The Great Bite Way: Post-Theater Dining

by Julie Besonen, 05/01/2013

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  • Bettibar
    373 W. 46th St., 2nd fl., 212-265-2060, Midtown West, Manhattan
    This snug bordello-red hideaway is one level up from Theatre District standby Hourglass Tavern. Though hourglasses are part of the decor, the liquor pours are so generous it's easy to lose track of time in the wee hours. The super-friendly barman serves until 4am; the kitchen closes a few hours earlier (usually at midnight) depending on the night. Post-show "snacklettes" include a heap of chicken meatballs drenched in tomato sauce and roasted garlic polenta topped with fresh mozzarella and basil. The Mediterranean bent continues with several salads and savory puff pastries stuffed with spinach and feta. It's inexpensive and casual, attracting Hell's Kitchen locals and a fair share of stagehands, chorines and chorus boys. Just in case your show lets out early, happy hour lasts until 10pm every night, with well drinks for only $5.

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