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Before, or After?
When it comes to dining in the Theatre District, theatre goers have many options to consider. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from in the West 40’s and 50’s. But— where else but on Restaurant Row (46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues) can you find Chinese, Chilean, French, Italian, Moroccan, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine all on the same block?
Pastor Dale D. Hansen of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, chairman of the Restaurant Row Association, counts 25 different eateries on the Row, Back in the early 70’s when the Times Square area resembled something out of The Life, local restaurateurs approached Mayor John V. Lindsay about helping to lure diners west of then-seedy Eighth Avenue. The result was a hugely successful street fair followed by special street signs, better lighting and tree plantings.

Restaurant Row is flourishing, thanks in part to its happy symbiosis with the thriving Broadway community. (“When the theatres do well,” says Rev. Hansen, “we do well too.”) Star gazers should keep their eyes open, since Restaurant Row eateries are prime celebrity watering holes. And take a good look at your waiter—he or she might turn out to be tomorrow’s brightest Broadway star, 

STAGE DIRECTIONS is presented, courtesy of Playbill, by The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., the national trade association for the commercial theatre industry. The League is a proud partner of Continental Airlines, the Official Airline of Broadway.

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The League of American Theatres and Producers has joined with Drambuie Liqueur to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. As the nation’s largest industry-based organization address8ng the challenges of AIDS and HIV infection, BC/EFA has raised over 25 million dollars in the fight against AIDS since 1988.
Here’s how you can help. During the month of December, Drambuie will proudly donate $2.00 to BC/EFA every time you purchase a Drambuie drink at any of the restaurants listed below. Just present the tear-out card on the next page with your order. Cheers!
Barbetta 321 West 46th Street
Broadway Grill at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan 1605 Broadway
Ciro Trattoria 813 8th Avenue 
Ed Sullivan’s 1697 Broadway 
Hudson’s Sports Bar & Grill at the Sheraton N.Y. Hotel 811 7th Avenue
La Rivista 313 West 46th Street
Luma 200 9th Avenue
Martini’s 810 7th Avenue 
New World Grill 329 West 49th Street
Red eye Grill 890 7th Avenue
Remi 145 West 53rd Street
Rosie O’Grady’s 800 7th Avenue
Russo’s Steak & Pasta at the Sheraton Manhattan 790 7th Avenue
Sam’s Restaurant 263 West 45th Street
Sardi’s 234 West 44th Street
Tapika 950 8th Avenue at 56th Street
Trattoria Dell’Arte 900 7th Avenue
Trionfo 224 West 51st Street

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