In March, my family are coming over to NYC to visit me, and to celebrate my Grandmother's 90th birthday. I asked a whle ago for advice on where to celebrate her actual birthday and have decided on lunch at Del Posto - I think she will like the food, the lovely room, and the piano playing. But now I need to start thinking of where else to take them to eat (partly because I don't really want to take them anywhere I havent tried so I need to get eating!). They are here for a week, so I need to have a wide range of foods, but they are on a budget, so I'll be trying to keep most meals reasonably priced (around $30-40 for dinner, $15-20 for lunch, not including drinks/tax/tips) although a couple of dinners above that price point are probably fine.
My grandmother will eat pretty much anything (including sushi, ramen, mexican, latin, and so on), but can't cope very well in noisy places (which is a problem in manhattan!). She can walk fine, but not too many stairs. She can't really queue, so I will only take them to places where we can reserve or where there won't be a queue
My mother is a picky eater, she'll eat most cuisines but tends to stick to fairly simple choices (eg pad thai in a thai restaurant), and my dad is a big eater who likes hearty food.
My brother is a real foodie, who works in the wine business so is used to fabulous chefs and amazing ingredients. He likes most types of food, particularly spanish though. He doesn't like americanised sushi though.
So, I'm looking for suggestions! It's my grandmother's first trip to New York (and almost certainly her only one), so I want to show her a full spectrum of what the city has to offer, but the noise factor is going to be a problem. They are staying on 57th street between 6th and 7th, but will probably mostly get cabs.
So far, from places I have been I'm thinking these would work:
Brunch: Cookshop, Telepan, Craftbar
Breakfasts: Sarabeths (on a weekday), Brooklyn Diner, maybe a weekday Pastis
Lunches: Russ & Daughers (takeout at my apartment), Snacking in Chelsea Market, maybe a Wichcraft,
Dinners: Blue Smoke (on the noisy side but I think if we go earlyish it's doable), Second Avenue Deli, Tsampa, Riverpark
Would welcome other suggestions!
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
212 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
212 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016
Second Avenue Deli
1442 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021