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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

          1. I think it really depends on the kid. I have taken children younger than that to Eleven Madison Park and they loved it...what are the kid's preferences?

            I tend to think that kids rise to the occasion...

            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

            1. Agree with Quine about including the teen in priorities, decisions.
              If he is not grossed out by weird things (to use another generation's words), a big cart dim sum place, where he gets to look at everything and choose, could be fun (Idon't know how much of this there is in Toronto, of course; this might be ho-hum so disregard.) While the cart places are often criticized here, I think it is for the level of the food. In your situation, as long as food level is adequate for evrybody, it could be fun and memorable. For this purpose, I nominate Jing Fong.

              Jing Fong
              18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: yebo

                Yes, you are right. He is pretty much a meat and potatoes type kid. But we have gone to dim sum and he did enjoy some of the dishes. Sushi, likely not, but Thai, I think he likes. I will certainly give him input but I know he would enjoy a real NYC style pizza experience. I see that both Keste and John's have been suggested for pizza. Any thoughts on which is the best?

                1. re: Attknee

                  John's is not even in the same league as Keste.

                  1. re: Attknee

                    Keste is more like the pizza you would get in Italy....John's is more of a NY style pizza experience. You may want to try both. Search the boards for recommendations for NY style pizza, but places like Keste, Motorino and Co are a different kind of pizza.

                    349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                2. My boys love Kefi. So do I.

                  505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                  1. How about Korean BBQ. It have found that fun with kids as it is adventurous, but you can also get great steaks, and you will be near manhattan's Koreatown on 32 nd street.

                    1. Angelo's Pizza (57th bet. 6th & 7th Aves.) Great thin-crust pizza, wonderful salads for the adults, and a few entrées. http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...
                      Avoid the Angelo's on Broadway bet. 53rd & 54th. It's not as good. Agree with the other poster to ask her son what kinds of foods he'd like to try while he's here. You might be (happily) surprised.

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

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                      1. re: Jane A.

                        +1 for Angelo's on 57th.

                        If the boy is fairly adventurous:

                        Dos Toros - quesadillas
                        DBGB - sausages
                        Bon Chon - Korean fried chicken
                        Fish Tag or The Breslin - lamb burger
                        Otto or Lupa - pasta
                        Chikalicious - desserts
                        Lady M - mille crepe cake

                        For bistro - Ballthazar, Odeon

                        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                        145 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                        203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                        The Breslin
                        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                        Dos Toros
                        137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                        Bon Chon Chicken
                        325 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

                        Fish Tag
                        222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

                        1. re: peter j

                          Agree on Bon Chon
                          Blondies on the UWS for regular wings
                          I'd recommend John's or Artichoke Basille for pizza
                          Shake Shack in Times Sq is good
                          Dinosaur BBQ would work too

                          John's Pizzeria
                          278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                          212 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

                          328 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

                          Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                          777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027