You would assume that a restaurant located plop in the middle of the NYC theater district would know how to get diners fed and out to the theater in time without any pressure. Not Bobby Van's! Our reservation for 6:30pm would have been fine for most any other restaurant in the area. We arrived at 6:15pm, a party of 3, and was told that we were early and it would take a few minutes. We were not seated till 6:42! The theater curtain was at 8pm! Fortunately, the theater was across the street.
Another problem was that we were seated upstairs. This was a problem for my 88-year old mother. I think the restaurant should have indicated that there is an upstairs dining area.
I had noted that we had theater seats when I made the restaurant reservation. There was no reason they could not have contacted us to say that a 6:00pm reservation would be better. As it was, we were extremely stressed. The waiter did not even take drink orders, just the main course. Which we ate and then ran out. Next time, we're eating at Joe Allen's. They know how to get people out for the theater and give you a pleasant dining experience.