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Lunch and sight seeing for guys

Me and a couple of buddies (3 guys and a baby - funny huh?) need some ideas on what to do during the day (Sun\Mon) while our wives work til about 5pm. We will be in NYC from 2/12-2/17 staying at the Parker Le Meridien.

Was thinking of places to have lunch and maybe a couple of beers:
The Spotted Pig
Katz's Deli
Angelos Pizza

But what to do before\after? Would it be better to go Times Square area for lunch? Was hoping to find a NYC brewery to check out so does Heartland do tours? Just need something semi-baby friendly.

On Tues-Thurs we will be with the girls doing the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Today Show, SoHo shopping, Empire State building, etc...

Any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks!

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Your first 3 picks are pretty good.... and then you mentioned Times Sq for lunch and it shot your average down. If you're tourists who need to see Times Sq (understandable.) have a walk through it on your way to a good place for lunch or after lunch at The Burger Joint which is in the Parker Meridian lobby (behind the curtain) The Heartland Brewery has a location on 6th and about 52nd or so. I prefer the one in Union Square though

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    Katz's Delicatessen
    205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

    Burger Joint
    118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

    Angelo's Pizza
    117 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

    Heartland Brewery
    35 Union Square W, New York, NY 10003

    1. Definitely don't go to Times Sq. just to eat. All you have is a bunch of chains that you can get anywhere and a bunch of tourist traps. I second the walk through stop in any stores you may want and get out!

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      1. re: melpy

        Yes, we are tourists from CA. Figured that would be the response on lunch in Times Square. We'll do as suggested... go for lunch somewhere similar to what I mentioned, then do a walk through on TS.

        Thanks!

      2. Forget Heartland as the food is awful and the beer is just OK. As the baby will not really care where you are I would suggest maybe Hill Country for some BBQ and Beers. Rodeo Bar on 29 and 3rd is very kid friendly and no one will care if the baby crys.

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        Hill Country
        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

        Rodeo Bar
        375 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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        1. re: princeofpork

          Thank you for the info. We are gonna check out Blue Smoke one night for dinner so prefer to not eat for lunch as well.

          I had heard the food at Heartland was actually ok so I am surprised. Just wanted to check out a local brewery when in town that had food and where we could hang out for a long lunch with the baby. Being walking proximity to other "tourist" stuff is a plus so we don't have to take cabs all over.

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          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

          1. re: boltsfan

            princeofpork is right. Heartland is very bad. Don't go there.

          2. re: princeofpork

            The problem with Rodeo Bar is the food is pretty bad. I like my food well salted and the food at Rodeo was too salty for me.

            1. re: princeofpork

              I second Hill Country. I live right around the corner from Rodeo Bar. The food is truly awful.

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              Hill Country
              30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

            2. From Times Square you could also stroll down to Keens (steak, burgers), Txikito (tapas), or Co. (pizza).

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              Keens
              72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

              Txikito
              240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

              Co.
              230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

              Bagels & Co.
              393 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

              1. Definitely go to the Spotted Pig and get that burger. All the places you mentioned are decent, but the Pig is the best. Katz's would be my second choice.

                The Brooklyn Brewery does tours, if you're willing to hop the river.

                (Oh, and since you're staying a Le Parker Meridien, you definitely need to have a burger from Burger Joint, within the hotel itself.)

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                Burger Joint
                118 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

                Spotted Pig
                314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: loratliff

                  Post-Spotted Pig, you could also hit up the Blind Tiger, too. Much quieter in the afternoons than at night.

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                  Blind Tiger
                  281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014