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Apr 21, 2012 12:18 PM

Restaurants for Dinner by Theatre District

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

      1. 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

          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!

          1. re: voknil

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

            1. re: voknil

              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.


          2. 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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            1. re: Linsybee1

              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.


            2. 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 definitely check the other Italian restaurant out.

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              1. re: Linsybee1

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