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Jan 6, 2012 12:17 PM

Restaurant near Gershwin Theater, before 7 p.m. showing.

Hey guys, I appreciate any help as I'm not incredibly familiar with the dining in the city.

As a Christmas present I am taking my girlfriend to see Wicked at Gershwin Theater for a 7 p.m. showing. Beforehand we are thinking of going out to eat. I am 19 and she is 18, so we don't want anything too formal, but we still want some good food. The price at this point doesn't matter although I'd love some good food without breaking my bank. She isn't into spicy food, but other than that we are open to anything.

How is Bar Americain? It's menu looks great.

Any suggestions welcome!

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  1. Ehh... Bar Americain is very so-so.

    I'd recommend The Modern Bar Room for wonderful French-Alsatian cuisine.

    Or, Toloache for great Mexican. It's right next to the Gershwin Theater.

    251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

    Bar Americain
    152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

    1. Bar Americain is a tourist trap. Avoid it.

      We used to eat at Marseille a lot but not sure if it's still good.
      or Becco?

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      1. re: Monica

        The Modern Bar Room sounds pretty good. Does anyone have any more suggestions? We aren't into Mexican all that much, and her family is Italian so we have that kind of food all the time. Any good American food around, or even something else besides Mexican/Spanish and Italian?

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

        1. re: greencba

          There's Ma Peche, which is one of David Chang's restaurants, serving French-Vietnamese-ish cuisine.

          Seasonal is also close-by. It's Austrian.

          132 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: greencba

            Do you like seafood? How about Oceana?

            You might also like the pre-theater menu at La Silhouette.

            120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

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

          2. re: Monica

            I would say Becco is as much tourist trap as Bar Americain. Not that I'd recommend either.

            If you want something different, I second (or third) Ma Peche.

            355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

            Ma Peche
            15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

          3. My favorite pre-theatre restaurant is Ma Peche on W. 56 St. between 5th and 6th Aves. Food is French-Vietnamese and not spicy.

            1. It's casual, not too expensive, and yummy: Ember Room: 647 Ninth Av. (at 47th st.)

              Ember Room
              647 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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              1. re: mahler5

                We looked over all of the menus and decided that Ma Peche was a little too bland looking, and that a few other places looked a bit too upscale or not quite up our alley.

                My girlfriend likes the sound of Marseille and La Silhouette, so any further comments on either?

                She also still likes the sound of Bar Americain.

                Any other recommendations in the area? A little bit of walking for a diamond in the rough is fine =D

                1. re: greencba

                  Seriously, Bar Americain is not good. Just because it has Bobby Flay's name attached to it doesn't mean it's good.

                  I'd go with La Silhouette if I were to choose between the two choices you listed.

                  1. re: Cheeryvisage

                    That might be what we go with, unless of course anyone has any other suggestions for some nice gems?

                    1. re: Cheeryvisage

                      I went to Bar Americain a few months ago when Bobby himself was cooking in the kitchen. I went because my friend knew the bar tender there but honestly, food sucked.

                    2. re: greencba

                      Wow! "Bland" is one word I would never use (or have heard anyone else use) for the cuisine at Ma Peche.

                      1. re: ellenost

                        I can't fathom anybody would think Ma Peche would be "bland" - even by simply looking at the menu - either. I mean, not to his/her liking, sure, but bland?

                      2. re: greencba

                        If your gf liked the menu at La Silhouette, she should also consider Benoit.


                        60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019