Korean American visiting Manhattan for 6 year son's b-day 1st wk of Oct. 2013
My husband and I are taking our 5-to-be-6 year old while in NYC son for a week in Oct (AMNH, FAO Schwarz, Statue of Liberty, etc for the kid). Both hubby and I have been to NYC 3 times without the kiddo.
We will be staying around Herald Square on the outskirts of Koreatown, where hubby and I have stayed before.
We'd like some recommendations on kid-friendly restaurants both in Koreatown and Midtown, or anywhere in NYC that's easy to get to with a kiddo (ie not walk too much).
Six year old son is not an adventurous eater but loves jja jang myeun (Korean-Chinese black bean sauce noodles). I DO NOT LIKE Hyo Dong Gak's noodles. We prefer more sweet, less onions if that makes sense....
I'm not impressed by Don's Bogam.
Other eating plans include -
John's Pizzeria on Bleecker
Arang (for spicy Korean rice cakes)
If the weather is nice, Bryant Park is nice for kids, with books and a carousel, and its an easy walk. Lots of ways to pick up food along the way to eat in the park, but for an unadventurous eater, maybe le Pain Quotidien (on 40th) works best, and I like their brownies too. (You can eat inside as well.) On Sixth Avenue at 41st, Cafe Zaiya is on the second floor of Kinokuniya bookstore, for Japanese rice balls and other pre-packaged lunch treats you can pick up cheaply maybe along with a few oddball cheap toys to take into the park (they also have some indoor seating).
For a 6-yr-old (and most of the rest of us), I'd recommend taking the Staten Island ferry to get a look at the Statue of Liberty, rather than going to the Island itself. The latter is expensive, time-consuming, tiring. The former is free.
A kid-friendly place on Staten Island that is an easy walk from the ferry--especially if you can eat in their outdoors area--is the former Cargo Cafe, now called 120 Bay Cafe (but everyone still calls it Cargo Cafe).
Another great option is Pier 76, which is closer to the ferry and has great pizza in addition to other Italian food.
Here is a very recent trip report from a visitor who brought kids a little bit younger than yours.
> My husband and I are taking our 5-to-be-6 year old while in NYC son for a week in Oct (AMNH, FAO Schwarz, Statue of Liberty, etc for the kid).
Near the Natural History Museum there is a location of Shake Shack. I believe that the user who posted the report I linked to above went to the UWS Mermaid Inn instead. They give complimentary chocolate pudding for dessert and a fortune telling fish with your check, which might be entertaining.
Near FAO Schwarz is the food hall at the Plaza. My friends who are parents go all the time. Granted, they have a one year old, but it seems like an easy option for you. There's also a Momofuku Milk Bar nearby.
Note that the Statue of Liberty has no cafes or restaurants on Liberty Island, only the 1-2 concessions stands with standard fare. If you are arriving/departing from Battery Park, there's not a lot in the park itself. Just the usual hot dog, pretzel, ice cream, etc. vendors.
This guide should help you find some places nearby but most will be a short walk away:
Looks like Adrienne's Pizza Bar and the FiDi Luke's Lobster isn't too far from where the ferry pick up/drop off point is (hopefully the security line isn't too long).
Also keep in mind that the Financial District is much more quiet on the weekends so a lot of food trucks that are normally in the area won't be around.
> We'd like some recommendations on kid-friendly restaurants both in Koreatown and Midtown, or anywhere in NYC that's easy to get to with a kiddo (ie not walk too much).
Kid friendly in Midtown:
Landmarc (kinda sorta Midtown as its in Columbus Circle
The new Midtown Xian Famous Foods might also work.
I also don't know how food your 5-to-6 year old is with street food, but it might be fun to hit up Biryani Cart or Halal Guys, etc.
Shanghai Mong's dishes are full of MSG and they are almost inedible to me.
There is another place called Dong Chun Hong on 32nd St. & Fifth Ave., which is a branch of a Korean Chinese restaurant chain, but the quality has drastically fallen since their opening.
To have really good Korean Chinese food, you should head over to Flushing and try places like 'Chinese House (중국집)'.
For pure Korean food, I recommend a bit more upscale 'Gaonnuri' on the top floor of Woori Bank building on 32nd St. (But don't order Naeng Myun. It used to be good but is pretty disappointing now)
Also for spicy Korean rice cakes, try Hanjan's pork fat rice cakes. They are awesome!
Shanghai Mong is the other Chinese-Korean place in Manhattan. I can't think of a third, although there could be. I wouldn't say it's better than Hyo Dong Gak.
You might do well at the Gallery, which is something like a Korean food court on 32nd. Lots of options. I've never been wowed by the food, but you should check it out anyway.