This is a long and specific question :-) I have done my internet research and am now hoping to get some direct local insight!
We are visiting NYC with our two boys - aged 11 and 14 - for 5 nights next month. We are from the Toronto area and visited New York last summer - did all the 'iconic tourist things' and voted unanimously to come back again this summer. Last year we stayed in Chelsea, and this year we are staying at the Country Inn and Suites not too far from the Queensboro plaza. To be honest, the primary reason we chose to stay there was that we could get a bigger room with bigger beds, free breakfast and wifi, for almost half the price of Manhattan. We also got a tiny taste of the outer boroughs when we visted 5 Pointz last time - on a tip from our walking tour guide - and wanted to try and be a bit more 'off the beaten track' this time.
Our general plan is to be out and about during the day, then come 'home' around dinner time to chill for a couple of hours before heading out to a Broadway show (4 of the 5 nights). I am looking for places either close by for a quick and casual dinner; getting takeout or delivery so they guys can just hang out for a breather; places we can 'overshoot the hotel' on the way back from Manhattan to takeout and bring back to the hotel.
Food preferences: I personally will try - and probably enjoy - anything (except for velveeta and spam). The guys are not quite as adventurous, but are generally open to any cultures 'meat and starch' offering (schwarma, tacos, gyros, deli sandwiches, jerk chicken and rice etc). We find that our options for Latin American / mexican are limited and inferior in Canada :-) so eager for those options. 11 yr old and I love cheese; 14 yr old and hubby don't like cheese. Not really interested in getting pizza.
So here is what I have mapped out so far based on my research here and elsewhere on the web - eager for any feedback... this is still a work in progress
Friday - Arepas cafe (any particular menu suggestions?)
Saturday - Tu Casa (I thought take out a roast chicken and some ceviche - any don't miss items?)
Sunday - Diner food? BBQ? somewhere with a good cobb salad? pasta?
Monday - Tortilleria Nixtamal (no Broadway show that night so going further afield)
Tuesday - Deli sandwich - my eldest is intrigued by the Bomb at Sal, Kris & Charlies; I really want to find a great sandwich made with fresh mozzarella
Welcoming any thoughts or suggestions :-)