Need Some Fun Meals with 10 yo
Next week my 10 year old son and I, along with my parents, are going to NYC as their birthday present to him. We are seeing two Broadway shows, going to a Mets game, and doing all the other touristy things -- they really want to show him the town. We've got a few meals planned but need a few other recommendations. He's not a particularly adventurous eater -- he almost always orders steaks or burgers -- but can easily handle "grown-up" restaurants. I think we'd all love a great atmosphere that would be really fun for him, but the rest of us care about the food just as much.
So far he and I are going to Prime Burger or Burger Joint (but which?) for a quick lunch the day we arrive. Dinner that night is at Pastis. We also have reservations at Pietro's the next night.
I am mostly looking for a fun night out on Saturday, as we will have seen a B'way matinee that day and will be all rested up with no other evening plans. Also looking for a more relaxing dinner on Sunday night, probably closer the hotel (Rhiga Royal), since we will have been to the Mets game that day. We can also use a lunch suggestion for Monday before leaving for our flights. Thinking about going to Norma's then, or maybe before the game.
I definitely would hit the burger joint (at Le Parker Meridien hotel). Note, however, that burgers are the only option there. But they're great.
I also would go to Norma's, but would do breakfast, not lunch (unless you're going to order breakfast at lunch time); I would not, however, eat at Norma's before the ball game, because you won't have room for hot dogs and cotton candy after eating there!
Carnegie Deli might be a good choice for lunch or dinner, if your son will eat a deli sandwich. It's not NYC's best deli, but it's good nonetheless, close to your hotel, and a NYC institution.
How about Serendipity 3? It's also close to Dylan's Candy in case you still need a sugar rush after having Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate.
I think great suggestions so far, especially Serendipity 3, a place that any 10 year old will love. Get the forbidden broadway sundae and split it with as many people as plossible because it's huge. Chi-town is also a good suggestion, check out 69 Bayard for a good solid indicative meal or Big Wong close by. Katz's is still amazing (tip the waiter) and I would put in for a kid either the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in the west vil. for a good kid-friendly atmosphere or for your sunday retreat a satisfying expedition down to Righteous Urban Barbeque (RUB) for really good BBQ in NYC (finally not a contradiction!). N.B., it's a little pricey, but they have good portions and it's delicious and completely unpretentious.
Also, have to disagree on Corner Bistro. It's a gritty bar. Burgers are good, but still. It's a gritty bar.