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Mar 12, 2014 09:00 AM

Best Theatre District Restaurants

Looking for recommendations for dinner before theatre. Prefer to stay in theatre district for the three nights that we have theatre tickets. Have reservations at Becco and would appreciate recommenations for other restaurants. Thanks

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  1. The Modern
    Le Bernardin
    Don Antonio
    Ippudo Westside

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    1. re: MrGrumpy

      I don't know how you can recommend Ippudo or Danji for pre-theater when they don't take reservations and have notoriously long waits.

      1. re: JC2

        The waits at Ippudo and Danji are not long at all for pretheater meals at 6:00 pm. About 15 minutes in my experience.

        1. re: MrGrumpy

          Really? Good to know. When I called Danji, they said that maybe if you got there at 5....

          1. re: JC2

            I went to Danji a bit before 6:00 pm recently and immediately got a seat at the bar where they serve the full menu. I went to Ippudo Westside at 6:45 a few weeks ago and the wait was only 15-20 minutes. It's a large space with a second floor.

    2. Hard to give specific recs w/o knowing your price range, cuisine preferences, curtain time, theatre location, and day of the week.

      See also:

      Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining:

      1. I have not been to Becco in a very long time. It's popular because they have a salad and 3 daily pastas for $22.95. Not sure how it is these days.

        We have always had good experiences at Marseille but I defer to hounds who have been more recently.

        We used to enjoy a hidden gem (lively Irish Pub with a quiet dining room popular with the pre-theater crowd) around 45th/46th. They had a prix-fixe and the food was pretty good. Not a destination place on the food front. Hal Holbrook was at the table next to me one time. Langan's I think. Have not been in so long not sure it's still open or how it is these days.

        1. Agree Marseille and like Lattanzi even more.

          1. Depending on which theater:
            Kellari Taverna
            OSteral Al Doge
            Bar Americain

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            1. re: litebitenyc

              Thanks to all who made recommendations. Since we have been to Bar Americain and Becco, we have chosen Tony's Di Napoli, Lattanzi and Kellari Taverna. Other evenings will be at Dizzy's Coca Cola Club and hopefully Colicchio and Sons. Also will do brunch at Norma's. Appreciate all your help. May try to work in dinner at the Modern.

                1. re: cjml

                  I love Kellari and the Modern! I must confess to having avoided Tony's Di Napoli for years thinking it would be cheesy and touristy. Well it is, kind of, but I went there recently and really enjoyed it. Tons of good food, nothing that will knock your socks off and not in a league with many of the other places recommended but very enjoyable for pre-theater.