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Reasonable diner in Theater District

IWantFood Nov 18, 2012 06:14 PM

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).


  1. Motosport Nov 19, 2012 09:10 AM

    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!!

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    1. re: Motosport
      IWantFood Nov 19, 2012 03:57 PM

      Motosport wrote:

      " For the life of me I can't think of anything good and reasonable in the Theater District."

      Yeah, that about sums it up. Makes me miss the old HoJo's that was there, along with my old dearly departed faves.

      Thanks for the suggestions, guys. Will look into them.

      1. re: IWantFood
        arepo Nov 20, 2012 06:18 AM

        Well, if you're not fussy, there's Broadway diner.
        La Bonne Soup was recommended, and not at all a bad choice. Ask for upstairs for more comfortable seating.
        Carnegie deli is also a decent possibility.

        1. re: IWantFood
          njmarshall55 Nov 20, 2012 12:05 PM

          HoJo's T/S closed? That was one of my all time faves. Used to trade of standing in line at TKTS with my SO and getting warm inside there. Waitresses were a real hoot. Damn!

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        barberinibee Nov 19, 2012 10:40 AM

        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


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        1. re: barberinibee
          GaryUES Nov 19, 2012 11:35 AM

          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).

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          boccalupo Nov 19, 2012 04:16 PM

          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.

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            Chuck Lawrence Nov 19, 2012 08:13 PM

            Westway Diner - 9th Ave and 43rd St.
            Five Napkin Burger - 9th Ave and 45th St.
            Carnegie Deli - 7th Ave and 55th St.

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              s.piller Nov 20, 2012 12:22 PM

              Astro Diner on 6th Ave and around 54th is very good and reasonable.

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                IWantFood Nov 29, 2012 11:00 AM

                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.

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                  luv2eatct Nov 30, 2012 05:13 AM

                  My wife and I really enjoyed LIdia Bastanich's Becco.

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                  1. re: luv2eatct
                    Motosport Nov 30, 2012 07:29 AM

                    We are not big fans of Becco. The food is good, not memorable the theater sitting schedule makes us feel rushed. So many better places for the money.
                    It is also a bit out of the price range of the O.P..

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