Post # 1
So I have learned to turn to the hive not just for wedding advice but for advice about all kinds of things! FI and I are celebrating our 1 year anniversary in October by going to see Avenue Q in NYC. We’re planning on driving up from Baltimore, going to a matinee, and then having a romantic dinner before driving back to MD.
We want to go to a restaurant nearby so we don’t have to walk very far and risk getting lost, since we don’t have much knowledge of the city, and its a short day trip. I’ve been researching restaurants online, and lots of people complain about service, the restaurant being too packed, being overpriced, etc. I don’t know if its just that the complainers take to their computers and satisfied folks don’t think to write reviews, but I am having a hard time finding a good restaurant!
We want something along the lines of steakhouse / American / Italian food. I make FI go to Italian restaurants all the time so while an Italian place would be good, it needs to have some more traditional American fare too. We’re looking for someplace with romantic ambiance, since it is our anniversary, but we aren’t too fancy. Also, while we are cool with the fact that NYC nice restaurants are pricey, we don’t have the funds for someplace astronomical – more than $100 for the two of us would be our cap, probably.
So help me out hive! Give me your recommendations!
PS: Rosie O’Grady’s and Sosa Borella are currently on my list, so I’d like to hear reviews of those, too, if you’ve been.
Post # 3
Just so you know – Avenue Q is closing September 13, so if you go in October, there may not be a show to see 🙁
Post # 4
Holy crap. Thank you for telling me this. We were going to buy tickets soon… wow. Talk about disappointed!
Still need dinner recommendations though!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
If you like steak – Bobby Van’s is pretty good! City Lobster also has a good selection of seafood and steak. Good luck!
Post # 6
I love Bar Americain–it’s Bobby Flay’s theatre district spot. It’s not Italian at all, but the food is really yummy and the decor is really cool.
Post # 7
Esca is really good italian seafood place
Post # 8
this is my go-to theatre district restaurant. it’s cozy, reasonably priced and has amazing Italian food. their wine list is also wonderful. It may be more traditionally Italian than you are looking for but you can definitely eat here for $100. Their home made pasta is to die for!
reservations are a must
Post # 9
The only thing about bobby Van is I seriously doubt you can eat there for two under 100, you still have to pay for tip 20% and tax 8% plus you’ll want wine, salad dessert; a steak dinner will easily cost you at least $75 not including tax and tip
steak is usually about $35-45, wine $10, salad $8 -12, dessert $7-8 at the fancy places thent eh 28% tax and tip; the only time I eat steak in NYC is restaurant week with a 3 course plus wine for $60 including tax and tip or for free through my job; otherwise you burn your pocket ouch!
there are these really cheap but nice thai restaurants on the theater district on 45th and near 8th avenue one after the other a 3 course is $14.00; if you want Italian you can do carmine which has family styled platter that serves 2-3 at $20 for two people but you need reservations and its more family orinted so expect a lot of kids; there’s a also a ton of really romantic restauarnt on theater row on 45th Street between 7th and 8th; there’s one at the end with a 3 course meal for $20
you can also go to the east or west village there are a ton of pre-theater set meals
there’s le pere pinard on Ludlow with a 3 course for about $15.00 before 7pm, google it you have to reserve, it’s french and very very romantic
have fun I love NYC
Post # 10
Thanks for all the suggestions! I had looked into Booby Van’s and it seemed a bit out of our price range. Cara Mia sounds delicious but I need to offer my FI some more variety since I always make him eat at Italian restaurants! But I am definitely going to research Bar American & Le Pere Pinard, though I don’t know how into French food FI is. He just likes straightforward American food!
Keep the suggestions coming!
Post # 11
I definitely agree with Bar American. Most of the places in the theater district are kind of tourist traps, but I’ve been to Bar American with my work group and it was good.
I don’t recommend Rosy O’Gradys. It’s just TGI Fridays type food that is way overpriced.
Also keep in mind that parking will be very expensive in midtown as you will likely not be able to park on the street. And if you’re looking to save $ and you’re not “set” on a show, you could get same day tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square for up to 60% off.
And depending on how long the show is, plan something small to do in between because most NY restaurants won’t open until at least 5 or 5:30 and matinees are at 2pm.
Also, try searching Yelp in the theater district to get some more ideas. Lots of places have pre and post theater prix fixe deals. Sorry I cannot be of more help, but I try to avoid midtown/times square as much as possible ;o)
Post # 12
Hey everyone — just wanted to give an update. We saw the Lion King and it was AMAZING! We ate at Sosa Borella which is just a few blocks down from the Theater District and I completely recommend it! I wish we could eat there every day! Delicious Argentinean/Italian food, great drinks, great service, and it definitely did not feel touristy — very tucked away. And it was $103 with a 20% tip for drinks, salad, entrees and dessert!