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Nov 19, 2007 07:54 PM

I'm taking my nephew to see the inflation of the Macy's balloons on the UWS on Wednesday evening and

was thinking that I guess I have to feed the kid. He's 15 and not overly adventurous food-wise and I don't want to spend a fortune. Any suggestions as to where to go in the area (between 77th and 81st, between Columbus and CPW) for a casual inexpensive meal/snack? Good pizza or sandwiches would be fine. We're not fancy. And/or perhaps a little later for a cup of hot cocoa and dessert?

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  1. I'm not sure, but I can tell you it's gotten to be a mob scene, so you may want to plan further west---what about Kefi?

    1. Just to clarify--the location I specified is where the balloons are--we could walk a few blocks, so long as it does not take us unmercifully far from a subway station...Not sure if nephew would go for Greek, but sounds like a place to keep in mind.

      And I figure it could be awful and crowded, but I'm tough and curious and Kermit is in the parade this year, so I have to go.

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      1. re: Shayna Madel

        It is pretty awful, and crowded, and the police barricade everything off so you have to go in a big loop to get anywhere. I used to live up there and got hassled for trying to walk my usual route home every year -- they wanted me to go 4-5 blocks out of my way, etc. The earlier you go, the better.

        Whatever you choose to do, make reservations! The nearby restaurants will be swamped, with 2 hr waits.

        1. re: kathryn

          This is not sounding promising--maybe we will grab a bite here in Queens before getting on the subway and again when we get back here. But I really do have to see Kermit.

          1. re: Shayna Madel

            I'd eat before. And go early. It's a total crapstorm of people -- unless it rains, then it's great!. If you need to eat in the nabe try staying away from Columbus and Amsterdam and walk one more over to Bdwy and catch the 1/9 out of there. Maybe try Artie's? Or even Fairway cafe. Both safe for the kid. If my memory is correct you should get off the train at 86th and walk south to the entrance...and the entrance is on the northeastern most edge of the museum. The exit is on the southeastern most edge.

      2. patsys is a safe bet, especially with a kid. they have thin crust pizza and some pastas. casual but good food.

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        1. re: fein

          Patsy's sounds like the ideal choice. Also think about Big Nick's for terrific burgers on 76th and Vynl for modern diner food on 84th.

          You can get hot cocoa at the new Jacques Torres on 73rd and Amsterdam or at Arte Around the Corner on 73rd and Columbus. I was under the impression Magnolia's was supposed to be open by now, but I haven't heard any breathless news from my neighbors.

          1. re: JungMann

            La Fortuna at 71st off Columbus should be perfect. It's where Yoko Ono and John Lennon used to dine regularly.

            1. re: JungMann

              JungMann, you took the words right out of my, er ... mouth/computer. I second Patsy's, Big Nick's, and YES YES Jacques Torres. :)