family trip to manhattan
Hi! My husband, his parents, my 2 preschool age chidren and myself will be headed to Manhattan next month. I went to culinary school and am a major foodie, so I'm looking for recommendations on where to take my family to eat during our trip (obviously kid friendly); I don't mind going to a hole in the wall type place and am looking for amazing food, affordably priced (for Manhattan, of course), served in an unpretentious atmosphere.We'll be staying on the East Side, on 39th street, but don't mind occasionally traveling to the upper west side (that seems to be the general consensus on where to find a densely populated area of great food), but I'd also appreciate some recommendations near our area. I'm aware that we need to stay away from TS and I am avoiding chain restaurants.
Thanks for your suggestions!
When you say affordable, what exactly do you mean? $20pp before tax, tip, any wine/drinks? More? Less?
Szechuan Gourmet - Sichuan
Cafe China - Sichuan
Shake Shack - gourmet fast food, thin In'n'Out style burgers
Burger Joint in the Le Meridien - OK burgers, great atmosphere
Don Antonio by Starita - Naples style pizza
PizzArte - Naples style pizza
Toloache - Mexican
Yakitori Totto - yakitori (grilled meat skewers), not sure about very young kids here, though
Soba Totto - soba, yakitori
Pure Thai Shophouse - Thai noodles
Pam Real Thai - Thai
Wondee Siam - Thai, ask for the "Thai" menu
Danji - modern Korean small plates, maybe too pricey for you?
Bar Room at the Modern - Alsatian inspired small plates, perhaps too pricey?
Ma Peche - creative/fusion, American & Asian, David Chang's Midtown spot, check out the takeout only lunch specials, too
La Silhouette - French restaurant
Jamaican Dutchy cart - street food, 51st St and 7th Ave, not sure about hours
Biryani Cart - street food, 46th St and 6th Ave, not sure about hours
Kwik Meal Cart - street food, 46th and 6th Ave, not sure about hours
Halal Guys - street food, 53rd and 6th Ave, south side of the street, SW corner at night, SE corner during the day
Carnegie John's - street food, 56th & 7th
Momofuku Milk Bar - very sweet, creative desserts, connected to Ma Peche restaurant in a hotel
Magnolia Bakery - Rockefeller Center, cupcakes, icebox cake, banana pudding
Jacques Torres - chocolates, Rockefeller Center
Bouchon Bakery - Thomas Keller's Bakery, Rockefeller Center
La Maison du Chocolat - chocolates, Rockefeller Center
'wichcraft - Tom Colicchio's sandwich chain, Rockefeller Center
To the OP - the upper west side is known for excellent high end restaurants but not for mid priced ones (but try Fairway Cafe, Nice Matin, and Salumeria Rosi if you're in the area).
You should consider the east or west village and other neighborhoods south of midtown.
In addition to Kathryn's list, I'd suggest:
Junoon (great lunch deal and 30% off if you book through Savored)
"the upper west side is known for excellent high end restaurants "
Out of curiosoity, which are they?
I happen to think just the opposite. The UWS has been unable to support true high end dining - in the 20 yrs I've lived there or near. Dovetail, Telepan are the only i can think of.
All relative and I guess I am excluding Lincoln Center, which, as I think of it, has few of longevity anyhow.
Unless you include Columbus Circle, which is not UWS......
I lot of people think that the UWS = Columbus Circle. And the high end restaurants they're thinking about are obviously Per Se, Boulud Sud, Jean-Georges. (Technically the UWS begins at 58th St, but considering how much space between 60th and 66th is taken up by Fordham and Lincoln Center, for all intensive purposes the UWS starts at 66th St).