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Nov 5, 2010 01:18 PM

Times Square dinner with my parents AND my kids

I'm trying to figure out where I can eat in Times Square with my parents (in their 70s) and my kids (tweens) that will be fun for everyone. Although it pains me to say this, nothing too spicy, and probably good if there is a burger on the menu. Equally painful, a touristy place would be fine, since my parents are staying in Times Square for a few nights, and we would prefer to stay local to make things easier.



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  1. What's your price point, including tax and tip? Would db bistro moderne or Keens be too expensive? How about Korean BBQ?

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    1. re: kathryn

      I'd like to keep the full meal (4 adults, 2 kids) to under $200, with a couple of need drinks for me, if possible. I think the bbq might be too adventurous, but do you have a particular place in mind that I could check out first?

      1. re: LloydG

        Madangsui is excellent, definitely check them out.

        For American style BBQ, Daisy May's is a bit of a walk from Times Square, no liquor license, though.

        Although I'd really recommend walking to Keens to eat in the pub room where they have a great atmosphere, nice service, a bit of NYC history, and reasonable prices. And a great Scotch list! It might attract tourists but is nowhere near as touristy as the other options (Applebee's, Bubba Gump, etc).

        35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    2. i've never been but when my friend worked in the area, her company would frequently have dinners at virgil's. check out the website - BBQ and it looks pretty decent!

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      1. re: selenster

        I was going to write to suggest Virgil's, having been many times. It really does suit your specs, though you might end up pushing $200 total. So I heartily second the recommendation.

        Another possibility -- *very* touristy, but popular with kids and tolerable for grown ups -- is Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company, right on Times Square. The food is, well, not awful. And if chains are to your liking, there's a Red Lobster at 41st Street. Both are large so, while they do draw large crowds, the wait is usually not too bad.

        Red Lobster
        5 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

        1. re: CatoUWS

          Virgil's would be my choice in the Times Square area.

      2. Thanks for the suggestions. I thought about Virgil's, and I'm also considering Ruby Foo's, especially since they have a pb and j sandwich for my finicky daughter and dumplings for my non-finnicky one.

        Ruby Foo's
        1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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        1. I have not been there in a while, but if you want pasta/italian, I have always had pleasant experiences at Simply Pasta on 41st Street between Broadway and 6th. Nothing earth-shattering, but good pastas, pizzas and salads.

          Simply Pasta
          120 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

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          1. re: valerie

            i was going to suggest this as well, having been there numerous times, but not in recent years. fairly large portions and decent pastas for under 15$/plate.

          2. Carmine's (italian) is good for big parties

            200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036