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1st time family of 5 food itinerary...thoughts?


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1st time family of 5 food itinerary...thoughts?

MelB5 | Jul 17, 2012 04:07 PM

My family (dh and 3 kids 11, 8, 7) will be in NYC for the 1st time at the end of this month.
we are looking for:
-some really, really good food! But, travelling with 5 makes budget a bigger concern than usual.
-We want to mostly stick with unique to New York food.
-Cuisine: Four of us are adventurous but we have our DD who doesn't like anything unless very bland...she also never met a chicken nugget she didn't like (I know, I know) so we're trying to keep it simple for my decidedly non-chowhound daughter
-Budget: the per person price before tax, tip, and alcohol is difficult for me to calculate as the kids will likely eat less and eat lower end items so I've just gone through the menus and planned what I thought everyone would order. With that in mind I'd like to keep our food only budget around $250-$300 total for each dinner. We are wine drinkers though so restaurants with decent bottles under $100 would be great)

I'm chowhounding and menupage-ing non-stop so everytime I think I have our food itinerary...I get confused again. So, I'll just post what I'm thinking so far and hopefully some of you will be kind enough to critique.

Breakfasts will mostly consist of something in our hotel as the Fairway is across from our hotel

Gray's Papaya
Shake Shack (to compare with our In-n-Out)
Luke's Lobster
combo of Katz Deli and Russ & Daughters (thinking of sharing some from each)
Kefi (this is a maybe, seems to not get much love here but its near our hotel and I love Greek so thought it might be a nice neighborhood joint with decent food?)

Day 1:Keste for pizza
Day 2:Basso56 for pre-theater
Day 3: want this to be a little more special was originally thinking Balthazar but also thinking Keen's (I realize completely different food and atmosphere but they both appeal to me and seem similar in price) Maybe do one on this night and the other the next before we leave? Or do you suggest something else?

Thanks in advance I'd really appreciate advice

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