I'm planning a trip to New York with my son, and am looking for a good places to eat lunch and dinner on the day we go to Harlem. He's 8, can be more adventuresome than many 3rd graders in his eating, but is sometimes cautious of unusual spices or sauces. I, on the other hand, love Ethiopian food and would also love to find the peanut sauce a Senegalese friend used to make in his Berlin restaurant. I'm vegetarian except for fish and eggs, but he is not (usually).
Here are the places I'm thinking of so far:
Red Rooster and Amy Ruth's would probably appeal to him, if they were done well. Reviews seem to vary widely.
Besides the food, of course, it's also important that places we go be reasonably child-friendly. I do NOT want a menu of fishsticks and corndogs for him, and we don't need crayons, etc. What we would like are reasonably fast service, willingness to adapt dishes (sauces on the side, simple vegetables, those sorts of requests), and not terribly noisy or crowded places. The prices at Red Rooster are at the higher end of what I'd like to pay, but would be bearable.
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