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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

            1. Marseille has a burger on the menu (it's not quite a typical American burger, though) and also Steak Frites, which is just steak and French fries in another language, and it's a damn sight better than nationwide chains or Carmine's. Look at the menu and see if it's something your parents could deal with:


              1. szechuan gourmet your parents would like the american chinese non spicy stuff

                1. As Kathryn suggested,Keens would be a good choice.A little bit of a walk to 36th/btwn 6th&7th.
                  Although it would likely run more than $200 for your group.
                  Becco,a Theater District Italian known for their pasta and very reasonable pre-theater prices. For burgers 5 Napkin burgers.In addition to a burger the menu has a pretty eclectic mix,including sushi and they serve beer,wine and drinks if needed.
                  Red Eye Grill may also be good for everyone. North of the Theater District at 56th near Carnegie Hall.It has a lively atmosphere and a varied menu.A good selection of seafood but also a burger,steaks,sushi.Something for everyone.

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                  1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

                    Redeye Grill get rather expensive quickly. Most entrees are close to $30 with a burger priced at $22. It would be hard to stay under $200 for 6 people there.

                    1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

                      Redeye Grill gets rather expensive quickly. Most entrees are close to $30 with a burger priced at $22. It would be hard to stay under $200 for 6 people there.

                      Redeye Grill
                      890 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

                        Agree with others on the priciness of Redeye Grill - and if I was doing family Italian in that area, I'd go to Trattoria Trecolori for solid Italian American style cuisine at a very reasonable price point and a warm and friendly atmosphere. Don't care for Becco at all.

                        Virgil's is actually not a bad option, given the OP's considerations; Marseille - which I like - could also work, although it's a bit more "adventurous". I'd also consider West Bank Cafe, which has a nice contemporary American menu and ambience (and also makes an excellent cheeseburger and fries).

                        Trattoria Trecolori
                        254 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                        West Bank Cafe
                        407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

                      2. Another idea: How about a cheap, good Greek restaurant? If that's OK for you all, consider Uncle Nick's.

                        Uncle Nick's
                        747 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                        1. If faux French is a possibility, consider Cafe Un Deux Trois @ 123 W 44th. You can check the $$ on menupages; it features paper table cloths and crayons for the benefit of the younger set. Incidently, all the restaurants in this area are crowded to packed before the theater, so you can go earlier, @ 8 PM, or be ready for a loud dinner.

                          Cafe Un Deux Trois
                          123 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

                          1. I'm a Gray Line tour guide in Times Square and am familiar with most of the restaurants. The casual dining chains in Times Square prepare the food better than they do in the suburbs and charge about $2-5 more on every item. The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Applebee's in Times Square are the highest volume locations in the USA. Although the restaurants are not all on one floor like in the suburbs, they have the same level of physical comfort and spaciousness as in the suburbs and the personnel are much better mannered than most service personnel in Times Square and the restrooms are well maintained.

                            Bubba Gumps has about the best food of the casual dining chains in Times Square, but I'm partial to Red Lobster because they let tour guides like me use the rest room without a problem.

                            Just above Times Square proper, the Cafe Nicole at The Novotel at 52nd and Broadway provides nice views, reasonable prices, and is quiet enough for family conversation. It's not too touristy.

                            If you're eating deli, I'd suggest Juniors because the service is better than at any of the other deli's around Times Square and because they have a fancy broiled burger with for less than $12.

                            Also, the John's Pizza on 44th between 7th and 8th, closer to 8th, is inside a renovated church and very well run.

                            234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

                            Red Lobster
                            5 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

                            1. Dafni is a very good Greek restaurant (that's busy before theater) on 42nd just past 8th Ave. I'm sure everybody would feel at home there and the menu is broad enough to please just about anybody.

                              325 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

                              1. carnegie deli, or maybe something kinda blah for dinner and then go to something spectacular for dessert...

                                1. Thanks for all the replies!

                                  We ended up at Ruby Foo's, which offered a pb and j for the finicky eater and mediocre Asian food for the rest of us. Parents had fun with the grandkids, and a few of the dishes (miso soup, wonton soup, scallion pancakes) were pretty good.

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