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Need a pre-theater pick!

My friend is coming in from out of town next weekend and I'm scanning around for a fun, festive place for dinner before a show. The show is a little out of the theater district, Broadway and 53rd. Any ideas?

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  1. What is your budget (specific dollar amounts, please)? Any cuisines you particularly like or dislike?

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    1. re: rrems

      Well I'm talking somewhere between McDonalds and Per Se. I would say entrees in the low to mid 20s would be ok. As far as cuisine, I think we are both pretty adventurous eaters, but I'm not necessarily looking for ethnic; plain old Italian would be fine too, as long as the food is good. I was thinking of Marseille, but it's not exactly convenient to the theater, and it can be extremely noisy.

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      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: jennielap

        I love Toloache, and it is very close to your theater, but it may not be less noisy than Marseille. Orso would be quieter, and the Italian food is excellent, though it is a bit farther away. Chez Napoleon is quiet, and is one of a dying breed of genuine French bistros. It's particularly good for organ meats, rabbit and venison. Vice Versa is quiet and comfortable. The food is not quite as good as Orso, but overall I llike it. The pastas are better than the other main courses, and you can also have half orders of pasta as appetizers. Their desserts are particularly good. Another thought is Oceana, If it fits your budget (it's a bit higher than the others). The food is fabulous and it has a nice ambiance, busy but not loud. Hope this helps.

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

        Orso
        322 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

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

        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    2. How about Toloache on 50th near 8th Ave?

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

      1. Osteria del Circo - for sure festive.

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        Circo
        120 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

        1. Just had a great pre-theatre dinner at Ma Peche (French-Vietnamese) on W. 56th Street between 5th & Ave. of the Americas (pretty close to your theatre). Food is great and service is attentive. They have a 3 course prix-fixe for $45. A la carte entrees are mid-$20s. I had the duck Friday night, and it was delicious! Brussel sprouts were yummy too. (FYI-my theatre was at W. 47 St. and Broadway, and I easily walked it from Ma Peche.

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

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          1. re: ellenost

            I just cannot stand that Ma Peche dining room. So ugly.

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

          2. We recently ate at Vice Versa and really enjoyed the meal - if you want to keep the price down stick with the delicious pastas!