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Dinner with a 7 year old in Midtown?

ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 04:21 PM

Any ideas for dinner with a 7 year-old boy in midtown for a Friday night in December?

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  1. financialdistrictresident RE: ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 04:39 PM

    What does he like? Is he a sophisticated eater (sushi, etc.) or more of a mac & cheese, PB&J, burger type?

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      ElenaG RE: financialdistrictresident Nov 27, 2007 04:50 PM

      Definitely (unfortunately) a mac-and-cheese kid. Thanks.

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        RGR RE: ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 10:00 PM

        Virgil's BBQ is very kid-friendly. Mac 'n' cheese is on the menu. Reservations are a must!


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          financialdistrictresident RE: RGR Nov 28, 2007 05:33 AM

          Second Virgil's. And much better for the adults than Mars. . .

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      jeanmarieok RE: ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 04:53 PM

      Isn't there a space themed resto near Rockefellar plaza? When my kids were 6 and 8, we had dinner there, and it was a huge hit with them. I can't remember what it's called, though. It's called Mars or something?

      They loved Ellen's Stardust, too - a diner with singing waiters. Pretty fun for the adults, the food is just 'ok', but they serve cocktails.

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        financialdistrictresident RE: jeanmarieok Nov 27, 2007 05:03 PM

        It's Mars (in Times Square?). Touristy. One of our friends took their kids and they loved it. That might be a good fit.

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          kathryn RE: jeanmarieok Nov 27, 2007 05:23 PM


          Ellen's Stardust Diner
          1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

          Mars 2112
          1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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            Shayna Madel RE: jeanmarieok Nov 28, 2007 07:42 AM

            Be warned about Ellen's Stardust. Admittedly, it can be fun and I am sure a child (and some adults) will get a big kick out of the singing waitstaff. The food "preparation" is somewhat inconsistent. Understand that the menu items are pretty much 50's diner food and that a lot of the things are clearly not made from scratch, and are bought in bulk. That happens at a lot of places. But that said, there's no excuse for over-soaking items in oil and not properly draining them or bringing out things that should be hot but are not. And that's what sometimes happens at Ellen's. Maybe the kid won't notice.

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              hungry_fox RE: Shayna Madel Nov 30, 2007 01:11 PM

              Mars2112 is a major gigantic tourist spot, your kid will love it, you will probably want to shoot yourself.. I've noticed that Ellen's often gets mixed reviews on here but I've been there dozens of times and sent plenty of others there and I've always given and heard great reviews. It may not be the fanciest thing or most home made food, but it's cheap, lots of fun, and unlike Mars2112, very very good. The singing waiters/waitresses as jeanmarieok mentioned are actually out of work/currently auditioning broadway actors/actresses and the are lots of fun. Your kid will most certainly enjoy it and trust me, the food is good and the milkshakes are amazing. Otherwise, Virgil's is also really good

          2. LeahBaila RE: ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 05:17 PM

            John's Pizzeria or Brooklyn Diner may work...also like the Mar's reco

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              Daniel76 RE: ElenaG Nov 27, 2007 07:12 PM

              I have a seven year old and she loves yakitori torys and gyu-kaku both places where you get little offerings either grilled presented on plates.. Gyu-kaku you can actually grill your own meat and seafood.. Both these places have websites and are kid friendly..Definitely different and creative for them.

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                paperpest RE: ElenaG Nov 28, 2007 06:09 AM

                A friend of mine took three children under the age of 10 to Bubba Shrimp a few days ago. They loved it. One of the girls is a big mac n cheese fan and thoroughly enjoyed her dinner.

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                  ElenaG RE: ElenaG Nov 29, 2007 02:27 AM

                  Thank you all for your suggestions. Looks like Virgil's the winner . . . mac and cheese for the 7 year-old, ribs for the adults.

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                    Daniel76 RE: ElenaG Nov 29, 2007 06:31 AM

                    Virgil's a true chowhound experience..

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                      RGR RE: Daniel76 Nov 29, 2007 07:52 AM

                      Even though I was the one who suggested Virgil's, to be honest, I'm not all that crazy about the food there. The ribs especially do not hold the proverbial candle to those at Daisy May's, which is located in that vicinity. However, Virgil's, with its boisterous vibe, would be much more fun for a 7-year-old.

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