I am taking my partner (turning 50- birthday present) and two daughter (ages 14 and 8) to New York at the end of the month as a surprise. We are from a very foodie town in Ontario (Stratford) and our kids love food and restaurants. I am absolutely overwhelmed with the New York restaurant scene and I need help!
I am looking for an unpretentious place for dinner that serves honest and wonderful food (not into towers of things, or foam- not for this particular trip) and is kid- friendly. Cost is not an issue, but I am terrified of making a reservation and having ice cold service and mediocre food. I intend to make a reservation for Balthazar tomorrow. I was aslo considering Spice Market, but I worry that it will be too hip for the kids. Any other suggestions? Ethnic of any kind is great, except Asian because we frequently eat Asian in Toronto. We are staying near Battery Park City.
Also, for lunch I was thinking of the Shake Shack. Is it worth a special trip? Or any other suggestions? We have theatre at 3 pm, so a pre-theatre lunch suggestion would be great. We love kitchy and fun places.
Thanks in advance!