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I searched the old threads, but many of the suggestions are closed, booked or too expensive, so new thread seems more efficient. =)

2 people going to an 8 o'clock show at the Cort (48th St) this Saturday night, and we completely forgot to make reservations. We were thinking of db moderne off suggestions here, but they're booked, as are quite a few others. Would like to keep the budget around $40/pp not including drinks. Any ideas?

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  1. I should mention - we tried Esca and Marseille as well (so you know the food we like) and thus far we did manage to get a 5 pm at the Modern Bar Room, but it seems SO early to eat... But keeping that in mind, opinions also on whether a 5 pm at MBR is worth a 6 pm elsewhere. =)

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    1. re: thursday

      If you eat early, you can wander over & elbow the crowds to look at the tree in Rock Cntr - and do a little window-wishing. The tree will be lit this Wed. nite, I think. If the weather is nice, it could be a fun interlude before theater.

      1. re: thursday

        Jut walk into the Modern Bar Room at 6 pm and sit at the bar where you can order from the full menu. There shouldn't be any wait.

      2. How about Molyvos, just a bit north of your theater? They have a pre-theater prix fixe for $38:

        http://www.livanosrestaurantgroup.com...

        1. Switch it up and get some spicy Isaan food at Larb Ubol

          1. Mercato might work.

            1. If you are okay with the price point of TMBR how about Aureole?

              1. Il Melograno
                Mercato
                Taboon
                Danji
                Ippudo

                Just to name a few. Taboon will most likely be above your range

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                1. re: Ziggy41

                  Danji and Ippudo don't take reservations for smaller parties (Danji does for big groups), though, and that's what the OP wants...

                  1. re: Ziggy41

                    +1 for Danji if you don't mind, as Kathryn pointed out, winging it without a reservation. Getting there early enough, you should be able to get in.

                  2. The new Snack EOS (from the Snack Taverna team) on 39th and 9th is delicious and still kind of under the radar.

                    We went post-theater last week and had an amazing meal. The melted saganaki cheese with figs is KILLER.

                    1. My fiancee and I went to the Cort a couple of weeks back and dined at Vitae (http://www.vitaenyc.com/) just a couple of blocks away. Very nice space with a small, but varied and well executed menu...my mouth still waters at the thought of the seared foie gras special. Enjoy the play!

                      1. Kellari Taverna, very sympathique on W. 44th, turns tables quickly and has a welcoming bar where you can graze on well-prepared Greek mezzes. Mains are less good. Inexpensive wine list, too.