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Aug 10, 2011 10:15 PM


My wife & I are attending a show in NY on an upcoming Sunday night. I'm looking for a pre-theatre dinner. I see Daniels had a pre-theatre sitting from 5.30pm but I don't seem to be able to get a booking on open table. Any other suggestions? Budget not an issue.

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  1. Becco is my favorite pre-theatre in the area.

    355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

    1. I always like Esca for pre-theatre, and you should be able to get a reservation. But it's only an option if you like seafood. Also convenient if you like Japanese is Nobu 57.

      Nobu 57
      40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      1. Daniel is not particularly convenient for pre-theater anyway...This is one of the most common questions on this board. You might try a search for pre-theater and many suggestions will pop up.

        1. Please, please do not go to Becco!! Before Lidia became famous, Becco was a good restaurant. Now, it's become a victim of its own success. The pastas are mediocre. They've jammed as many tables as is humanly possible into each room, making seating uncomfotably close. And the noise level is so horrendously high that shouting is the only way to have a "conversation." In short, Becco has become the very essence of a tourist trap.

          Re: "Daniels." 4-star chef Daniel Boulud's haute cuisine flagship, Daniel (no "s" at the end) is not open on Sunday. So, I'm guessing you must mean dbBistro Moderne, which is a Boulud restaurant. With regard to OpenTable, restaurants do not usually put all their resevations on it, so I would suggest that you call dbBistro directly to see if they have any openings.

          Oceana is one of our favorites. Superb fish and seafood, attentive service, and attractive ambiance.

          Oceana photos:

          The Bar Room at The Modern is another excellent option. Delicious food, friendly service, and pleasant surroundings.

          Bar Room at The Modern photos:

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          1. re: RGR

            Thanks RGR for the (as always) wonderful photos! I'm trying The Modern Bar Room tomorrow for pre-theatre, and I wasn't sure what to order. Now I think I'll order the Slow-Poached Farm Egg with Lobster; the Spaetzle with Foie Gras; and the duck breast. Not sure whether I should order the Beignets or the Coffee Caramel Dome.

            1. re: ellenost

              The beignets at The Modern Bar Room were fantastic! Pillowy soft and not at all greasy. Loved the maple ice cream and caramel sauce! The rest of the dishes that I mentioned above were good. Service was attentive and friendly.

              The Modern
              9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: ellenost


                Thank *you* for always being so complimentary about my photos. :)

                Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal in the Bar Room. We've never found the food and service there to be anything other than excellent.

                We didn't order the beignets on July 4th (the photo set I linked to ) because Mr. R. and I had had them during the previous visit. Plus, our son-in-law is gluten-intolerant, and we wanted him to be able to share all the desserts. But, yes, they are delicious.

                Bar Room photo set that includes the beignets:


          2. how about Goscogne--- servers can be typical French, but food ispretty good

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            1. re: bobstripower

              For search purposes, the correct spelling is Gascogne. We've always liked the food there and especially enjoy sitting their charming garden. However, it's on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts., which is not exactly convenient for pre-Theater District dining. It is great, though, for someone going to the Joyce Theatre diagonally across the street.

              Btw, is "servers can be typical French" a way of saying that servers who are French provide poor service? If so, I think that's quite offensive, to say nothing of being inaccurate.


              158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: RGR

                sorry didnt mean to be offensive--just my experience here and in Paris that real French service staff can be a bit arrogant if your not French-- no realtionship to service.I used to fly Air France Concord to Paris and if you were unlucky to sit next to a native French person, i would be almost totally ignored all the way over--just my experince. If you read the reviews on Gascogne youll see reference to the wait staff "attitude" in many of them.I like the restaurant anyway