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Visiting NYC with 2 teens

Any suggestions on where to take them? We're already planning on taking in the sights, I'm still waiting to here about tickets for the Letterman show. We'll be there 4/4-4/7. Does anyone know anything about either one of these plays, Curtains, or Talk Radio. I was thinking about taking them to one of them. They are 15, and 19. Any other suggestions or ideas? Thanks in advance

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  1. With literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from, a few specific will help narrow things down and allow us to make appropriate suggestions. Is this a first-time visit? Are the teens boys or girls? Do they -- and you -- have any food preferences? Do you want totally casual or some fancier places? Any budgetary constraints?

    P.S. I've not seen either play, but I've seen Liev Schreiber, the star of "Talk Radio," in two other plays, and he is a superb actor.

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    1. re: RGR

      The teens are boys. No food preference more casual I think. Also any suggestions on things to see or to do?

      1. re: Skateboardmom

        Since most teenage boys have big appetites, they and you might be interested in taking my Lower East Side eating "tour." It will give you an opportunity to walk around a very interesting neighborhood while sampling (and stuffing yourself with) foods that are emblematic of New York City. As you will see, the tour also includes a stop at a museum. I'm appending the tour here:

        LES Food Excursion

        For the quintessential NYC deli experiences, no place beats Katz's, on the corner of Houston (pronounced "how-stun") & Ludlow Sts. You're there specifically for the pastrami sandwich. When you enter, you will be given a ticket. Instead of opting for table service, do what the "natives" do and get on line for counter service. When you reach the counter, put a $1 for each sandwich in the counterman's tip cup and order pastrami on rye. He'll give you a piece to taste. If you like it (the best pastrami is juicy and has some fat on it), tell him o.k., and he'll make your sandwich, give you some sour pickles, and punch your ticket. Then, continue along the counter for sides – the cole slaw is good -- and drinks. Find seats at a table in the center of the room. (Tables along the wall have menus on them and are reserved for waiter service.) When you’re done, take your ticket to the cashier in front. It's cash only. Note: For the purposes of this tour, unless you have a gargantuan appetite, it would be best to share one sandwich in order to leave room for more tastings along the way.

        When you exit Katz’s, turn left and continue along the same side of Houston St. You will come to Russ & Daughters, famous for all sorts of smoked fish and many other goodies. It's not a restaurant, but they make sandwiches to go.

        After leaving the Russes, continue west a couple of blocks until you reach Yonah Schimmel's. Get a tasty potato knish, and make sure to ask them to heat it up.

        Now it’s time for the quintessential NY drink – the egg cream. So, reverse yourself and head east on Houston until you come to Avenue A. (Note: Avenue A becomes Essex St. on the south side of Houston.) Turn left on A and head north until you get to the block between 7th St. and St. Mark’s Place. Look for a hole-in-the-wall candy shop, closer to 7th, with an overhead sign jutting into the street that says, “Belgian Fries.” (The place’s official name is Ray’s, but there is no signage to that effect.) One of the women behind the counter will make you a delicious chocolate egg cream.

        When you’re finished licking your lips, go back to Houston St. and make a left (east) one block to Norfolk St. Turn right and walk down Norfolk until it ends at Grand St. Two places to look for at the corner of Grand and Norfolk: Kossar's, for freshly baked bialys (another very NY food) and the Donut Plant (self-explanatory).

        Next, walking west along Grand St., you will come to Orchard St. Turn right. At 87 Orchard, snack on a pickle from Gus's World Famous Pickles.

        Then, continue to 97 Orchard, b/t Broome & Delancey, where you will find the Tenement Museum. The tour will show you what life was like for immigrants to NYC at the beginning of the 20th century. http://www.tenement.org

        Once you have finished the tour, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, right next door at 95 Orchard, is a must for some of the best gelato anywhere.

        If your sweet tooth is still not completely satisfied, the final stop on this tour should do it. Continue ahead (north) on Orchard, crossing Delancey, then one more block to Rivington St. Make a right and you will find Economy Candy at 145 Rivington.

        Note: It’s best not to take this tour on a Saturday since some of the spots are closed because of religious observance. Also, Donut Plant is closed on Mondays.
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        Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

        1. re: RGR

          Excellent report, RGR... one minor detail, at Katz Deli, the counterman doesn't punch your ticket, he writes on it with pencil. Also, if you lose the ticket, they charge you $50 (which is evidently what the management believes to be the most food you can eat).

          1. re: georgeb

            You're right about that little detail, georgeb. But "he will write on your ticket" sounds awkward to me; therefore, in this case, I'm using "punch" in the metaphorical sense of the word.

            As far as the $50 lost ticket charge goes, I wonder how many people have ever lost their ticket, and if so, did the management actually charged them $50? As the expression goes, inquiring minds want to know. lol

            1. re: RGR

              Actually, a group of us went to Katz's and one of my friends did lose their ticket AND they were charged $50!

              1. re: LFeinberg

                Well, that answers my questions! Thanks.

    2. Lombardi Pizzeria (http://www.lombardispizza.com/) is the first pizzeria in the U.S. and they still use the same oven. Pizza is delicious, try the roasted peppers and sausage. Somewhere on this site someone gave a tour of spots on Houston, great tour with excellent spots (Katz's on Houston and Ludlow for best pastrami anywhere). Search Katz, Lower Eastside.

      1. My 16 year old cousin just came up from Hawaii and her tour group took her to Top of The Rock, the restaurant at Rockefeller Center. It isn't expensive, something like $18 per person to get up there. Really, what you're going for is the views of NYC and Central Park. Check out the website here

        http://www.topoftherocknyc.com/

        Places that teens would also find interesting are South Street Seaport, obviously Times Square, and Check out the NYU area of The Village- around West 4th Street. Some fun shops and restaurants there.

        Remember, NYC is an island. It might be a little chilly but check out some of the boat tours- I've been on them, even though I'm from the area, and found them fun and informative:

        http://www.circleline42.com/index.iht...

        If its running, try "The Beast." There's nothing like it anywhere; I know it runs in the summer months, but it should be running soon...

        If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to help.

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            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              You might want to try a couple of theme restaurants

              http://www.mars2112.com/

              http://www.jekyllandhydeclub.com/

              Food is just okay, but the entertainment value is high. The teens would love it! You can get other non-food ideas at:

              http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/