Yummy places with cheaper eats w/ the family? 1kid(10), 2teens, 4adults visiting NYC
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.
Second Avenue Deli
162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016
Five Napkin Burger
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
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).
South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013
Dim Sum Go Go
5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038
13 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035
Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
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 :)
1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
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.
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.