Okay, so I'm a humanties academic (read, not so high-income) taking my 13-year-old son with me to NYC midtown as I combine research with checking out the city in my spare time. I drink little or no alcohol. So far my food plans include typical Chowhound foraging. I think we'll go try Di Fara and maybe John's, Joe's and some other pizzas. I want to go to Turco's Grill because I am fanatically hopeful of finding German-style Döner Kebabs in the USA.
But now I'm also considering trying one top-flight restaurant with my son. Right offhand, Le Bernardin sounds good, because he and I both love seafoods. My son is 13 but totally cool with new foods. So pleasing a "kid palate" is a non-issue here.
How much forethought do I need to bring to being a rather odd couple in such places: a father and young teen son, no wine component to the dinner, etc? Will these places roll with that or are we going to feel out of place? Wearing sport jackets is not a problem, by the way--my son happens to like them.
Also, of course, I'll welcome recommendations about places just now, and also thoughts on whether one misses much by way of food experience if doing lunch instead of dinner. Thanks in advance!