NYC Trip for week of July 6 2012 with 3 teenagers - looking for restaurants with and without kids
My husband and I are travelling to NYC w/ 3 daughters, ages 14 18 and 19. We will stay in Hell's Kitchen - W.44th.
We are looking for must have lunches and dinners for he and I - both foodies. We are considering BrushStroke, Sushi Yasuda, Jean George, Bouley, Le Bernardin, Wd-50, Perla , Milos ( have dined here previously) and Blue Water Grill ( dined here previously).
Two of our daughters are pretty basic diners and would not enjoy these restaurants so looking for some interesting ethnic or American restaurants within Hell's Kitchen for them.
Also interested in good bakeries coffee shops around w. 44th.
Shake Shack is at 44th and 8th -- seems like a very obvious choice.
5 Napkin Burger is over on 9th and 45th.
Becco on 46th between 8th and 9th would be a good place to take the kids -- they have a three pasta sampler/all you can eat thing that I'm sure they'll like (it's actually not that bad). There's also a decent stretch of theater restaurants along that block -- much better than just about everything else in the Times Square area.
Esca might be ok for your daughters in Hell's Kitchen. Brushstroke, Yasuda, JG and Bouley are great. Personally, I would not go to Bernadin (snooty service, resting on their laurels) or WD-50. Have you tried Eleven Madison? I would also recommend going to Momofuku Ssam if you haven't been. I would try Atera over WD-50 (but probably not for your daughters...)
re: The Cookbook Addict
We had fabulous food so thanks for the recommendations.
Kids loved Shake Shack and Five Napkin Burgers.
My husband and I loved the ten course tasting menu at Brushstroke - amazing food and wonderful sommelier. Brushstroke was my favorite place of the week.
Bouley was also great - we had the tasting menu and this was my husband's favorite.
We could not get into WD-50 or 11 Madison.
Ed's Lobster on Lafayette was great. As was Bookmarks rooftop bar in midtown.
Blue water Grill was not good due to poor service.
My 13 year old picked out Ca va Todd English and we were pleasantly surprised by how good the meal was.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie was disappointing due to a rude waiter.
Balthasar was great food and great service.
Thanks for the suggestions.