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helou May 3, 2013 06:20 AM

We're going out to big family birthday dinner Monday night for someone turning 99 (AMV"Sh). A few in the party have suggested Mr. Broadway. We're going to be a group of varying ages and tastes, so it seems like this might be a place with something on the menu for everyone. It's also sort of centrally located for the people coming.

My husband says that when he's been there (about a year ago) the place was sort of a dump and the food not so great. Any opinions?
Do you think we should insist on someplace else, and if so, where?

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    EllieS May 3, 2013 07:01 AM

    They recently redid the interior, so it looks nice although smaller than before. There is now a big bar in front. As to the food, it was never one of my favorite places, so I I was only setting my standard at edible. It is that. They also seem to have revamped the menu so it is smaller than before. That being said, for a big party of varying tastes - without spending an arm and a leg it is still a good option.

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      kosherfoodie1226 May 3, 2013 02:22 PM

      I was last there about a year ago, but was very unimpressed. The food was edible, not much more. I went there to meet a friend from Brooklyn, it was centrally located. I met the same friend on the lower east side this week, went to Noahs Ark , enjoyed my burger far more. Mr Broadway has always been very noisy, which may not work well for a group of older people and children.

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      AdinaA May 3, 2013 02:44 PM

      I did hear that they recently updated/upgraded the space/menu. It might make sense in terms of budget, variety.

      Tiberias, also modestly priced, would be another option.

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        cappucino May 4, 2013 06:19 PM

        I would hope, and please forgive me if I offend you, that when I turn 99 IY"H that someone takes me anywhere else other than Mr. Broadway. It's too noisy and annoying of a place. Plus the food isn't particularly good.

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          Whitecollarmedia May 4, 2013 09:19 PM

          It's been redone very nicely. We were put in a corner nd wasn't so noisy. But b careful if a game at the garden than it gets crowded. The menu has been revamped and been pretty decent. Good bang for your buck

          1. tamarw May 5, 2013 07:26 PM

            I happen to love Mr. Broadway. In fact, I'm a bit surprised at some of the suggestions here....

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              cappucino May 6, 2013 03:20 AM

              It's funny that you are surprised. My husband works right there and is the least picky diner you could find. He felt frustrated by the lack of cleanliness, the quality of the food, the noisiness (the noisiness was fine when he was in college, though). If they fixed it up, that's great. It was sorely needed. I just can't picture a 99 year old man enjoying a meal there. Noah's Ark, maybe. Some other more quiet deli, sure. But, Mr. Broadway for a 99 year old? Really?

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                tamarw May 6, 2013 06:06 AM

                I guess I just don't go during the busy hours. Never had an issue with noise, and the variety makes for happy meals for all ages.

                Have you gone since they fixed it up?

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                  queenscook May 6, 2013 06:44 AM

                  The noise was a major issue 14 years ago when I went on my last first date there. My date was the quietest guy you could imagine, especially under the circumstances of a first date (first dates are uncomfortable under the best of circumstances, but the noise level really made it hard). Still, we just celebrated our 13th anniversary, so I have a soft spot in my heart for the place. (On the other hand, we've never gone back . . . Pardes is our restaurant of choice these days!)

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                    tamarw May 6, 2013 07:43 AM

                    Yeah, I love Pardes and it is by far my favorite restaurant. If the 99 year old wants to go there, I suggest it.

                    But if one asks me what my favorite convenient restaurant is of choice, I'd say Mr. Broadway--easy to get to and open more hours. ;)

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              jerusalem May 6, 2013 03:02 PM

              I was just there. The recent renovation looks nice! However, while I used to love the variety on the menu, the current menu is about 1/4 the size it used to be. Prices are up, and there are no kid dishes. the food got mixed reviews from our group of 8. Sadly, I was disappointed.

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                Whitecollarmedia May 6, 2013 03:23 PM

                The menu hasn't changed that much it's just more simplified. Also anything that use to be on the menu u can still order. They still have kids dishes but I think since they added bar trying to bring more adults in there

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                  Dovid May 7, 2013 04:55 AM

                  I have eaten there (post-renovation) between 5 and 6 pm, and didn't find it that busy. I did notice more tourists there than before. The few times that I have been there for lunch, they were doing a brisk business. The new layout seems to have resulted in its being less noisy than the old Mr. Broadway. I think the place looks cleaner than before.

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                    jerusalem May 7, 2013 11:05 AM

                    Well, I don't know... Their menu used to be huge, now its just a single two-sided sheet. They no longer serve duck, which was on the old menu, or hushpuppies. They were out of ribs (it was a 6pm dinner, not that late). They were out of wings. They definitely changed the latkes to something more resmebling a defrosted tater-tot (their latkes used to be delicious!). The food we got was still good (except the latkes) but on a whole, it was disappointing compared to my numerous prior experiences.

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