Help-Manhattan 2 day 2 kids
Am taking the kids to NY for two days. We are staying in NJ city and we are doing the following: Natural History museum, FAO schwarz, and chinatown.
I would appreciate places to each in each of the locations:
On food related we'd like to cover the following areas:
Good NY pizza
Dimsum (must serve egg noodle soup with duck or shrimp dumplings)
A great hole in the wall dumpling place (how is the dumpling house and shanghai gourmet?)
chinese place for dinner
Great Jewish deli (we were thinking about Katz's)
Any other suggestions are greatly appreciate it.
I'm not very knowledgable, but for Chinatown I definetly recommend this place called The Dumpling House. They have delicious dumplings and classic "american" chinese food dishes, like scallion pancakes and pork buns. It looks kind of gross, but this is true of most good restaurants in Chinatown. It is on Lafayette street just south of Canal, on the west side of the street.
Even though you didn't ask for ice cream, I can't help but recommend this place called the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, on bayard street. They have great family made ice cream, including exotic flavors, like lychee, durian, and sesame seed. DELICIOUS!
(I'm a total wasp, so I can't help you with the Jewish Deli)
Pizza - Definetly go to Patsy's. I believe there are one or two on second avenue, and there is also one in Brooklyn. Google it.
How old are your kids? I'd recommend Great NY Noodletown, corner of Bayard and Bowery, for dinner. It's a classic Hong Kong-style diner-like restaurant with a flexible menu and excellent roast duck and noodle soups. (Maybe you should get your shrimp dumpling soup there and not necessarily with your dim sum? They also make very good shrimp wonton soups.)
Do go to Katz's, if your kids like pastrami or brisket. 2nd Av. Deli has a broader menu, but the pastrami at Katz's is the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Near the Natural History Museum, you could consider Kefi, an excellent Greek restaurant on Columbus between 84th and 85th. You may need reservations, particularly on weekends.
For pizza, I agree with the recommendation of Patsy's, but go to the East Harlem location (1st Av. between 117th and 118th Sts.) ONLY. If that's not convenient and you'd rather go to the Village, Arturo's is a fun place for good pizza (corner of Houston and Thompson).
Carnegie may once have been a great deli, but that time has long since passed -- at least, as far as the deli meats go. Mediocre at best. I can't say anything about their cheesecake because I've never had it.
When it comes to great Jewish-style delis in Manhattan, I would rank Katz's #1, particularly for the pastrami, with Sarge's a very close #2.
Thank you all for the suggestion. We stayed in jersey city and ate two meals and we ate two meals in Manhatten.
The two meals I had in jersey city were poor (on meal may have been the worst breakfast I've ever had).
The two meal I had in Manhatten were solid. We went to Ray's origional in columbus ave (upper west side) for pizza. For NY pizza, they are solid utility NY pies. But for us used to the stuff we get in DC, they were just amazing. Had forgotten how just regular pizza is in NY.
We also had breakfast at the great NY Noodle Town. It was outstanding. Completely surly service (but you have to expect that in most of chinatown) but the noodle soups were just solid. We had 6 orders amongst the 4 of us (my son and I had two bowls each). The duck, pork, pig and shrimp dumplings were great and the soup was full body and very rich. YUM!!!
Also went to a bakery right around the corner (happy nice bakery? name may be off) but the buns (pineapple and roast pork buns) were amazing!!!
Final stop was at Tasty Dumplings across the street from columbus park. 5 dumplings for $1.25. Got 15 to go and ate it all the way down.
It was a great trip and the kids love chinatown. Columbus park on weekends can be a very interesting cultural experience and the great cheap food doesn't hurt either.