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Family of five (three teens) will be in NYC. Want food that is budget and fun

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Next week we have three days in Manhattan. I would like to have a list of various good spots that are not too mundane yet not too expensive as we are five people. We all love to sit down and eat together so a little comfort at the end of the day would be great. We eat all kinds of foods and will be all over Manhattan. Ethnic is a plus.

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  1. Before we can help you, I think you may need to define a few more parameters. Manhattan has literally thousands of restaurants.

    Define "too expensive," please. Some out of visitors think $25pp including tax and tip is too expensive... :)

    Being that you are five people, you will fine that some spots will be a bit cramped, or, have a long wait since they don't have that many large tables. Would you prefer making reservations instead?

    Is your party adventurous? Such as, would they eat things like sushi and other raw fish? Would they be into things like sweetbreads, foie gras, brains, pig's head, fatback, etc?

    Since you will be all over Manhattan, could you give us a look at your itinerary so we don't recommend spots that are too out of the way?

    1. I think any/all of these could work for you all (check menus, addresses, info @ www.menupages.com):

      Chinatown Brasserie
      Bridge Cafe
      The Smith
      E.U.
      Bowery Bar & Grill
      Morandi
      Blue Ribbon Bakery
      Otto
      Crispo
      Agave
      Los Dados
      Bar Stuzzichini
      Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
      Markt
      Periyali
      Pop Burger
      Cookshop
      Chelsea Brewing Co.
      Blue Smoke
      Artisanal
      Ethos
      Le Pain Quotidien
      Via Emilia
      Bar Americain
      BLT Market
      John's Pizzeria
      Uncle Nick's
      Sarabeth's Central Park South
      Serafina (entire chain
      )Kellari Taverna
      Cascina Ristorante
      Luna Piena
      Mama Mexico
      Patsy's Pizzeria
      David Burke @ Bloomingdale's (only if you can snag a booth)
      Landmarc (Time Warner)
      Bouchon Bakery
      Beyoglu
      Taco Taco
      Candle 79
      Central Park Boathouse
      Toloache

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. Kathryn has provided an excellent list of specifics that will help us make appropriate suggestions. I will add a few more more:

        1. Is this your first visit to NYC? If you've been here before, where have you eaten?

        2. Where are you coming from? I ask this because, for example, if you are coming from an area of the US that is known for stellar bbq, I don't think it makes much sense for us to recommend bbq spots here.

        3. Are you looking only for dinner spots?

        1. Hi, if you and your family will be in midtown/Times Square area, I highly recommend the following places (especially for lunch, but their dinner prices are economical too). I found out about them thanks to this website. You should have no problems, everyone that posts here is very helpful and very knowledgeable.
          Bali Nusa Indah: Indonesian (between 45th and 46th Streets on 9th Avenue). Lunch specials start at 7 dollars.

          Saigon 48: Vietnamese (W.48th Street and 8th Avenue). Lunch specials are about 7.95.

          Chili Thai (this restaurant is very tiny but if you go early for lunch, 5 people may be OK).

          Enjoy NY.

          1. One other place you and your family may enjoy would be Havana (I think the full name is Havana Central) on W. 46th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Charming place, big menu selection.