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June 4th, 2005, 02:15 AM
I love New York and am bringing my 16 & 18 yr old teens for their first visit soon. We're from SF so they are familiar with cities but I would appreciate insiders' recommendations for fun restaurants or activitites. not too touristy. also, vintage clothing shops? thanks!!

June 4th, 2005, 04:13 AM
Well the fun restauraunts which Im sure they'll enjoy are the Stardust Diner which is a retro 50s diner where all the waiters and waitress interact by singing old fifty and sixties songs and bring people up out of the audience to dance with or have then sing or be sung to.
Here is the website: http://ellenstardust.com/

Another fun place in the same vacinity about right across the street is Mars 2112. It is a Mars themed restauraunt where it looks like your on Mars with waiter and waitresses dressed like aliens. You guys should get a kick out of this place.
Here is the website to it http://www.mars2112.com/

Alson one more classic Italian restauraunt of mine is Paesanos on Mulberry street in the heart of Little Italy in Lower Manhattan is a supurb Italian restauraunt with awesome food that never disappoints.

Thats just a sample of some great restauraunts. PM if you want some more and more about things to do its late now so im gettin to bed lol.

June 4th, 2005, 04:11 PM
thanks...those are great leadsfor restaurants.

I've heard there are good vintage resale shops in Nolita..?
Does anyone know or have better ideas?

June 4th, 2005, 04:37 PM
I visited the web sites for Mars 2112 & Stardust Diner & they may be a little on the "young" side for my kids. They are 16 & 18. I am looking for something a little trendier. ideas? thanks

June 4th, 2005, 05:32 PM
Something you and your kids might find awesome is the Iridium jazz club in Times Square which has some good food and great music everynight. I went to see Les Paul at the Iridum last year and loved him, he's as great as ever even at 90 joined with other musicians that are equally impressive. He plays every Monday night I believe at 8:00 and 11:00. You can order tickets online at the club's website and I would suggest showing up around 7 at the latest for the 8:00 show. Just grab a table, munch on some calamari and order some bites and enjoy. Interestingly enough the food at Iridium is fantastic which is rare from the night clubs I've visited.

Here's the club's website: www.iridiumjazzclub.com (http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com/)

They're located at 1650 Broadway at 51st street. The club has an entrance on the right of the Stardust diner on the East side of Broadway.

Besides Les Paul the club has some other great acts throughout the week.

June 5th, 2005, 05:06 PM
thanks for the info. that does sound like something we'd like. any other musical venues that allow under 18?

June 5th, 2005, 05:41 PM
I dont know about good restaurants with teenagers but there is always alot of choices.

Trailer Park bar and Restaurant. I went there with my cousin (Who is a teen) and some friends. So it might be ok.

Trailer Park Lounge & Grill
Phone: 212-463-8000
Burgers, Hot Dogs, Diners & Coffee Shops
271 W 23rd St, New York 10011
Btwn 7th & 8th Ave

Photos I took there:



Dont worry she is a mannequin. Hehe... There is another one sitting on a chair and she is smoking and very pregnant.

Great Burgers ans Chilli dogs and awesome sweet potatoes fries. Very Trashy in a funy way but fun! There are all these photos of trailer parks and other things like that.


Also check the Mozart Cafe... For the best Deserts ever! it is on the Upper West Side. Not too cheap though. But not super expensive. The deserts are BIG! also if it's your birthday (or make it up). The staff comes out with a cake and one of those long white mozart WIGS, They fit it right on your head before you can object. They also take a picture and print it out on a card for you. Hehe... you may want to talk to your teens first before surprising them.

Cafe Mozart
Phone: 212-595-9797
Eclectic & International, Desserts & Bakeries, Coffeehouses
154 W 70th St At Broadway


Also if you guys dont mind Indian food... There are all this restaurants like on the east village. But I am sorry I can tremeber the exact address. They all have like these christmas lights all over the place. But I went there with friends and we pretend that it was my firend's birthday. So they put this silly birthday song on and the lighst flash on and off. So they bring you this small free (really good) desert. They are cool waiters and the food is delicious and very very cheap.

If I find the adress I will let you know.

June 6th, 2005, 12:39 AM
the 18 yr old is a boy, the 16 yr old is a girl......into film, alternative music, modern art, vintage fashion, ...artsy kids....they have travelled a bit ... VERY excited about seeing New York.. willing to try new foods
interested in REAL New York places- not tourist traps
thanks for the leads :)

June 6th, 2005, 11:22 AM
If you want to avoid tourist traps, don't set foot anywhere between 30th and 60th Streets, pretty much.

The Indian restaurant Krulltime mentioned is called Rose of India. It's my favorite on the block, as well. Pay no mind to the bad review:


I'm guessing that your teens would enjoy wandering around in the East Village and Lower East Side. You don't really need a destination in mind when you go there, you'll find plenty of interesting places just walking around.

June 6th, 2005, 11:52 AM
the Indian restaurant looks like a winner...
Iridium mentioned by Macreator seems good. What about CBGB or Wetlands....Knitting Factory...?

June 6th, 2005, 11:56 AM
Wetlands closed years ago, unfortunately.

CBGB frequently has all-ages shows on weekend afternoons. I don't think the Knitting Factory would admit teenagers. Most clubs won't.

June 6th, 2005, 01:54 PM
Teenagers that I know enjoy what Shadenfrau suggested, walking around the Village and Lower East Side. Start at St. Marks or Bleecker and go in any direction. There are so many great shops and eateries to wander into, lots of hip stores, and at night there are some fun Off-Broadway shows in the area.

You could also get on a speed boat that goes around the harbor, the Beast (http://www.nyc.com/visitor_guide/go.aspx?bkurl=%2fvisitor_guide%2fboat.aspx&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.affiliate.viator.com%2fbrochu re%2fproduct_show.jsp%3fID%3d1010%26PRODUCTID%3d10 16%26CODE%3d2800BSR%26AUID%3d2094&s=9&n=Boat&sn=The+Beast+Speedboat+Ride). It may be touristy, but it's fun.

June 6th, 2005, 03:57 PM
La Bonbonniere is a great, but tiny, whole-in-the-wall diner in the Far West Village (8th Ave and Jane St.) where you could potentially run-in to celebrities. I recently had to share a table with Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

On 7th ave in the west village is Jekyll and Hyde Pub. http://jekyllandhydeclub.com/. I loved this place as a kid... It is a little touristy, but nowhere near the level of it's mega-themed, tourist trap, 5-level cousin on 5th Ave.

June 6th, 2005, 03:57 PM
While there are a good number of touristy places throughout the City I wouldn't exclude 30th to 60th streets on your visit to New York. Most of the touristy stuff is in Times Square going into the lower 50's and high 30's.

June 6th, 2005, 04:17 PM
If the kids are into independent film, they'll love these places:



June 6th, 2005, 06:00 PM
I'll second Schadenfrau's suggestion to avoid midtown and do the east village and lower east side. You might go to angelika (http://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/newyork/default.asp) for an indy film - it's right above soho, so you can take in the neighborhood before or after a movie.

I'd also suggest you also head over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which, um, quite trendy and young - not at all touristy. You can take the L train from the east village at 14th and 1st or 3rd - get off at Bedford. Beacon's Closet (http://www.beaconscloset.com/info/#whereweare) is a good vintage shop, but there are others scattered around Bedford. Sea (http://searestaurant.com/) is a trendy club-themed thai restaurant in the neighborhood that has mediocre food but is very sceney. Go to freewilliamsburg (http://www.freewilliamsburg.com/) for more info/restaurants.

I personally avoid indian food on E. 6th street (though I've never been to Rose of India) and would suggest you head to Jackson Heights in queens - it's a vaguely mission-like indian neighborhood where you'll find MUCH better food quality, and a more interesting vibe than E 6th... unless you really like chili pepper lights. Threading too if you need it. Jackson Diner (http://www.newyorkmetro.com/pages/details/8521.htm) is the most hyped spot, and I've never been disappointed by their always crowded lunch buffet. If you don't want to do the outer boroughs, at least go to "curry hill" on lexington at 28th st for indian. I like Pongal (http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails.asp?neighborhoodid=0&restaurantid=2994).

If you want to see modern art, you should head to chelsea - the west 20's between 10th and 11th aves have more galleries than you could ever have the stamina to see in one day. west chelsea arts (http://westchelseaarts.com/)

June 7th, 2005, 10:05 PM
Great leads! I feel better prepared to take my kids to places they will like.... they'll be surprised at how much their mom knows! ;)
I have read about Williamsburg in other posts too -sounds fun- we'll probably check that out
any particular areas of Central park to recommend? to avoid?

June 9th, 2005, 12:56 PM
the last time I was in New York I was really impresssed by how clean and safe it has become....any areas to avoid in the Lower east village or the East village?

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June 9th, 2005, 01:20 PM
my son loves Conan O'Brien. we were thining of waiting for stand-by tickets one morning...is there a chance of getting in and is it worth it anyway?

June 10th, 2005, 05:09 PM
yeah.. that's what I was thinking. I wondered if anyone had ever ttried to get stand-by tickets and what the chances are of actually getting into the taping?

June 11th, 2005, 12:21 AM
I visited the web sites for Mars 2112 & Stardust Diner & they may be a little on the "young" side for my kids. They are 16 & 18. I am looking for something a little trendier. ideas? thanks

I had nieces the same age come and visit. We took them to Ruby Foo's in Times Square, Cowgirls Hall of Fame in the West Village and Peking Duck House in Chinatown. They still talk about them. Eat Dinner at Sushi Samba on 7th in the West Village. Reserve a table on the roof.

Also, in the "off the beaten track" caegory. I always take folks to see The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It's the largest cathedral in the world (or is that largest gothic cathedral?) Anyway, the stone carvings around the centralportal are partcularly interesting, the apocalypse in NYC with cars tumbling of the Brooklyn Bridge, a baby birth, - just very cool sculpting. Inside, the windows have thinks like images of the Titanic built into the glass. It is a humongous church.

Don't forget to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Defintely go out to Coney Island for a few hours and ride the Cyclone and Wonderwheel. Take them to Hudon River Park south of Houston Street and get an our at the NY Trapeze School (as seen on Sex & The City). Monday night see a free classic movie in Bryant Park behind the Library. See free Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Walk the promenade and historic district of Brooklyn Heights.

June 11th, 2005, 11:50 AM
my firends and i love going through the vintage stores on the weekends...cheap jack's and alice underground are pretty good...my firends said she loves Eleven also =)

June 11th, 2005, 01:26 PM
where are cheap jack's & alice underground? eleven?

June 13th, 2005, 12:48 PM
thanks for all the great ideas I've received from you all!
We'll be in NYC soon and I can't wait. Any last minute "must do or see" things?
Does anyone know about the new IFC center? how do I get advance tickets?

June 13th, 2005, 01:03 PM
Cheap Jack's and Alice Underground are both on Broadway in the Village.

The IFC Film Center isn't open yet, but the two theaters I listed earlier on the thread are.

June 13th, 2005, 03:09 PM
the Times said the IFC center is opening Fri 6/17 so myabe that's why I can't find info about tickets to the movie.
another question.. i wanted to take the kids to the Empire State Building for sunset after we get in on Tuesday. How long do you think I should allow for waiting in line on a Tuesday at sunset?

June 19th, 2005, 12:03 AM
The wait to go to the top of the Empire State building varies greatly with the weather. One way to do it is to drop by and ask the security people how the wait is -- if it's longer than you want then head off and do something else and come back another time (the time in line is just wasted time). I've found that a great time to go is about 10 PM -- usually hardly a line at all at that time and you can see the city lights -- it's fantastic.

Similarly for the TKTS booth in Times Square: If you go at 7PM then the line is pretty much gone and you can get tickets -- especially for plays (a big "inside" secret is that often there are many unused "House Seats" -- seats held back for VIPs, etc. -- that are released from the theatre box offices @ 7PM so sometimes you get great seats). Again, a 3 hour wait in line for tickets is just wasted time. Also try the TKTS booth near South Street Seaport -- go early, about an hour before the booth opens, get a coffee and plan your day while you wait in line.

A great free museum with terrific exhibits is the Museum of the American Indian at the old Customs House at the foot of Broadway across the street from Battery Park (where the new gardens are truly magnificent); it's open every day 10 AM - 5 PM:


June 19th, 2005, 08:27 AM
Here's some info on lots of music / concerts -- some free, some not:


July 5th, 2005, 09:19 AM
Get your hands on the Zagat Guide, it will tell you every good restaurant in town, and what its purpose is.

June 27th, 2009, 01:46 PM
For vintage clothing: Screaming Mimi's
Walk around Bleecker and St Mark's.
You will find a lot of little shops that they will love.
5th ave if they're into high-end fashion.
Off-Broadway plays are always fun.
Make sure you stop at Magnolia's. Best cupcakes in the city.:D

June 27th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Families with teen agers should take teen agers to Central Park,New Yankee Stadium,Madison Square Garden,Citi Field,Times Square,JFK and LaGaurdia airports.

June 27th, 2009, 10:54 PM

June 28th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Teen agers need to experience New Yankee Stadium Madison Square Garden,Citi Field,Times Square,JFK & LaGaurdia Airports.

June 28th, 2009, 02:48 PM
WHY? what exactly is the "need" to experience any of those?!
Almost none of the teens I know would want to (or need to) "experience" any of those except maybe Times square.
And I wouldn't wish an "experience" at JFK or LaGaurdia Airports to even an adult :rolleyes:
Q. Have YOU even "experienced" any of these places yet?

June 28th, 2009, 02:52 PM
Why was this thread revived 4 years after the question was asked?

Bronxbombers, you're walking on thin ice.