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Feb 28, 2012 06:48 PM

Pre-theater near 43rd and 9th

NYC couple looking for a place for a pre-theater meal saturday night. We are not looking for anything specific- just a place with really good food - no matter what the cuisine. Anything new worth trying out?

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  1. Not particularly new but very good is Marseille located on 9th Ave. and 44th Street. French food with an emphasis on Proven├žal style cuisine. Mid priced. Definitely gets a pre-theatre crowd so I'd recommend making a reservation.

    630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: ellenost

      While there are some Proven├žal aspects to the cuisine, there is a stronger influence from the cuisines of North Africa, especially Morocco.

    2. I haven't been in about a year but I've had several very good meals at Dafni (across the street from the Port Authority on W42nd between 8th and 9th). Not fancy but the food is quite good and it's not expensive.

      If you go there, stick to the appetizers. Those are very good. Entrees are only okay. But you can certainly make a meal out of the appetizers.

      325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: UWSHomeCook

        We had a good, not great, meal at Dafni about a year ago.

        More recently, we ate at Pio Pio on 10th and 43rd. We enjoyed it very much and I would definitely return.

        Pio Pio
        604 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      2. If you like Italian seafood, Esca is on the corner of 43rd and 9th. Definitely make a reservation, though.

        402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

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        1. re: edwardspk

          Esca's menu looks great. Which dishes do you recommend the most?

          1. re: prima

            They get fresh fish each day, so the menu changes pretty often. However, the lobster spaghetti is a standard item that always pleases me. The fresh burrata topped with caviar is a wonderfully decadent mix of impossibly creamy burrata offset by the salty caviar, and for dessert I like the affogato. If it's a cold evening and you're in the mood to warm up, the zuppe di pesce is really nice, too. But they do a good job with just about all the fishes.

            The only dishes (for me) that have fallen a little short are the fritto misto and maybe the whole fried fish (which has been served to me under-done a couple of times). In the cases of the under-done fish, they've been quick to take it away, finish it off, then bring it back perfectly done.

            If you go, please tell us how you like it!

            402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

            1. re: edwardspk

              Thanks edwardspk- will definitely report back once I've had a chance to dine at Esca.

        2. Kellari Taverna is good Greek choice

          Kellari Taverna
          19 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

          1. Nizza is right there and is really good...very interesting menu, italian, but different than your typical NYC italian, highly recommended!

            630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036