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Aug 29, 2007 04:25 AM

Food Adventures with Parents

My parents are coming to NYC for a week and I want to plan some fun adventures that include both New York style adventure and good eats. My parents are very good sports, and have sat through long crowded subway rides to go with me to Arthur Ave, Spanish Harlem, and Brighton Beach and they've enjoyed themselves every time. So, chowhounders, any new ideas for food related sightseeing in the five boroughs? We'd even take a day trip on the LIRR or NJT if I could justify the destination with something fun and unique.

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  1. Folks - sweetpickles has also posted this request on the Manhattan board, so if you have suggestions for Manhattan, please post them on that thread:

    1. You just named many of my faves. My next "mini-trip" I realy want to take is to F
      Flushing Queens to check out the markets and restaurants there. Since we seem to be on the same page this may interest you too!

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      1. re: SweetPea914

        yeaps, i def recommend a trip on the 7 train to flushing/bayside. stay in the main street area for chinese. if you have the patience to hop onto a bus, if you stray down northern blvd, you will hit some nice korean cuisines.

        1. re: SweetPea914

          The is no better "good sport" place for NYC food than DiFara's. If your parents can handle that well, they are truly good sports. We took my Iowa half-brother and his wife there about a year ago and they loved it.

          1. re: bobjbkln

            DiFara's might be a bit much for the parents. I'd suggest Lucali's. 95% of the quality, 300% of the charm, 70% of the Brooklyn authenticity, for 0% of the hassle.

            Bring a bottle of red, enjoy your food, and then have an ice cream cone from Uncle Louie G's up the street.

            1. re: Peter

              It's just a way of looking at the world. Here's my take on your numbers. I'd say 50% (not 95%) of the quality, if quality includes a product that is so special, you will find it nowhere else -- 80% if rated only on ingredients and cooking skill. 40% of the charm (certainly not 300%), if charm includes a unique quirkiness combined with an incredible smile. 70% for Brooklyn authenticity, I almost OK with that. 0% of the hassle; yes, you are correct, but I was suggesting that the super hassle of DiFara's was part of what was being looked for with the "good sport" criteria. In any case, we are probably older than sweetpickle's parents, but we think of ourselves as "good sports". Many times we would opt for Lucali's due to the hassle factor, but if we were rarely in NYC and would be going to one pizza place here in our lifetime, we'd take DiFara's a thousand times over Lucali's.

              1. re: bobjbkln


                Fair enough. I guess I skimmed the original post and didn't give enough credit to the "good sport" part.

                That said, a trip to Lucali's is a guaranteed b+ experience, with a good shot at an A- or even A.

                DiFara's can be an A++ (if all goes relatively well)... or a C (if the food is divine but it's marred by a longish wait with maybe a jerk in line or sweltering heat), or an F (if it takes 90+ minutes to get your pizza, it's a bit burnt, you witness a yelling match, you can't get a table, it's extra-filthy and it's 100 degrees in there).

                I guess with a short parental visit, I offered up the safe route. The original poster can now make an informed decision. ;)


        2. My folks love Greenpoint for Polish food. And we've had great success taking trips for Korean BBQ in Flushing and Argentinean steak in Elmhurst. Also, if you're willing to venture to NJ, try Mitsuwa in Edgewater (not sure how you get there on public transport, but it is something to behold!).

          1. DiFara's has delicious pizza, but there is nothing 'fun and unique' about obtaining it.

            1. By all means hit the Red Hook ballfields on Saturday or Sunday for some otherworldly central-south American flavors. Note that if your parents are from California or parts of the Southwest, the food may not come as such an alarming surprise, but the adventure is always worth it.

              You could also use the opportunity to poke around the waterfront for some unorthodox views of Southern Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, and then hit up The Good Fork for dinner (or Baked for dessert) afterwards if your bellies have yet to reach maximum capacity.