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voknil Apr 21, 2012 12:18 PM

Looking for a good restaurant near the theatre district in NYC for wife's birthday following a show. italian, asian, steaks, american - just about anything.


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    Pan Apr 21, 2012 09:50 PM

    Start by looking at any of the threads you see under this thread, labeled "Manhattan Board Discussions," which are relevant to your query.

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      Linsybee1 Apr 23, 2012 12:05 PM

      There are so many to choose from! Can you give us an idea of price range?

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        kathryn Apr 23, 2012 12:15 PM

        Important things to consider:
        - Where is the theatre? Cross-streets are most helpful.
        - What time does the show end? Is this a matinee (meaning an early dinner) or evening show (meaning a late dinner)? Make sure you have enough time to get to your destination as catching a taxi afterwards can be difficult.
        - Relatedly, what day of the week are you seeing a show? Many upscale restaurants are closed Sundays (so this might not work if you're eating after a Sunday afternoon matinee).

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        1. re: kathryn
          voknil Apr 23, 2012 12:24 PM

          Thanks so much for the considerations.

          It will be a 2pm show on a Saturday. Looking for dinner after the show. Preferably someplace we can walk too. Don't mind hiking a few blocks. We'll be at the majestic theatre (phantom). We have seen good things about "Thalia". Not sure if anyone has opinions there or somewhere else you can recommend. Assuming about $200 for 2 people. Entree, dessert. 1 drink each. Maybe an appetizer. Thanks again!

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            ellenost Apr 23, 2012 12:39 PM

            Go to Marseille; it's a block away from your theatre.

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              RGR Apr 23, 2012 12:50 PM

              Since you are doing dinner after a Saturday matinee, you will be having dinner at the same time as the pre-theater crowd for the evening perfomances. Thus, it is imperative that you make a reservation.

              I would recommend dbBistro Moderne, on 44th, bt 5th & 6th.


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            Linsybee1 Apr 23, 2012 12:39 PM

            I have been to Thalia, it's fine, but nothing to write home about. You might want to look at Becco, great Italian food and very close to your theater. Blue fin is fun too, also close to your theater, and is more trendy than Becco. I haven't been to Esca but I do love Batali restaurants and have heard great things. If you have never been to a Churrascaria that is a really fun experience and is definitely festive for a birthday dinner. I also had a great experience and very good food at E&E grillhouse.


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              RGR Apr 23, 2012 12:55 PM

              Regulars on the board know I'm not a fan of Becco. In its early days, before Lidia Bastianich became a t.v. personality, it was a very good restaurant. Now, not so much. The pastas are mediocre, seating is uncomfortably close because they've jammed as many tables as they can into each room, and the noise level is so hideously high that one has to shout in order to have a conversation.

              For Italian, my recommendation would be Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th.


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                FoodDabbler Apr 23, 2012 04:45 PM

                +1 on Trattoria Trecolori.

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              Linsybee1 Apr 23, 2012 12:58 PM

              I do agree with RGR about the tables being close together, although the back room is better seating wise. However, I was just at Becco a few weeks ago and I thought the food was very good and I do have fairly high standards. RGR usually has awesome recommendations though...so definitely check the other Italian restaurant out.

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              1. re: Linsybee1
                voknil Apr 23, 2012 03:23 PM

                Thanks everyone for these great suggestions - I really appreciate it.

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                mboxermd Apr 23, 2012 04:03 PM

                Check of VIce Versa it is great authentic Italian - the pastas are delicious!

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