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Fellow Chowhounds-
Can you please offer some suggestions to take an 8-year old girl for lunch in Times Square. She is going to see the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. Guess I'm looking for something like the Hillstone on E 53rd. As she is arriving by train from DC, I would like something more special than the TS McDonald's. I anxiously await your reply. Thank you!

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  1. When you say Times Square, I think of the area near 42nd and Broadway... whereas Radio City Music Hall is on 50th and 6th.

    Close-ish to RCMH is burger joint at the Parker Meredien. A dive-ish burger place "hidden" behind a curtain in the lobby of a fancy hotel might be fun for her...

    1. If you liked Hillstone you might enjoy Bar Americain.

      1. Ruby Foo's or Burger Joint as suggested.

        1. I'm really not being a smarta** when I say this but if you want something like Hillstone why not just go to Hillstone?

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          1. re: Spiritchaser

            Love your answer, Spiritchaser! The short answer is that I'm trying to help three women who don't know there way around the city. And, it's a day trip from DC and back so trying to save time. Love to buy you a beer for that answer though - made me smile!

              1. re: kathryn

                Thanks Kathryn! I've been a 'hound long enough to know that you have a good reputation in NYC. You definitely know your way around the block...

              2. re: jdbeck

                I'm glad it made you smile. If you think Hillstone is too far away I am going to agree with kathryn and suggest burger joint (if you want RCMH area) if you really do need something in TS area then maybe STK (just not sure if that works for a small child and I believe lunch is only during the week).

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  Burger Joint has good burgers and will be an interesting NYC experience for a youngster.

            1. No experience with the restaurant/food here ... or if an 8 yo is past the doll stage but The American Doll Place at 5th & 49th has a restaurant with specific seatings. Afterwards a short stroll past the Rink at Rockefeller Center towards RCMH?


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              1. re: dragonfly

                I would like to take a minute and thank everyone for offering me a suggestion. Your recommendations are spot on. Much appreciated. JBeck

              2. The shake shack on 8th ave and 44th is another option- have someone on table finding duty while others order, pretty fast table turnover.
                Schnipper's on 43rd and 8th ave has a good mix of fish tacos, mac and cheese, salads and burgers.

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                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  Thanks, Ttrockwood. I was wondering how long it would take for Shake Shack to be mentioned. Haven't been but its on my bucket list.

                2. Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel (5th Avenue and Central Park South). It has an "Eloise" tea service 2-4 pm just for little girls, very special. They also have separate "fancy" menus for kids at breakfast and lunch every day. Little girls are treated like princesses at the Plaza where there is a portrait of Eloise next to the historic Palm Court dining room and a pink "Eloise" suite people can stay in at the hotel (if they can afford it, haha.)
                  I bet that room (with its Tiffany glass ceiling) is gorgeous when it's decorated for the holidays!
                  Read the reviews on Open Table--many of the top ratings are by people who have taken their 5 to 10 year old daughters there. The "Eloise" books (set in the Plaza Hotel) are great fun for elementary school kids, too, and 8 is the perfect age to read them. Maybe she could read one on the train.
                  There are special "Eloise at the Plaza" holiday dining events throughout November and December. Here is the web page with calendar:

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                  1. re: jilkat25

                    Thanks, Jilkat25! Great suggestion. The Plaza is beautifully decorated at Christmas and would make a lasting impression on a young girl. JBeck