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Christmas in New York with 3 teen boys

Need some suggestions for our first trip to NYC! We have 3 Teen boys, so we want casual, Staying at Omni Berkshire.
Christmas Eve someone suggested Tony Di Napoli I think because it was family style.. but is it good?
would love a traditional new york Italian dinner (red sauce)

Would like suggetion for Chinese , Bagels ,and Breakfast places

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  1. Carmine's or Il Cortile might fit the bill. Take them to Chinatown for Chinese, they'll like that. Diners for bagels and breakfast.

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    Il Cortile
    125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Tony's is just OK, in my admittedly limited experience (one party), but it's better than Carmine's, which I seriously discommend. Il Cortile was fine though a bit overpriced when I went there (probably 5-6 years ago). For Family-style Italian-American food, the best meal I had, overall, in the last x-number of years was probably at John's of 12th St.

      For Chinese, my best suggestion is probably South China Garden for Cantonese. For breakfast places, you have to look at Kathryn's 2010 breakfast and brunch thread, which I'm too tired to link right now. Do a search on brunch 2010, sorted for relevance.

      For bagels, if location is no issue, go to Absolute and get mini bagels only. Go in the morning when they're fresh.

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      South China Garden
      22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: Pan

        2nd South China Garden. Or maybe Peking Duck House midtown for peking duck?

        For red sauce, I like the pastas and parms at Patsy's Pizzeria, though I've only been to the original branch in Harlem.

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        South China Garden
        22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

        Peking Duck House
        28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: peter j

          I've never had anything but pizza and salad there, but I've definitely seen people eating pasta and such-like. What pastas have you had there?

      2. Came upon this article from Grub Street today about last-minute holiday dining: http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/12...

        www.thelunchbelle.com

        1. Ess a Bagel is fabulous and close to your hotel
          Rossini's is great traditional Italian on E 38th
          Phoenix Garden for great Chinese on E 40th
          Sarge's or Penelope's for breakfast are not too far from the hotel. Take a nice walk if the weather is nice.

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          Phoenix Garden
          242 E 40th St, New York, NY 10016

          1. http://www.johnsof12thstreet.com/ for traditional old school Italian
            or villa mosconi

            ess-a-bagel is good, but if you want something special, take a trip downtown to russ & daughters
            the nova is out of this world

            and the teenagers might appreciate the sandwiches at Katz's deli, which is just down the road

            if you like spicy chinese my favorite is Grand Sichuan on 2nd ave. and 55th-not much atmosphere, and service can be hit or miss, but if you like authentic Sichuan, this is my favorite. Not the place for sesame chicken!

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            1. re: AdamD

              Russ and Daughters is a great place for smoked fish and appetizing. It is also an experience in itself to see the huge variety of lox etc. but they don't make their own bagels. The bagels are very good but Ess-a-bagel is outstanding and unique.
              Katz's is fabulous and also a excellent NYC experience. The boys will love it. Go on the weekend for a late night snack. It's a hipster festival. Take a walk down Ludlow St and check out the clubs too.

              1. re: Motosport

                I know I love ess-a-bagel, but the smoked fish at RD is so good I dont even notice the bagel!

                But you are right, that is also a cool area to walk around.

                1. re: AdamD

                  When I am preparing a brunch at our home I start my shopping @ Ess-a-bagel (downtown) then head over to R&D and finish the spree @ Kossar's Bialys. My wife thinks I am nuts.
                  Then again, she doesn't know about the Donut Plant PB&J donut I ate. I walk the whole route to burn the extra calories.

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                  Kossar's Bialys
                  367 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                  1. re: Motosport

                    Ive done that walk, stopping at McSorleys or burp castle on the way down, and stopping at the shake shack on the way back up!

                    1. re: AdamD

                      Lot's o' walkin' to burn up them calories.

            2. Please consider Shopsin's for breakfast (with the caveat that your party must be 4 people max). The extensive menu is a lot of fun and my friends and I have never ordered a bad dish there. I really enjoy the egg dishes and my current favorite is the Piaf, but I'm planning on trying the Mo'betta next time, and the pancakes generally get raves (especially the "slutty" and the mac n cheese). It's filling, but if you can manage "dessert" the Doughnut Plant is a few streets away (I personally prefer the cake donuts to the yeast donuts).

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              Doughnut Plant
              379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

              1. People are going to start to think I work there because this is my second rec in a week, but your teens would definitely get a kick out of Il Vagabondo. The chicken parm is great and you're supposed to be 18 to play bocce, but we were always allowed to going there as kids.

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                Il Vagabondo
                351 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065