For a teen and mom
Florent: Gansevoort between Washington St. and 9th Ave.
French (great steak frites!) with nice enough wine. In
the meat packing district, which is being gentrified
all too quickly but still somewhat off the beaten path
as far as restaurants go. Fun, hip, lively, very much a
downtown crowd. Great for brunch on weekends too.
First on First Avenue between 5th and 6th Sts. Hip,
fun with very good and varied menu. Not so great wine
by the glass but good by the bottle. Also, three
different sizes of martinis with glass served in bowl
surrounded by ice. Also,I suggest you take a walk
around the East Village. Your son will love that.
On recent trips to Quebec province, we were somewhat
surprised to find that our teens really appreciated
experiencing excellent food and service in the
pleasantest of surroundings (civilized dining), and we
enjoyed opening their eyes to these pleasures. With
that in mind, you and your daughter might enjoy a
visit together to such places as Patria, Gramercy
Tavern, Union Sq. Cafe (all with excellent service and
food; occasionally media people and models to gawk at
in the neighborhood), JoJos, Mesa Grill or
When I visit New York my daughter and I love lunch at
Payard. It's on the upper east side near Museum Mile.
Plan an early or late lunch because the upper east side
Mommies with strollers and kids by the hand really
descend on the place. The pastries are delicious and
beautiful and we love the sandwiches. We usually dine
in the front part of the restaurant at the little white
tables but there is seating in the back where it's a
little more restaurant-like. Another fun "activity" is
to get a manicure (and/or pedicure) at one of the many
Korean shops on 2nd ave. near 77th. Have a great time.