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May 8, 2013 05:29 AM
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Any suggestions for a pre theatre near W42nd btw 7ht & 8th?

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  1. DB Bistro Moderne
    Lamb's Club
    Marseille
    Esca

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    1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

      Tough to get a last minute res but snagged one at The Lamb's Club Bar. It looks perfect for 2 very tired NY'ers who need a mid-week break.
      Thx

      1. re: babybun

        Don't miss the double chocolate creme brulee.

        1. re: babybun

          Please reconsider your choice, The Lambs's Club is horrible, easily one of the worst experiences of last year (and it would be in the running for worst experience of the last several years).

          1. re: Spiritchaser

            Yikes! I just booked a rezzie there for dinner after Pippin. Please explain!

        2. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

          Headed to see Lucky Guy on Saturday night. Right now, we have reservations for Esca and have been really excited. However, we will be touring about town all day on Saturday. Likely, that would mean I would have jeans and a button up (casual but classy dress for GF likely). Will we be underdressed for Esca? should we look elsewhere for pre theater?

          1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

            About a week ago I had posted in a different thread asking about Pre-Theater dinners in the $50 or so per person range and got one reply giving me a bunch of links. Having seen this thread I just wanted to comment on DB Bistro Moderne where we went last night for dinner. We were staying at the Algonquin (maybe we should have just eaten there) so DB Bistro was extremely convenient particularly given that it was cold. The Pre-Theater menu was $48 and included three or four entree choices but they didn't appeal to me. Also I didn't think substitutions could be made so I was surprised when a nearby table was able to make some. I ordered a cocktail and later a glass of wine, and hubby had two different glasses of wine. We each had an appetizer and a main course, an order of potatoes, and split a dessert. I was in the ladies room when the bill came and when I asked, hubby indicated with tax and tip it came to about $225. Maybe we just ordered too many drinks or maybe it was something else - for instance there was a long break between when the appetizer came and when the main course came (such that I was getting concerned about our theater time and whether we would be able to have dessert) or maybe it was how noisy the room got, but just something made me feel that it wasn't worth the money. I guess I am not used to $17 for a 5 oz glass of wine or a cocktail but maybe those are N.Y. prices. I just wanted to report back. For a reasonably priced Pre-Theater dinner with wine, I feel Becco can't be beat, but since we had already been there two months ago, wanted to try something else.

          2. I am following up on my pre theatre dinner last night at The Lambs Club Bar. The crowd was energetic, the bar was crowded, the noise level lively, and overall, a nice looking well-behaved professional after work crowd.
            Our table was reserved in the ample seating area near the bar, yet away from the bulk of the crowd.
            The bar menu offered a full menu, comfortable sized tables, and the food and drinks were served graciously and promptly. We each ordered an appetizer, burrata and a grilled artichoke, then split the Club burger, which was a perfect medium rare, juicy and flavorful. We loved the art deco design of the space and found it to be a nice grown up place to kick back after work.
            The only glitch we experienced was that our first course arrived before our silverware did. Other than that, the staff was attentive, we did not feel rushed, and we had plenty of time to get to the show.
            We had to leave before the jazz band started to play but it looked like it would have been a nice addition. We would definitely go back.

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            1. re: babybun

              Thanks for the feedback babybun. Glad it was good. I'm hoping Spiritchaser will explain more.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Thanks for that link Kathryn. Interesting. A year has passed since then. Wonder how people feel about it now? I take it Spiritchaser never went back, which I completely understand.

                  1. re: TrishUntrapped

                    Yeah, normally we'll give a restaurant the benefit of the doubt if something seems off and give it a return visit but there was just SO MUCH WRONG that covered so many different categories we felt it was a losing proposition, just way too many other places we can go for what are almost guaranteed good results.

                    1. re: Spiritchaser

                      Thanks Spirit, would love a few reccs....

                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                        Are you looking for something in the immediate area? Full meal after the show or something lighter? When is your show?

                        1. re: Spiritchaser

                          Dinner after the show. Don't need to stay in theater district, but don't want to go as far down as Balthazar or Scarpetta.

                          1. re: TrishUntrapped

                            What kind of food are you most interested in?

                            1. re: Pan

                              I'm a sucker for French and Italian or American even.

                              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                Have you been to Ai Fiori? Their last seating seems to be 10:45. They're somewhat more expensive than Scarpetta (the $90 prix fixe is a good deal if you like the dishes included in it) and also somewhat more formal, and some people find their corporate, hotel-restaurant atmosphere stuffy, but I've had great meals there and they have a great wine list and delicious cocktails.

                                I was going to suggest The Modern, but Open Table is showing no reservations after 9:30. However, the Bar Room has availability until 10:30. And actually, I've only ever been to the Bar Room. It was a couple of years ago, but I was impressed.

                                If you're interested in Ma Peche, it's open for dinner until 11 Wed-Sat (the other days, dinner ends at 10, too early).

                                There's always Marseille, which is open till 11 Sun-Tues and till midnight every other day. I think Balthazar is better, but Marseille is not bad. It's a little crowded at times, though, and I think it's a bit pricey for the value, which I chalk up to the location, mainly. I found their cocktails overly sweet, a problem I haven't had at Pastis and figure I probably wouldn't have at their sister restaurant, Balthazar (I went there for brunch a few years ago, and I almost never have alcohol with brunch).

                                1. re: Pan

                                  Thanks for the tips Pan, appreciate it!

                                  1. re: Pan

                                    Pan,

                                    I forgot mention we're going to a matinee. My husband decided on Italian, so I booked Il Corso. I'll report back. AND MUCH MUCH THANKS!

                                    1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                      Oh sure! Enjoy your day in New York, and please report back on your meal. I'm not familiar with Corso.

              1. How about a brunch/lunch suggestion for a pre theatre Sunday near the Sondheim on 43rd between 6th & 7th? We wanted Barbetta but there isn't any availability.

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                1. re: babybun

                  If you like Chinese food, the dim sum brunch at Hakkasan is fantastic.

                  1. re: babybun

                    Chez Josephine has a nice weekend brunch.