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“7Square-- CLOSED”

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  Night Out New American Midtown Moderate Good

I've always loved the theater. I got the bug at a young age. I was about six when my parents plopped me in a seat to watch a little red head girl named Annie sing her heart out. I'll never forget that night. My parents had not been able to get us all seats together and so I was sitting by myself. So there I was, alone as the theater grew dark, a little afraid, but quite thrilled. I thought Broadway was an opportunity for a sing along, and I had memorized all the words to the songs. As soon as the lights came down, I started to sing with Annie. I was quite shocked when people told me to hush. Ooops. From then on-as a silent observer and not a singing participant-I was hooked. Annie was followed by West Side Story, The Real Thing, Mornings at Seven, Steel Magnolias, and several visits to see A Chorus Line. (I loved the original but have not made it to this production yet.) Some thirty years later, I still go to the theater as often as I can. My Dad and I saw Shining City (great), Jamie and I went to see Stuff Happens (spectacular and essential), Diana and I saw Satellites (intense), Mom and I last saw Abigail's Party (rather miserable), and Craig just took me to see A Small Melodramatic Story (which we decided should have been called A Small Pointless Story). Sometimes I think that if I weren't writing about restaurants, I'd be writing about the theater, but since Craig is a playwright, there might be a conflict of interest there so I guess it's better that I stick to the food.

Anyway, the crappy thing about loving the theater is you've got to (a) venture up to the theater district (well most of the time anyway) and (b) eat dinner there. This combination, to me, is close to hell. I hate Times Square. I don't like the tourists and the crowds and the noise. I believe tourists should have their own sidewalks or at least separate lanes on sidewalks so that they can stop and stare and take pictures and re-apply minty pink lip gloss while the rest of us actually get where we need to go. What's more, I have never been a fan of theater district dining. It's often over-priced and too rushed and just not really pleasant. When forced to do it, though, my go-to spots are Marseille (great Mediterranean menu), The West Bank Café (very good American fare), and if I can get in, but I usually can't, Esca (seafood; terrific all around). And after a few visits to 7Square, a theater distr ... [more, click below]

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