New York for a family at Thanksgiving
- Greg Spence
Any suggestions for an out of town family (boys age 6&
8) in NYC over thanksgiving?
re: Josh Mittleman
Definitely bag the turkey. Not a one of the many
traditional Thanksgiving dinners I've eaten at
Manhattan restaurants rose above slightly below
average. And one or two were downright nasty. The
volume of meals restuarants have to crank out is just
too high. Once I had Christmas dinner at the Thailand
Restaurant in Chinatown; now THAT was good. It was the
place's usual, tasty Thai fare. Last year I had
awesome Indian food for T'giving, but that was in
London, at a spot called Tamarind.
Josh offers some sound advice. I just may do that
myself this year!
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
re: Greg Spence
Greg, a few ideas for you and the kiddoes: Walk across
the Brooklyn Bridge (if it's not too cold). Take the
Staten Island Ferry. Ride the merry-go-round in
Central Park. Check out the armor and the Egyptian
wing at the Metropolitan Museum. Pick one or two
things you'd like to see at the American Museum of
Natural History, and get there the very first thing in
the morning to avoid the crowds. (The very first
thing!) Remember, Times Square will be very, very
crowded if you do decide to see a show--better yet,
pick a kids' movie in another more neighborhoody
neighborhood and be one of the locals for the day.
(For instance, Loews 19th Street will put you in
striking distance of the Union Square Greenmarket and
lots of fine restaurants, including Molly's & its
Jim's book, referenced around this site somewhere,
will give you lots of good restaurant ideas, and you
should do a search for "kids," too, and I'm sure all
kinds of great information will turn up.
re: Greg Spence
the lunch buffet at Jackson Diner (quick to get to
from Midtown on the train - and the Flushing Line ride
has great city views) is excellent for kids - even if
they don't want curried goat or cauliflower, my kids
have always enjoyed the roti, the rice and the dal -
and both of my girls love the regular menu masala
dosai (so do I) If they are used to spicy foods, all
the better. For dessert, they might like the jalebis
at one of the indian sweet shops nearby - the orange
translucent "pretzels" filled with syrup - or they
might not. The commercial district of Jackson Heights
is hardly beautiful or full of parks or playgrounds
but for interesting ethnic and food sights it can
hardly be beat. Maybe others have other suggestions
for this area - if you are travelling through La
guardia, it is a short bus ride away.
One of the major NY Pizzerias would also be a fun
visit -if the weather is mild (not usual for
Thanksgiving - it usually gets freezing cold then, in
my experience) you could try the Aquarium in Coney
Island and perhaps Totonnos, tho I don't know how long
a walk that is from the Aquarium. Patsy Grimaldi's
under the Brooklyn Bridge is a good combo with a hike
across the bridge (call ahead re opening hours, though.
If you go for dim sum, which my kids love (but they
were exposed to it from the womb) go early, by 10, or
on a weekday. Lots of good recommendations have been
posted already in this category.
Some kids are suspicious of dim sum or chinese dishes
generally; we have had some failures with picky-eating
kid guests in chinatown. If they are unwilling you
can always order noodles, broccoli (surprisingly) or
plain rice. Beef with broccoli or beef chow fun have
usually been good choices with the more conservative