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Searching for good, but casual place pre-theatre near Barrow Street Theatre, West Village and Other Dinner Recs.

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Searching for good, but casual place pre-theatre near Barrow Street Theatre, West Village and Other Dinner Recs.

sherry f | Jul 13, 2010 06:00 PM

I will be taking my college-aged son to New York for a long weekend in a few weeks. We are going to see a play on the Saturday night at the Barrow Street Theatre in the West Village. We are looking to have dinner before the show and would like to walk to the theatre after we eat. We also would like to dress casually. I am aware that AOC is close by, but the menu doesn't really appeal to me. I actually thought we could grab a falafel at Taim (I've never been and I understand it is not too far), but thought we may want sit down somewhere and have a drink or a glass of wine, as an option. Also, a recommendation for dessert after the play would be great. Again, walking distance would be a bonus.

I am also looking for a rec. for a dinner not too far from Midtown. Our plane is scheduled to arrive early on a Friday evening, so the timing of our arrival is up in the air (no pun intended). Again, something casual would be great, because my son is not into dressing up. We will be staying at the Hilton on 6th and 54th and would ideally like to walk somewhere, but not to a tourist trap.

We may try and catch the the Merchant of Venice in Central Park on the Sunday evening if the heat is not too unbearable. Since the show starts at 8 pm, ideally we should probably eat early on the Upper West Side in the high 70's or Low 80's. As an alternative, do New Yorkers bring their dinner while watching the play in the park? Do we sit on a blanket on the grass or is there seating? How early do we get there, before the show (I am sorry if these comments are beyond the scope of this board). Would it make sense to do take-out and bring our food to the park? If so, what would be some good take-out choices from the Upper West Side.

Many, many thanks in advance. I find the advice on these boards really invaluable.

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314 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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