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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.

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

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    1. re: Littleman

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

    2. maybe you'll find something of interest here while waiting for new suggestions:
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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

        1. re: mensch

          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

      2. 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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        1. re: Phil Ogelos

          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. :)

          1. re: mensch

            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.

            1. re: Mr Porkchop

              I have no idea what GLBT even is

              1. re: princeofpork

                Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender, i believe.

                1. re: coasts

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

                  1. re: princeofpork

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

                    1. re: coasts

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

        2. 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. 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. 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. "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.