I really need your help here.
Family members that I have not seen in twenty years are coming to visit from a suburban Midwestern city and they will want to go out to eat somewhere this weekend.
I am terrified.
History has shown again and again that all of my worst fears come true where family members are concerned.
What in the world do I do with these people? They are in their mid-fifties and are likely neither well-cultured nor well-traveled. I think it would be nice to show them something New York-y, but it can't be too unusual or authentic to the degree that will turn them off. Maybe something safe, non-threatening, something that evokes "New York" but doesn't challenge the comfort-level of people who are more comfortable walking around a shopping mall than an urban street.
I'm pretty sure that something like Katz's for lunch would be too "suspicious" and "weird" for them, even.
No Asian food ...
I was thinking maybe some place in Times Square where we can have better-than-average Italian food and enough liquor to "put me under" for the most painful parts of the entertaining experience. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any of these joints ... and I also want to make sure that we don't feel like we're being hurried along to make room for the schedules of theater-goers.
Also, probably better to go someplace "popular" rather than "obscure."