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Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

I'm visiting for a long weekend (four days) w/ my teen daughter, 15. She wants to do the ultimate tourist trip, unlike most of our vacations, which also means foods. My NYC list of restaurants I want to try is long but few tourist spots. What we have on the list is: Ess-a bagel, Katz, Doughnut Plant, Dylan's Candy Bar, Halal Guy, Jocques Torres, Eataly, Serendipity (this one grudgingly because she wants the frozen hot chocolate). What I'm trying to balance, since this is her trip, is places a teen can tweet about vs food that's worth eating for me. It doesn't have to be stellar; I'll do another trip for that. Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Does she watch any of the food shows? She may feel that restaurants owned by Iron Chefs or Chopped judges are touristy, and some of them are quite good.

    1. Take the subway to Brooklyn, have a pizza at Grimaldi's and walk back to Manhattan on the Brooklyn Bridge. I've done that several times with my sons when they were teenagers and they always loved it.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Skip Grimaldi's. Yes, walk over the bridge. Then have pizza at Juliana's, the pizza place owned by the actual Patsy Grimaldi as opposed to the place that just has his name on it.

        Try Ramen. Go to Ippudo's. Every teen I have taken loves it. Adults love it too.

        1. re: Bkeats

          She loves ramen. Is Ippudo's a chain? There are quite a few locations.

          1. re: chowser

            Yes, its a chain but not like McD. There are two branches in NYC. Both spaces are real interesting with a unique design. The original is in Japan. I like to get the spicy pork buns and the Modern ramen.

            1. re: Bkeats

              Great--thanks. We'll see what's closest to where we'll be.

              1. re: chowser

                Try to go on a weekday, no res and very popular

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  So trying to go for lunch tomorrow wouldn't be a good idea?

                  1. re: chowser

                    Try to get there before opening to minimize the wait, I'm thinking maybe the Midtown one won't be quite as bad as the EV one on Saturday AM. Also the weather is quite nice right now. So maybe people won't be in a ramen mood.

                    There also Totto Ramen on 52nd, close by. Note that the other Totto Ramen location doesn't serve lunch.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      The 51st street Totto was serving lunch last time I went by.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        They do now. The menu is a bit more limited at lunch but getting better every week. Much less of a wait if any than the 52nd.

                2. re: chowser

                  I like Ippudo but I went to Hide-chan in midtown last week, and think that was better. I haven't tried Totto yet.

                3. re: Bkeats

                  Agree with Juliana's, right next door and they use the original Grimaldi ovens. Good Pizza.

                  1. re: Bkeats

                    Juliana's is great. Another idea after visiting Dumbo is Smorgasburg at Brooklyn Bridge Park

                4. I think one of David Chang's restaurants would qualify, Ma Peche or Ssäm Bar.

                  A NYC slice at Sacco.

                  Dominique Ansel Bakery.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I was debating the cronut. It might be tweet-worthy. We could do a comparison to the DC version doissant. That would be tweet worthy.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Depends what time she likes waking up! Dominique Ansel opens at 8am/9am and the line usually has started 1+ hour before then.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Yeah, I'm not up for waiting for hours for mediocre food. That's one reason it wasn't originally on the list but I was considering it.

                        1. re: chowser

                          You could try the online reservation system (opens one week at a time every Monday) and if you don't get in, you can skip it.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Filled already for the following weeks. Crazy. I haven't even waited in line for Georgetown Cupcakes (not worth it, not even worth not waiting!).

                            1. re: chowser

                              The other baked goods make this a worthy stop even if you don't go for a cronut- lots of press lately about the new cookie and milk shot...

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                if you follow this advice, not that the cookie and milk shots arent available until 2/3pm (id check first) so its not like if you strike out in the cronut line you can just grabe cookies/milk to drown your sorrows.

                              2. re: chowser

                                Reservations open up for Cronuts once a week ONLY on Mondays, so, yeah, they fill up fast.

                        2. re: calumin

                          It was shut down last week, not this, and then reopened on Tuesday 8.

                        3. re: ipsedixit

                          Good call. Momofuku pork buns are Instagrammed all the time.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Have been seriously considering Ma Pache or Noodle House. Is the wait crazy long? Is there a better time/day to go? Tourist casual dress fine? These have been on my list for a long time but I wasn't sure this was the trip for it. But better now than later.

                            1. re: chowser

                              Ma Peche takes reservations on their site. They seem to me to be much busier on weekdays than weekends. More of a post work crowd.

                              The line always seems to be long at Momofuku Noodle Bar, especially on weekends, lunch or dinner, and if your interest is ramen, the other suggestions do have better ramen. No reservations unless for big groups doing a set meal.

                              Casual dress totally fine for both.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Go to Ma Peche on a weekend no wait, no res needed, esp. for a party of 2-4.

                                Casual. Casual. Casual. Did I say casual?

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  Okay, dinner tonight. Given that I'm prone to overordering, anyone have recommendations for dishes, esp dessert that would be good in a hotel room, either room temp or microwaved a couple of hours later? Obviously we'll eat most hot while we're there but my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so to speak.

                                  1. re: chowser

                                    On your way in or out from Ma Peche, stop and get a slice of pie, cookies or cake truffles at Momofuku Milk Bar.

                              1. I'd scratch off Jacques Torres, the chocolates are disappointing. It's not on your list, but avoid Max Brenner.

                                Add to your list Grand Central Oyster Bad, Dominique Ansel, Kee's Chocolate, Guy's American Kitchen and Bar (don't actually eat in there! Just take a picture in front, it's famously awful) and walk to Shake Shack which is down the block.