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Jan 1, 2012 09:20 AM

A theater weekend-looking for some help


We are coming in for a theater weekend on the 27th of Jan. We are going to db Moderne for Friday evening (we are staying in same building) before our 8pm show.

I need a breakfast/brunch or lunch options for Saturday before our 2pm show at Stephen Sondheim Theater. (124 W 43rd)

For dinner on Saturday I tried EMP, Per Se, Babbo for dinner all booked. Any ideas? We ate at Picholine a few weeks back.

Sunday same as above, breakfast/brunch/lunch before 2pm show at Steinberg Center (111 W 46th)


edited to add-we are open to all food types/high dining/local/casual etc

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  1. For your brunches/lunches, I would suggest the following:

    Kellari Taverna (GreeK), on the same block as your hotel &dbBistro

    Trattoria Trecolori (Italian), on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th

    Bar Room at The Modern (Alscian-inspired French), on 53rd, b/t 5th & 6th

    Toloache (Mexican). on 50th, b/t B'way & 8th

    For Saturday dinner, based on the level of restaurants you mentioned, I highly recommend the following: Jung Sik, Corton, and Tocqueville. OpenTable is showing reservations available for all of them at various times.

    Jung Sik photos:

    Corton photos:


    6 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      Thanks for the quick response. I have taken a peek at your blog as well. I will be bookmarking it!

      I am going to look over the restaurant websites and see if one of those will fit the bill.

      1. re: pioneer

        Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm flattered that you thought well enough of it to bookmark it. :)

        Two restaurants of a more casual nature you might want to consider: La Silhouette and La Promenade des Anglais.

        La Silhouette photos:

        La Promenade des Anglais photos:

        Btw, I noticed that you are seeing "Anything Goes." As I mentioned on my blog, it's one of the best shows we saw in 2011. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

        1. re: RGR

          Booked Jung Sik for Saturday evening. I will look over the new recs. We have been to the Bar at the Modern and it was lovely.

          1. re: pioneer

            So glad you chose Jung Sik. The food is quite spectacular, service is attentive, and the ambiance is lovely.

            I forgot that La Silhouette serves brunch. It would be another very good possibility if you like the it is in the Theater District. La Promenade also serves brunch, but imo it's too far away when one is seeing a show with a 2 p.m. curtain. (For a 3 p.m. curtain on a Sunday, it's doable.)


            1. re: RGR

              I agree with your statement on La Promenade so I booked La Silhouette for Saturday brunch. There appears to be several items that aren't "too brunchy".

              Now I am trying get get an Italian lunch in for Sunday, called Trattori Trecolori several times but no one answers.

              1. re: pioneer

                Ah, I see that like us you prefer lunch foods for brunch instead of breakfast foods. :)

                Trecolori is usually open on Sunday, so I guess they must be taking the day off. Another option for Italian is Il Punto, on the corner of 9th Av. & 38th St.



                Il Punto
                507 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

    2. My new favorite restaurant in New York is Ai Fiori, in the Setai Hotel. And before I went there for the first time (I've gone twice now), I found a thread dedicated to it on this site that had nothing but really strong praise for it. Consider it for cocktails and dinner. I really can't praise it highly enough - their ingredients are impeccable, everything we had was delicious and in many cases categorically better than dishes of the same name we had had elsewhere, and contained some delightful surprise. And the cocktails and wine were equally great. To top it off, the service was gracious, as you would expect but don't always get from this level of establishment.

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

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      1. re: Pan

        Hi Pan, Happy New Year!

        We had two dinners at Ai Fiori in early 2011. The food overall was superb, though we did have one glitch with regard to the temperature of my lamb during the first dinner, i.e., not hot enough. It was attended to prompty, and we were gifted an extra dessert to compensate.

        Chris Jaekle left the position of chef de cuisine a few months ago. White took over the kitchen until promoting sous chef P.J. Calapa to that position in early December. I've been wondering if this has affected the food in any way. So, when were you there?

        Re: service. While I agree that it is gracious, we did have some slip-ups during our second dinner.

        Ai Fiori photos:

        1. re: RGR

          Happy New Year to you! I was at Ai Fiori twice in September. I really hope the cuisine hasn't deteriorated.

          1. re: RGR


            This is what I have set up:

            Friday-db Moderne
            Sat-La Silhoutte, Junk Sik
            Sun-Trattoria Trecolori, dinner at MIL

            Today I found out we will be coming in a day early(Thursday).
            Any ideas for a casual tapas/cocktail place?

            Thanks for all your help.

            1. re: pioneer


              Good line-up! (I presume "MIL" means dinner at your mother-in-law's house?)

              I don't drink, so I can't give you any advice about where the best cocktails can be found. However, once in a while, we stop into The London Bar (in The London Hotel, on 54th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs.) to relax and where my husband sips a Jack Daniels. Very civilized. They have an afternoon tea menu and a menu of small plates.


              The only tapas-style restaurant we've been to is Casa Mono. I like the food a lot. My only complaint is the uncomfortably tight seating. But I'm willing to put up with it occasionally because the food is delicious.

              Casa Mono photos:


              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              The London Bar
              151 W 54th St, New York, NY 10105

              1. re: pioneer

                Tapas places are usually wine-driven. Finding true Spanish tapas and proper cocktails will be difficult. If you're OK with leaving Midtown, Tertulia (best at jamon and grilled dishes) and Txikito (Basque style, great suckling pig, roast fish, chorizo/egg toast) are both excellent and a bit better than Casa Mono IMO.

                If you want excellent cocktails near Times Square, try Lantern's Keep in the Iroquois Hotel. Lamb's Club is pretty good, too, with a great Mad Men-esque atmosphere, but Lantern's Keep is a bit better. Both serve some bar snacks as well.

                For small plates (not Spanish) and cocktails, a return to the Bar Room at the Modern would be a good choice. Especially because they serve continuously until 10:30pm, in case you are delayed on the night you get into town.

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

                240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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

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

                359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                1. re: kathryn

                  kathryn, Good that you've chimed in here with your expertise on the cocktails scene.