Returned from a visit to NYC with 4 teenagers (including 2 vegetarians). Thanks to all the recommendations for fun places to eat. Here is a brief sampling (we stayed in the West Village).
Arturo's: great New York place and great pizza. We sat beside six middle-age ladies who were so rowdy the waiter had to ask them to tone it down! Lots of fun.
Cowgirl Hall of Fame: another fun place with great food at reasonable prices.
Garage: A little more upscale but not outrageous. The food was terrific and we loved the decadent chocolate pate for dessert. The live jazz was a nice touch.
Carnegie Deli: Typical New York Deli. The boys had the corn beef which was super but my brisket was quite dry. And I know it's a tradition but why do the sandwiches have to contain enough meat to feed an army? A smaller size would suit me just fine. I took home half of mine but the table beside us (visitors from England) left behind half their food. What a waste.
Manatus: was right around the corner from us. Good portions, good food and very friendly service.
Hudson Bagel: I think that was the name but it was right near us and I used to go every morning to pick up bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. Not really a restaurant but terrific bagels!
In addition were all the little coffee places that are too numerous to mention. Oh and I can't forget the terrific Gelato place on Orchard Street beside the Tenament Museum. Thanks again.