Visiting with family need help finding restaurants
Hi, my family is visiting NYC next week and are spending 3 days in Manhattan. I have my itenrary but need suggestions on where to eat. We are a family of 5 with 2 teenage girls and a 5 year old son. If you can help with my plans I would greatly appreciate it.
Our plans are:
Peanut Butter & Co ?????(lunch)
Graffitti's cooking class (Rob and Jac) Has anyone eaten here
Shopping or annex flea market in east village
Toys R us (if time)
Statue of Liberty 7:30-11:30
then meet up with friends for rest of day
American Museum Natural History
and Central Park
Toys R US Time Square
It would be helpful to know what neighborhood you'd like to eat breakfast in. Near your hotel? Near the first item on your itinerary? And this will probably get my post deleted, but jeez, what's with the multiple question marks?
Also, you got a few suggestions here:
What have you already rejected, so we don't suggest it again?
re: small h
Ok answers to everyone's question....first I apologize but everytime I tried to edit or reply to my old thread I was getting errors...tried for a couple days and then gave up and started new...sorry if I offended anyone not my intentions I promise.
Now the question marks is because not sure where to go and hoping for suggestions. Thank you for the ones that have come in and I plan on trying a few. I would love to say money is no option, but of course cannot. I am hoping to keep breakfast and lunch cost fairly low and may even eat breakfast at the home we are staying in. Our goal is to keep lunch and dinner combined under 125 a day not sure if that is possible and we are willing to spend 100 for one nice meal probably sunday night dinner after the intrepid as we will be with friends that night. Thank you
Lunch and dinner combined for $25/person is difficult but possible. You'd need to seek out really cheap options like Chinese noodle soup or "rice and 4 sides" places in Chinatown. Have a look at these threads for some ideas, and feel free to ask specific questions about restaurants mentioned in those threads (note that, in the case of some older threads, some of the restaurants mentioned may be out of business by now):
I hope you and your family have a wonderful time in New York!
Please tell us something about what your children like to eat and how willing they are to try new things. Also, give us some sense of how much you're willing to spend.
I should say that there is nothing much to eat on Liberty Island. Do you really plan to go there at 7:30 in the morning? I don't think you'll find anything much open at like 6, 6:30 in the morning Sunday, unless you go to one of those all-night diners or 24-hour Korean restaurants or something.
I realize that Sunday morning we may have to pick up something on our drive into the city ( we are staying with family in Rockland county)...that is the only time I could get statue of liberty tickets.....not my choice.
What my kids will eat....my five year old is a typical kid....likes, burgers, pizza, chicken, spaghetti (anything italian) , and loves salad and crab cakes. He will do steaks, meatloaf, etc as well My teens are pretty open and so are my hubby and I. Want to make sure we find something kid friendly and yet still have the opportunity to enjoy a grown up meal.... would like to keep the price down as much as possible but realize this is New York and will have to spend a little.
My daughter has been signed up for a cooking class with a chef at graffitti food and wine on 10th st. have you tried them.
I haven't, but others have. It'll be really useful to you to use the "search" function to check on previous threads on particular restaurants (or, for that matter, topics lunch "breakfast"). A 1-year search on "Graffiti," on the Manhattan board, in order of relevance produces, among other threads:
And here's an eGullet thread that includes some photos:
I still want to know how much you're willing to pay. It's possible to pay very little or my monthly rent or more on meals in New York. So please, just ask for what you're looking for and what you're willing to spring for, if necessary, and let us give you our opinions about how possible it is. We New Yorkers know how to eat cheaply here, if we want to.
Also, since you're staying in Rockland County, consider also posting to the "Tristate Region" board for recommendations near whichever towns are closest to where you're staying.
One thought: Great NY Noodletown, Bayard and Bowery, is very informal and child-friendly, and your 5-year-old could get beef with tomato on rice, for example, while some of the rest of you have things like roast duck or another barbecued item, some kind of congee or noodle soup, or/and one of the dishes with Chinese chives or pea shoots, etc. And it's a consistently good restaurant. You can view their menu here:
Chinatown is a short bus ride from the Battery, so this could be a good place to go after your trip to the Statue of Liberty, though it's even closer to - and very walkable from - the former World Trade Center site (which most New Yorkers don't call "Ground Zero," by the way).
If you're still in the East Village come dinnertime on the Sunday, you might consider going to Supper, a really solid Italian restaurant that serves some simple food (and some that isn't quite so simple) very well and is a good value. They have different specials every day, so if you decide to check the place out, look here on that day:
One time, my brother and I got Pollo Arrosto (roast chicken) there, and it was, in his words "perfect." Crisp skin, excellent side of mashed potatoes, delicious chicken - just excellent. And the grownups can have wine.
Mind you, I'd recommend Lupa a lot more highly than Supper, but it seems impossible to get reservations there at a reasonable hour, and I don't think you'll want to risk waiting a long time with a 5-year-old in tow (that could happen at Supper, too, but it's probably less likely, especially if you show up relatively early on a Sunday night). That said, if you did go to Lupa, there would certainly be things your son would like:
Near the Natural History Museum is an excellent Greek restaurant where literally everything I've had has been at least solidly good, with a number of things being terrific. Its name is Kefi, and reservations are highly recommended. Its website is not functional yet, but you can view the menu from here:
Disregard the old hours posted; it is in fact now open for lunch, with availability shown on opentable.com.