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ledaniel Aug 30, 2011 11:34 AM

My two tween daughters and I will be venturing north to NYC from NC on November 10th. This is my daughters' first trip to the city. Any restaurant suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have tix to Lion King Friday night, so something in the theater district would be great for that night. We're staying at the Wellington, but don't mind taking the subway for good food! Don't wanna spend a fortune to eat somewhere trendy-more interested in taste than trendiness:)

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    gutsofsteel Aug 30, 2011 11:50 AM

    You need to provide some guidance as to budgets, types of cuisine, etc. A "fortune" means different things to different people.

    There are too many restaurants in NYC to give you useful advice without your narrowing it down...

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      ledaniel Aug 30, 2011 12:06 PM

      We like various types of cuisine-no chocolate covered grasshoppers or escargot please. We've never had Vietnamese or Thai, but we're willing to try new things. By a fortune-I would rather not pay over $25/ per person for lunch-excluding drinks. For dinner, no more than $45-50/ per person. I'd love a good pizza place for lunch one day. I'd like to know what the locals favor vs. the typical tourist spots.

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        gutsofsteel Aug 30, 2011 01:17 PM

        If you do a search under pizza you could narrow it down and then come back with questions...might save you some time. Do you want neopolitan style pizza or "NY slice" type of pizza?

        Do your budgets include tax and tip?

        I see you don't like snails...do you want French food? Italian? Chinese? Do you want to try Vietnamese and/or Thai? How much spice/heat do you like to eat? How about Indian food? German/Austrian...?

        "Various types of cuisine" just doesn't give enough information for people to narrow it down for you and be helpful...

        How many days will you be in town - how many lunches and dinners do you need to plan for? Do you want to make reservations?

    2. princeofpork Aug 30, 2011 12:26 PM

      How old is tween and how comfortable are they eating in upscale places?

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        ledaniel Aug 30, 2011 01:02 PM

        My girls are 10 and 12. We can do upscale but don't want smooty.

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          princeofpork Aug 30, 2011 01:46 PM

          Here are some suggestions for good meals and fun times for kids in that age range.
          Try Rosa Mexacano for Mexican. Good food and the table side Guac is a blast to watch and most of the time they will let your girls help them make it.Try some Thai, the flavors are great and you can get chicken or beef dishes if you dont want to venture out. Holy Basil in the east village is a good spot and then walk up St Marks for some great people watching. Maybe even a piercing or Tatoo for you and the girls

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          Rosa Mexicano
          61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

          Holy Basil
          149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        rkaene Aug 30, 2011 01:32 PM

        What about doing some more fancier places for lunch and having pizza or something lighter for dinner? Many places have reasonable prix fix lunches- Gotham Bar and Grill, Jean Georges for example. My favorite vietnamese is in chinatown- Nha Trang Centre. Dim Sum would be great also. Red Egg Takes reservations, and has a menu, Golden Unicorn for carts. Very reasonable. Only in NY would be fun also - Barney Greengrass, Russ and daughters, Katz's for example. Check out Aureoles Post Theater Menu- that could be very fun. ( In the theater district). Have a great time

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        Barney Greengrass
        541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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

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

        Aureole
        135 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

        Nha Trang
        148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

        Gotham Bar and Grill
        12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Golden Unicorn
        18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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