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Jan 11, 2012 07:34 PM

The perfect resto for a mother-daughter sweet sxteen dinner celebration

I'm taking my daughter to New York first weekend in March for a special sweet sixteen celebration. We are going to a couple of shows, shopping, and want to eat some stellar food. Considering The Modern, EMP (if we can get in), Balthazar, Babbo...look to you fellow hounds to add to my list and help me make this THE most special weekend!

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  1. For my daughter's 16th bd last year, we went (at her request) to Max Brenner's (Bway betw 13 and 14th St). It is not the fine dining experience you are asking about , but it would fit in nicely with some shopping in the 14th St area. It is a very cute, happening cafe, and chocolate is their specialty--drinks, desserts, pancakes, etc.. It is near a subway, so you could scoot up to Bloomingdales for better shopping (that neighborhood is also great for teens). Have fun.

    Max Brenner
    841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

    1. My daughter, at 15, loves The Modern and EMP. Either would be excellent. Also, both make fabulous non-alcoholic cocktails.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Nancy S.

        Thanks. What about a pre-matinee brunch place. We have tickets to Godspell Sunday. We may also need a pre-theatre place for either Fri or Sat, as we are likely going to see Anything Goes as well.

        1. re: gourmetgirls

          Pre-Godspell brunch: Toloache, right next to the theater

          Pre-theater for Fri/Sat: The Modern Bar Room, or even better, The Modern Dining Room

          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          The Modern
          9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Thanks. We may do The Modern for a more leisurely meal. She also loves tapas or any small plates. Recos for great small plates would be appreciated too.

            1. re: gourmetgirls

              Hi - the itinerary is shaping up, so hoping for more advice. here is what we have so far:
              -Friday - pre-theatre resto needed - was thinking of Saju bistro. We are seeing Anything Goes so it is close.
              -Saturday - shopping in Soho etc, thinking of Kutshers for lunch, then a late dinner at Eleven Madison Park (got a 9:30 reservation)
              -Sunday - potentially brunch/lunch at the Modern (or Bar Room at same) before we see Godspell; no idea about dinner, but thinking of Balthazar
              Any additional recos for pre-theatre Friday and Sunday, as well as dinner Sunday would be welcome! thank you.

              1. re: gourmetgirls

                The Modern Dining Room is not open on Sundays. The Bar Room is open though. Try to make a reservation, however, I wouldn't want to eat at the Bar Room without a reservation.

                1. re: Cheeryvisage

                  So we just got back, and here is where we ate:
                  M-Thai on 8th ave for lunch Friday. Decent and very cheap. We ate at Farmers Rotisseria, which was great for basic rotisserie chicken and exptremely well priced. That was very importatn considering we were going to Eleven Madison Park Saturday night - it was AMAZING - they were so wonderful and thoughtful to my daughter. Knew it was her birthday dinner because of my comment on open table and made the evening very special from start to finish. Food was amazing and the whole experience was terrific. DIdnt have time for the Bar Room at MoMA sunday for lunch as we had tickets to Godspell (WOW what a great show - see it!) Ate at Otto Sunday night. Crazy noisy with tables an inch apart. Fun vibe, I guess, as long as you are not stuck with a very loud person next to you (we were, and he was insufferable.) The apps were good but the mains were not - I had the Spaghetti Carbonara and it was unbearably salty. I would say the cafe at the MoMA where we had lunch was better than Otto. Oh well, can't have it all. A great weekend was had by all...

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

                  1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

                  Farmers Rotisserie
                  673 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  232 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011