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Mar 25, 2011 08:41 AM

Return to New York 2, with Kids, need new Recs !

I was able to take my older kids (then 7) to NYC for their first time last summer.
Thanks to some great recs on CH, I was able to visit a few old faves (lived in NYC in the 90s)
and discover a few new ones. Kids loved NYC and are stoked to go back in May when I will be
attending a conference. There are fairly good eaters who are 8 now and again looking for places that are both kid friendly and foodie enough for me and my wife who also will be making this trip. We are staying near Times Square but will be all over the city.
Last visit, we dined at John's pizza, Landmarc twice, Churrascraria Plataforma (pre-theatre dinner), Dylan's Candy Mar, Milk Bar, Shake Shake (twice), Kanoyama and a forgetful deli near Times Square.

Here are some of the places we hope to visit: Keens (for pre-theatre dinner), Landmarc again, Yakitori Totto, Shake Shack, of course, and Sarges (my personal deli fave and old haunt). We would like to try Keste or Motorino for pizza but hope to avoid any lines, any other suggestions for any recent top NYC pizza joints ? Kanoyama was good but another new sushi recommendation that have kid friendly food (teriyaki, rolls) but also a great sushi and sake selection ?. I would love to take my wife to Yasuda which I thoroughly enjoyed 2 years ago but not sure if they have a full menu for table seating for the kids ?
Also, a soup dumping place recommendation, ie Joe's Shanghai ? And finally, a bistro place where I can enjoy the usual bistro fare (mussels, bone marrow, terrines, liver, steak fries, etc) but also kid friendly. We usually have early dinners when restaurants and kids are a good combination and usually have a snack later on =)
Thanks !

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Sarge's Delicatessen
548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Sounds like you have a great trip planned out!

    A few notes- i think you may find the menu at Yakitori Totto a little limiting for children (although you know your kids' tastes better than I do). Many of their best items will be outside a normal child's palate- such as liver, heart, knee bone. There are of course the normal chicken skewers, but I'm just warning you to check the menu out first and make sure they won't be bored by the selection they can have.

    You should be aware that Yasuda has very recently changed chefs - although if you are sitting at a table and not at the sushi bar, it may not affect you. I'm sure they are still turning out high quality food.

    If you are only looking in Manhattan, I prefer the Shanghai Cafe to Joe's Shanghai for Soup Dumplings.

    For bistro food, I like Resto and Markt.

    Yakitori Totto
    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Sushi Yasuda
    204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

    Joe's Shanghai
    9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

    Shanghai Cafe
    100 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    3 Replies
    1. re: InfoMofo

      Thanks for your feedback !
      I did check out the menu at Yakitori Totto to make certain they have chicken hearts, which
      the kids love along with the normal chicken parts, just need to get there early so they don't run out =)
      I am aware of the change at Yasuda and I believe we had the sushi chef who took over serve us awhile back. Does Yasuda have a full menu for table service ? website does not list and I can always call them. I have frequented Joe's Shanghai many of times but thanks for the Shanghai Cafe ref ! Thanks for the recs to Recto and Markt, will definitely check them out !

      Yakitori Totto
      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      1. re: vonger44

        FWIW, I've taken children to Yakitori Totto a few times, and they loved it. Try to sit at the counter where they can see all the action behind the grill.

        Yakitori Totto
        251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    2. Keste is great for pizza, but like you said, it may have a huge wait. You should look into Otto—it's large enough that there's not typically a long wait and very kid-friendly.

      If you want to try a different, equally-good burger, check out Burger Joint in Le Parker Meridien.

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

      1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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

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      1. re: loratliff

        I think Otto will definitely be on our schedule, thanks for the rec !