I posted some time ago asking for recs for an upcoming visit by a family coming from Kentucky, and just wanted to let you all know what we ended up doing. Turns out there were other things to consider, such as avoiding spiciness or anything too exotic, which included sushi or Indian. Plus we were all on a budget.
Trattoria Trecolori for pre-theatre: couldn't go wrong with Italian. I had the black linguine (excellent version) and others had fettucine alfredo, chicken parm, ravioli, lasagna, and gnocchi. Would go here again with out-of-town folks.
Post-theatre munchies: Carnegie deli for cheesecake and shared a hot pastrami sandwich (yes, I know we could have done better at Katz's, but I was at the mercy of the itinerary!)
Lunch before Empire State Building: Korean food at Kum Gang San. Instead of doing the BBQ thing because we were starving, KGS had lunch specials Monday-Friday (we went on a Friday) that was actually a good introduction for newbies. The family enjoyed bulgogi, kalbi (already cooked and served bento-box style), and bi bim bop (all for under $10 each!). We also got a good assortment of ban chan that most people enjoyed.
Dinner on the Upper East Side: we were all exhausted, so we went for John's Pizzeria on East 64th (just a few doors away from the apt.). I prefer the Bleecker St. location, but this did just fine.
Lunch near Central Park: El Paso Taqueria on 97th between Park and Madison. I love this place - excellent guacamole and tacos in corn tortillas. Highly recommend the al pastor and carnitas tacos.
Dinner on the Upper East Side: Jackson Hole for burgers.
Lunch in Chinatown: Hop Kee; the Peking porkchops were a huge hit. Also ordered the fried spring chicken, beef chow fun, and chinese broccoli in oyster sauce. My usual waiter was surprised at the lack of crab but saw who I was with. We usually always get an order.
I sent them away with H & H bagels and Brooklyn Blackout Cake from Two Little Red Hens. Not the most Chowhoundish itinerary, but not bad considering what I had to work with.
Next up: Labor Day weekend with my parents-in-law. Must avoid spicy food and also stay within budget!