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lentnej Feb 17, 2009 11:37 AM

I will have 2 13 year old boys at the New Vic on a Sunday. They are from upstate so I'd like to give them dinner NYC style. They aren't large (yet) so I don't know that a deli would be a hit. I was thinking Virgil's maybe. Any thoughts? We can walk but I don't want to get too far from where we park (long drive home.)
Thank you in advance!

  1. LeahBaila Feb 18, 2009 06:43 AM

    What about that Brazilian steakhouse? I think it's called "Churrascuria Platforma." I think 2 young boys would get a kick out it.


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    1. re: LeahBaila
      Bob Martinez Feb 18, 2009 06:56 AM

      That would be an incredible waste of money for two 13 year olds. The "all you can eat" dinner menu will run $56 per person *before* drinks, tax, and tip. Virgil's would give them far more bang for the buck and would more likely fit into the kid's comfort zone.

      Virgil's Real Barbecue
      152 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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      City Kid Feb 18, 2009 06:13 AM

      You could walk a couple of blocks west to 9th Ave. and choose from a number of really good and reasonable ethnic places (Mexican, Thai, Italian, etc.) that I think would be fun for a couple of 13-year-old boys. Much less expensive than the actual theater district and I doubt you would need a reservation for most. Search this board for "Hell's Kitchen."

      BTW: I ate at Havana Central recently and it was awful -- food, service, and incredibly noisy and crowded. VERY touristy.

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        carfreeinla Feb 17, 2009 01:53 PM

        I send lots of people to 5 napkin burger

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          ConOrama Feb 17, 2009 12:51 PM

          Maybe Carmine's or Tony Di Napoli?

          Those places would probably seem like the 'New York Experience' to two teenage boys.

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          1. re: ConOrama
            Will4Food Feb 17, 2009 12:59 PM

            Try Havana Central in the west 40s. Cool, tropical atmosphere and decent food (with something for everyone)

            1. re: Will4Food
              lentnej Feb 18, 2009 05:03 AM

              Thanks to all. We'll try John's or Havana Central.

          2. NellyNel Feb 17, 2009 12:31 PM

            I think Virgils is a great idea!

            It has really good food, that they aren't likely to get upstate, it's not too formal and it's smack in the middle of all the action!

            But I have to say - we took my sister-in-law and her kids there on a Saturday night and it was a HUGE mistake - we thought they would love it, but we ended up waiting WAY too long for our table and the kids were falling asleep ....so my advice is to get a table early!

            another idea is Ruby Foos - my 15 year old step son LOVES it there and he feels very grown up and posh when we take him there! (Thier food is decent too!)

            Good luck!

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              harrison Feb 17, 2009 12:23 PM

              I'm sure they'll like Virgils...how about Johns for serious NYC pizza?

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