Going to be in NY for Thanksgiving. Suggestions for Chinatown or kid-friendly East or West Village
FOR CHINATOWN: Amazing 66. Stands above the crowd. Preorder the crispy chicken. Be sure to try an unknown kind of fusion that started at Danny Ng-I call it "NY cop fusion"; they have pastrami, corned beef, roast beef and prime rib in a few of their dishes. Introduced to me by Cantonese cousin. Don't gag-they are excellent.
How inexpensive? Western/non-ethnic restaurants usually do a Thanksgiving prix fixe that is more expensive than the regular meal. A buffet may be slightly cheaper but I'd still ballpark $40 per adult, and that's on the low end for Thanksgiving in Manhattan.
I don't recall Chinatown being that crazy for Thanksgiving, at least not in comparison to Christmas.