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Feb 23, 2010 08:52 AM

Birthday dinner for 10 year old boy

I am looking for a restaurant for my nephew's 10th birthday dinner. 3 adults and 3 kids (9-11 years old). We would like some place fun with good food. I am open to any type of food and the budget is open. I think we will be staying around Times Square, so something in midtown would be ideal but we don't mind going to a different area for a good place. Thanks!

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    1. re: chow_gal

      Oops, I forgot to mention 2 of the adults don't eat meat

    2. I'll probably get a few laughs at this but what about mars 2112? It's huge alien themed restaurant with games and alien inspired food. Its in Times Square on B'way and 50th I believe. When you enter, there's even a spaceship ride that simulates a "trip" to Mars 2112. I went for a work even when they rented out the place. Cheesy fun fur adults. Could be really fun for kids around 10 years old.

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      1. re: CantStopEating

        Is the food OK? I think the boys would love it, but I've heard bad things about the food.

        1. re: jmcmanaman

          No one has ever said anything good about the food at Mars 2112 on this site.

          1. re: jmcmanaman

            It's a Mars themed restaurant. The food isn't great. It's like a Chili's or TGI Friday's. Maybe slightly less. But, it's definitely fun for kids.


        2. How about the Palm West? Not a kiddie place, yet not "fancy" and great for kids. For your non meat eaters, the fish is terrific! They once even brought my son his shirley temple in a martini glass!

            1. re: daffyduck

              actually i take back this suggestion, now that i think about it most the songs the waiters or waittresses sing are older like 60's or so a 10 yr old might not really enjoy it.. BUT if your 10 yr old enjoys singing of any kind i think this place is great. there's a lot of spirit and energy.
              plus they have great milkshakes.

            2. What kinds of kids are they? I have been with 10 year olds at Bouley and I have been with 10 year olds at Paty's Pizzeria and everything in between. It really depends on what kind of kids they are and what they anjoy.

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              1. re: gutsofsteel

                They are just regular kids. I don't think Bouley is their idea of fun. I'm trying to find a balance between what the kids would like for a birthday and decent food for the adults. If I could get Bouley food served at Mars 2012, that would be ideal : )

                1. re: jmcmanaman

                  Why not take them to ESPN zone in Times Square? The food will be better there for the adults and the kids. Plus, there will be stuff for everyone to do: Sports on TV, Games for everyone.