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Nostalgia for restaurant circa 1985

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Back in 1985, a friend and I visited New York before I lived here or knew much about the city. After seeing a play, we had dinner at a restaurant in the theatre district. I recall it was French, was in the middle of a street (not avenue) block, with steps down to the dining room. The restaurant was being run by a priest who'd inherited it from his brother (?), and the priest sat and chatted with us.
This same friend is making a return visit, and I thought it would be fun to see what had become of the place.
Does this ring any bells?

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  1. I believe this is the place you're talking about:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=t...

    It's mostly downstairs- have a look at the photos, it's been around forever, and it's just where you describe!