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Feb 25, 2009 04:22 PM

Ideas please for places to eat in these locations

We will be visiting NY for second time in April, with kids age 7 and 9, staying at Doubletree in Times Square. I researched our last trip (April 07) from this board and the suggestions were great - so I'd love some more ideas. Inexpensive preferred, as the Australian dollar is shocking right now.

Sat 4th April: arrive late, need some takeaway near hotel. Perhaps Empanada Mama?
Sun 5th: cant wait do RGR's Food Tour around LES!! But what about afterwards? We will stay on downtown and look around Greenwich Village and surrounding areas. Dinner at Mamoun's or Taim then Dessert Truck if its around. Other options?
Mon 6th: Need dinner ideas near our hotel. We loved walking to 9th Ave and the variety of restaurants there.
Tues 7th: will have lunch in UES, probably Ess-A-Bagel or H&H Bagels. Loved both on last visit. Need dinner idea between Guggenheim museum and our hotel.
Weds 8th: need lunch near Intrepid museum. Very quick dinner needed after Wicked (finishes 5.30) and before baksetball at MSG (starts 7.30).
Thur 8th: lunch near MoMA


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    1. How about Island Burgers and Shakes for a reasonably cheap dinner near the hotel? It's near the Gershwin Theater, so it might work for a bite between Wicked and MSG, instead. The Landmark Tavern is close to the Intrepid and might be OK for lunch; it was for me but my last visit was a long time ago. For dinner between the Guggenheim and your hotel, would Andre's Cafe qualify? Gotta say MoMA is a tough one, since the only place right around there that I've had a lunch at is the Carnegie Deli, where I had a pretty decent (and bizarrely large) pastrami sandwich, once, but gets plenty of complaints over on menupages, so I don't know what to tell you.

      Carnegie Deli
      854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Andre's Cafe
      1631 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

      Landmark Tavern
      626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Island Burgers & Shakes
      766 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: rpk

        Is the Bar at the Modern, at MOMA, open for lunch? I think that would be a nice choice.

        1. re: MMRuth

          It is, and it is excellent, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for kids aged 7 and 9.

          1. re: kathryn

            Oops - you are absolutely right - I somehow missed that important fact!

      2. Hey, jaykat,

        Glad to hear you'll be taking my tour. :-)

        Mon, the 6th: If you and the kids like Greek food, Uncle Nick's, a casual, taverna-style restaurant, is on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts.

        Tues., the 7th: The popular and family-friendly Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., serves wonderful homestyle Italian fare. Not *between* the Guggenheim and your hotel, but still a really good option.

        Weds., the 8th: For lunch near the Intrepid, the excellent Daisy May's BBQ is on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St. It's a cafeteria-style set-up.

        For dinner before heading to MSG, John's Pizzeria is on 44th St., b/t 7th & 8th Avs. You will be hitting the evening's pre-theater crush, so it's is imperative that you make a reservation.

        Thurs., the 8th: For lunch near MoMA, La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is a sweet, family-friendly French bistro with lots more on the menu than good soups.

        Hope you have another great visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

        1. I've never heard of Empanada Mama, but some comments:

          Don't specially go out of your way to have dinner at Mamoun's. I'm glad the place is there: It's cheap and acceptable, if you stick to falafel and possibly lamb shawarma. But it is by no means great. Why not try Azuri Cafe, on 51 St. near 10th Av.? I'll admit that my last trip there wasn't nearly as good as before, but I'll chalk that up to a fluke, because every other time I've been there, it's been great!

          The Dessert Truck is a good addition to the East Village but I don't wait on line if there's a long line there, as there seems to be more and more on weekends. Then again, I live in the East Village. But while I like their desserts and appreciate their selling finer-than-usual things out of a truck, I think you could do better. If you're going to pay around $5 per dessert, why not go to Kee's and get a few chocolates? Sure, that's less to eat, but it's more interesting and finer! (Each individual chocolate there is $2.25 - and it's worth it!) Or another idea is, get dinner at Cafe Mogador, one of the mainstays of the East Village, and have dessert there, particularly if they haven't run out of the strawberry-rhubarb crumble. Some will disagree, but I consider that a pretty excellent dessert (I happen to love rhubarb), and of a different type but not inferior to what I've gotten at the dessert truck. And you eat it sitting down, in at least reasonable comfort.

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          1. re: Pan

            Kee's is not a good after dinner destination as she closes at 7pm.

            1. re: kathryn

              No, not for dinnertime; I didn't mean to suggest that, and thanks for clarifying that for our visitors.