Our 10 Best NYC Restaurants For Pre-Theater Prix-Fixe

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Lauren Shockey
Bright lights, big city. But where to eat?

The Village Voice's Obie Awards are on Monday, celebrating the best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater. So what better time to take in a variety of shows and performances? Yet the Theater District can be confusing culinary waters to navigate, especially for those from out of town and not wanting to blow the bank after shelling out for the buzzed-about performance. So without further ado, we present Our 10 Best Restaurants for Pre-Theater Prix Fixe. Tasty food and a special discounted menu? Now that's an occasion for applause.

Note that this list is specifically pre-theater prix fixe, meaning that many decent spots in the neighborhood that make for good eating before the show were excluded if they didn't have a discounted set menu (ultra fancy chef tasting menus were also excluded). For some of those eats, though, be sure to check out last year's post on The 10 Best Things to Eat Around Times Square, NYC.

10. Swizz -- Swiss food doesn't get much love in New York, let alone elsewhere in the world, so it's exciting that Swizz exists, even if some dishes fall into the murky classification of Euro-Continental cuisine. The $30 pre-theater menu, available from 5 to 7 p.m. is a tad limited, with soup or salad, followed by fondue (there are other choices, but this is what the restaurant is known for), and apple tart. Just don't fall asleep during the show following the gutbomb of melted cheese expanding in your stomach. 310 West 53rd Street, 212-810-4444

Lauren Shockey
And you can even sit outside at Marseille. Though note that it's a very busy street!

9. Marseille -- Part of the Tour de France restaurant group that also owns Pigalle, French Roast, and L'Express, among others, this Times Square restaurant specializes in the standard French classics rather than typical Marseillaise fare. For $30, you can choose snails (or if that's too exotic for Aunt Bessie, pistou soup), followed by steak frites or moules frites, and then anything listed on the dessert menu. But happily no French attitude is on the menu! 630 Ninth Avenue, 212-333-2323

8. BLT Market -- One of the many enterprises in Laurent Tourondel's restaurant empire, BLT Market focuses on seasonally selected, farm-fresh options. While farther from the heart of the Theater District hubbub, this one is worth a few extra steps. The $48 menu includes locavorish dishes like smoked black pepper beef carpaccio with goat cheese, bucatini puttanesca, and lemongrass tapioca pearl soup. Make sure you plan ahead, though -- this deal is only available for a 45-minute window, between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. 1430 Avenue of the Americas, 212-521-6125

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