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Suggestions for dinner with teenage (17) son

Seattlemandy Jun 3, 2012 08:30 PM

Looking for great atmosphere, delicious food but nothing up tight for my son. We will be there at the end of the month for 6 days. We are doing a mother/son trip.

Will mainly do casual for breakfast and lunch so a nice sit down meal will be great for dinner. We are open to all of Manhattan , staying in Midtown. Open to Japanese, Chinese, French, American, steak, and seafood,

Quick question on happy hour... Are there any places that will allow my son to join me? I figure this might be a good alternative to long dinner one of the nights.

Thank you!

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    von_levi Jun 3, 2012 09:21 PM

    How about Motorino pizza for dinner and then walk over to Big Gay Ice Cream for dessert (if he's apprehensive about the name, show him pictures of their the treats on their website)? At the end of the night he'll think you're the hippest mother ever (if he doesn't already think that).

    Not quite a sit down place, but I'm sure he'll love Shake Shack.

    Thinking of what I was like at that age, I think The Dutch would work well.

    If you were hoping to hit some of the trendiest/most popular places, The Spotted Pig and Red Farm would certainly work if you're son is ok waiting a while for a table.

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    1. re: von_levi
      Seattlemandy Jun 3, 2012 10:20 PM

      Thank you! Will do as you suggested. Looks like the Spotted Pig and Red Farm might be worth the wait. I'm sure there are things to do nearby as we wait.

      1. re: von_levi
        kathryn Jun 4, 2012 08:40 AM

        Great suggestions and a stroll down St Marks would work after Motorino/Big Gay as well.

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        roze Jun 4, 2012 06:55 AM

        Spotted Pig and Red farm are great ideas. Maybe even check out Sakagura. It has a great atmosphere and you can order a lot of little things and take your time. Might be more convival than just doing a happy hour.

        1. k
          kathryn Jun 4, 2012 08:39 AM

          Maialino's happy hour would work. It's a restaurant, not a bar, but they serve food in the bar area.

          He might also get a kick out of Crif Dogs or one of the Momofuku restaurants in the East Village. My favorite is Ssam Bar.

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            Seattlemandy Jun 5, 2012 12:19 AM

            He does want to do a steak night...traditional NY steak ; )

            Any suggestions there? Many thanks!!

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            1. re: Seattlemandy
              The Cookbook Addict Jun 5, 2012 05:02 AM

              Keen's or Peter Luger's.

              1. re: Seattlemandy
                von_levi Jun 5, 2012 06:51 AM

                Agree with Peter Luger's.

                FYI: The Dutch has a 18 oz bone-in New York Strip and a 40 oz beef ribeye for two on their menu.

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