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skimom May 20, 2013 05:52 PM

Am visiting from Boston for a weekend trip and am looking to have a light dinner per theater -there have been some wonderful suggestions for Italian and French on this board, but would like something a little lighter and provide a change of pace from some of the other places we have reservations for.

Many thanks

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    fm1963 May 20, 2013 05:58 PM

    Danji
    Katsu Hama
    Sugiyama

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    1. re: fm1963
      kosmose7 May 20, 2013 07:50 PM

      +1 Danji.

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        kathryn May 20, 2013 10:03 PM

        I also recommend Danji but with the caveat that it is not open on Sundays and it is rather small, so waits can be long. They take reservations only for large parties.

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          guanubian May 23, 2013 12:02 PM

          +1 Sugiyama

          1. re: guanubian
            Silverjay May 23, 2013 01:35 PM

            Sugiyama is kaiseki, which involves fixed course dining, so it's probably a good idea to mention your show time when you make a reservation and confirm that the service will be complete in time.

            1. re: Silverjay
              guanubian May 23, 2013 03:00 PM

              Great point.

        2. Peter Cuce May 20, 2013 06:53 PM

          Totto Ramen
          Yakitori Totto

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            ipsedixit May 20, 2013 07:17 PM

            Ditto Totto Ramen.

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            thegforceny May 20, 2013 07:17 PM

            Thai:
            Pam Real Thai
            Pure Thai Cookhouse
            Wondee Siam
            Pongsri

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            1. re: thegforceny
              Peter Cuce May 21, 2013 01:01 AM

              None of those places are very good though, certainly not in the league of the other places suggested, although I haven't been to Pure Thai Cookhouse.

              If you get to Danji early, you'll probably be OK, and if not, it's right down the street from Totto Ramen.

            2. Delucacheesemonger May 20, 2013 08:16 PM

              Hangawi, though vegetarian and l am very not, was beautiful, great service and food just wonderful. In Korea town on 32nd.

              1. Ziggy41 May 21, 2013 02:25 PM

                Thai - Pure Thai (been there over 20 times and many other in the hood)
                Ramen - Totto (get the spicy with egg, must get the egg)
                Korean - Danji (sliders, wings)
                Special mention - Szechuan Gourmet on 56th. Another great lunch yesterday. Love this place

                1. Silverjay May 21, 2013 06:43 PM

                  Yipes, maybe only in America would a gut bomb like Totto Ramen pass as a light dinner...

                  I would consider Yakitori Totto for some skewers and maybe something like the house-made tofu.Here's a good recent breakdown of the skewer scene-http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/901965.

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                    ipsedixit May 21, 2013 07:08 PM

                    Yipes, maybe only in America would a gut bomb like Totto Ramen pass as a light dinner...
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                    What's gut bombing about an order of Miso Ramen and a side of tuna sashimi?

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Silverjay May 23, 2013 11:19 AM

                      The miso ramen is made by soaking chicken bones until they extract as much fat as humanly possible to create a "paitan" broth, add a whole scoop of miso, ground pork, an egg, and slice of grilled pork shoulder. Plus a fistful of noodles. This is divine, good eating. This is not light eating before a show, even though it is a soup with miso.

                      There are apparently still long lines to get into Totto Ramen, so it's probably not a practical choice before a show anyway.

                      1. re: Silverjay
                        ipsedixit May 23, 2013 11:25 AM

                        I guess what's light and what's not is matter of personal preference.

                        But even the riches of miso broths is not something I would consider heavy. Calorie-dense, and rich, maybe, but not "heavy" as I understand and use that word.

                        As an example, in that same area, if I were to have a Shake Shack burger and a frozen custard, and then head to the Assembled Parties, then I would be feeling a bit heavy.

                        And like I said in another thread where you posted the same exact thing, I've been to Totto at around 5 and easily gotten out of there by 6. So if your show is 7 (or 7:30) you're fine.

                        1. re: ipsedixit
                          Silverjay May 23, 2013 11:36 AM

                          Pretty much ALL miso broths are heavy because it is going to be the shop's standard broth along with a heavy scoop of miso- and sometimes finished with a bit of oil as well. In this case, it is a base paitan broth, which is milky and thick with fat and collagen. It's not miso soup, a dab of miso with a simple dashi broth, which many people might confuse with miso ramen. Bowl of this ramen with ground pork, sliced pork, and an egg and some noodles is going to come out to about the same caloric amount as a burger and shake. Maybe more... Shio ramen is usually considered the light choice on ramen menus, followed by shoyu. This shop though aims for paitan rich style ramen... But yeah, of course, in the end it's personal preference....Don't think the lines make this practical anyway. You can reserve seats in the first 90 minutes of service at Yakitori Totto.

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                            ipsedixit May 23, 2013 06:56 PM

                            Like I said, I know what shio ramen is. And I don't consider it heavy.

                            1. re: ipsedixit
                              Silverjay May 23, 2013 07:38 PM

                              Agreed on shio...Miso ramen is a hearty gut bomb of a broth originating from Sapporo to fortify the locals through long, cold, snowy winters. Thick and hearty Japanese curry also comes from Hokkaido for similar reasons...There are lighter miso ramen done with a kind of vinegary broth for chilled hiyashi chuka. I think Terakawa on Lex does this in the summer. Misoya in EV does as well I believe. You can also buy the hiyashi-chuka miso ramen "kits" at Sunrise Mart and such, to make at home.

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                              foodwhisperer May 25, 2013 09:17 AM

                              I second that the lines are not practical for Totto Ramen.
                              Also IMO it's absurd to wait on a long line for ramen in general.
                              Another sushi suggestion near theatre district is Hatsuhana. (very walkable)

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