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Jul 24, 2011 04:33 PM

Dinner for mama and son

I'm looking for a place to eat a relaxing meal with my son on the day of our visit to New York when we visit Sony Wonder Lab and ride the highline tram. If the tour at FreshKills is being given when we're there, then we'll eat Mediterranean for lunch in Brooklyn and this meal will be for dinner. If we don't go to Brooklyn, then this is a midday main meal we're talking about, with pizza for supper later on.

Right now I'm thinking of Le Mangiore or Thalia, but those are a little bit above what I'd like to spend. I'm a vegetarian, my son will be 9, knows how to behave, and eats real food.

828 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10019

La Mangeoire
1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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    1. We've been to La Mangeoire a few times and have had good experiences there. They offer a 3-course prix fixe at lunch for $19.75 and at dinner for $29.50. Is that more than you want to spend?

      You might want to consider La Bonne Soupe, on 55th, b/t 5th & 6th. Though we haven't been there in ages, I haven't heard any reports about deterioration in the quality of the food. Check the menus to see if the prices fit your budget.

      Btw, what "highline tram" are you referring to?

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      1. re: RGR

        Ooops--got the name of the tram and the name of a park mixed up. Sorry!

        Ride the 59th Street Tram
        Although the tram is currently closed for renovations, once it reopens, kids will again be able to get a kick out of taking a $2 trip on the red airborne trolley with its bird’s-eye views of Manhattan. We recommend riding at midday, when the “special seat,” located between the conductor’s stand and the tram’s bench, and specifically earmarked for little ones, is usually freed up. From Manhattan: N, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Ave–59th St; board at Tram Plaza, Second Ave at 60th St. From Queens: F to Roosevelt Island (