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Hungry teens/cheapskate husband. Can this vacation be saved?


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Hungry teens/cheapskate husband. Can this vacation be saved?

Layne Murphy | Apr 2, 2011 02:05 PM

Greetings from L.A. I know the importance of research and people on our board get really petulant when people say, "I'm coming to L.A, tell me what to eat." I'm visiting Manhattan for long weekend with husband and two teenage boys. We're staying in Tribeca and our itinerary includes Whitney, MOMA and Guggenheim. I've poured over the Chowhound, the NY Times and some other sites and my head is spinning. I see places on the map but I really don't have an accurate idea of travel time which complicates planning an itinerary. Here are our specifics: Three of us are non-shell fish eating pescatarians. The older kid eats anything and will require at least one big red meat extravaganza. It seems to me also that my boys could blow any competitive eating champion out of the water and having had a little sticker shock perusing NY menus I am concerned. Husband very thrifty and hates more than anything waiting in a line although good beer assuages the crustiness a bit. There has been some debate about the quintessential New Yorkiness of Shake Shack but I think the kids would like it. I also want to try Vegetarian Dim Sum because to my knowledge there's nothing like this in L.A. Otherwise, outstanding Asian and Mexican are in our regular rotation so unless there's something mind blowing and not budget busting, we'd probably stick to other cuisines. Our budget for the four of us is $250 a day and this should include tips and a couple beers. We all like pasta and the three males love pizza which I can take or leave. I will rationalize this with my intention to do a lot of walking but L.A. is notorious for mediocre bread so good sandwich and breakfast recommendations will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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