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Four days in the city...help feed us

I'm taking a few teens to NY for some shows, shopping and otherwordly experiences. Will be there for 4 days. We are staying in midtown and would love to eat Italian before theater, but we also want to venture further afoot for fun eating in cool places. I'm talking about the Village, Soho or whatever would wow these 17 year olds. (Be kind to mom, please!)

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  1. Out-of-town relatives of mine enjoyed for their vibe and food the hipster French bistro Florent in the Meatpacking District, Japanese noodle bar Rai Rai Ken in the East Village and Korean BBQ in the 30s (search Chowhound for recs)

    1. A couple things to keep in mind about eating out in Manhattan. Good restaurants in the higher price range often book way in advance so don't delay on making reservations. Good restaurants that are affordable (and there are tons) most often don't take reservations. But if you want to get a lot of bang for your buck, the lower end places in NYC can be the way to go. Just warn the kids in advance that there might be some waiting. That said, here are a few of the more affordable Italian places that i like - in no particlular order:

      Lupa (Thompson St. in the West Village - reserve far in advance or walk in and wait)
      Cacio e Pepe (2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th St. in the E. Village - they take reservations)
      Perbacco (234 E. 4th Street)
      Inotecca (98 Rivington Street)
      Otto (1 5th Avenue)

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      1. re: psawce

        Otto is a fun place, but I'm not sure how much teens would like it as it IS a pizzeria, and pretty eclectic. For Pizza in that neighborhood, I'd be inclined to recommend the Original John's on Bleecker Street.

        El Charro Espagnol is a delicious Spanish restaurant on Charles Street @ Greenwich AVE with a varied menu and reasonable prices. You could also get a great fish meal there....;>) Kids of all ages like the place, and are welcomed by the staff.

      2. Hi, I would help if you tell us where you are from, and what cuisine / price range you prefer. Then we can recommend some restaurants that are less common in your home town and also fit your price range. =D

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          We hail from New England, price is not an issue, except that the high end places, might be too stuffy for teens. I am embarrased to say that they asked about the Hard Rock Cafe. That being said, we'll go there if they really want to, but I will not be feeding them hamburgers and pizza for every meal. the only thing they truly won't eat is fish. (my favorite) Good food in fun areas will be the key to a successful trip.

        2. Why not try some interesting ethnic eats that they can't get just anywhere? There's a decent Greek place on 9th Ave (Nick's, I think) that has lots of traditional Greek specialties and great grilled fish. Or try some of the Turkish places that have been recommended here -- that would be memorable. Or how about Thai or Indian? Although I think it's pretty Disney-fied, Ruby Foo's serves Pan-Asian food in a very interesting atmosphere that might interest your teens.

          1. I really doubt that Lupa is for teens from New England. A northern Italian restaurant with offal dishes and expensive prices? I suggest you look at menupages.com. By Italian I assume you mean southern Italian type cooking, pasta with red sauce, etc.Try homemade pasta at Il corallo on Prince Street in the heart of Soho and inexpensive. Puglias in Little Italy, great communal tables people singing. Ruby Foos is expensive, touristy and mediocre, try any chinatown restaurant on Mott or Mulberry, cheap and wonderful.

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            1. re: dawnfawn

              Why give them what they can already get at home? This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to something new.

              I wouldn't assume teens won't enjoy a place like Lupa.

              Otto is another good bet. Yes, it's pizza but they may enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere.