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Theater District with 20 yr old First Timer?

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Theater District with 20 yr old First Timer?

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Biking Girl | | Jun 4, 2014 03:49 PM

I'm taking my 20 year old niece on a special trip to Manhattan, and am looking for a pre-theater meal somewhere near the Theater District. She lives in a small Texas town, and I'd like to take her somewhere that is not too stodgy, but with recognizable food--- a place where she'll feel like it's a special event. I was perusing the board, and also Open Table hoping for an Italian restaurant with butternut squash ravioli (a favorite!), but haven't found it yet. Budget would be around $30 an entree. When I was her age (late '70s, eek!) my parents took me on just such a trip---leaving behind that same small Texas town, and the places that made a lasting impression on me were the Russian Tea Room, Gallaghers, and a very dark, oak filled German place where the waiter showed me how to fold a fancy napkin. She's a lot more hip than I was, and a fancy place would make her a bit uncomfortable---but I'd like for her to have a Manhattan experience of "dinner and a show" that is memorable for her. Any ideas?

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