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In like a lion (visiting NYC in early March) with my son

Our trip to NYC is 7 months away and I'm already day-dreaming and making plans;) I'll be in a conference at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the Hilton New York from Feb 24-28, joined by my son on Feb 28, staying through March 4. We are both looking forward to it.

He has long been a chowpup, and we're hoping to find some food trucks and inexpensive places to tantalize and satisfy our taste buds. Here are a couple posts about our culinary adventures on another conference/vacation trip http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/492430 , http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/511492 . He's 9 and we live in the Tampa Bay area now, but our tastes are still pretty much the same, perhaps with slightly increased interest in German/central European food after 1.5 yrs there. Can you suggest eateries for us in the following places?

Lower East side, Ellis Island, Tenement museum
Harlem (unfortunately, neither of us is terribly into soul food
)Sony Wonder Technology Lab/59th Street tram
MoMA or Natural History Museum
Fresh Kills (we might do a tour of its conversion to a park)

Additionally, if you have any suggestions for me, close to the conference or easy to get to by subway from there, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks!

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  1. Those links barely work--chowhound included the comma in the first one, so you have to delete it from your browser. Here's the main part of it:

    My son loves pad see ewe and saag paneer, but I'm afraid he's loosing his desire to try new things. We're looking for places that are

    vegetarian-friendly (I eat eggs and fish, he usually eats meat)
    not too expensive
    fairly casual, bistros or even delis for yummy picnics or meals in our hotel room

    We like: curry, (Caribbean, Indian, or SE Asian), Mediterranean (any coast, paella to spanikopita, pasta to falaffel), Ethiopian wat, Ghanain kuntumbre, savory tastes
    I'd love to find the peanut sauce that a friend used to serve at his Senegalese restaurant (in Berlin), but that may be too specific a request.

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    1. re: saacnmama

      We fixed the links so they should work now.

      1. re: saacnmama

        To or from Fresh Kills, the very best Mediterranean restaurant probably in all of NY is Tanoreen in Bay Ridge, just over the Verrazano Bridge. Much has been written about it on these boards and elsewhere.

        1. re: mcf

          You just moved Fresh Kills from a "maybe" to an "absolutely"

      2. Wow, nobody has anything to say?

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        1. re: saacnmama

          What the hell... I'll weigh in. For me, most of my ethnic dining is done in Brooklyn & Queens so it's hard to point you in a good direction in Manhattan for these. If you want to venture out of Manhattan, post on the Outer Boroughs board (or e-mail me) and I'll give you more. To get to Fresh Kills (on Staten Island) you'll need to go thru Bklyn each way so maybe.

          That being said, in Manhattan I go to Dhaba on Lexington off E27th St. for Indian food (there are several other places, including vegetarian ones, in a 2-4 block radius right there as well), I go to Legends on 7th Ave off E.15th St for "adventurous" Chinese dishes (it's a long menu and not consistantly good food is on it, so look at CH threads on this place to avoid the crap), I go to Bianca (a couple of blocks off Houston, just off the Bowery) for a nice small place with inexpensive Italian food done well, & I go to Otto (1 Fifth Ave) to sit at the bar and drink good wine, eat excellent veggies, cheese and pasta in the middle of the scene. I'd walk around NYU, especially Bleeker/McDougall Sts and 1st Ave in the E.Village, crossing Houston into the Lower East Side. Have fun.

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          Otto
          1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          Bianca
          5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

          Dhaba
          108 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          Legend
          88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: Steve R

            Thanks. I hadn't thought of our preference as "ethnic", but several of these will probably hit the spot quite well. I will post on the Brooklyn board as well.

            Can't wait to check out the Indian places--not a lot of that in Tampa, where we live now.

            Is the NYU area you mention likely to overlap with the Tenement Museum tour?

            1. re: saacnmama

              The other walk (1st Ave going south in the East Village) is closer, leading you right to the LES. However, if you're in the NYU area, all you have to do is head due east to get there.... adds another 15-20 minutes to the walk. I'd recommend going south on Sullivan past Houston to Spring, then turning east but you could go east while still north of Houston (Bleecker for example) and get there just as well, with worthwhile sites along the way.

              I guess that, even though you're in Tampa, being a vegetarian sort of cuts down on the usefulness of going to Bern's huh?

              1. re: Steve R

                I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I've only just learned that there may be a steakhouse called Bern's by reading your post.

                "Worthwhile sites along the way" are always good. Thanks for the directions.

        2. 8 months in advance planning? Really? Even the most difficult to get reservations won't be accepting them yet.

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          1. re: thegforceny

            Two reasons for the early planning--

            knowing what to look out for coupons and deals for

            instead of just daydreaming about the trip, using the time to plan it.

            Granted, those make more difference on the stuff I asked about on Fodor's and Trip Advisors, but we've got to work the eating in with those things. Besides, it can be the most fun of all to imagine.

          2. Searching the boards, I came across a mention of the restaurant Keur Sokhna Plus, which has Borokhe on its menu. I'm still missing the peanut sauce a Senegalese friend served at his restaurant in Berlin. Comments in the post I found are sparse. Have you been there, and can you recommend it?
            Thanks!

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            Keur Sokhna Plus
            2249 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027