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Theatre District with Elderly Parents

So my folks are seeing an early show on Saturday and want to eat nearby the Roundabout Theatre. This is where I get stuck! Where to go? I don't spend much time in the neighborhood. the few places I've been to are Hallo Berlin (delicious but a little to casual for my parents), Vynyl, St. Andrews (not bad but totally over-priced) and John's. Anyone have other suggestions? I'm specifically looking for something I don't have to shell a ton of dough on (that's why I am nixing all their tourist trap suggestions) but will provide a good experience.

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Hallo Berlin
626 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

St. Andrews
140 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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  1. Marseille. Or for a different bistro experience Chez Napoleon. Totto Ramen is also very good, but totally inappropriate for the occasion and the company.

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    Chez Napoleon
    365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

    Totto Ramen
    366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

    1. Trattoria Trecolori is a decent Olive Garden alternative.

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      Trattoria Trecolori
      254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        Not sure why the Olive Garden comparison....Trattoria Trecolori is a nice restaurant, good food, pleasant service, not loud...I tihnk it would work very well for this circumstance.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Agree completely, TT is great suggestion. But like G of S I'm confused by the Olive Garden comparison. OG and TT shouldn't even be mentioned in the same conversation.

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            I didn't compare Trattoria Trecolori to the Olive Garden, I said it was an Olive Garden Alternative.

            The OP mentioned his parents' tourist trap suggestions, and OG is one of the largest that tourists flock to because they don't know there are decent alternatives in the same area, for about the same price with MUCH better food, such as Trattoria Treclori.

            I have elderly in-laws and when they went to shows they routinely went to OG until I steered them to TT.

            Sorry, hope that is clear.

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            Trattoria Trecolori
            254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

            1. re: TrishUntrapped

              Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I was busting your chops. Props to you for getting them away from OG and into TT : )

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                No problemo. I consider it somewhat of a public service to steer people away from OG and other chains.

      2. Not sure exactly where Roundabout is, but I think a great all around restaurant with a pretty comprehensive menu is Thalia. It's located on the East side of 8th Ave at the southeast corner of 8th and 50th. I eat there OFTEN and have found it to be consistently good, with a nice ambiance, good service and usually little to no wait for a table.

        http://www.restaurantthalia.com/menu/...

        1. I've been pretty pleased the several times I've gone to Joe Allen, and absolutely would take my 80-year-old parents there. I avoided it for years, thinking it was a Theater District tourist trap -- but I went once when I didn't have a choice and now have been back several times on my own.

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          Joe Allen
          326 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          1. We had a very pleasant meal pre-theater at Dafni Greek Taverna on 42nd between 8th & 9th. Casual, elegant, great service, extremely fair prices. Food and wine were great.

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            Dafni
            325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

            1. Wow - the below is all helpful - I'll let you know where we end up!