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Feb 14, 2011 09:31 AM

Pre Theater dinner Saturday Night

I need to make my reservations for my excursion to NY this weekend and am looking for a relaxed place to go to dinner before the theater on the 19th. We are going to see Spiderman (heres hoping on minimal breaks). But we would like a dinner no more than about 80 per person (before tax and tip). We want a place that does the classics real well nothing too adventurous. Just good quality food no fluff. A good steakhouse would be perfect but what would you recommend?

I am a foodie at heart but my wife is not she likes it simple. Is there a compromise?

Thank you in advance.

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  1. Marseille should work well for you.

    630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: ellenost

      Thanks for that recomendation I will look into it.

    2. Keens, our favorite NYC steakhouse, is on 36th St., just off the corner of 6th Av., so not too far from your theater. In nice weather -- which it's supposed to be on Saturday -- an easy walk. Superb steaks, chops, sides, etc. Excellent service. And the charming Old NY ambiance is unmatchable.

      Keens photos:

      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

      1. I strongly agree with both Marseille and Keen's.

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        1. re: rrems

          Thank you all for the ideas I will have to look into both of these ideas.

        2. I love Esca. I eat there about 6x a year. Best fish/shellfish in town other than Yasuda & Le Bernadin, in my opinion.

          Not steak, but you'll live longer.

          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: scotty27

            I am not hellbent on steak its just simple clean good food for this night i don't want the exotic combinations. I was looking for straight forward good food in a great atmosphere no real need to complicate the food.

            1. re: jshaper

              In the realm of the sea, I highly recommend Oceana. In addition to composed dishes, they do a superb job cooking fish plainly and offering sauces on the side. Excellent service and very pleasant atmospherics.

              Oceana photos:


              120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

              1. re: RGR

                I got recommended Sardi's and Carmines. Now Carmines has no availability but is Sardi's any good. Its right across from my theater.

                1. re: jshaper

                  Don't know whether the food has improved in the past 30 years (since I was last there), but Sardi's is known as a tourist trap (i.e. for out-of-towners who don't know better and only recognize the name). If you're theatre is near Sardi's, you should go to Marseille instead.

                  234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

                  1. re: jshaper

                    I would not trust anyone who would recommend Carmine's and Sardi's.

                    1. re: rrems

                      This is the best advice in the thread.

                      1. re: nmprisons

                        It was the best Advice i didn't take. I went to Sardi's but it was overpriced for the quality and the ambiance was missing. I had a much beter meal for the same price at DB's Bistro Moderne and would recommend going there over Sardi's and will never listen to that guy again.

                        DB Bistro Moderne
                        55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

                        234 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

            2. I'm going to Elsewhere for the first time this weekend before seeing Million Dollar Quartet. Its menu looks like it has options for the foodie as well as the classics - everything from roasted bone marrow and braised rabbit to hanger steak and a burger. I'll let you know how it is!

              Manhattan Fine Dining Examiner:

              403 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036