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Tracey123 Mar 5, 2008 06:13 AM

I'm looking for a fun restaurant for a 14 year old girl who doesn't get into the city that often. Do you just go to the regular...Hard Rock, Planet Hollywood....or are there some fun restaurants that aren't so popular.

Thanks!

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    pacz Mar 5, 2008 06:46 AM

    You might want to check out

    Mars 2112

    http://www.mars2112.com/

    Jekyll and Hyde

    http://www.eerie.com/

    Neither has great food, but both are very entertaining!

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      madisoneats Mar 6, 2008 05:17 AM

      My 9 year old daughter-- from CT-- thinks these places wre awful. I am so proud.

      She does love: EMP for dressy, Artisnal for fondue, Otto for pizza. Also loves any "do it yourself" Korean BBQ.

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        NYCkaren Mar 6, 2008 07:25 AM

        Jekyll and Hyde has the worst food I've had in New York,and they charge extra for the "entertainment," which is idiotic. I doubt most 14-year-olds would like it.

      2. doctorj Mar 5, 2008 08:25 AM

        I would grab a burger at Shake Shack, which is always fun, then head off to Dylan's Candy Bar for ice cream and other sweet treats. Or course, there's also Serendipity3 -- not the best in the food department, but they have their famous ice cream concoctions.

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          David W Mar 5, 2008 09:00 AM

          I'm no expert on 14 year old girls, but wouldn't it be nicer to treat her like a real person and take her to a nice restaurant instead of some crappy theme park place?
          Somewhere with a NY, grownup feel to it, like Eleven Madison, or Wallse?

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            bronwen Mar 5, 2008 09:04 AM

            I absolutely agree. I'd do tea at the Plaza Hotel.

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            RGR Mar 5, 2008 09:09 AM

            First off, will it be just you and the birthday girl, or will she be taking some friends along. And if so, how many?

            Seems to me where you take her depends on what she likes and how sophisticated her taste buds are. If you're considering Hard Rock or Planet Hollywood, sounds as though she's more into fun than first-rate cuisine, so maybe a place like Ellen's Stardust Diner, the retro-50's spot with the singing wait staff? Kind of kitchy and fun.

            http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com

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              kobetobiko Mar 5, 2008 09:11 AM

              Why not go to Otto for some Italian fares that are bettter than average and not too intimidating. It's fun and lively and great for all ages. Most importantly, I don't think any 14 year old (or anyone for that matter) can resist the amazing gelato as dessert!

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                RussianGirl Mar 6, 2008 05:58 AM

                Max Brenner's (there are a few in the city) - fun, decent food, and lots of chocolate!

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                  Stuffed Monkey Mar 6, 2008 06:19 AM

                  How about Alice's Tea Cup (any of 3 locations)? f the Plaza's more than you'd like to spend.

                2. kcijones001 Mar 6, 2008 07:22 AM

                  Ruby Foo's, for sure! Hard Rock, PH DEFINITELY NOT!

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                    laurennycfoodie Apr 8, 2008 05:23 AM

                    Do you like Japanese tea? If so, Tafu is the best one! Nobody on the previous thread mentioned the shop b/c it just premiered in US from Japan w/in the last 8/10 months. It's located inside the Doubletree Hotel on 51st & Lex, but has its own side entrance on 51st St. Closed on Suns. but open everyday 'till 8:00 pm. You have to try their Daifuku rice cakes imported from Japan! Of course, Lady Mendl's is superb. I also fancy Green Tea Cafe; Podunk; Sanctuary T; Subletea; Teany; Amai Tea & Bake House; Tea & Sympathy & T Salon. Tea Box Cafe at Takashimaya; The Adore & Sympathy for the Kettle all have great teas, but the people (including owners!) are rude and to me drinking tea is supposed to be a relaxing experience! Hope this helps!

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                      Raisel Apr 8, 2008 12:02 PM

                      My Granddaughter ages 8, 11 and 14 love Osteria Del Circo. The decorations are whimsical and the menu can please both the children and the adults. the children can have anything from individual pizzas, pasta and anything in between.
                      In addition, the restaurant is child friendly.

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