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jaykat Feb 14, 2007 06:05 PM

We will be staying for 6 nights at Doubletree Guest Suites, Times Square. From what I have read/heard, Times Square is not the place to go for great food. So what is nearby where we can eat with 2 kids (age 5 and 7) ? Would love some breakfast and dinner suggestions as during the day we will probably be in various places.

  1. virago7 Feb 16, 2007 01:43 PM

    For dinner you might want to try John's Pizzeria on 44th St and Firebird Restaurant (Russian cuisine) on 46th.

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      RGR Feb 16, 2007 01:49 PM

      I've never been to Firebird, but from what I've read about it, I wouldn't have thought it's the kind of place where one would take 5- and 7-year-old kids.

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      GurglingStomach Feb 15, 2007 08:51 PM

      For fun, the Parker Meridien also has this little hidden away burger joint, called the Burger Joint, that's really great.

      http://damnedgoodfood.blogspot.com

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        Blumie Feb 16, 2007 12:59 PM

        Thanks. I meant to add that at the end of my post about Norma's, but forgot to. And it's more than just fun, it's one of NY's best bugers.

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        Blumie Feb 15, 2007 10:46 AM

        You should go to Norma's -- in Le Parker Meridien Hotel on 56th between 6th and 7th -- for breakfast at least once. The food is big, sweet and over-the-top, and it gets a fair bit of criticism from jaded NYers for being, well, big, sweet and over-the-top, but your kids will love it, and most adults do too.

        Reservations are important, and are available on www.opentable.com .

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          Steve Feb 14, 2007 07:40 PM

          Juniors is a mighty fine choice off of Shubert Alley at Times Square. First rate latkes, matzoh ball soup (excellent matzoh balls, redundant egg noodles), in fact, they do many things well here for cheap. Heartily recommended.

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            RGR Feb 14, 2007 07:35 PM

            I've said often on this board that, in my view, the Times Square/Theater District area gets an undeserved bad rap when it comes to restaurants. There are many with very good to excellent food. You just have to know which they are.

            When it comes to dinner, you don't have to resort to mediocre chains. Here are some good options where your kids will be welcome, places that you and your husband will also enjoy:

            Virgil's BBQ - http://www.virgilsbbq.com

            La Bonne Soupe - a sweet French bistro with lots more on the menu than just good soups -
            http://www.labonnesoupe.com

            Cascina - casual Italian - http://www.cascina.com

            Ruby Foo's - Pan-Asian - http://www.brguestrestaurants.com/res...

            Hope you and your family have a great visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

            1. Nosher Feb 14, 2007 06:40 PM

              Interesting you should ask this questoin--we're writing up something right now about weekday breakfast in the area and have--much to our shock-- found a pretty great breakfast at Pigalle on 8th Avenue and 48th Street. It's otherwise a completely lackluster spot, but for breakfast, it's really solid.

              Nosher

              NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

              1. 280 Ninth Feb 14, 2007 06:22 PM

                How adventuresome are your children w/food? Plenty of restaurants in the city, and plenty that cater to families. For those that lust for the suburbs while in the city, there's Applebee's on 42nd, and somewhere on Bway there's an Olive Garden to remind suburbanites of home, though it's not muy authentico. Many out-of-towners enjoy Carmine's,a boisterous and large Italian nearby that may be entertaining to your children. For Asian, there's Ruby Foo's on Bway and 49th.

                For more serious dining, you'll need to travel afield of the confines of Times Square...plenty of restaurants on Ninth Avenue, west of Times Square, catering to many palates, and there's a number of Italian restaurants there, often a safe bet w/young children. If you listen to my ten-year-old, you'd head directly to the 99-cent pizza place south of 42nd on Ninth, across the St. from the Port Authority, but I wouldn't exactly call the area family-friendly for out-of-towners.

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