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Oct 29, 2011 07:03 PM

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday


My date and I are coming up to NYC to see Wicked in December (Sat. 8:00 showing). Its been a while since I have been up there and we're looking for sugestions for where to eat pre-show?
Price range: flexible (not too expensive, meaning that I checked "Per Se" and I am not sure we are up for spending $300/meal so maybe not that high) - but I'd say about 100-150 per person? (Or up to)
Cuisine: we love all types, though recently we have been eating at a lot of Tapas places and Indian and Asian cuisine. Not so much into pasta, generally speaking.

Since its a 'date' - somewhere romantic, if possible? We don't get to see each other that much due to both of our work schedules, so both of us are excited to be planning this trip. I have seen Wicked more times than I should say, and I love it (!!) It will be his first time seeing the show.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. You also have to bear in mind the time....if you eat close-ish to the theatre you need to leave the restaurant at 7:30...that means a 6pm reservation and a fairly quick meal (90 minutes).

    DB Bistro Moderne might work.

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

    1. I don't have names, but on 46th Street between Broadway & 6th Avenue, there are a few Brazilian restaurants. Wicked is on 52/53rd west of Broadway at the Gershwin(one of the nicest & largest Broadway theater). It would be a 10 minute walk, max(taking account of crowds & possibly losing direction)

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      1. If you really want a more relaxing dinner, go early so that you don't have to rush through after the main course. Although the restaurant & servers know, make it known to the server when ordering. A 6 or 6:30 reservation should be good. With all the theaters in NY & London & all the money they make, I keep thinking why don't they upgrade the venue especially the seats. You won't have that issue at the Gershwin Theater.

      2. I very much enjoyed Stecchino (on 9th Ave btw. 51 & 52 Sts) before going to the theater the other night. I think it fits all of your criteria: really good food, reasonably priced, and subdued ambiance where it is easy to have a conversation. Efficient service and close to your theater.

        BTW: you can search "pre-theater" on this board and many more suggestions will come up.

        765 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. milos estiatorio. best fish we've ever had. close to wicked. in your price range

          125 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019

          1. While I like the food at dbBistro (mentioned above), I don't find the restauarnt at all romantic. The front diing room's decor is extremely bright and colorful. And though the back dining room has more sedate decor (which is to my liking), tables along the banquette -- where all deuces are seated -- are exceedlingly close to one another.

            Photo of dbBistro's front dining room:

            Photo of dbBistro's rear dining room banquette:

            I highly recommend La Silhouette. The cuisine is superb, and service is friendly and attentive. While the large rear dining room has very pleasant ambiance, there are two other very intimate dining spaces with a cozy, romantic feel.

            La Silhouette photos:

            I strongly suggest making a 5:30 reservation, which is what we do when we have an 8 p.m. show. This will allow you to have a leisurely dinner while leaving plenty of time to walk to your theater, a short 3 blocks away.


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

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            1. re: RGR

              Many Thank yous to everyone for all of the suggestions, I will be spending a good part of this afternoon checking them out and hoping to make reservations. 5:30 time slot - will do. I think neither of us would want to feel rushed through a meal before the show. (Side bar: totally excited to see Wicked, even though I have seen it close to a dozen times / hope he likes it). The last place (well, aside from casual dining) we have been to was Zaytinya's in D.C. - love the small plates and a somewhat leisurely pace which allowed us to try many different dishes and dessert.

              As a follow-up- my search of posts thus far leads me to believe there is not much in the way of post-dinner drinks or dining? Would that be accurate? Admittedly, I am not sure how awake either of us will be, necessarily, after the show to head out again, as opposed to winding down @ the hotel, etc. But its good to have options. Thoughts?

              Again, I thank you sooo much. If I could be of any help in the D.C or Boston area, please let me know.

              1. re: Lucky Basil

                I presume you meant to say "post-THEATER" drinks or dining. I don't know much about the drinks situation, but the sad truth is that most restaurants in the Theater District don't stay open late enough to accommodate people who want to dine after the show mid-week. Yes, that is really odd in "the city that never sleeps." It is a bit better on Fridays and Saturdays, though.

                What hotel will you be staying in? Perhaps, someone will chime in with suggestions for where you might get a nightcap close by on a Saturday.

                P.S. Re: your comment below. That sweetbreads dish at La Silhouette was fabulous! It was my husband's first course, but I got a good taste of it. He has always loved sweetbreads while I began to like them only more recently.


                1. re: RGR

                  Many thanks! Yes, I meant post-theater, oops (!!) :) As for hotel, not sure what hotel yet - we have not booked that. If there are ones better than others, or if you or anyone know o any we should choose on the basis of night caps, we can graviate towards those, but nevertheless, I will update once he and I settle on that. (He is away for work, so we are waiting for him to get back later tonight to D.C. so we can sit down and just start booking / making reservations).

                  He is very nocturnal (in that he will shoot me emails around midnight / 1:00 AM) whereas, I am asleep by 9 PM and up by 4:30. So we are sort of on opposite work schedules, but I want to prepare for having some noctural night cap, since at the very least we will be on a vacation, so to speak. The last date we had, I think we were both out as late as we possibly could without passing out from sleep deprivation at the end of a work week, and awake enough so both of us could, at a minimum, get home OK. I just want to make it the best possible weekend since we don't see each other, like, multiple times a week. Plus, he is more introverted than I am (very old-fashioned) and he likes it when we both participate in planning something new. (If that made sense).

                  Many thanks again, sincerely.

              2. re: RGR

                Cool....La Silhouette has sweetbreads...I introduced my date to that a few weeks ago with success. (Sorry, random comment)...

                1. re: Lucky Basil

                  Yes, and they are very good, only complaint was that they were a bit saltier than I would prefer but cooked very well. My scallops were similarly cooked perfectly, which is unfortunately harder to find than it should be! Overall we very much enjoyed our meal, and I think that the atmosphere will suit you well: you should definitely see if one of the dining "nooks" is available, as they make for a more private dining experience without isolating you from the waitstaff.

                  1. re: orthorunner

                    Thanks for the tip about dining "nooks" - I will give them a call this week to see if I can get that attached to my reservation (5:30).

                    As a side note - my date and I will be staying @ the Jewel across from Rockefeller Center (if I have the name correct). That being said, and the fact we are seeing the 8:00 showing of Wicked on Saturday - any recommendations for post-theater drinks or dessert?

                    Thank you in advance (!!!)


                    1. re: Lucky Basil

                      The owners of La Silhouette are very welcoming and accommodating, so I think there will be no problem re: your seating request. Those aren't really "nooks" per se but two very small dining rooms which are more intimate and cozy than the larger -- though extremely pleasant -- rear dining room. However, do bear in mind that there will be "traffic" because patrons must pass through the center of those two rooms in order to get to (and from) the rear dining room.

                      With regard to post-theater drinks or dessert, while I don't have any suggestions to offer, I hope you will not skip dessert at La Silhouette because they are truly wonderful.


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

                      1. re: Lucky Basil

                        Well, you'll be fairly close to a couple great restaurants with exceptionally good bar/lounge areas but if memory serves me they have an 11PM cut off (and Wicked is a long musical) but The Bar at The Modern and the bar at Le Bernardin.

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

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

                        1. re: Lucky Basil

                          Since Wicked is 2 hrs and 45 minutes long, it will be about 11pm until you can get somewhere for post-theatre drinks/dessert, which limits your options quite a bit.

                          You'll probably have to go south a little bit to get a nightcap after the show. Perhaps Lantern's Keep in the Iroquois Hotel would be good? It is run by the Raines Law Room people. It's open until midnight. The cocktails are excellent.

                          There is also the Lamb's Club's bar in the Chatwal Hotel (Sasha Petraske from Milk & Honey created the list there) and the bar in the Andaz Hotel (done by the bartender consultancy/people that run Violet Hour in Chicago).

                          And if you really must have something sweet before bed, Magnolia Bakery near Rockefeller Center is open until midnight on weekends. Try the icebox cafe or banana pudding, but skip the cupcakes.

                          Magnolia Bakery
                          1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                          Raines Law Room
                          48 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                          The Lambs Club
                          132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

                          Lantern's Keep
                          49 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

                          The Bar Downstairs
                          485 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018