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Zagat Announces Where to Eat In The Theatre District

Zagat Announces Where to Eat In The Theatre District

Where to go before or after a show. By the Zagat Staff

Bar Centrale

Bar Centrale

West 40s · $$
324 Wesr 46th Street
Food 3.9 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1
“Hidden” in a second-floor address on Restaurant Row, this semi-“secret” bar/lounge is a “relaxing” post-show clubhouse for theater insiders, random “Broadway stars”and their entourages; just be aware that the “tasty”American bites and “throwback” sips run “expensive”and that reservations are a must – if you can get them.
Joe Allen's

Joe Allen

American · West 40s · $$
326 Wesr 46th Street
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0
The “ultimate” Theater District haunt, this “clubby”American has been turning out “consistently tasty” pub grub (“terrific burgers”) since “forever”; posters of “famous Broadway failures” line the space and a long bar offers “serious” cocktails and “great people-watching” (“look, there’s Liza”).
Nizza

Nizza

Pizza · West 40s · $$
630 9th Avenue
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9
“Won’t-break-the-bank” prices for “solid” classics from the Italian Riviera (including “impressive” gluten-free options) ensure this “casual” Theater District spot is plenty “popular” pre- or post-curtain; the noise level can be “a bit much”, but in warm weather there’s always the sidewalk seating.
Trattoria Trecolori

Trattoria Trecolori

Italian · West 40s · $$

254 Wesr 47th Street

Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

The staff “makes everyone feel at home” at this “inviting” Theater District Italian, a “red-sauce” mainstay that earns ovations for its “value” pricing and “lively”atmosphere; it gets “packed” pre- and post-curtain, making reservations “a must.”
DB Bistro Modrene

DB Bistro Modrene StreetFrench 

West 40s  · $$$
254 West 47th Street
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3
“Still a favorite” in the Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s “energetic bistro” delivers a “top-drawer” French menu led by that “irresistible” foie gras–stuffed burger in a “sleek” setting; “assured service” that’s “mindful” of curtain time further helps justify the “hefty” price tag.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Steakhouse · West 40s · $$$$
25o West 41st Street
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1
“Masterfully done” steaks “with all the trimmings” lure “business” types and other “enthusiastic carnivores” to these “high-energy” chop shops also touted for their “outstanding” wine lists, “old-school” service and “awesome ceilings” in the Park Avenue outlet; “holler”-worthy noise and “sticker-shock” tabs notwithstanding, it’s a “top contender” in its genre.
Le Bernardin

Le Bernardi

French · West 50s · $$$$
155 West 51st Street
Food 4.9 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.9
Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling”Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné”surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.”
Sushi of Gari 46

Sushi of Gari 46

West 40s · $$
347 West 46th Street.
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1
The “out-of-body” omakase experience “never fails to amaze” at these Japanese “standard-bearers” from Gari Sugio, long known for their “sublime bites” of “imaginative sushi”; the “cramped” quarters and “plain decor” are less impressive, but regulars advise “just open your wallet” and “eat at the bar.”
Aureole

Aureole

Seafood · West 40s · $$$$
135 West 42nd Street
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5
An “oasis of calm” in Times Square, Charlie Palmer’s “classy” flagship “sets the bar” with “exquisite” New American fare “presented like art” by a staff “with finesse”; the “beautiful”, “modern” dining room is a natural for “special occasions” and while dinner tabs are “over-the-top”, lunch is a relative “bargain.”
DANJI

Danji

Korean · West 50s · $$
346 West 52nd Street
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0
“Original” and “unfailingly delicious”, the “modern”Korean tapas at this “bustling” Midtown “find” will “leave you satisfied” thanks to “intense” flavors that “surprise the palate”; expect to “wait” for a seat in the “small”, “sparse” setting, but “fantastic” drinks help pass the time.
ViceVersa

ViceVersa

Italian · West 50s · $$$
325 West 51st Street
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4
At this “vibrant” Theater District staple, the “excellent”Italian cooking garners as much praise as the “attentive”staffers who will “get you out in time” for your curtain; factor in a “sleek” interior augmented with a “delightful”back patio, and it’s an all-around “charmer.”
Esca

Esca

Seafood · West 40s · $$$
402 West 43rd Street
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1
“Heaven for fish lovers”, this “classy” Hell’s Kitchen Italian from the Batali-Bastianich-Pasternack team crafts “thoughtfully prepared” seafood and “irresistible”pastas in “relaxed” surrounds; “accommodating” service, “excellent” wines and a relatively “convenient” pre-theater location further justify the “high tab.”
Toloache

Toloache

251 West 50th Street

Mexican · West 50s · $$$

Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Deservedly popular”, these “haute cantinas” offer “thoughtful” Mexican fare that’s a big “step up from the ordinary” served by an “aim-to-please” staff; sure, the “lively” digs can be “jammed and noisy”, but a “dazzling array” of margaritas provides some distraction.

The Lambs Club

The Lambs Club

132 West 44th Street

West 40s · $$$

Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.1
A “clubby sanctuary”, Geoffrey Zakarian’s art deco New American “stands out” in the Theater District with “swanky-in-red” decor and a “fabulous fireplace”setting the stage for “equally impressive” fare and “polished” service; it “nails” the “elegant throwback”feel, “but it’s not cheap.”
La Masseria

La Masseria

Italian · West 40s · $$$
235 West 46th Street
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3
“Like a visit to Puglia”, this “elevated” Theater District Italian offers “consistently very good” cuisine via a staff that’s “on top of things”; the “rustic” setting is “lively”and “speedy” before a show, so no wonder it’s a “favorite.
Ootya

Ootya

West 40s · $$
141 West 41st Street
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0
Turning out “Japanese comfort food” that’s “consistently delicious”, these “nothing-fancy”branches of a Tokyo-based izakaya chain provide “down-to-earth” favorites like yakitori, soba and soup bowls; given the “reasonable” pricing (and no-tipping policy), the only hitch is the occasional “wait.”
Orso

Orso

Italian · West 40s · $$$
322 West 46th Street
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1
A “Theater District standard” for decades, this “crowded-but-convivial” Restaurant Row Italian still supplies “reliably delicious”, “upscale” fare via a “quick”staff of “would-be actors”; it’s on the “plain” side and “reserving way ahead is a must”, but to fans it’s “worth it” for the “Broadway star”–gazing alone.
Quality Italian

Quality Italian

Italian · West 50s · $$$
57 West 57th Street
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3
A “home run” from the folks at Quality Meats, this Midtown double-decker caters to the “expense-account”and “special occasion” crowd with “memorable” steaks and Italian fare (notably the “epic” chicken parm pizza) served by an “accommodating” team; though the decibels in the “lofty” space are “not for an intimate meal”, all that “high energy” suggests they’re “doing something right” here.
The Marshall

The Marshall

American · West 40s · $$$
628th 10th Avenue
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0
A “serious farm-to-table experience”, this Hell’s Kitchen “find” reliably “packs a wallop” with its “well-crafted”, sustainably sourced New American dishes and “NY-purveyed” wines; yes, the “teeny”, brick-lined storefront space is a “tight fit”, but to most it’s “worth the squeeze.”
Quality Meats

Quality Meats

57 West 58th Street

West 50s · $$$

Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3
A “steakhouse for the modern era”, this “energetic”Midtowner “proves itself” with “really solid” beef plus more “offbeat” sides and apps served in “hipper than average” surroundings (“no mahogany here”); “high”prices are a given, but you do “pay for quality.”
Da Tommaso

Da Tommaso

West 50s · $$
903 8th Avenue
 Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0
“Not fancy but always good”, this enduring Midtown Italian turns out “red-sauce” classics in a “1950s”vintage room with “hustling” waiters and a “neighborhood feel”; “reasonable” prices add to the “old-school charm”, and make it just about “perfect” for a pre-theater meal.
The Palm West Side

The Palm West Side

Italian · West 50s · $$$
250 West 50th Street
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1
“Continuing the tradition” of the now closed 1926 original, these “top-end” links of the national steakhouse chain deliver “superior” beef and “giant” lobsters in “clubby” quarters “full of characters and caricatures”; “huge prices” come with the territory, but “old-school service” is another reason it’s a “memorable experience.”

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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