Moderately priced, Must Eats in NY?
Will be in Manhattan Labor Day weekend with my two nieces (ages 17 & 13). They both are new to NY and I've only been 2 times. I've never had truly good food in NY worth remembering. Any suggestions? They are American girls through and through, so good burgers, pizza, etc.
Burgers are an incredibly controversial topic on this board. My favorite, particularly with teens, is the burger joint at the Parker Meridien.
Another controversial subject is Norma's, a breakfast-only place, also in the Parker Meridien Hotel. That said, for all its controversy, I have not seen any report that would contradict that teens think it's the greatest breakfast on the planet! As for adults, some love it, some don't.
It's hard to suggest reasonably priced nyc food without mentioning the St Marks Pl area of the east village. If you really want burgers, just around the corner on 2nd ave near pomme frite is a good burger joint, but I would look to Chickpea or Mahmouns for falafel or shawarma first.
For slightly higher end food take a stroll to 1st ave near the corner of 10th for Momofuku noodle bar for great, fresh veggies and a big bowl of ramen with their excellent pork.
Either way, afterwards on 2nd ave you have your choice of chocolate/pastries at Black Hound or really fun, but not as deeply good chocolate creations at Max Brenner. My kids love the fondue and some of their other messy things there.
Or you could go ten blocks south and start at Katz's for a pastrami or hot dog and then afterwards make a left down Orchard st. Just after you cross Delancy on the right side is Il Laboratorio Del Gelato.
Or you could start west of there and go to Balthazar for steak frites or seafood and then grab one of the best tarts in the city at their bakery next door, or walk over to Kee's chocolates for excellent truffles, or walk a bit further west to Jacque Torres' place for an ice cream sandwich they will never forget.
Or just go to Resto and get one of the best burgers in the city. If you do, you must get the waffle dessert afterwards also - it's fun with the dip and also delish.
JMTC: search the Manhattan board for posts with the word TEENS, KIDS, etc. and you wlll come up with plenty of threads about where to go. You might get better feedback from the board if you come up with a list of possibilities and then ask CHers to compare/ offer pros cons.
That said, my favorite places for pizza with teens in NYC is John's on Bleecker St. (NO SLICES). Pizza is OK, prices are ok, Greenwhich Village is historic.