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mensch Oct 14, 2010 06:21 PM

We're going to the theater in a couple of weeks and I'd like dining suggestions for good food/service and a convivial but not loud after-theater atmosphere. We are GLBT, native New Yorkers, so a non-tourist place is an absolute necessity. Asian &/or Vegetarian is preferred but not mandatory. Thanks.

  1. ttoommyy Oct 17, 2010 05:59 AM

    "We are GLBT, native New Yorkers, so a non-tourist place is an absolute necessity."

    We are a gay couple also...but I have no idea what you mean by this. I have a lot of suggestions for that area, but because it is the theater district, tourists are everywhere. I'd love to know what you mean by the statement above, mensch.

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      edwardspk Oct 15, 2010 01:19 PM

      If you like seafood, my "go to" spot in the theatre district is Esca (43rd & 9th). I also recently had a very good meal at Toloache (not Asian, but there are some vegetarian dishes).

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      Toloache
      251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      1. Spiritchaser Oct 15, 2010 08:10 AM

        Look into Kyotofu on 9th, very intersting place, really like the food, can be a bit slow service wise at times.

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        Kyotofu
        705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. Striver Oct 15, 2010 06:52 AM

          West Bank Cafe (42nd just west of 9th) is one of our go-tos in that area for the kind of ambience you're seeking: non-touristy, relatively calm. Cuisine is contemporary American with Italian touches and consistently very good, service is fine and wine-by-the-glass selection usually has some interesting choices. There's a small late-night theatre/cabaret downstairs, so I'm not as sure of the post-theatre ambience as I am of the pre- (when we normally dine), but I think it's worth checking out.

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

          1. Phil Ogelos Oct 14, 2010 07:57 PM

            Anything worth eating in that neighourhood will be along Ninth Ave.: if you're feeling confident, you can start at 57th and start walking south until something strikes your fancy. If you reach 37th, you've gone too far. Eighth Ave itself is a culinary wasteland.
            [Not sure what GLBT has to do with food or ambience.]

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              mensch Oct 14, 2010 08:15 PM

              I know where the restaurants are; I need recommendations. Obviously Ninth Av. offers some opportunities, but also its share of duds. BTW, I did not say that GLBT, or, for that matter, that we are native New Yorkers, has anything to do with food. The point made refers to ambiance; specifically touristy v. non-touristy. I, also, have no idea what GLBT has to do with food. :)

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                Mr Porkchop Oct 15, 2010 08:42 AM

                I think you'll find that that Hells Kitchen has grown into one of the most GLBT areas of the city. I think you'll be comfortable on most place on 9th and 10th. I've only eaten dessert there (and it was good) but 44&X at 44th and 10th, struck me as particularly GLBT friendly. The menu is varied and the food always looked good. Not touristly at all that far over.

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                  princeofpork Oct 15, 2010 04:12 PM

                  I have no idea what GLBT even is

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                    coasts Oct 15, 2010 04:37 PM

                    Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender, i believe.

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                      princeofpork Oct 16, 2010 09:47 AM

                      What the heck would that have anything to do with where they want to eat?

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                        coasts Oct 17, 2010 04:58 AM

                        i don't know. better off asking the OP.
                        maybe they're Great Lovers of Bacon and Tomato

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                          princeofpork Oct 17, 2010 07:15 AM

                          If that is what it means then I am GLBT too!!

            2. goodhealthgourmet Oct 14, 2010 07:41 PM

              maybe you'll find something of interest here while waiting for new suggestions:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695063
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/547765
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/685492
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/577188
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737597

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                mensch Oct 14, 2010 08:29 PM

                Thank you. I need to better learn how to do searches so I don't ask questions already answered. Next time! Thx again, ghg.

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                  goodhealthgourmet Oct 14, 2010 08:41 PM

                  no worries, i'm always happy to help. and starting a new thread isn't a bad idea as sometimes many of the places in the older ones have changed, or no one has mentioned new favorites yet.

                  BTW, my first thoughts based on your Asian/Vegetarian preference were Kyotofu, Sugiyama - if you feel like splurging, or Ma Peche if you're willing to hoof it a few blocks farther East.

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                  Sugiyama
                  251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                  Kyotofu
                  144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                  Ma Peche
                  15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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                Littleman Oct 14, 2010 07:14 PM

                Hold on..........someone will help you. Good luck.

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                  mensch Oct 14, 2010 08:23 PM

                  They are...thanks! (This was my first post, so I wasn't sure what to expect!)

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