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Lunch with kids near AMNH?

Heading into the city with my two boys (ages 16 and 10) to visit the AMNH. We are looking for a place that serves fresh food, not a tourist trap and might even be seasonal that a couple of well behaved young guys would enjoy. Any suggestion?

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  1. If I was a well behaved young guy heading to AMNH, I'd ask my mom politely to take me to Shake Shack for lunch! NW corner of 77th/Columbus.

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    1. re: harrison

      yep, came here to post shake shack, but if your kids are into michelin stars and local & seasonal produce, you can take them to dovetail. heh.

    2. Shake Shack is very close by (across from the street on NW corner of 77th and Columbus) and family friendly. Barney Greengrass, Sarabeth's, and Good Enough to Eat are also near.

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      Barney Greengrass
      541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Good Enough to Eat
      483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      1. Calle Ocho can be fun and the food is good. (And *you* can have a margarita......)

        There's a Pizzeria Uno (oops, "Uno Chicago Grill") if your kids like that sort of thing.

        There's a new "meatball" restaurant at Columbus and 82nd Street; I haven't been there, but it looks interesting and so far has been attracting good numbers of people, including families.

        I'm partial to Cilantro, Columbus at 83rd.

        I'm one of those not enamored of Shake Shack, especially if you're taking a break from walking through the Museum all morning and looking to go back in the afternoon. It's a zoo (yes, the food is good) and just too hard to get a place to sit. The more people you have in your group, the harder that becomes.

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        Calle Ocho
        45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

          1. Nice Matin on 79th and Amsterdam (just a few blocks from the museum) is a large, bustling west side neighborhod bistro-type restaurant with a variety of reasonably priced food choices (including their excellent 5-napkin burger). You should definitely check out their website.

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            Nice Matin
            201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

            1. Cafe Sabarsky

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              Cafe Sabarsky
              1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

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              1. re: daffyduck

                Wrong museum. Sabarsky is across the street from the Metropolitan (east side of Central Park); the OP asked about vicinity of the Museum of Natural History (west side). With that said, OP could take the 79th crosstown bus (or walk across the Park) to take advantage of this recommendation, but it's not right near the AMNH.

                  1. re: daffyduck

                    No worries I actually am making a note of it as my son see's a doctor near the Metropolitan so maybe next time I go in we will check that out.

              2. Thanks everyone! We ended up having lunch at Uno only because it was right there and we had an appointment on the other side of the park in an hour and had to much fun in the museum that morning and lost track of time. . Later after walking and enjoying ourselves for the day, we ended up at Cilantro for dinner. They were very welcoming to our family and we loved it. Very attentive staff, simple menu, cozy and well, we are a spicy food loving family so right up our alley with the heat. While I didn't order enchiladas , my 16 year old son did, liked the fact that you could pick your own sauce. Sort of made me miss California to be honest. Anyhow great little place and worth checking out. Thanks for pointing us toward Columbus St. My husband works in the city and is not familiar with that side of town and it appears you could eat your way up and down that street. I would have not walked over there had it not been for all your suggestions. Thanks!