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Mar 30, 2010 12:32 PM

First Time NYC Visit - Family Restaurant Ideas

Hello All,

My family and I are visiting NYC for the first time next month. We are staying in Times Square for 4 days. My kids are 12 and 8. I was wondering if I could get some ideas of places to eat. Looking for good pizza, deli, breakfast or any other must hits.

Thanks to everyone for assistance.

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  1. Let us know your price point per adult and per child -- include or exclude alc. drinks for adults, just tell us, and remember tax is 8.75% and tip 15-10% more.
    Are you going to be traveling around or just in Times Square? What do the kids like eating?

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    1. re: yebo

      Thanks for asking for details.

      We will be traveling around the City and would take a ride for Good Eats. Times Square will our base, but will be traveling around based on things we want to see in the City. I'm still working on the full itinerary.

      We usually eat at moderate priced restaurants. High is ok, and low budget is always fun. With the kids, high end usually doesn't pay off since they don’t serve food kids usually like to eat. We love to find the hidden jewels with some sort of character. We also like to find local places. We try to avoid the Tourist Traps and hate anything that is a national chain.

      I'd like to try some good NYC Pizza and I love a good deli. I grew up with great delis all around and its a lost art now.

      Thanks again.

      1. re: ljt064

        Definitely go to Katz for Deli. For pizza I actually just went to Lombardi's for the first time and thought it was great. Don't care what others may say it was some mighty fine pie. Had the margherita, white, mushrooms with garlic sauteed spinach, and pepperoni and it was great.

        Go to Grom for Gelato.

        2165 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        1. re: steakrules85

          What don't you think is great?
          I was a Lombardi's supporter back when.
          It was good, not the best ever. Now, it is quite shameful.

          1. re: dietndesire

            What don't I think is great? Are you trying to say i like EVERY restaurant I have been to? Don't get your point dietndesire. Like I always say on these boards we all have our own opinions and these threads provide us the opportunity to voice them. No need to start with the verbal backlash.

            As far as Lombardi's I totally disagree with you that it is "shameful". If it was so shameful then why is the place always mobbed and at least 45 minutes to an hour wait? Yes I know what you will say.. it is a tourist trap and a place who's reputation has been built up tremendously by the outside press, TV, blah blah. While it may be true that it has gotten a boost from the extra press, they seem to still be doing something right for people to keep coming back. I had the opportunity to sample 4 different kinds of pizza and all were very satisfying. Is it the best pizza I have ever had? No I did not say it was but I totally enjoyed it. Di Fara's still is the best for me. But for the original poster I think Lombardi's would be a nice experience for the family. It won't break the bank and it will provide a very good meal in an NYC landmark location.

            There are a lot places that either I do not like, felt were overpriced, or think are overrated/overhyped which I would not recommend. I have voiced my opinion about those restaurants as well.

            1. re: steakrules85

              steakrules85 - I completely agree with your summation of the situation and I'm glad you give your opinion (and I've seen many that voice your dislikes), it's what these boards are suppose to be about. Don't know why there has been so many "nasty" comments lately.

              Hope this doesn't get booted because it's off topic so I'll add this:

              John's might be a good choice for pizza and hit one of the Shake Shacks while you are out and about. Maybe Blue Smoke or Virgil's for BBQ.

              Shake Shack
              Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

              Blue Smoke
              116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

            2. re: dietndesire

              I agree with dietndesire. Lombardi's would be a bad choice. It is not good these days.

            3. re: steakrules85

              i wouldnt go out of my way to grom for gelato (i've only tried the UWS location) so i don't know if the west village is any better.
              since you guys are staying in times square, i think ellens stardust diner is a nice place to go to especially for milkshakes.

        2. As soneone, far more intellegent than I, once said: "Your courage will never again have to be proven!" So, pizza: John's, 260 W 44 ( Sports (you didn't indicate whether kids are boys or girls): ESPNZone, 4 Times Sq ( & Dave & Busters 234 W 42 (www.daveand A little more upscale, but still with crayons on the tables and paper tables "clothes": Cafe Un, Deux, Trois, 123 W 44 (

          Two subway trips--if the weather is right, perfect for both you and the kids: 79th Boat Basin Cafe (, about 5 stops on the #1 subway, which you catch right there @ the Times Square station, 42nd st and 7th avenue. Exit at 79th street and walk about 3 blocks west. Stone Street: about 10 restaurants in the financial district all with outdoor tables. Food, you name it, they offer it. Take the #2 or #3 from Times Sq to Wall Street. About a 3 block walk, plus they can see the Stock Exchange. So, good luck and have fun!!

          Boat Basin Cafe
          W 79th St and Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024

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          1. re: Upperwestsider

            Dave & Busters? Not only is it a chain, but it's a bad one! ESPNZone is a chain too.

          2. Carmine's at 200 W. 44th is great! This is their website and you can see the menu and pricing for each location. This one is in the Theater District. The prices will look a little high but they serve "Family Style" so you get a huge plate to share. Their Strawberry Shortcake is to die for!!!

            1. For delis the obvious choices are Carnegie, Katzs, Sarges and second avebue
              Go to Bleccker st and go to Johns, Keste, Joe's actually on Carmine, go to Rocco's for dessert and coffee.
              Go to Ippudo, Setagaya and Momofuku all in the east village for ramen.

              Go to the Central Park boathouse for snacks and rent rowboats.
              Go to Chinatown and Little Italy for the color and experiences.
              Go to Quenns for a veritable United nations of cuisines.
              Of corse dont forget to go to the museums.

              65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. Take the A/C subway to brooklyn. Have pizza at Grimaldi's (practically underneath the Brooklyn Bridge), then walk down the street for ice cream at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Then walk back to manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge for an unforgettablr view of the manhattan skyline.