Suggestions for dinner pre-opera
I'd rather not get into a pricing war cos it doesn't work period ..
Realistically priced menu is best for longevity in a business that has a higher rate of failure.
Not pricing on it's intrinsic values is best .. JMO
The bottom line is same/similar for everyone because all the stock in the pantry is coming from the same purveyors.
I think as long as we are not eating every meal at the same place, there is room for discovery and exploration and also wallet friendly.
There is always Picholine, Telepan as you mentioned, Dovetail (a bit farther but not far), Atlantic Grill (right there) Ocean Grill (79th St)
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That's interesting, thanks for that tid-bit.
Just wondering, it might be beyond what the OP might want to spend, though, even if he/she stretched their declared willingness to spend $40-50/pp...
Their 3-course pre-theatre prix-fixe is $78 -- plus tax (8.875%) & tip (20% on food), no alcohol, would be just over $100/pp. Perhaps if they chose 1 or 2 courses only or split an entree (if allowed) they could do it for $40-50/pp, though?
My husband & I shared Ahini ( sea urchins w/criispy pita chips) and Glikadakia (crispy sweetbreads) to start. Both were very good, but we really enjoyed the sea urchin. Then we both ordered Moussaka (I know it's trite, but....) and thought that was very good as well. Nicely prepared & seasoned. (By comparison, Kefi's, for instance, is heavy on the salt.) Friends had the grilled rack of lamb&loin (which I recall they really enjoyed...it looked great) and braised rooster (I can't remember the verdict on that...nor what they started with...sorry)
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The 7.30 pm performance tomorrow Tuesday Dec 27, 2011, I presume?
Bar Boulud (French) across Dante park (the patch of "green" in front of the Met) does not, unfortunately, have reservations available around 5.30 pm for tomorrow according to Open Table. You might like to try calling anyway.
I've liked Cafe Luxembourg (quasi-French/bistro food) in the past (a bit pricey but I liked the atmosphere). On 70th just west of Broadway, 0.3 mile walk. http://www.cafeluxembourg.com/ Currently Open Table shows reservations for two available around 5.30 pm for tomorrow. I used to like going for *after-Opera* meals/bites and a bit of people-watching as well.
Haven't been there in a while too but Bricco (Italian) was enjoyed by me. On 56th just west of 8th Ave. A slightly longer (0.6 mile) walk to/from Lincoln Center. Open Table shows lots of reservations for two available around 5.30 pm tomorrow.
What about the new restaurant - Apeggio - in Avery Fisher Hall? There have been mixed reviews about it but it's another option. http://www.arpeggiofoodandwine.com/home/default.asp . The Grand Tier restaurant within the Met is another option, although it may not be the best place food-wise or price-wise. http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant... There appear to be reservations available for both for around 5.30 pm for tomorrow.
I'm sure others will have more up-to-date opinions on the above and other suggestions.
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The Grand Tier
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