Written by Marilyn Hansen with M.J. Boyer

Past Reviews

Langan's Langan's, 150 West 47th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, (212) 869-5482 is owned by long-time restaurateur, Irish-born John Mahon and managed by congenial Irish-born Desmond O'Brien. You will be warmly welcomed at this attractive restaurant with an impressive bar and a lively happy hour will set you up for a pleasant evening.

There is a pre-theatre prix fixe menu, served daily from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $22.95 plus tax and gratuity. The prix fixe includes appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee. To begin: soup of the day or salad. Entrees: southern barbecue rubbed sliced roast sirloin with buttermilk whipped potatoes, topped with a roasted sweet potato Jack Daniels demi glace; breast of chicken sauteed with lemon, rosemary and artichoke hearts, over vegetable and sundried tomato lentil salad; rigatoni with sweet sausage, fresh basil and grilled eggplant in a three cheese tomato broth. Dessert: choose from the daily selections.

On the regular menu appetizing starters are three onion and Murphy's Stout soup with Jarlsberg crouton ($4.95); jumbo shrimp cocktail with tequila lime cocktail sauce ($9.95); Prince Edward Isle mussels roasted with hard cider, garlic and herb butter ($8.95).

The house entree specialty is dry aged 18 oz. Black angus steak with crisp tobacco onions and roasted shallot cabernet sauce ($25.95). Langan's best entrees are perfectly cooked steaks and chops.

Special at Langan's, half-price portions are available for children, 10 and under. There is also discount parking available with dinner.

Jazz is highlighted at Langan's with a Saturday jazz dinner with a live band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., complete dinner, $25.95, perfect for after theatre dining, and a Sunday jazz brunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., prix fixe $12.95 includes one drink.

Hours: Langan's is open every day from 11:45 a.m. to midnight.
Credit Cards: All major
Dress code: Casual
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
Smoking: At the bar
Parking: Parking garage across the street
Price: $$.

La Rivista, 313 West 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, (212) 245-1707 is an authentic, comfortable Italian restaurant owned by the Luciano Marchignoli family. The restaurant has been on Restaurant Row for twelve years. The name, La Rivista, means the review, or more accurately, the revue, as in a Broadway show revue. The Marchignoli's intent is to present a gustatory revue of the finest dishes of the various regions of Italy, the pastas of Sicily and Naples, the lamb dishes of Abruzzi and risottos from Milan. It is in the food of Bologna, where La Rivista truly excels, the birthplace of owner Luciano Marchignoli.

The menu is all ala carte; there is no prix fixe. Menu and prices are the same at lunch and dinner. You'll find many familiar dishes and others that may be new to you. The portions are generous, you won't go away hungry! Beginning with antipasti/appetizers: carpaccio della Rivista, thinly sliced raw beef with arugula, radicchio and parmesan ($10.75) - all you need is a drizzle of olive oil and freshly ground pepper. Roasted polenta with mushrooms ($8.75) and warm roasted peppers and eggplant ($8.75) are satisfying, perfect for the vegetarian.

Pasta Fagioli, the hearty bean soup with pasta ($8.75) is really good, takes you right back home to your mother's kitchen - that is if she was Italian! Classic minestrone, too, with lots of vegetables ($7.75). Salads are large, comprised of crisp, fresh greens. The insalata mista, mixed green salad, is a healthy value at $6.25. Naturally there are many appetizing pasta dishes to choose from. The lasagna alla bolognese ($17.75), is delicious, also the ravioli alla salvia-goat cheese ravioli with cream and sage ($17.75). Three risottos are offered, especially recommended is the risotto al verde ($17.75), Italian arborio rice with a vegetable and herb sauce, and risotto a porcini, Italian arborio rice with fragrant wild porcini mushrooms ($19.75).

Under the heading "secondi" are the chicken, veal, beef, lamb and seafood dishes. Vitello alla Bolognese, veal scallopini with prosciutto and cheese in wine sauce ($19.75), is wonderful. The veal is very thinly sliced, extremely tender, prosciutto and cheese ample, and wine sauce well-seasoned. Lamb shank is very popular these days, La Rivista does a beauty, braised with chanterelle mushrooms and served with polenta ($22.75). Petti di pollo alla Romana, breast of chicken sauteed with wine and artichoke in the Roman style, is light and flavorful ($18.25). Garlicky scampi, jumbo shrimp in white wine and garlic, grilled to perfection ($22.75), will you have sopping up the sauce. Side dishes of vegetables such as asparagus, spinach and broccoli are $5.95.

Desserts vary in quality and availability. The tiramisu ($4.75) is recommended.

Hours: La Rivista is open Monday-Saturday from 12:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m. Closed Sunday.
Credit Cards: All major.
Dress: Casual.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Dining room and restrooms one level.
Smoking: No Smoking
Price: $$
Spotlight: Romantic.
Bonus: La Rivista offers its customers free parking. Park right next door, pay your ticket, enjoy your dinner at La Rivista, they will then stamp your parking ticket, present same to parking attendant and he will refund you.

The Restaurant Revue Ratings

The dollar sign indicates the approximate cost of dining for two persons, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

$ Inexpensive $25
$$ Moderate $50
$$$ Expensive $100
$$$$ Very Expensive $150

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