I'm bringing family (wife, 18-yrold, 11-yrold sons) to New York for first time in July, I know, for a long weekend. We're struggling a bit w/ being overwhelmed by choices. Trying to be smart about meal prices, $50 pp is more than I'd like to pay, though I'm sure we'll do it once or twice.
We're staying in midtown west. Hotel Belvedere says it has a fridge, which may make shopping/picnic easier.
We're all pretty adventurous eaters and willing to walk, ride as part of our adventure.
I'm not really asking for multiple recommendations, or links, - though those are certainly appreciated - as much as a "don't miss this" type suggestion.
I know we'll seek out pizza, noodles, bagels, a burger, likely the oyster bar counter at Grand Central, Chinatown and stuff we can grab for a picnic. I keep thinking we should seek out food we can't get anywhere near home. etc. The net is full of options, the city and boroughs - just walking around - even moreso, so maybe we won't go terribly wrong, but any wisdom NYC hounds can share is genuinely appreciated.
My 11-year-old keeps arguing for Le Bernardin. Eric Ripert's his food hero after Top Chef and Bourdain, but I think it may be too much.
Thank you for any help.