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I'm taking my mother to NYC for her birthday in a couple weeks. We're seeing a lot of theatre, so we are staying at a hotel in the Times Square area. The only place we know we are definitely eating is Bar Americain, other than that I would love recommendations! Anything from awesome brunch places, to random divey lunch places, dinner or dessert. Neither of us are very picky. Thank you!

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  1. What shows? Where are you staying?

    What's your budget per person before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

    As the birthday girl, does Mom have any favorite foods? How fancy would you get for perhaps one "birthday dinner"?

    If you're eating pre theatre, make those reservations ASAP or else you risk missing your show. Around 6pm is the big rush period for pre-show dining. Allow extra time also if the weather is bad. Also note any 7pm curtain times. Some restaurants don't start serving until 5:30pm.

    If you plan to eat after a night time show, you'll have many more options outside of Times Square. It also great depends upon day of the week and time your show gets out.

    Where to Eat Near Times Square:
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/0...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833282

    Where to have dinner before a Broadway show/pre-theatre dining (many of the same Times Square recs also apply):
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/671275
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/755684
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715535
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788254

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    1. re: kathryn

      We're definitely not new to NYC theatre, this is just the first time in a long time that we have stayed over for the weekend. We usually end up eating at the same places... House of Brews for lunch, and then randomly pick someplace for dinner, but I'm generally not too impressed with where we end up eating.

      I really just wanted some recommendations where people have had experiences that they really enjoyed. Good food, good service.I'm not too worried about price. If it's expensive that's fine as long as the food and service warrant the high prices.

      1. re: Shayna7383

        The reason I asked so many questions is that your request is still very broad. And just because I personally enjoyed something doesn't mean you would, especially if you have certain expectations (others post here without having any NYC experience at all). Just tying to get a sense of your tastes/preferences. Any places in NYC that you do like?

        Does noise level bother you? Or crowded ness?

        What about dress code? Some people do places like Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, the Modern for pre-theatre. All excellent but more of an event.

        My style is usually more Ma Peche, Szechuan Gourmet, or Keens. But it depends which theatre/where since I usually don't want to be too far away.

        1. re: kathryn

          I left it broad because I wanted a variety of recommendations. I am of course going to research all the recommendations I get. I don't want a recommendation just because it is close to a theatre, we don't mind eating at 5 and walking a distance, I'm more interested in good experiences people have had. Just what are a few of your favorites in the general area. Being that I'm looking for places for the whole weekend we'll be able to fit a lot in. As I said, we're not picky, so anything from a fancier place to a hole in the wall with amazing food is a good recommendation. I'll look up all the ones you mentioned above.

          1. re: Shayna7383

            The information in the links provided by kathryn is really comprehensive with a lot of delicious options for the area.
            Gazala Palace is one of my favorite casual places for lunch or dinner not far from the theater district on 9th ave and 48th st. They serve continuously from lunch through dinner and you can make a reservation.
            http://www.gazalasplace.com

    2. Hakkasan is on 43rd Street between 8th and 9th avenue near Times Square, the desserts are seriously amazing.