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Sep 24, 2010 06:43 AM

Two days in NY with 7 people: Theatre District advice?

At the end of November I will be in NY with some family members.
Our hotel is in the Theatre District and I'm looking for restaurants that are easy, not too posh, but...have amazing food! Something nice for this trip, I'm curious if anyone has nice suggestions!

Thanks in advance...

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  1. I always recomend getting out of the theater district and away from all of the tourist focused restauants. Walk over to 9th Ave. and head North. So many interesting places to eat, get a great meal and a flavor of the real NYC.

    1. My usual go-to place pre-theater is Marseille, NE corner of 44th & 9th. You can check the menu (and almost all others) at

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      1. Thanks everyone, Marseille sounds and looks great. Do people have more suggestions?

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        1. re: Denisek

          Personally, I think Marseille is very nice, esp. for the area, but I do not think it has amazing food (more like, nice French food if in any other neighborhood). My suggestions are 1) read siome reviews of Marseille and see if it's what you're looking for, your tastes, and 2) search under Theater District here in Chow.

          1. re: Denisek

            Not sure where the family is coming from, what they usually eat, and what would be considered "amazing". That said, we had a very nice pre-theater dinner across the street from Marseille at Turkish Cuisine just before the summer. If Turkish is on your list of different and interesting, it's a nice little place, decent value and pleasant service. The advantage of these theater district restaurants is that they're accustomed to getting you out on time and you need only walk a few blocks to the theater. None are high-end "amazing" as would be defined by locals, but I've found that people from out-of-town who don't necessarily have a wide range of offerings at home tend to be quite delighted.

            Turkish Cuisine
            631 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          2. Thanks!
            We're from the Netherlands and pretty used to Turkish food actually. We like Italian food (we loved Quartino's in Chicago: does anyone know something similar in NY?), Asian and way more. Chains like Bonefish we also find nice...But I was hoping for some insiders tips of 'great gems' that are unknown to most tourists...hopefully that will give more of an idea?!

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            1. re: Denisek

              I didn't mean the restaurant in NY, so the link is incorrect...

            2. Easy, not too posh, amazing food, with a large group, and in an area of town that caters more towards business travelers/tourists/pre-theatre diners is going to be difficult.

              The great food I've had in that area tends to be more on the "posh" side (The Modern, Esca, Le Bernardin, db bistro moderne) -- places where I'd feel uncomfortable in a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals or sneakers. The exceptions that come to mind right now are Szechuan Gourmet and Shake Shack.

              Many business meals, etc. happen in that neighborhood. There's also a lot of tourist traps, and "good & reasonably priced but not amazing" restaurants that are convenient to the theatres. Plus, big groups in Manhattan are always more challenging due to space limitations.

              Do you have to dine near your hotel? If not, you have a LOT more options. Otherwise, I'd lower my expectations about being able to find amazing food at places that can accommodate big groups who are casually dressed while not being too expensive.

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

              Szechuan Gourmet
              21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

              402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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              1. re: kathryn

                Good advice! I don't have to dine near my hotel, so I'm curious about other options.

                Although the food doesn't have to be amazing, it just has to be good and really tasty!;) Does that give me more options?

                1. re: Denisek

                  What types of cuisines are you interested in? There are restaurants downtown who, if you're willing to spend a bit, handle large groups well and have good and really tasty food: Kuma Inn, Otto, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Public, 'inoteca, DBGB, just to name a few.

                  See also:

                  Kuma Inn
                  113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

                  Blue Ribbon Bakery
                  33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                  323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

                  299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Thanks! Especially Otto and Inoteca look so nice and perfect price... Do people have good experiences?

                    I love the look of Blue Ribbon, but that will be too expensive with the 4 of us.

                    1. re: Denisek

                      I'm a big fan of Otto. Order all of the small dishes you can manage. They serve the best cheese plate I've ever had. Wine is also reasonable for NY. Pastas are an incredible value for the quality. Deserts get expensive, so you may just want to wait until you've left the restaurant and find somewhere else for desert.

                      I'd also recommend Po, on Cornelia Street. It is small and serves regional Italian that isn't available everywhere. Originally a Mario Batali restaurant, years back, his influences still show.

                      Cornelia Street Cafe
                      29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. re: batterypark

                        Po looks perfect as well, thanks! Now I've got many Italian options...are there restaurants similar (regarding price and quality) but different cuisine you can think of? Or someone else?

                        1. re: Denisek

                          Maybe something with American cuisine? Asian? Or mediterranean?

                      2. re: Denisek

                        For Blue Ribbon Bakery, I also like brunch and lunch there, and the prices are more gentle then.

                        I'd also still do Shake Shack (which isn't very expensive), and Szechuan Gourmet (also not super expensive). Chinese food is a good way to keep the costs down.

                        For American food and a large group, I would do Clinton Street Baking Company, Jane, or The Smith with the caveat that the Smith is very loud.

                        I've also had friends do large group dinners at Schiller's. While I think its sister restaurants (Balthazar and Pastis) are better, they seem like a possibility for you.

                        I'd also consider a BBQ restaurant like Hill Country.

                        Hill Country
                        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

                        Szechuan Gourmet
                        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

                        Blue Ribbon Bakery
                        33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                        1. re: kathryn

                          Wow! Thank you so much. I especially like Jane and The Smith, and Schiller's looks nice too.
                          (Szechuan Gourmet has a great menu, but the place doesn't look that nice...maybe it's the picture.)