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ISO Fun/ Quirky/ Outrageous Restaurant in LA area for kids/ Teens. Please Help : )

So where did you go? what did you think? What would you recommend to a group looking for something similar?

Aug 29, 2013
want2go in Los Angeles Area

Please help! top choices for tourist during restaurant week.

Thanks for the ideas Kathryn & Rrems!

It would only be for Friday dinner & Sun. lunch & dinner.

Probably average food but in a unique setting would also be good for us.

While we always try to eat local restaurants on trips, but from a small town without any experience on the deluxe chains, we can go there too.

:)

I so appreciate your thoughts!

Jan 28, 2013
want2go in Manhattan

Please help! top choices for tourist during restaurant week.

Feeling lucky that we've going to be in NYC during restaurant week. Want to try some special places and this might be bargain time to try!
I'm game for any category. Got a traveling companion that will like "basic" food types best, but may opt out, do don't limit your choice on that.
Please offer your opinions on top places to check off bucket list! :)
Thanks for your help!

Jan 27, 2013
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

WOW! It happened!!! Thank you for all the suggestions.

foodwhisperer & dkstar1 and others that suggested Buddakan,,, it was a huge WOW! We loved the food especially the moo shu pork! It will be a dinner that my family willl remember forever! Especially my youngest… since she saw the Jonas Brothers there! AWESOME! decor, food and extra bonus! :)

We enjoyed several of your suggestions:
Coasts: our next favorite was conveyor belt sushi!!! What fun!!! Never have seen anything like that! East Japanese Restaurant, 366 3rd Ave, was wonderful, the hostess and head waiter so helpful in our rookie experience. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! (We tried to go to Sushein, but closed on the 4th of July)
Ellen's Stardust Diner, wonderful sandwiches and great entertainment. A perfect experience of our group! So much fun!!!
Donna Belle's Bake Shop, for our NCIS fans, and our group being from the south… high expectations were met and exceeded on 3 out of 4 items we ordered. Lemon Squares- perfect, brownie bar- awesome, chess square-wonderful, chocolate chip cookie-didn't pass our test.
Carlos Bakery, Hoboken for all our Cake Boss fans. We ordered in advance and by passed the 2 block long line… YES!! LOVED the chocolate cannoli and the lobster tails. We got a picture with Buddy's sister Lisa. Worth the trip! (and got to see Buddy earlier in the week at Time Square on Good Morning America show)
John's Pizza, Was good, we also really enjoyed pizza spur of the moment at Uncle Mario's Brick Oven Pizza in Hell's Kitchen
Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, lychee ice cream was yummy
Junior's Cheesecake to go was WONDERFUL!
Tony's DiNapoli was perfect for our group! Enjoyed every dish!
Impromptu stop at PJ Moran's, an Irish Pub near 5th Ave on 48th, good food and fun! Lucky our whole group got seated and near each other too!
Brooklyn Diner, food was good, guess it was late in trip and got annoyed that they add automatic tip for our group of 8, but wouldn't split the check in any way. Large servings… sharing charge $6ish. Favorite from our table was chicken and waffles.

Still MISSED so many places!

Thank you all for your help!!! It was a wonderful trip!!!

Jul 20, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Current thoughts:
Buddakan
maybe Morimoto as well
Panna II
Chinese (Chinatown Brasserie, Gold Unicorn, Jing Fong)

John's Pizzeria
Katz (does location matter?)
Luke's Lobster Rolls (what location)
Shake Shack (where?)
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Veniero's
Jaque Torres Chocolate factory
Rice to Riches
Ellen's Stardust Diner
Candy place… Economy Candy? Dylan's?

If we can get to Coney Island: Nathan's and Totonno's Pizza

Also have to further study RGR's tour.

Whew, additions & revisions will certainly be made. Haven't even put down bagels & figured out cheesecake!

Now, how I'm I going to get to see any sights along with all this good food????
I've got to figure it out. I've eaten a box cookies while I've been studying this post and thoughts of all this delicious food… and I'm on a diet! ugh

Thanks for your help. Still open for advice!

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Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Jacques Torres
350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

Buddakan
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Golden Unicorn
18 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Jing Fong
18 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Veniero's
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

John's Pizzeria
260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Morimoto
88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Panna II
93 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Rice to Riches
37 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Economy Candy
108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Jacques Torres
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

dkstar1, Asiate does have a beautiful view… and I'm all about that! Sadly my pockets aren't NYC deep. I'm beginning to think Buddakan is the winner for flashy, fun & expensive!

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

EarlyBird, thanks… that does sound wonderful right now!

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Coasts, Awww… I'm blushing… JCP sequins and all! I"m sure to plenty I'm cluttering this post. But for some reason, I feel the need to thank those folks that have gone out of their way to help me. Guess my Mama would be proud if she could read your post! :)
And I'm glad it gave you a smile. We sure can use all of those we can get!
So thank you for your thank you :)
(PS I don't know how to jump in on the Chinese/Chinatown discussions… but thank each of you for your expressions. I can tell there are some heavy & passionate thoughts!)

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

City Kid, that's one thing I love most about travel, seeing that the world is actually full of nice people! I can tell there are plenty of friendly people in NYC. I'm thankful to all of you for caring enough to post for the benefit of our group experience. We will have fun! And I will report back! Thanks! (Watch out, more questions coming!)

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Coasts, 30% off at savored.com that's awesome! What other restaurants have you booked through them?

Feb 07, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks ukitali, I'm thinking about John's for the first night, after the hectic day of flying, checking in, and shock of the city, the group will enjoy some pizza for comfort food!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks Visciole, Sounds wonderful and nice to have teen-friendly items too. Like the thoughts of dropping in the neighborhood for dessert & coffee too!

One thing for sure, we are going to have fun!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks princeofpork. I am concerned about the prices! yikes! Any way to do a progressive dinner?

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks thegforceny. You are right about neighborhood gems, small & quaint places… maybe, because we have plenty of those at home. I do like the looks of Buddakan & Morimoto! Hoping that people will not prejudge me in my JCPenney sequin cardigan, if I'm lucky enough to have one!

Thanks iluvcookies for your kind words too. I'm thankful to be from a town where most folks could careless if it's JCP, Walmart or Goodwill. We like to take the time to see the person inside. :)

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Wow, RGR! Thanks for posting your tour!!! A food tour is right up my alley!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks iluvcookies! I WILL definitely have to study that! :)

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks Foodwhisperer! So Chinatown Brasserie is not in Chinatown, I've got so much to learn! I really like the looks of Golden Unicorn.
I know Katz is a definite. I think Buddakan is too, seems definitely WOW!
Love the thought of riding to Coney Island for Nathan's… since we can buy them in the grocery store.
Got to put Luke's Lobster Rolls as a definite too!
And Veniero's!!!
Looks like at this rate, we will not have any time for anything but eating!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks Villainx! Will put Chinatown Ice Cream Factory down as a definite! Will also look in to the others you mentioned.

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks City Kid! Restaurant larger than a football field would be wild to see!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks Bkeats! You go us right, Chinatown fantasy sounds ideal! Will check out the others too.

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks coasts! Our kids love ramen. It would be good for them to enjoy something like the real thing! I have no idea what "conveyor sushi" means, but it sounds interesting. I'm not sure they can do Indian, but just saw a picture… Wow! Does it always have all the lights? That is something they would love! Any tips on Indian food for the not so adventurous?

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks AubWah! Looks yummy! Love the name "Great NY Noodletown". Maybe we can try several of these, because of the lower price!

Feb 06, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

AubWah, would love to eat in Chinatown! What restaurant do you recommend?

Feb 04, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Thanks Villainx! Will check it out!

Thanks nmprisons! There will be up to 26 of us… but lots of times we will be in much smaller groups up to 6. Like the thought of yakitori totto.

Please keep 'em coming!

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Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Feb 04, 2012
want2go in Manhattan

Need the ambience says "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Going with teens & adults from rural US, that have never been to NYC. Please help us plan, by giving names of restaurants that will cause us to say, "Wow! We're not in Kansas anymore!"

Food type & quality is not as important as ambience. Most of these kids are pizza, chicken finger type… so I'm not worried about the food bring back memories as much as the ambience leaving a lasting impression.

Lower price would mean we could do more of them… so that would be great! Not looking for ultra fancy, they will not be impressed by that. Not looking for Mars either, they've been to Rainforest type.

I've tried to search… Tao, Ellen's Stardust Diner, Charthouse Weehawken nj, seem like places I'm looking for. Maybe would like one with awesome view, one with cool decor, one with off the wall fun, one for China town experience… ???? (FYI we are also going to try to go to places that will hit their palate, like Shake Shack, Katz deli, John's pizzeria or another pizza place or two or three. Right now I seem to be able to find those in searching… just need help on the "Wow" ambience type)

Thanks for helping me out. I'm hoping to pack in memories for a lifetime in 5 days.

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Katz's Delicatessen
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

John's Pizzeria
260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Tao
42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Feb 04, 2012
want2go in Manhattan