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We are coming to NYC for Thanksgiving and wanted to get some good local recs of where to eat. We will have our 8-year old daughter with us - she is well-traveled and well-behaved. Want to eat somewhere on the upper West Side on Wednesday night for an early dinner - to watch the floats being inflated and pre-theater. Would also love to find somewhere fun in Brooklyn to eat on Friday night. Have never been and would love to try some great pizza and wouldn't mind a view either. Would also love some recs for fun lunch places - can be anywhere in town. Don't want to break the bank with this trip, would rather find some hole-in-the-wall local joints as opposed to big-name restaurants.
Thanks!

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  1. These are not holes-in-the-wall, but still good family-friendly lunch options:

    La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is a sweet French bistro with much more on the menu than just good soup. They offer fondues, which might be fun for your daughter.

    http://www.labonnesoupe.com

    If you don't hail from a barbecue-centric area of the US, Virgil's, on 44th St., b/t B'way & 6th, and Blue Smoke, on 27th St., b/t Park Av. S. & Lex, offer good bbq. Blue smoke also happens to have a first-rate burger.

    http://www.virgilsbbq.com
    http://www.bluesmoke.com

    Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th St., has an eclectic menu served in a space with charmingly kitchy decor.

    http://www.penelopenyc.com

    Via Emlia, on 21st St., b/t B'way & Park Av. S., serves very good Italian food, especially the homemade pastas. They don't accept reservations, and it's cash only.

    http://www.viaemilia.net

    For Brooklyn recs, you should post on the Outer Boroughs board.

    1. UWS - if your daughter would go for Indian, Earthen Oven is good. I can't think of any restaurant where you can watch the floats being inflated. Landmarc, in the Time Warner Center, seems to get a lot of recommendations as a good place to go with children, but I've not been. And, as RGR says, for Brooklyn recs, do post on the Outer Boroughs board, but, if you are up for a trip, I highly recommend Di Fara. Have a great visit and let us konw if you need other suggestions.