I am fortunate to have a great relationship with my nearly 14 year old niece. She is almost certainly visiting my husband and I next weekend for a few days and most likely, one of those days will be spent doing something uniquely NYish (Broaday, MOMA, Soho shopping perhaps, haven't quite got that part figured out - it's all up to her whims - we'd like to try and cater to what her interests are).
We'd love to take her someplace for lunch which will open up her eyes and palate, but isn't so far out there that she might be unsure about ordering or wind up not eating what she ordered.
She pretty much eats anything, that much I know and I know she is very big on seafood. I don't think she is up to fussy complicated dishes yet since she comes from an area where that kind of food is few and far between (let alone her parents wouldn't ever spend the money to introduce her to this kind of dining anyway).
I'm trying to come up with someplace with a modern vibe, interesting decor since she's from a small suburb down at the shore in NJ. You know, give her an experience she can take away with her and rave about to her friends. Someplace with killer eye-catching deserts would be a huge plus - that much is certain.
Again, nothing overly fussy or fancy - none of us are going to be dressed up. Suggestions can be made all over the city from upper east/west side to downtown, since we don't know what we're doing yet. We may even plan our day around the meal, who knows?