview May 24, 2010 11:31 AM

            I'm w/drumwine; just discovered Saju Bistro (I cannot believe it was due to a Michael
            Urie testimonial in Playbill!) and was so so pleasantly pleased.
            Also as noted, there is a plethora of decent inexp,. restos on 9th starting about 44th
            going north plus on 42 the Greek resto across from Port Authority whose name escapes me.

            120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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              torontoview RE: Rhea58 May 24, 2010 12:38 PM

              Thanks. Saju looks great. Now I am completely torn between it and dbBistro Moderne.

              120 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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                simetrias RE: torontoview May 24, 2010 04:37 PM

                My experiences w dbBistro for the pre-theatre have always been good, though it can be loud in there.

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              edwardspk RE: torontoview May 25, 2010 09:07 AM

              We always enjoy Esca pre-theatre.

              402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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