Hello everyone. A bit off topic here - I hardly ever go to a restaurant before a show, so I am wondering how many hours beforehand I should make reservations for lunch. If I have a show to catch at 2, would reservations at 12 be sufficient? What are your experiences with dining before a show? I just wonder if the restaurants in theater district would be very slow during their busy hours before show time (I have to walk about 7 blocks afterwards to get to the theater). Or maybe I should go earlier so my friends would have a more enjoyable time at lunch? Thanks for your inputs!
Noon gives you plenty of time. There aren't too many restaurants (except your very top end) that can't have you out in an hour.
Pure Thai, on Ninth Avenue is especially perfect if you're going to Circle in the Square, which is two blocks away. Maybe the best Thai I've ever had. It's small and doesn't take reservations but, if you have to wait, you can order your food ahead and you'll have it almost the minute you sit down.
Osteria Al Doge definitely stand out. But don't have the gnocchi alla bava if you don't want to feel like a whale afterward. Though it's delicious, it's one of the most filling dishes I've ever had!
Bourbon Street Bar and Grille on 46th street. I love me a Po' Boy.
Junior's will always be my go to place.
Pongsri, Ponche Taqueria, 5-Napkin Burger, Toloache and Nizza are all great options! And if you want something quicker and more casual (but not typical fast food), try CityKitchen. There's an entrance at the Row Hotel and next to Phantom.
Maria's Mont Blanc on 48th between 8th and 9th. (Closer to 8th) One of the last remaining theater classics in the area. And by that I mean still family owned and caterers to not only the theater goer but to the actors and crew. Very reasonable and with a nice pre-theater menu. And yes Maria will greet you.
all round favorite: Toloache (one of the very best Mexican restaurants in NYC, the service is great)high end: Lattanzi, Beccomid: Uncle Nick's, Marseille, Cafe Une Deux Trois, Ootoyalow: Island Burgers and Shakesmost underrated: Bryant Park Grill (and the views are great too, which probably explains why the food doesn't get the love it deserves)I used to love Rachel's American Kitchen but I haven't been there in many, many years.
I like to dine really close to the theater, so that I can waltz in at 15 minutes before showtime. I hate walking even a block or two on crowded sidewalks. So before Hedwig, I like Cafe Un Deux Trois, and before something at the Brooks Atkinson, I like the Glass House Tavern (which gets crowded, so make reservations). I couldn't decide what to do before Hamilton in July, because there's not much on that street, so I'm going around the corner to Carmine's, and I hope the stress of getting to 46th Street isn't too bad.
If anyone has eaten at one of the restaurants in the Marriott on 46th Street and liked it, please let me know.
And lest I sound like a spendthrift, I don't do the eating-out thing too often! It is really expensive.
Ditto 5 Napkin Burger
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