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Mar 28, 2011 10:32 AM

Feeding a 13-year Old Boy

Hello Everyone, visiting from Toronto for 2 nights in April with my GF and her 13-year old son. I have no kids and therefore no experience in feeding them and also don't know NYC restaurants. We are staying in midtown Manhattan with no car, but with good feet and are happy to take public transit.

I would appreciate both lunch and dinner recommendations. He loves wings, pizza and the usual foods for 13 year olds. Even deli. To be fair, he also enjoys a bistro style restaurant, good food but not too fancy.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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      1. re: pbjluver

        Unfortunately I have no way of judging the quality of the restaurants listed in menupages and so I am asking for your suggestions. Which ones do you recommend?

        1. re: Attknee

          the restaurants all have a star rating

          I thought this site would give you an idea of what is available in each section of the city.
          And also the price. The reviews help too.

          Definitely Katz's for deli
          John's Pizzeria on W. 44th Street
          Many delicious Thai places in Hell's Kitchen...9th Ave in the 40's.
          Shake Shack for delicious burgers and shakes

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

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

          John's Pizzeria
          260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

      2. Katz's for deli....order pastrami (don't go and order turkey or silly things like that)
        Pizza -- search the boards, NYC pizza is better than Toronto pizza
        Balthazar or Pastis might be fun for a trendy/bistro kind of night.
        Shake Shack also seems appropriate given the age.
        To stretch -- maybe a steakhouse? Keen's could be fun and there are many other options.

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

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

        9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

        80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        1. You haven't given us alot of information about his taste and adventureness. And since he is 13 and probably has very "strong" opinions, have you asked him? You would probably score points for making him a part of the decision making. Any 13 yo does want to definatey have that foot in on the decisions. NYC is great place to explore different world cuisines, in native based neighborhoods.
          I think a Chinatown walking tour would be a great way to spend a morning into afternoon, with a serious look at what may be fun to eat for lunch. So much to see! So many taste to try, and for me a great adventure.

          1. Keste for pizza
            Shake Shack for burgers
            Rub BBQ for wings and barbecue
            Ippudo for ramen
            East on 3rd Ave for conveyor belt sushi
            Yakitori Taisho for, um, yakitori

            RUB BBQ
            208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

            Yakitori Taisho
            5 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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