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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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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. 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.

          1. 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 .

            1. 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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              1. re: GurglingStomach

                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.

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

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                1. re: virago7

                  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.