Reasonable diner in Theater District
In search of a reasonably-priced diner or coffee shop-type restaurant with decent food, where one can have a quick dinner pre-show, in the Theater District, not far from 47th and Broadway/7th Ave. for next Tuesday night. Please do not suggest Cafe Edison or Olive Garden. Alternately, any American food or Italian. Would like to keep bill under $15 per person. Perhaps a tall order (no pun intended).
If you don't mind the walk: Skylight Diner on 9th Ave and 34th St. For the life of me I can't think of anything good and reasonable in the Theater District.
9th Ave has a few inexpensive Thai places that you can share an entree. Big portions!! Yum Yum Thai has at least 3 places close by. There is also Pam Real Thai which is not fancy, very reasonable and has excellent food. Cash only!!
If you are not hugely hungry -- meaning you'll be ok with soup and sandwich -- you might be able to eat for that amount at Le Pain Quotidien at 40th between 5th & 6th.
Osteria al Doge's simplest pizze come at just $15
BXL Cafe has burgers and other hot sandwiches with fries and salad for less than $15
If West 55th isn't too far, Le Bonne Soupe is cheap
I've only had bagels and coffee here so can't vouch for the dinner offerings, but it is a diner in the theatre district
Pio Pio (10th and 44) usually serves a quarter of delicious chicken (you may have to ask for the quarter size). Their chicken soup is wonderful and has lots of chicken. I had a delicious Todd English meatloaf sandwich with soda at the foodcourt under the Plaza about a month ago for a total of $15. The Grand Central food court is another possibility (tho not as nice as the Plaza). There's also 'wichcraft on 48th (east of 5th av).
Galaxy Diner on 46th and 9th is decent. Chelsea Grill on 9th is solid, somewhat upscale pub fare. There are some Irish pubs in the Theater District, some of which are OK. I think I went to Emmett O'Lunney's a couple of times on 50th when I worked in the area. It was fine for pub fare if I recall.
Westway Diner - 9th Ave and 43rd St.
Five Napkin Burger - 9th Ave and 45th St.
Carnegie Deli - 7th Ave and 55th St.
Thanks for all the options. I'm sure they will prove helpful. Since it was raining on Tuesday and no one wanted to walk (and one person threatened to go to the Edison), we wound up at the Evergreen Coffee Shop on W. 47th between 6th and 7th. Never knew it was there. It's stuck in the 1970s. Besides us, there were four diners in the place. Had sandwiches, which were actually good. An adjoining table ordered hamburgers, which looked respectable. Split pea soup was inedible and was sent back. Service was quick and bus boy was friendly.