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NYC for 2 nights with 2 kids!

Looking for recommendations for dinner with 2 kids (10 and 7) in Manhattan. They are not overly adventurous, but are definitely use to high end fine dining atmosphere, and they love to get dressed up! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. so, there are thousands of restaurants on this tiny island, most of which could accommodate to kids. What about price range? When will the meal be?

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    1. re: nmprisons

      Price doesn't matter...around 7pm each night...I also should have mentioned...no Asian.

      1. re: michelerc

        "each night" . . . WHEN? If price doesn't matter, then timing will matter as many places will be booked up in advance.

          1. re: michelerc

            Simple food where you won't be out of place (1) with kids, (2) dressed up a bit, and (3) can get a reservation on 2-weeks notice.

            Let's see. I had dinner last night at the bar at Craft. I could definitely see young kids handling that menu and enjoying themselves. The menu at Lincoln (once translated for them) is also very accessible and quite good. You might also consider the tap room at Colicchio & Sons, as the large wood-burning oven might appeal to them.

            If "not overly adventurous" means "pretty adventurous," you might consider someplace like Oriental Garden in Chinatown where you could order a whole crab or fish or other delectable seafood creature and enjoy it as a family. For that matter, Oceana might work too. Heck, last time I was at Le Bernardin there was at least one kid younger than 7, and you might just be able to get a reservation.

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            Le Bernardin
            155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

            Craft
            43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

            Oriental Garden
            14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

            Oceana
            120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

            Colicchio & Sons
            85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Lincoln
            142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

            1. re: nmprisons

              Whoa! Strongly and respectfully disagree on Oceana - way too stuffy - I consider myself old-fashioned but I will never be back again - not a fun place.

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              Oceana
              120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

              1. re: nooyawka

                Really? The place with the big old bar right in the middle and the chalkboards? Stuffy? I mean, people dress up to go there (but that is exactly what OP wants) but if you think Oceana is stuffy I can't imagine how you feel about places like Daniel or Jean Georges or Le Bernardin.

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                Jean Georges
                1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

                Le Bernardin
                155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

                Oceana
                120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

    2. If they are confortable with fine dining and like to get dressed up then just pick places you want to go and they will be happy. There are literally 100's of places that fit your requirements.

      1. Definitely recommend the Bhakti Cafe!
        Food is great but very affordable! Staff is also very friendly.
        http://www.bhakticafenyc.com/
        25 1st Ave - between 1st and 2nd St

        I'd also recommend staying at the Sanctuary Guest Suites - great food, plus their lowest-priced accomodations (Divinity Apartment) works out to $25/person per night for 4 people. It's just a few blocks away, also in East Village.
        http://www.sanctuaryguestsuites.com/
        73 E 3rd St Apt#CC

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        Bhakti Cafe
        25 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Sanctuary Guest Suites
        Manhattan, New York, NY 10003

        1. My kids loved Craft when they were younger. A nice night out, with great food and desserts. For more casual, they also loved Keste for awesome pizza.

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