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Yummy places with cheaper eats w/ the family? 1kid(10), 2teens, 4adults visiting NYC

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Visiting for the Holiday. Looking for great places to dine, ethnic foods, and great sweets. We do not want to break the bank. Suggestions? Here F-M :)

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  1. we take a lot of visitors to Otto. their olive oil gelato definitely qualifies for "great sweets" and the meal won't break the bank. the vegetable appetizers are priced at $4 each, so you're able to order a lot of different things to try before getting to your entrees. pastas start at $9/plate and don't go much higher than that. pizzas start at $11 or so and the wine list has plenty of bottles in the $30 range.

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    1. What's your budget?

      In any case, I heartily recommend that you go to Chinatown. Go to South China Garden for a banquet type of dinner, and also go to Noodle Village or/and Great NY Noodletown for inexpensive, good food (Bo Ky or New Chiu Chow for Chiu Chow noodles and such are some other good options). For dim sum, I think that Dim Sum Go Go is best overall in Chinatown, but Red Egg is good and cheaper. Not knowing what your budget is, I have a harder time knowing what else to recommend, but surely, you can have some pizza. Go to Patsy's in East Harlem, or if that isn't convenient, there are several good places downtown. I would normally recommend Arturo's, but several reports of deterioration give me some pause. I don't think you'll find the great Neapolitan pizza at Keste expensive for a delicious sit-down meal, though (some hounds prefer Motorino, and I'll try them again but wasn't bowled over by a good but not memorable lunch there some time ago).

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

      Dim Sum Go Go
      5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

      Noodle Village
      13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Red Egg
      202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

      Patsy's Pizzeria
      2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

      Keste Pizza & Vino
      271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Motorino
      349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: Pan

        We are flexiable on budget. Just no fine dinning with the kids but maybe one night. I have not been there in 3 years so places like TAO, Rosa Mexicana & Ruby Foos are fun, in our budget. Locals know best! Thank you, Happy Holidays! We are seeing AveQ one night :)

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

        1. re: MJGgirl

          Anything cheap and yummy that the locals like is good for us! You know best!

          1. re: MJGgirl

            I haven't been to any of those three places and tend to regard them as mostly for tourists.

            For places near Broadway theaters, you should do a search on "Hell's Kitchen," "9th Av" and related terms. You want to go to 9th Av. in the 40s and 50s, because that's where the good, inexpensive restaurants are. I'll mention some later but I'm running late now.

            I would still like to see some dollar figures. Because if you're fine with spending $50 or $40 per person (except for the 10-year-old, maybe), that would open up a lot of non-pizza-specialist Italian places, for example.

        2. 5 Napkin Burger is great for families although not ethnic.

          Definitely also try some deli, it's not cheap but the portions are huge so you can easily share a sandwich in most places. 2nd Avenue Deli is my favorite so far but as a relative newcomer to NYC others may suggest others/better.

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          Second Avenue Deli
          162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

          Five Napkin Burger
          2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024