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ethylandgeorge Oct 23, 2011 09:38 PM

Looking for pre theatre(Book of Mormon)dining suggestions for 11/6/11. My taste buds are open to any cuisine just as long as the food is to die for or close to that status. Only request is that the restaurant be business casual and within walking distance of the theatre. Price is not a issue.

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    kathryn Oct 24, 2011 07:53 AM

    A good number of the 3- and 4-New York Times star restaurants are closed Sundays, which will limit your "to die for" options, assuming price is truly not an issue.

    If you can go downtown for dinner after the matinee, you have more options.

    Have a great time at the show; it's hilarious.

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      fm1963 Oct 24, 2011 07:34 AM

      Within a short walking distance of your theater at 230 West 49th Street:

      Le Bernardin (business casual at the bar, jacket required in the main dining room)
      DB Bistro Moderne
      Esca
      Kanoyama (haven't tried it but there have been recent positive reports)
      The Modern
      La Silhouette

      Marea is ten blocks north but doable if you can get a 6 pm reservation.

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      DB Bistro Moderne
      55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

      Le Bernardin
      155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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

      Kanoyama
      175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      La Silhouette
      362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: fm1963
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        kathryn Oct 24, 2011 07:58 AM

        Le Bernardin is closed Sundays.

        Kanoyama is not within walking distance of the theater -- it is 2.4 miles away in the East Village.

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        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        Kanoyama
        175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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          peter j Oct 24, 2011 08:23 AM

          Sugiyama?

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          Sugiyama
          251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      2. sgordon Oct 24, 2011 07:09 AM

        "Price is not an issue" is always a little... well, it's always an issue. In that part of town you could go to Masa ($600+/pp) or Per Se ($295+/pp) - and those prices are before you've even had a sip of wine. Leaving those aside, the top tier restos, the three and four starrers, are generally going to be $150-$200/pp once you factor in the tax, tip and drinks.

        Do you want to dine early? Late? The Sunday matiness probably let out around 4:30 or so, so that allows you to catch the first seatings (usually 5:30) for dinner at most places. Since you say you want to stay within walking distance, I'm assuming you want to go straight to dinner post-show?

        Also, are you dining alone? Duo? Quartet? You'll want to make a reservation at most of the better restos.

        If that's the case, I'm seeing openings around that time, within what most people would consider walking distance, on Opentable for:
        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
        A Voce Columbus
        Ai Fiori
        Marea
        The Modern (Bar Room)
        Nougatine
        Oceana

        ...and within what a typical New Yorker would consider within walking distance:
        Manzo
        Nobu 57
        Picholine

        All are generally considered to be in the top-ish tier, though you'll find lovers and haters for any of them. (For me: love Manzo, The Modern, Ai Fiori and to some degree Marea. Not so in love with Nobu or Oceana.)

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        Per Se
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

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

        L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
        57 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

        Picholine
        35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

        Oceana
        120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

        Nougatine
        1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

        A Voce
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Masa
        10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

        Manzo
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

        Ai Fiori
        400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        1. re: sgordon
          k
          kathryn Oct 24, 2011 07:56 AM

          Masa is closed Sundays, so that's not an option.

          OP: do note that The Modern's formal dining room is closed Sundays, but the more casual Bar Room at the Modern is not. It does, however, have a different menu.

          Same goes for Jean Georges. Formal dining room closed Sundays, casual Nougatine room open Sundays, different menu.

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          Jean Georges
          1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

          Nougatine
          1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

          Masa
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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          NYCFoodster Oct 23, 2011 09:53 PM

          I would recommend Le Marais. It is a french steakhouse with its own meat aging room. Definitely the best steak and atmosphere in the area.(just try to get a table upstairs, much quieter and roomier) All their steak is dry aged and they make the fries from scratch, really crispy and fresh. I've been going there for years especially when visiting the theater. its on 46 bet 7 and 8.
          I would also suggest abigails on broadway. They have an amazing popcorn chicken with real popcorn it and the last time I was there I got a dish which featured an array of different meat, kind of like a sampler. It was incredible. They are on broadway at 39th st.

          enjoy the show! i heard great things

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          Le Marais
          150 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          Abigael's
          1407 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

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            City Kid Oct 24, 2011 06:49 AM

            Unless someone is restricted to Kosher food, which it seems the OP is not, I don't know why they would seek out Le Marais or Abigail's on Broadway; there are better choices. For pre-theater I love Kellari Taverna. Whether it's "to die for" is debatable, I suppose, but I absolutely love the fresh fish and Greek specialities, soothing surroundings, and charming service. An easy walk to the theater.
            http://www.kellari.us/

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            Kellari Taverna
            19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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