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Jan 12, 2010 01:12 PM

Suggestions for a 16 yr old and her friends in Manhattan - not a chain

I hoping someone will have a suggestion either for lunch or early dinner in midtown (preferred) or downtown for a group of 5 teens and 2 parents on a weekend. Taking our daughter and some friends to ice skate (either at Wollman or Rockefeller) and then onto a meal (order could be reversed).... It's my daughter's 16th b-day so she's looking for something a little different - no chains please. Something bohemian or artsy would be cool. Thanks fellow hounders for any ideas. I was thinking of Shopsins down at Essex for lunch but he is quirky and doesn't seat parties greater than 4. Serendipity 3 is a backup.

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  1. If the teens like meat, you can do Brazilian BBQ/Churasschia at Plataforma. Lunch is cheaper than dinner.

    1. How about Spotted Pig or The Breslin. Hip enough for the teens, with food they like to eat.

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      1. re: fm1963

        Have you seen the menu of the Breslin? Really not teen friendly. Pig's trotters for two? Terrine Board? Scotch eggs? Not even a hamburger; they have a crazy delicious lamb burger.

        1. re: chow_gal

          The brunch menu has a lot of teen friendly items (or at least it did back in November). It was less adventurous than the dinner menu. Yeah, my picky nephew really liked the lamb burger,

      2. how about the modern? the dining room overlooka the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

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        1. re: smokeandapancake

          i think the modern bar room is a great place...the food is really amazing and its also a cool space (with great cocktails for the adults !)

          1. re: lemonyc

            I think the the bar room is pretty far from Bohemian and just because it's in the MOMA doesn't make it particulary artsy. I'm far from young and I'm not a female but I can't imagine The Modern would be the least bit enjoyable for them (the parents - absolutely - the youngens - no)

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          1. Don't go to Serendipity - it's a total tourist trap. The Spotted Pig for lunch is a good idea. Otto would work well too.

            Plataforma and Tony Dinapoli are also both big tourist traps and not particularly good. In midtown The Modern would be good but not the formal dining room....go to the bar room.

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