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Jun 21, 2011 08:52 AM

Best Pre-Theatre Dinner

I am going to a Broadway musical Saturday July 2nd and need recommendations for dinner before hand. Thanks!

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  1. I find Triomphe fits the bill nicely for pre-theater.

    49 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    1. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of restaurants in the Theater District. In order for us to make appropriate suggestions, you need to narrow things down by providing some specifics. Cuisine preference(s)? Any avoids? Casual or fancy? Per person budget for *food only*?

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      1. re: RGR

        Italian or French... But if there is a spectacular restaurant I am definitely open to ideas. My girlfriend eats very simple food so the restaurant has to have a few simple dishes. It doesn't need to be fancy, but I don't want a very casual restaurant where people are wearing shorts. Also, it is important that the restaurant is full and has a nice atmosphere. Budget - I'd prefer to spend less, but would be willing to spend $100/person for food if I find a great restaurant.

        1. re: djs7d

          second Triomphe

          49 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: djs7d

            The best French restaurant in the Theater District area is The Modern Dining Room. The cuisine is stellar; and the 4-course prix-fixe at $98 would come in just under your max budget. However, you would have to look at the menu to determine if it would be a good fit for your girlfriend. I'm sure the kitchen would be willing to make some adjustments, for example, eliminating any sauces or accompaniments that don't appeal to her.

            The Modern Dining Room photos:

            dbBistro Moderne is one of 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. This one focuses on contemporary French bistro cuisine. The food is delicious and somewhat simpler than at The Modern, which would probably make things easier for your girlfriend. Again, check the menu to be sure. If you order a la carte, three courses might run between $60-$70pp, depending on the dishes you select. There is also a pre-theater 3-course prix-fixe for $45 with limited choices.

            dbBistro photos:

            Neither of these restaurants has a dress code, i.e, no jacket required. One would hope that nobody will turn up wearing shorts.


        2. If she likes seafood, I always like Esca for pre-theatre. Simply prepared Italian seafood dishes, excellent Italian wine list and fits your budget.

          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036