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CAN YOU HELP? 3 DAY TRIP WITH KIDS...WHERE TO EAT?

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Hi THere!

Hoping you can help me find some fun decent places to eat for a 3 day trip next weekend.

We are a family of five. Kids are 12, 11 and 8 and not too picky and well behaved in restaurants. Guess I'm looking for average priced meals.... lunch under $15 a person and dinner up to $25 a person. Don't want really fancy because we will in our "walking" clothes for the most part. Don't mind changing for dinner though.

Our plan is:

Staying at the Marriott Courtyard Midtown East...53rd st. around 3rd ave. Any places to eat around here?

Friday - Museum of Natural History and exploring Central Park area. Need lunch ideas in this area? I think the museum is CPW and 79th Street. Can be casual or we can eat a big lunch and grab a light snack for dinner later.

Saturday - Ellis Island Tour at 10am. So we will probably be looking for a dinner place. Any where in the Midtown Area that you might suggest for a family? Would prefer to make a reservation instead of waiting in long lines.

Sunday - Will be at Times Square. Any places that you would suggest that might take a reservation for brunch or a late lunch?

Open to any and all suggestions!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  1. Does your $15pp for lunch and @25pp for dinner include tax, tips, drinks?

    Note that you can easily make reservations at many places on opentable.com and use menupages.com to research menus ahead of time.

    > Staying at the Marriott Courtyard Midtown East...53rd st. around 3rd ave. Any places to eat around here?

    Kid Friendly- Mid-Town East
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/620802
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630640

    > Friday - Museum of Natural History and exploring Central Park area. Need lunch ideas in this area? I think the museum is CPW and 79th Street. Can be casual or we can eat a big lunch and grab a light snack for dinner later.

    Lots of options here including Shake Shack and SMAC.

    Kid friendly near the Natural History Museum
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621340

    You can also consider doing a picnic:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/630239

    Here are some Times Square/Theatre District/Midtown, kid-friendly eats:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/637316
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/634804
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614504
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615609

    However, if you want a taste of real NY, you should consider leaving the Times Square area where there are far more options.

    **Don't Leave NY Without Eating... (don't miss this thread)**
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    NYC for visitors:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/597021
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610107
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/604369
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605545
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/603298
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589834

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you Kathryn!!! Will check them all out! Very much appreciated.