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