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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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    NYCFoodster RE: ethylandgeorge 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 RE: NYCFoodster 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

    2. sgordon RE: ethylandgeorge 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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        kathryn RE: sgordon 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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        fm1963 RE: ethylandgeorge 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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          kathryn RE: fm1963 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 RE: kathryn Oct 24, 2011 08:23 AM

            Sugiyama?

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

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          kathryn RE: ethylandgeorge 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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