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TenThousandVolts
01-21-2008, 04:21 PM
Hi- I am headed back to NYC next weekend to see Mary Poppins. Budget minded suggestions for good/reasonable eats around Times Square and the Theatre District needed. We don't need anything fancy.

Also- not budget related- but a question for anyone who has seen the show-
I have never seen the movie- should I see it before I go to the show or not?

java
01-21-2008, 04:33 PM
Becco
http://becconyc.com/index2.htm

for Italian

Or Virgil's for bbq

http://www.virgilsbbq.com/
Those trainwreck fries are amazing and a meal in themselves.

kmk160
01-21-2008, 04:44 PM
Stage Deli.
Great place to eat.
Not very pricey at all and a great environment.
Close to everything.
Last time we were there, we were seated in a booth next to Tony Bennett.
Neat experience!!!

TenThousandVolts
01-21-2008, 04:45 PM
Stage Deli.
Great place to eat.
Not very pricey at all and a great environment.
Close to everything.
Last time we were there, we were seated in a booth next to Tony Bennett.
Neat experience!!!
Do you remember where it is?

mbw12
01-21-2008, 05:11 PM
Also- not budget related- but a question for anyone who has seen the show-
I have never seen the movie- should I see it before I go to the show or not?

Saw the play this past summer....and have never seen the entire movie...so, NO, you do not need to watch the movie first. My daughter (8) has never seen the movie either and did enjoy the play also!

cnj
01-21-2008, 05:23 PM
John's Pizza is SOOOOOOO good there. I don't remember where it is exactly, just that it was across or near from the Westin Times Square we stayed at. Also, if you like themes, Jekyll and Hyde is not near there, but it is the coolest restaurant ever. It is scary themed and like eating in the Haunted Mansion. Very cool.

TenThousandVolts
01-21-2008, 05:38 PM
John's Pizza is SOOOOOOO good there. I don't remember where it is exactly, just that it was across or near from the Westin Times Square we stayed at. Also, if you like themes, Jekyll and Hyde is not near there, but it is the coolest restaurant ever. It is scary themed and like eating in the Haunted Mansion. Very cool.

Is John's in an old church? If so, I know that place and it is good and for the budget- We stayed at the Westin last month and it was close by.

cnj
01-21-2008, 05:50 PM
Yes, it was in an old church. We dream of that pizza. Thankfully, this wonderful Italian delicatessen moved in near us and makes wonderful pizza.

pezheadmeg
01-21-2008, 05:56 PM
Charilie O's they're at 45th and 8th or 49th and Broadway. Last time for appetizers, dinner, and martinis the bill was around $45. And their food is to die for.

If you're doing the shopping thing, the Cellar Restuarant at Macy's Herald Square. The food is undescrible and totally in cheap price range for Manhatten.

Just stay away from the typical tourist places, Hard Rock and Bubba Gump have huge waits on the weekends and the food isn't more than typical diner fair.

ntink
01-21-2008, 05:58 PM
My vote is for Pastalovers - yummy & reasonably priced.
http://www.pastaloversnyc.com/

Teacher510
01-21-2008, 06:45 PM
John's (former church) is on 44th St off 8th Ave across from Phantom. Joshua Tree on 46th off 9th Ave is very good. Avoid the chains like Applebee's which are often double the prices outside of Manhattan. There are a few other places but I don't know how many blocks from the theatre you'd like to go.
The show is rather different from the movie so no need to see both.

kandeebunny
01-21-2008, 07:41 PM
Junior's of Brooklyn, its next to the theater where Avenue Q is playing across from TKTS...to DIE FOR cheesecake

MEG&MINNIE
01-21-2008, 07:42 PM
:thumbsup2 We ate at Ellen's Stardust Diner on Broadway and 51 St.,twice.:thumbsup2 Last year it was packed a few weeks before Christmas, but this year dd11 and I went the week before Thanksgiving and it was fantastic ! The waiters and waitresses sing Broadway tunes,(sometimes on tables) entertaining the crowds while you sit back and enjoy your meal ! It's a 50's theme if that's something you think you might enjoy....it's great if you're dining with kids or teens !
p.s. I saw it mentioned here on the Disboards ,so I figured I'd give it a try !

Floridagal23
01-21-2008, 10:04 PM
John's Pizza, Junior's, or Ollie's (which is now all the way down past the Port Authority, but still within a few blocks) for amazing, inexpensive chinese and the new restaurant is gorgeous (used to be in times sq)

MousekaMaddi
01-21-2008, 10:13 PM
we saw the play last month and I was glad DD5 and I had seen the movie first, nice show!:love:

FormrCastMbr
01-21-2008, 10:16 PM
I agree with Virgils, Johns and Ollies...:thumbsup2 Have fun!

luckyfin
01-22-2008, 06:41 AM
While you don't need to watch the movie first, you may find it helpful. There are many differences between the two, the basic storyline is the same and that is sometimes lost during a stage production. The show is great, lots of surprises! Enjoy!:goodvibes

TenThousandVolts
01-22-2008, 07:06 AM
While you don't need to watch the movie first, you may find it helpful. There are many differences between the two, the basic storyline is the same and that is sometimes lost during a stage production. The show is great, lots of surprises! Enjoy!:goodvibes

Thanks- that is exactly why I was asking- I have seen productions where there is an assumed knowledge- and I have thought- 'if I hadn't seen the movie (or read the book) I wouldn't understand this'... I don't know if I have time - but if the opportunity arises before this weekend I may try to watch the movie.

PatriciaH
01-22-2008, 01:11 PM
Carmines is good but make reservations.

http://www.carminesnyc.com/

Terry36
01-22-2008, 01:45 PM
Yes the show is good. You do not need to see the movie before but it may help you to determine the differences.

We at @ Carmines and it was great...but alot of food.

Teacher510
01-22-2008, 07:01 PM
John's Pizza, Junior's, or Ollie's (which is now all the way down past the Port Authority, but still within a few blocks) for amazing, inexpensive chinese and the new restaurant is gorgeous (used to be in times sq)

I forgot about Ollie's! It's between 9th and 10th Ave on 42nd St and the prices are really great for good-sized portions. DD and I actually have found that it's better to share an entree rather than have so much left over. Junior's also has very large portions. Sardi's on 44th near John's is also nice and very traditional NY theatre. Prices are not too bad especially for lunch.

elf
01-22-2008, 07:10 PM
We like to go to Johns Pizza (old church) also. We've brought different people on different trips and everyones liked it. But before and after theatre can be crowded so be prepared to wait and I don't think they take reservation (not sure though). If they do and you want to go there then make a reservation.

SleepyatDVC
01-22-2008, 09:09 PM
We JUST saw Mary Poppins this past Friday!! :thumbsup2 We ate at BBQ's right across the street from the theatre. The chicken tenders were delicious! Only disappointment is that there are NO desserts at all!!:eek: They figure there are a bunch of other places right outside with sweets. :confused3 Prices were very reasonable considering they have to pay NYC rents. Lol

It was a great show. Enjoy!!!!

sk!mom
01-22-2008, 09:25 PM
For a fun dinner with a child, I second Ellen's Stardust Diner. DD10 (at the time) absolutly loved it. We ended up going 3 times on our week long trip to NY. Breakfast- dinner-and once for dessert after a show. The food was fine but the atmosphere made it so fun.

TenThousandVolts
01-29-2008, 08:42 AM
Thanks to evryone- we are back and we ate at Virgils- as it turned out, our hotel was right across the street so it worked out. They do have good prices for a sit down restaurant in NYC. We also ate casual at Pret a Manger (local chain I think)-I loved that place and it was fresh and the prices were very low- not just low for NYC. I loved it. They had incredible baked goods (croissants...) and sandwiches, salads, soup, bottled fresh smoothies (100% fruit), and coffee. Lots of vegetarian and organic selections. 4 of us stuffed ourselves for brunch and it was under $20. So add that to the list of good/cheap eats in NYC.

We had a great time and loved the show- we got our tickets with the Disney Visa discount and were shocked to discover that our seats were in the front row! What a great time we had- Just wanted to thank everyone for their input!

MML100
01-29-2008, 08:55 AM
These aren't in the area you're talking about but if you can... go to Brooklyn and get pizza from L&Bs.... AMAZING! It's the best I've ever had, and I'm not a big pizza fan. I crave it though.

Also, Serendipity3. Their frozen hot chocolate is awesome! I've heard the food is great too, but I've never eaten the food there. A lot of celebrities are spotten there....

There is a little place in Times Square, it's on the side with the MTV store... heading towards the M&M store... they have sweets and stuff, the window is loaded down with them. They are very good as well.

With as many great food choices that there are there... I like eating at the Olive Garden! Hah... how original! But, it's a great view of Times Square at night. I love NYC!

MML100
01-29-2008, 08:55 AM
Thanks to evryone- we are back and we ate at Virgils- as it turned out, our hotel was right across the street so it worked out. They do have good prices for a sit down restaurant in NYC. We also ate casual at Pret a Manger (local chain I think)-I loved that place and it was fresh and the prices were very low- not just low for NYC. I loved it. They had incredible baked goods (croissants...) and sandwiches, salads, soup, bottled fresh smoothies (100% fruit), and coffee. Lots of vegetarian and organic selections. 4 of us stuffed ourselves for brunch and it was under $20. So add that to the list of good/cheap eats in NYC.

We had a great time and loved the show- we got our tickets with the Disney Visa discount and were shocked to discover that our seats were in the front row! What a great time we had- Just wanted to thank everyone for their input!

Oh, I didn't realize that your post was older and you're already back! lol

java
01-29-2008, 09:01 AM
Thanks to evryone- we are back and we ate at Virgils- as it turned out, our hotel was right across the street so it worked out. They do have good prices for a sit down restaurant in NYC. We also ate casual at Pret a Manger (local chain I think)-I loved that place and it was fresh and the prices were very low- not just low for NYC. I loved it. They had incredible baked goods (croissants...) and sandwiches, salads, soup, bottled fresh smoothies (100% fruit), and coffee. Lots of vegetarian and organic selections. 4 of us stuffed ourselves for brunch and it was under $20. So add that to the list of good/cheap eats in NYC.

We had a great time and loved the show- we got our tickets with the Disney Visa discount and were shocked to discover that our seats were in the front row! What a great time we had- Just wanted to thank everyone for their input!

Thanks for the mini review. We are heading in to see it in April. And I have now added Pret a Manger to the list. They are all over the place in nyc. And I have never tried it. :thumbsup2

disalways
01-29-2008, 09:05 AM
Another vote for Ellen's Stardust Diner. It is loads of fun with the waiters and waitresses singing while they serve. Your kids will love it.

http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com/

TenThousandVolts
01-29-2008, 10:32 AM
Oh, I didn't realize that your post was older and you're already back! lol

That's ok- last time we went to NY overnight we stayed in Brooklyn and loved all the great dining choices! That was the best part about staying in Brooklyn- tons of fabulous family restaurants- any ethicity you can imagine- delicious and reasonable with a very fun, neighborhood feel.