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Staying around 28th and Park - what's close?

We have a four day trip coming up with two school age kids. So far after looking around the boards I've booked Trecolori for pre theatre, Otto for another night and Nomad (not NoMad) too. I'm not fully confident about these choices but figure its a good start.

Now I'm looking for something that is actually close to the hotel, preferably not Italian (I already have 2) nor most Asian (we have tons of great Asian here on the Westcoast). Maybe bistro? We're not looking for super high end, but are open to pretty much anything else that involves parents relaxing with a drink after a day of sightseeing.

I think our lunches will be pretty spontaneous and not a focus of the day (I say that now) but I wonder if we do decide to go to Katz's or Russ & Daughters, will there be huge line ups? Actually, family is pretty line-up averse so does put Shake Shack out of the question too?

Thanks for any help.

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  1. Millesime
    The Cannibal
    Blue Smoke
    The Breslin

    You can get better burgers at 5 Napkin, pastrami at Sarge's and smoked fish at Barney Greengrass without any lines.

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    1. re: Riverman500

      No offense Riverman but I have to disagree with a few of your choices. I don't think two school aged children would really enjoy the Cannibal or Millisime and I don't think the clientle would really enjoy them that much either. I go to Cannibal quite frequently and have yet to see anyone below age inside. However Sarge's for pastrami is an excellent choice right nearby and Blue Smoke is a great choice as well.

      If you're looking for pizza your area has Vezzo which is great thin crust pizza with sidewalk seating and pretty good lunch specials. Another place to get a nice breakfast or sit down lunch without breaking the bank nearby is Penelope. Hope this helps!

      1. re: roze

        I've seen kids at Cannibal and Millesime, but whatever... it's all good. I haven't heard of Vezzo but will put it on my list based on your rec.

        1. re: Riverman500

          It's super thin crust- like a cracker. There a few outposts with different names around town but same pizza- Posto, Gruppo & Spunto are a few.

        2. re: roze

          I too think Millsime is a great place for a family. I don't see why not.

        3. re: Riverman500

          Not sure what days the OP is here, but just a note that Barney Greengrass is closed Mondays. Great atmosphere, too. It's like a time warp in there.

        4. Check out Riverpark. They have a cafe menu (cheaper) in addition to their regular dinner menu.

          http://www.riverparknyc.com/

          Also close enough, imho, is Wild Edibles Restaurant for fresh seafood.

          http://www.wildedibles.com/menu.cfm

            1. Artisinal
              2nd Ave Deli
              Penelope for breafast - go early to avoid lines

              1. I think Artisanal would be fun/enjoyable for all of you.