Bringing my Mom to NYC...
Want to show my mom the best of NYC... on a budget. My husband and I are visiting Manhattan with my mother in a couple of weeks. She's from a very rural part of the south, and has only been to NYC one other time, (with me, when I was in high school) 20 years ago. My husband and I like to visit New York at least once a year, but our tastes are quite a bit different than Mom's. I'm looking for restaurants that have a nice, friendly atmosphere, but not too fancy... true New York places. Ideal price would be no more than $20 per person/lunch, $30/dinner. Many thanks!
Thanks for the reply gutsofsteel. No, I was assuming that tips/drinks/tax would be in addition to those prices. We like anything. Mom particularly enjoys Thai food, but she's generally up for whatever. I think she'd enjoy authentic Italian, Columbian, Cuban, good pizza... great burgers... etc. She'll be interested in anything authentic and different from wha't she's had before... which, as you might guess, is just about anything, as she lives in the middle of the country and seldomly has dinner out.
$30/pp dinner is fairly low, at least for "nice friendly atmosphere" - but there are certainly some NYC classics & a couple newer places that'd fit the bill - some of these are better for lunch than dinner, mind you:
Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
Frankies 17 Clinton Street Spuntino
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Lupa (if you just do an antipasti & pasta)
Vanessa's Dumpling House (ultra-cheap eats, good for lunch if you're doing a Chinatown wander)
...and any number of Chinatown places: South China Garden is great, Wo Hop is not as great but an NYC institution. Joe's Shanghai and Joe's Ginger are quite popular for soup dumplings, and not bad. (And let's not let the mere mention of Joe's turn this into yet another "Flushing has better soup dumplings!" thread, okay?)
...and of course, Shake Shack.
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012
Vanessa's Dumpling House
118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
24 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop
174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
25 Pell St, New York, NY 10013
We love Indian... Mom's had Indian food exactly one time, and she seems to enjoy it. She likes spicy dishes, and seems to be game for anything, really. So ethnic suggestions are great. We've never had Turkish food, so maybe that would be fun for all of us. Thanks for your help. We'll check out Eatery, too.
Turkish / Mediterranean food is yummy and very healthy
For a delicious mid-priced dinner (or lunch) in a very warm setting
visit Beyoglu...great service and food...casual dress.
1431 3rd Avenue at 81st St., New York, NY 10028-1802
Open Mon-Thu,Sun 12pm-10pm;
Hells Kitchen will have some great spots for you, including 5 Napkin Burger; other interesting cuisines there include Israeli (Gazala Place), Ethiopian (Queen of Sheba), as well as Casselula, a great wine and cheese spot with lots of fantastic cheese selections (not sure if it's up your alley but worth popping in if so). Also agree with kathryn's suggestion of Neapolitan pizza such as Keste or Motorino. Other options:
Redhead (IF your mom would find it fun to see how NYC does Southern cuisine!)
And lots of other good options mentioned in this thread!
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Would she like an authentic French bistro? La Petite Auberge is one of the last of its breed and the food is excellent. The atmosphere and service are charming. Ordering a la carte may put you a bit over budget but they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for under $30 that has many choices, and a salad is included with all main courses. The souflees are really great but unfortunately not on the prix-fixe (though one will serve 2 or 3 people).
La Petite Auberge
116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
you'll be right near Koreatown, so you should consider Madangsui or Don's Bogam for Korean BBQ.
and for something that isn't "ethnic" but is totally NYC, take her to Keens Chophouse.
72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018
35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001
17 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016
Madangsui and Don's Bogam will cost considerably more than $30/person, don't you think? As in, closer to $50?
sojoilm: I would suggest Grand Sichuan on 24th St. and 9th Av. if you like Sichuan-style (spicy) food.
If you'd consider places on 9th Av. in the 40s and 50s, that opens up more places, and there are also some good Indian restaurants centered around Lexington Av. between 26th and 29th Sts., if that holds any interest for you.
Bhojan, in particular, among Indian restaurants in that strip of Lex offers vegetarian choices that you are unlikely to get in the rural south and will keep you well within your budget. And if you want a riff on the rural south theme, take your mother to a South Indian restaurant on the same strip and get her the largest dosa you can find.
While you're in the area, take her to Kalustyan's and ask her to count how many varieties of rice they have.
123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
You could certainly do Bi Bim Bap, or any number of other non-BBQ items, for well under $30/pp at most of your K-Town joints. For BBB, I'm partial to Kum Gang San, there's a decent Banchan there that rotates pretty regularly. And it's a fun atmosphere - I mean, there's a piano on top of a waterfall for chrissakes.
As to Keen's - unless you're just going have appetizers and then leave, there's no way you could do them for $30/pp. Most of the steaks run $40-$50.
Kum Gang San
49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001