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Jun 20, 2011 07:43 PM

Dinner for one before "Jerusalem," W. 45th st., Friday 6/24

I've looked at some of the pre-theater suggestions and would like to ask for more specific advice. I'm coming to New York to see Jersualem Friday (Megabus, leave Pittsburgh 7 am, return 7 am Saturday - this better be a good play!). I'll have a couple of hours before the show, so I thought that if I could get a really good meal, that would add to my mini-jaunt. Ideally looking for a place where a middle-aged woman alone could be comfortable..I read about Toloache, which sounds great, but I'd also be interested in French food or great seafood. I'm willing to spend up to $50 or so, not counting alcohol.

Thanks for any suggestions.

251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  1. For superb seafood, I highly recommend Oceana. They offer a pre-theater 3-course prix-fixe for $49.

    dbBistro Moderne serves excellent contemporary French bistro cuisine. The pre-theater 3-course prix-fixe there is $45.

    In both cases, the prix-fixe is a great value for cuisine of such high caliber.

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    1. re: RGR

      RGR, what do you think of Benoit? It's on my maybe list for next week and close to the Music Box.

      Annettesan, hope "Jerusalem" is good too. I'm seeing the matinee Sunday. Given how much time you have, you could eat almost anywhere in Manhattan

      60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: Windy

        We haven't been to Benoit since just after if opened. We liked it a lot. But that was two chef changes ago, and there have been changes to the menu. I have heard reports from people I trust who have been there recently that the food's still very good.

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks. I'll report back if we end up there.

    2. Alone at a huge place like Oceana can be quite daunting

      I woudl try something small an dintimate like Triomphe

      At Triomphe a lady can even eat at the bar as the barkeeps are female and are all actresses and will instantly share conversation about the play; Erin the primary bartender will treat you with respect and the food from the new chef is remarkable; if you are not comfrotable at the bar they have a few nice tables around the bar an dof course in the main dining room. The rooms are small and cozy, easy to get lost in a nice book while you dine if you like that.

      49 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

      120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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      1. re: carlylecat

        In many instances, you are probably right with regard to a restaurant as large as Oceana. However, the staff there is unusually attentive, and so I'm sure they would go out of their way to make a solo woman diner feel very welcomed.

      2. I'm also seeing Jerusalem this Friday night. Just want to remind you that the play begins at 7:00 (not the usual 8:00) so you'll need to eat very early in order to get to the theatre on time.

        1. Another suggestion is Taboon on 51st Street/10th Ave. It's mediterranean in style but they have very good fish dishes, great food.
          Also there is Esca a seafood restaurant by Dave Pasternack. located in the theatre district.
          Have fun!

          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

          773 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019