Coming to NYC in July for 6 days, we are a family of 4 with 2 girls ages 14 & 11(their first time). Looking for casual places with great food, lively atmosphere, and great cocktails a plus. Please advise if children will not be welcome in any of the places I've mentioned. DD#1 has Serendipity on her list & DD#2 has Dylan's Candy Bar on her's (I've noted Economy candy). We'll be staying near 52nd & Madison.
Realize NYC has tons of great places so if I've missed any closer to hotel, please do tell. On my last trip 10 yrs ago, then hotel concierge recommended two places for lunch nearby which were memorable...French place on Madison or 5th few blocks north of 57th, oh the beautiful sole meuniere & an Italian place right behind Four Seasons with tasty artichoke app & pretty good pizza. As for work friend's rec of Mercer Kitchen...cool place but I honestly don't recall what I ate :) Cafe Boulud was highlight of trip.
BREAKFAST - anything near hotel? bagels, bakery or quick sit down; any weekend brunch nearby? We'll try to go to Clinton St. Bakery one day.
LUNCH- Five Napkin Burger (dd#2 doesn't eat beef); shake shack; midtownlunch.com - Any must try for Indian cart? Is there a dosa one somewhere (saw it on tv once)?
Any recs as we return from Statue of Liberty? Either quick or sit down. Good time to go to Katz, Momofuku or pizza? Also, is Momofuku doable for someone who doesn't eat beef & is allergic to shellfish?
Peter Luger's if we get res. or Keen's - btw, should we skip this as sis recently moved to Chicago?
Keste/motorino/other - Really just looking for great thin crust pizza with tasty sauce/toppings. BTW, loved Pizzeria Mozza in LA.
Japanese Fusion - 15 East? Probably would prefer a notch less on price point.
Casa Mono- any other tapas recs where res. is not impossible?
L'Artusi (beautiful website, menu looks great)
Marseille - any other French brasserie/bistro recs?
Tabla, Tamarind or other upscale Indian? (dh's inquiry)
Nougatine or Boulud equivalent ? I would throw in Tavern Room but they don't accept reservations.
Convivio - too sedate for teens?
Lupa & Dell'Anima- opentable res. looks impossible unless 6:00 p.m.
Really appreciate any comments & suggestions you have, especially on Japanese. As for Italian, we absolutely love Perbacco in SF.