Lunch with teens in East Village
My 15 year-old sister and four of her friends are coming into NYC tomorrow. I work in the East Village (East 4th and Second) and am relatively new to the area. So, in search of:
Somewhere funky and fun
Italian or American
Between East Houston and East 14th street, from Broadway to 1st Avenue.
Thanks in advance!
how about Lil' Frankies on 1st and 1st? Good pizza, salads and other dishes in a fun atmosphere.
Your lunch has passed, but my vote would've been to extend your margins a few blocks southeast and go to 'inoteca. That the truffled egg toast is fantastic goes without saying, but they have other great things, including a lovely polenta (with escarole and pancetta, if i remember correctly) a great beet salad.
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oh come on now. INOTECA? thats pretty unteen friendly food. i would have turned up my nose at the truffed egg at 15, even tho now i think it's one of the best inventions ever. the pizza idea was the way to go.
i wonder how it went? we had my 15yo niece in town recently and did the trapeeze school with her, she loved it. she loved sushi, dim sum and LOMBARDIS too.
i didn't mean that the teens should have the truffled egg! but i stand by my claim that teenagers would like the place. it's energetic without being too sceney, it's a very open space that would be great for people-watching, and it's got loads of delicious small plates.
as for pizza, funky and fun, pushing the OP's geographical constraints again, gruppo (ave b and 12th st, i think) is a great pizza place, with really chill, friendly staff, and great food. it's super thin, almost cracker-like crust. the truffle oil mushroom pizza is my favorite, but out of deference to mrnyc, i won't suggest that for the teens ;)
'inoteca is probably one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. I try to make it there at least once a month. And I do agree that it's not all that kid friendly.
Just to let you know, we ended up at Lil' Frankies, which was a HUGE hit. I'd actually never been there, and the food was all around excellent. They enjoyed the atmosphere and everything. Thanks for all the suggetions!