To tell you the truth, I came across this restaurant thanks to a radio commercial. Not often that happens. According to the description, it seemed like a good spot so I decided to try it out. I made a reservation for Saturday at 7. I must say, I got much more than I thought. Nestled in the theatre district, Trattoria Dopo Teatro is a well known Italian bistro located next to the mighty BBQ king of New York, Virgil's Real Barbecue. That is a great place to eat! (But that's a different story). It may seem small from the outside, but the old saying goes, don't judge a book by it's cover. It starts out with a skinny main dining room. Plenty of seating, a bar, and even a dessert window displaying the delicious edibles for a pre-supper treat. I thought that was it, but I was most certainly wrong. There was in fact a stairwell that led to a whole other level downstairs. Halfway down, the path split to the left which revealed a luxurious Roman-style room for private guests and large parties. At the bottom, it looked like a whole other landscape. A huge mural surrounded all the walls making it look like you are in an Italian Cafe. There are several sections of the lower level. A main dining room, then another dining area sectioned off by french doors, and another room down a small hallway. It was a maze of hungry eaters. And to think that the waiters have to bring the food up and down and through all these different rooms. Anyway, they sat me in the main dining area downstairs. It was a soothing and relaxing atmosphere with a trickling waterfall on one of the walls and lots of beautiful flora to accompany the light serenade of a master cellist. The menu is fairly big, and there are lots to choose from. I ordered the cold Antipasto sampler and a cavatelli pasta dish with sausage and broccoli rabe. The antipasto consisted of several cured Italian meats such as sopresatta and sicilian salami, that were accompanied by an assortment of cheeses. The main course was delicious. The pasta was cooked al dente, but a little harder, just the way I like it. The sausage and the broccoli rabe along with the fragrant garlic and oil based sauce complemented each other in a perfect yet delicious way. The menu is full of wonderful selections to choose from. For dessert, I had their Tiramisu. Normally when I get Tiramisu, it ends up to be too sweet, or the lady fingers are too soggy and the whole thing just collapses into a gooey mess. Their tiramisu was not to sweet, which impressed me. Also, the lady fingers were dipped enough to retain the flavor of the espresso, but not too long to make them super soggy. It was a perfect ending to a great meal. You can also steal a great deal if you're in a hurry to catch a play with their prix fix menus. I later realized that this is a really popular spot among play-goers who need a fast, yet delicious meal. No matter what occasion, this is one place you wouldn't want to miss!