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Pre-theater Aureole vs. DB Bistro Moderne vs. other?

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Have DBBM reserved, but research in previous years seemed to give Aureole positive reviews. Very little lately on Aureole (I did read recently a re-review from someone indicating that they had given it a second chance and had a good experience). Wondering if anyone has a specific preference between these two for pre-theater (for 4 adults on a Thursday night late October). Any thoughts appreciated on these or other options at restaurants of this caliber and general location. Curtain time is 7 pm so we probably need a 5 pm start time. I have read many posts about pre-theater options, which is how I ended up with DBBM...just want to make sure it is the best choice. Thanks in advance.

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  1. There's Oceana. Nothing revolutionary but pretty much the model of consistency over the 4 years I've eaten there.

    1. I much prefer bistro moderne over aureole.

      1. Thanks, just posted my very late trip report:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895849

        Not many details about our pre-theater dinner, but the 4 of us really enjoyed the whole experience at DB Bistro Moderne.

        1. I think the DB Bistro mandatory pre-theater menu is substandard. As much as I like that place, I would never go there before theater.

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          1. re: Sneakeater

            With such an early curtain, you should consider avoiding the pre-theater menu problem and eating after the show.