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poppyquince May 9, 2013 02:04 PM

Looking for not-too-upscale after-theater meal near 46th St theaters. db bistro moderne sounds too fancy and at that hour we probably won't want multiple courses. Ideally non-Italian, non-steak. Any thoughts? Does anyone have an opinion on Glass House Tavern?

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    H Manning May 9, 2013 02:19 PM

    How about Marseille? Or Toloache, if you like Mexican.

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      poppyquince May 9, 2013 02:23 PM

      Coming from California, Mexican is probably not what we want. Will check Marseille, thanks.

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        rrems May 9, 2013 04:56 PM

        Those would be my recommendations too, so if you don't want Mexican, definitely go to Marseille. However, if your reason to avoid Mexican is because you can get better Mexican in California, I must point out that I recently dined at Loteria in Santa Monica, which is highly regarded and IMO deservedly so, and I felt that the quality was equal to Toloache.

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          poppyquince May 9, 2013 05:24 PM

          Thanks, good to know that there IS good Mexican available, but I think we'd prefer something else. Marseille looks good, certainly lots of choice. Looks sort of like Pastis's brasserie kind of menu. How is the food compared to Pastis? Any other possibilities come to mind?

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            Pan May 9, 2013 05:53 PM

            I find it different from Pastis. It's more North African-influenced. I think Pastis may be better, but going by memory, it's also more expensive (not that Marseille is that cheap). I definitely think cocktails are better at Pastis, but the food at Marseille is quite good, such that I would suggest not going to Pastis, instead, unless you're doing so for the ambience, which I do like better.

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            ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:06 PM

            I must point out that I recently dined at Loteria in Santa Monica, which is highly regarded and IMO deservedly so, and I felt that the quality was equal to Toloache.
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            I'm sorry, but as a resident LA 'Hound, Loteria is average at best.

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              rrems May 9, 2013 08:59 PM

              <Loteria is average at best>

              Really? I guess I am an idiot. I found the food delicious. What don't you like about it?

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                ipsedixit May 9, 2013 09:18 PM

                What *is* there to like about Loteria?

                Honestly, in LA there are many other options better than Loteria Grill.

                And, no, you're not an idiot. Just not facile with all the options for Mexican - good and bad - that Southern CA has to offer.

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                  rrems May 11, 2013 07:48 AM

                  <What *is* there to like about Loteria?>

                  So you can't tell me what dishes you didn't like and why? That doesn't help anyone. Back up your opinion with some facts.

                  <And, no, you're not an idiot. Just not facile with all the options for Mexican - good and bad - that Southern CA has to offer.>

                  True, I have little experience with restaurants in LA, but I don't need to try all of them to know whether one of them has good food.

                  I went to Loteria with Mexican friends who live in LA and Mexico City, and are former owners of a major Mexican resort with several restaurants. They are also close friends of Diana Kennedy, who you must be aware is a renowned author and teacher of Mexican cooking. The chef/owner of Loteria is a disciple of Diana Kennedy.

                  What do you consider the best Mexican restaurants in LA? I would love to be able to recommend them to my friends there and see what they think.

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                    ipsedixit May 11, 2013 07:38 PM

                    Babita

                    Coni'Seafood

                    Ricky's Fish Taco (or Best Fish Taco in Ensenada depending on which foot you put your socks on first)

                    El Parian

                    Chichen Itza

                    Rocio's

                    El Cholo ... kidding, just kidding, trying to make sure you're paying attention.

      2. ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:05 PM

        La Pulperia or Victor's Cafe 52

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          JillyMD May 13, 2013 01:53 PM

          Thank you for the La Pulperia recommendation. My husband and I went two days ago pre-theatre and had a wonderful time. Food was incredible and the service was friendly and efficient. We're going back again next week for the mouth-watering queso and empanadas.

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            ipsedixit May 13, 2013 04:37 PM

            You're very welcome. Glad it worked out for both you, and hope it works out again.

        2. vikingkaj May 10, 2013 09:34 AM

          I really like something lighter after the theatre and Japanese snacks and Sapporo cold from the tap works for me.

          I would try Yakitori Totto and sit at the bar. Its a bit of a hike up to 55th St, but not that far, and the food is good.

          http://tottonyc.com/

          Be sure to order the skin, liver and heart skewers.

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