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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:14 pm 
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In New York, it USED to be the Russian Tea Room or The Saloon, both of which have closed. Sigh. After the show at Brooklyn Academy of Music ("BAM"), we used to always meet at "Junior's", (home of Junior's cheesecake) because it was the ONLY place open after the show. Now, I understand that area has been gentrified (Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, I guess)and there are more choices. In Vancouver, BC, it's one of those little, Italian places in East Vancouver on Commercial Drive (Marie can help me on this, I'll bet!!) In Seattle, as Azlan said, we meet at the Washington Athletic Club, or I like Roy's in the Westin Hotel, for "Pan-Asian" cuisine.

<small>[ 09-23-2002, 18:17: Message edited by: trina ]</small>


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:24 pm 
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Back to San Francisco again, a place I'd never choose myself, but am willing to go to if everyone else wants to, is Max's Opera Plaza. I think the food is overpriced and not all that good, and the monstrously huge dessert portions are absurd. But what I like about it is that the many of the waiters are aspiring performers, and they take breaks from waiting tables to sing, with piano accompaniment. I went there once with some fellow Lindy Hoppers after a class, and when the pianist took a break, swing music came on. So we got up and danced for a few songs. It's the type of place where you can do that comfortably (late at night, anyway).

Also after the show, Martuni's (not really near Civic Center, but on the way home for me) is a great place for a drink. The back room is where the open mike is. If you're lucky, someone good will sing; if not, you can be amazed at the skill with which the pianists manage to keep up with singers who leave out beats.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:36 pm 
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In Seattle/ Pesos for noise and a fun crowd, and Roy Street Bistro for quiet ( but I think recently bought out). Downtown, close to the Paramount, my Favorite restaurant is Il Bistro. In Covent Garden, any of those small off street pubs, but I do need help for the Palais Garnier in Paris. Any close, fun off the beaten track rstaurants in Paris this fall?


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:53 pm 
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But what I like about it is that the many of the waiters are aspiring performers, and they take breaks from waiting tables to sing, with piano accompaniment.
Given the choice, I prefer to not go to places like that; it's too much like work.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:17 pm 
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It sure isn't like my work, although one of my co-workers bought a couple of those singing hamsters, and they sound off now and then.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:54 pm 
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Stelline in SF is great. It's the little sister restaurant to Cafe Delle Stelle a block or two away.

I love Max's! I love their latkes and mushroom sauce. Or their pear salad. Or their matzo ball soup. The singing can be "interestingly" good.

Yes, trina, I love Roy's asian-euro fusion cuisine in Seattle as well.

Gray's Papaya is located at the northeast corner of 72nd and Broadway. Lucy was the one who tipped me off about it -- it's a favorite of hers and Cynthia Harvey's when they used to work in NYC. Right, Lucy? City Search gives it 9.4 out of 10 points for value:

http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile/7166636


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 6:39 pm 
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I'm VERY hungry. Won't someone please take me out for dinner and a show?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 6:41 pm 
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How bizarre, Azlan. Marty and I were just talking about Gray's Papaya today....how yummy those drinks were. Also, he said that the used to get hotdogs (when he lived in NY)from those street vendors, like 5-6 at a time...oy. He's one of those bizarre people who can eat copious amounts, and never gain weight. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 7:04 pm 
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Azlan, do you ever get a dessert at Max's? You and about 7 other people?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 8:51 pm 
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djb, desserts at Max's are definitely meant to be shared and then brought home for later!

Anyone from DC here? Are there any restaurants even close to Kennedy Center? I usually have to dine somewhere in town.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 9:10 pm 
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Gray's Papaya! There's a blast from the past. I used to think that if I owned that place one day a week I'd be a millionaire.

In Chicago Russian Tea Time is nice for after the ballet. Russian Tea Times Sunday tea is mighty nice too!


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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2002 10:44 pm 
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I'm with you on Gray's Papaya Glebb. Wow what a business!

In SF:

Citizen Cake? Don't get me started. Will not ever darken that doorstep again. A much better establishment when it was at 14th/Folsom.

I like Max's, but not those desserts. It's the pastry chef in me and the wonderfully, classic French training I had.

Stelline/Delle Stelle. Yummmm.......

The Thai place on Fell and Gough. Yumm....

Guilty pleasure is dessert at Jardinere after a performance. Expensive,but worth every penny.

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 Post subject: Re: Favorite Restaurants Before or After the Show
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 12:08 am 
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Have any of the SF people tried the pre-show buffet at the Opera House? It looks good.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 7:32 am 
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Interesting that it took no time at all for a thread on food to reach two pages.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2002 10:18 am 
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I think that you could get 2 dogs and a soda for $3.00 in 1995 at Grays. It was such a deal. I miss that and my Chinolatino restaurant on 101 St. Sorry to hear that the Saloon closed. Many a night spent there.


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