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Good Italian near theater with gluten-free options?

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My husband so enjoyed our last visit to NYC late January (thanks to your suggestions), he invited his two best friends and their wives to join us when we return late March. In our last visit, we very much enjoyed our meals at Bar at the Modern and Cafe Mogador, and I loved the two gluten-free bakeries Tu-Lu (brownies!, red velvet cupcakes!) and Babycakes (donuts!).

Now, need to come up with good Italian options for our Italian friend from Philadelphia for a Thursday night, pre-theater. We will be going to the theater at Shubert Theater (225 West 44th Street) and The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). And, we are staying near Penn Station.

Checking out previous posts, I see Orso, Etcetera Etcetera, Trattoria Trecolori recommended. I have eaten pre-theater at Etcetera Etcetera before, but, the last time (maybe three years ago?) it was just so-so. Our friends were recommended Carmine's but would like a place that all of us can enjoy which means some place with good gluten-free options, and affordable prices.

Can you help us?

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Babycakes
248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Cafe Mogador
101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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

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

Etcetera Etcetera
352 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Tu-Lu's
338 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Haven't received a reply so perhaps this is too tough a question. Searching some gluten-free websites, it looks like Bistango is a favorite. How does that compare with Trattoria Trecolori (where probably can't have pasta)? Thanks

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

    Bistango
    415 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: lacontessa

      i'm not familiar with any of the places you mentioned other than Carmine's, which I'd avoid. have you looked at ESCA? It's Italian, with a strong focus on seafood. they have plenty of pastas, too, though.

      1. re: lacontessa

        I've never been to Bistango, but Trattoria Trecolori is a solid place, and certainly you can avoid gluten by ordering gluten-free things there.

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

        Bistango
        415 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016