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Telepan: Is a pre-theater bite possible at the bar?

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Before you answer, be aware that bar seating is first-come, first-served. What are the chances that two of us can walk in at 6 PM, share an app, each have a main and a glass of wine and be out by 7:20 to make a 7:30 curtain? Is the bar crowded on a weeknight when there are performances at Lincoln Center? While you're at it, suggest an alternative if we don't get seated. Thanks.

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  1. The bar at Telepan isn't crowded before 7:00 so if you walk in at 6:00 you should be able to get seated immediately and order from the full menu.

    While I like Telepan, I prefer the bar at Boulud Sud for pre-theater because it's just across the street from LC (the only downside is that you're limited to the $55 prix fixe if you dine before 6:45).

    Other possibilities for pre-theater include the bars at Lincoln and Picholine. The bar at Nougatine is usually packed.

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    Telepan
    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    Picholine
    35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

    Nougatine
    1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

    Lincoln
    142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Boulud Sud
    20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: H Manning

      Thanks, H Manning. The bar at Boulud Sud is often too crowded pre-theater that I've been turned away more than once. We've been to Picholine a few times and like it. We've heard such great things about Telepan that we thought this would be an opportunity to try it. Glad to hear we should be able to get in. If, for any unanticipated reason, we cannot get in, we'll head over to Lincoln and be steps from our seats.

      1. re: famdoc

        At Lincoln, I believe that the full menu is only served at the bar counter and not at the cocktail tables. But Telepan is a good choice. I hope you enjoy it.