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• MONTE'S-97 MacDougal St. (bet. Bleecker & W. 3rd) Homemade pasta, regional dishes include: Paglia E Fieno, Osso Buco, Pollo Alla Marsala, L, D, C. Cl. Tues., Priv. Party Rm. up to 50. CC. 
228-9194, 674-9456.

• OSTERIA AL DOGE-142 W. 44th St. A warm and charming new Italian restaurant specializing in Venetian cuisine. Great food combined with friendly service. PT & AT menu. L & D Mon.-Sat. D. Sun. 
944-3643.

• SAN DOMENICO-240 Central Park South. Italian Spcls: shrimp & beans/Tuscan olive oil, Uovo in Raviolo & more. L Mon.-Fri. 12 noon-2:30. D Mon.-Sat. 5:30-11, Sun. 5:30-10. PT D 5:30-7. CC. Res. nec. 265-5959.

• TORRE DI PISA-19 W. 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.). Classic Toscano cuisine served in an elegant atmosphere. Crostini Toscani & Fagotto Con Funghi. Late night dining. Open for L Mon.-Fri. 12-3, D Mon.-Sat. 5:30-12. Cl. Sun. 398-4400.

• TRATTORIA DOPO TEATRO-125 W. 44th St. (6 & B'way). Not just the finest Italian Cuis. in the Theatre Dist! After theatre cappuccino, homemade desserts & grappa. 4 Course PT, $22.50 ★★ Crains, "Another star on B'way." D 7 days. Sun. 2pm-mid. CC. 869-2849.

• TRATTORIA TRECOLORI-133 West 45th St. (B'way & 6th). "Warm & friendly homestyle Italian restaurant where the food is delicious & affordable and the service is gracious." Open 7 days. L & D. Private parties 20-120. 997-4540.

• VILLA MOSCONI - 69 MacDougal St. (Bleecker & W. Houston) An"old W. Village favorite," this "hearty," "consistent" Italian "family place" serves "earthy" standards that are "still good after all these years," Zagat's. New back garden. 673-0390.

JAPANESE

• KODAMA-301 W.45 (cor. 8th Ave.). Only a step to B'Way theatres. We guarantee your satisfaction with an authentic Tokyo-style sushi bar & other original Japanese cuisine. Op. 7 days Mon.-Fri. 12-2:30, D 5-11:30. Sat. 4:30-11:30. Sun. 5-10:30. 582-8065.

JAZZ CLUB & RESTAURANT

• BIRDLAND-315 W. 44th St. (steps from 8th Ave.). Elegance and jazz returns. Live jazz nightly. Serving Dinner till midnight. Pre-theatre menu. No cover with ticket stub (restrictions apply). Validated parking. 581-3080.

KOSHER

• BEN'S DELI RESTAURANT-209 W. 38th at 7th. To 9:30 pm daily, 240 seats, bar. Casual & colorful. We cure our own corned beef! Homemade soups, salads, traditional specialities, tasty Romanian tenderloin, rib eye, veal chop, & lighter fare. 398-BENS.

MEDITERRANEAN

• SAN MARTIN-143 E. 49 St., Lex. & 3rd Ave. (Across the street from the Waldorf-Astoria & near Rockefeller Cen.) Panella, Penne Artista and more. Indoor & outdoor dining. Private rooms for parties. Open daily 12-12. 832-0888.

MEXICAN

• CANCUN-937 8th Ave. (55 & 56). Best margaritas and auth. Mexican food on East Coast. Rated best Fajitas, Enchiladas & Mex. Steaks in NYC. Happy Hr. M.-Fri. 4 pm-7 pm. Op. 7 days, Sun.-Th. 11:30 am-mid.; Fri., Sat. till 1 am. CC. 307-7307.

• MI NIDITO (CANTINA MEXICANA)-852 8th Ave. (@ 51st St.) "One taste that's all it takes." NY's freshest & best Mex. food. 25 flavors of margaritas. Veg. menu avail. Sun.-Wed. 11:30 am-12 am. Thurs.-Sat. 11:30-1 am. SB 12-4:30 pm. CC 265-0022.

• VIVA PANCHO-156 W. 44 St. (B'way & 6th). Offering the best in Mex. food & drink in thea. dist. Home of the Sizzling Fajitas. L spec. $7.00 incl. margarita. Mon. Nite "All You Can Eat" $7.95 Happy Hr. 4-7, Mon.-Fri. Op. 7 Dys from 12 pm. CC. 944-9747.

PUERTO RICAN/ARGENTINIAN

• OLD SAN JUAN RESTAURANT-765 9th Ave. (51 & 52 Sts.). Former owners La Milonga. This new restaurant features: assorted seafood, Puerto Rican tamales, grilled meats and much more. Great desserts! Sun.-Thur.11-11. Fri. & Sat. till 1 pm. 265-7013, 262-6761.

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RUSSIAN

• FIREBIRD-365 W. 46th St. (Rest. Row). Authentic regional cuisine fr. the Empire of the Czars. Dine in the luxury of a St. Petersburg mansion. L Tue.-Sat. 11:45 am-2:30 pm. D. Sun.-Thur. 5 pm-11 pm. Fri.-Sat. 5 pm-11:30 pm. (212) 586-0244. 

SEAFOOD

• THE FAMOUS OYSTER BAR-842 7th Ave. (54th St.) Fresh Seafood established 1959 on B'way. Specializing in live lobster, fresh fish, steaks & pasta dishes. Open 7 days 11:30 am to 12 am. L & D. Theatre and group specials available. Res. call 586-6525.

SPANISH

• CAFE ESPANOL-The original. 172 Bleeker (cor. Sullivan). Best paella and lobster in town. "Snug & engaging adobe setting, efficient staff, pleasant Spanish/Mexican"-NY Times. L, D, C, PT & AT weekends till 1 am. Red. park. Sun.-Thurs. 505-0657.

• COSTA DEL SOL-367-369 W. 50th St. at 9th Ave. One block to all theatres. Warm Spanish atmosphere. Regional specialties at moderate prices. L, D. Open 7 days. Discount parking. 5 pm-1 am. 541-8382.

• EL QUIJOTE-226 W. 23rd. "We are the Lobster King." Our 36th year. 1 1/4 lb. lobster $13.95. Daily Double 2 1 1/4 lb. lobsters for one $21.95. Natural veal & chops. D Sun.-Thur. till 12 am, Fri. & Sat. till 1 am. Priv. Party Rm. CC. 929-1855.

• SEVILLA-62 Charles St. (West 4th St.). A Village landmark famed for its Paella A La Valenciana. Recommended by Cue, New York Times & Gourmet. L, D, Cocktail Lounge. Parties. 7 days. CC. 929-3189.

SPANISH/CUBAN

• VICTOR'S CAFE 52-236 W. 52nd St. The regional cuisines of Cuba and Carib. Black bean soup, stone crabs, paella, prime steak. Piano music in tropical skylight rms., Tapas at bar. 7 days, L, D, AT. CC. 586-7714.

THAI

• PONGSRI THAI-244 W. 48th St. (8 & B'way) In theatre district. Owner/chef Pongsri prepares Thai dishes, L, D, AT, 7 dys. 11:30 am-11:30 pm. 582-3392. Also 106 Bayard St. cor. Baxter St. (Chinatown) ★★ N.Y. Times. 349-3132, 311 2nd Ave. (18th St.) 477-4100.

• SIAM INN & SIAM INN TOO-Our two locations in the theatre district. Thai restaurants recom. by New York Times. Siam Inn-916 8th Ave. (54th & 55th Sts.) 489-5237, Siam Inn Too 854 8th Ave. (51st & 52nd Sts.) 757-4006.

VEGETARIAN

• ZEN PALATE-663 9 Ave. (46th St.). The palace for healthful & satisfying dining experience. "Tea Art" "Tatami Rms." Delivering & Catering. Op. 7 days 12-11. CC. 582-1276. Also 34 Union Sq. E. @ 16th st., 614-9345; and 2170 B'way.

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234 West 44th Street
New York City
212 221 8440
www.sardis.com
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Try the $29 After Theater Menu
MON-SAT: LUNCH: 11:30 AM - 2:30 OM
DINNER: 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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"Where Great Performances Begin!"
Ben's
KOSHER DELICATESSEN
RESTAURANTS & CATERERS
Daily until 9:30pm
209 W. 38th Street
(West of 7th Ave.)
(212) 398-BENS (2367)
Serving traditional fare, lighter entrees and deli favorites in spacious comfort. Full bar.
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KOKACHIN
The Restaurant at the OMNI BERKSHIRE PLACE
21 East 52nd Street
Lunch, Dinner, Pre-Theatre Dinner and Late Night Supper
Monday thru Sunday
Ph#: 212-355-9300
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DaRosina
Ristorante Italiano
Homemade Pasta Our Specialty
Prix Fixe Dinner $19.98
342 W.46th St.(Bet 8th-9th Ave)•(212) 977-7373
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Open 7 Nights • No Cover
• Live Entertainment at 9PM
• Professional singing staff
• www.donttellmamma.com
343 WEST 46TH STREET
(Restaurant Row)
757-0788 Credit Cards Accepted
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