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Jan 19, 2012 11:23 AM

kid friendly restaurants around Orpheum theater (2nd ave)

i am coming into the city to see Stomp tomorrow and I am looking for a resuaurant to go to with my family. Any suggestions? thank you

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  1. There are dozens of options in that neighborhood, so you need to be more specific. How old are your kids? How much do you want to spend per entree? How many people in your party? What kind of food do you & your kids like?

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    1. re: small h

      My kids, are 11 and15. I want decent food but don't want to spend a fortune. I am looking for something close to the theater on 2 nd Ave and St marks THX

      1. re: swish3

        "I want decent food but don't want to spend a fortune."

        That's still rather vague because (a) you haven't told us what kind of food you and your kids prefer, and (b) what constitutes not spending a fortune can vary considerably depending on the depth of one's wallet. That said...

        Motorino, on 12th, b/t 1st and 2nd

        Momofuku Ssam Bar, on the corner of 2nd & 13th


        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: RGR

          RGR of course is providing top picks for quality at a very reasonable price point. If you are limited to the area around the theatre, the north side of St Marks between 2nd and 3rd has a whole bunch of fun, but not RGR-quality, Asian joints. There's a couple of Japanese snack places (full of college students, the east-most one you walk down a couple of stairs to enter), an Asian noodle joint (closer to 3rd), and, our go-to, Grand Szechuan (mid-block, up a flight of stairs). There's also Spot Dessert Bar for afterwards. I think there's also a new sticky bun place, but not sure where on St Marks it is.

          Grand Sichuan
          23 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          Spot Dessert Bar
          13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: Andy T.

            "...but not RGR-quality, Asian joints."

            LOL! I have nothing against Asian joints, but I'm not familiar with the places you mention because I eat relatively little Asian food. I like Thai. I've been to the upscale Japanese Kyo Ya and enjoyed it, though I was picky regarding which dishes I was willing to eat. Don't care much for Chinese (except for soup dumplings and Peking duck). A sushi excursion is on my "to do" list.

            I've been to Spot Dessert and disliked two of the three items we tried. But that was when Pichot Ong still owned the place, so I have no idea what the desserts are like now.


            Kyo Ya
            94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

    2. http://fleamarketcafe.com/

      I love this place. I have only been to 2 brunches with my 3 yr old daughter but the food is really good especially for the prices they charge. (loved their bread


      I've heard great things about their dinner too.

      Then there is Chinatown brasserie and tons of good Japanese places.
      Also, Cafe Orlin is always popular...then thre is Luke's lobster and the mermaid inn.

      But you need to be more specific..as this area has tons of good restaurants with tons of options. As there are a lot of college kids in this area, i don't think you will have any problem bringing your teenagers to most restaurants.

      Cafe Orlin
      41 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      Flea Market Cafe
      131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

      1. DBGB is within a reasonable walking distance.

        1. Vaselka

          144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. There are dozens of options In the immediate area.

            Cafe Mogador does a great brunch
            Forcella for deep fried pizza
            Momofuku Ssam/noodle/milk bar
            Zabb Elee for spicy Thai

            Much more casual
            Caracas arepas
            Xi'an famous foods

            Need reservations
            Dirt candy (inventive vegetarian)

            There are tons of casual inexpensive Italian places. When I lived in the area Gnocco and Max were my favorites but I haven't been for years. Frankie's Spuntino has since opened up, and is close to where you'll be but not in the immediate area.

            Momofuku Ssam Bar
            207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Frankies 17 Spuntino
            17 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

            Cafe Mogador
            101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Caracas Arepa Bar
            93 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

            51 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

            337 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10009

            Momofuku Noodle Bar
            171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Dirt Candy
            430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

            Xi'an Famous Foods
            81 St. Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

            Momofuku Milk Bar
            251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

            334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

            Zabb Elee
            75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003