DC 'hound needs help-veg friendly biggish kid friendly LES food
Hi all-Coming to NYC next weekend and all activities are LES. Kids and spouse are vegetarian; I'm definitely not. Thai, Chinese, Mexican, pizza best bets but I'd like to feed them while having some great food myself. Kids are 10&12. Looking for breakfast spots too. All advice very appreciated!
If you don't mind a wait, the kids might get a kick out of the menu at Shopsin's -- just mind the "rules." No parties greater than four, everyone must order a meal. Stand in line to be seated, no names are taken down.
Clinton St Baking Co is also very good but will have insane waits on weekends (2-3 hours).
Takeout bagel sandwiches (with smoked salmon for you) might be easier at Russ & Daughters, but there's nowhere to eat inside. Some benches outside and a park across the street though it's probably full of snow (and ice) by now.
For other meals, perhaps look into:
Tiny's Sandwich Shop
Pok Pok Pad Thai
Williamsburg Pizza's new LES location
Everyone should be able to find something great at Eataly, Mario Batalli's fantastic emporium.
Wild Ginger on Broome St. in NoLita is great for casual veggie Asian fusion.
Vegetarian DIm Sum House in Chinatown might work for a fun family experience.
Also we like Chennai Garden in Grammercy Park for Indian dosas (filled crepes) and delicious naan and curries.
The famous Katz's Deli (of Harry Met Sally fame) has dishes for meat lovers as well as some terrific vegetarian dishes (excellent knishes, cole slaw, pickles, etc.)
For really good pizza, two suggestions: classic Patsy's in East Harlem, or a branch of Trattoria Zero Otto Nove in the Flatiron District.
None of these places will break your bank. Hope this helps!
re: Elder Berry
Eataly, Chennai Garden, Patsy's, and Zero Otto Nove are not near the LES.
Eataly is a shopping emporium with multiple restaurants inside including a seafood one, vegetable one, pizza/pasta, a beer garden, etc. So I'm not sure if you're suggesting that the OP split up the family given that 3 out of the 4 family members are vegetarian. It also tends to be very crowded on weekends.