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Nov 13, 2008 11:58 AM

NYC Thanksgiving Weekend

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.

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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.

    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.

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

    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.

    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.