New York City


I already performed a search, but only found old info. I just found out last night that the family is going to New York Thursday. DH got tickets to a show online late last night. We are staying at Times Square, and seeing a show on Broadway. Can anyone give a recommendation for my PA son in the Mid-town area? I have been to NYC several times, but not with DS.

On Dec 26, 2005

Considering how close we live to Manhattan, we very rarely go. However, this summer we had a great experience at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

I had called ahead and spoke with the manager - a lovely young woman who was very knowledgable about allergies. She told me what he could and couldn't eat (if I remember correctly there was very little he couldn't have, except for dessert). The fact that my kids are Forrest Gump [b]fiends[/b] was the icing on the cake.

For a theme restaurant, it wasn't ridiculously overpriced and the food was OK.

I hear another good place to go is Carmine's, but we haven't been there yet.

[b]Don't[/b] go to the restaurant on top of the Marriott Marquis. We had a family party there last year (not my choice, I might add!) and they think they get it, but they don't. Not even close.

What show are you seeing? Have a great time!


On Dec 27, 2005

No suggestions- but I just logged on with the same question! I just found out we will be in NYC in May. I have never been there.

We will be there a few days, so I need to know where I can safely eat. I normally do not go out at all!

Tara P

On Dec 28, 2005

Thanks, Going Nuts. Anyone else have any suggestions? We leave tomorrow (Thursday).

On Dec 28, 2005

I've read that the Cowgirls Hall of Fame is good with allergies, but have never been there myself so I can't tell you for sure.

Have a great trip!


On Dec 28, 2005

We haven't tried any of these restaurants...but according to the summer edition of Living Without Magazine, the following restaurants in NYC are trying to accommodate food allergies:

Asia de Cuba 212/726-7755

Bistango 212/725-8484

Blooms Delicatessan Cafe 212/922-3663

Candle 79 212/537-7179

Gobo 212/255-3242

Hampton Chutney Co. 212/226-9996

Pravda 212/334-5015

Rice to Riches 212/274-0008

Risotterria (Ask for Joseph Pace) 212/924-6664

Sacred Chow 212/337-0863

Good luck, have lots of fun, and let us know where you eat! We've been talking of going...Meg

On Dec 28, 2005

I live in NYC and you'll definitely be able to find an allergy friendly restaurant. As others have mentioned Cowgirls is very allergy aware. There are things with tree nuts (and I believe peanuts also) but the staff is very willing to accomodate. The restaurant in downtown in the West Village so it's a little out of your way if you were only planning to be the theater district. Carmine's is also a good choice. In general, I've found that most Italian restaurants are pretty safe and very willing to accomodate. The more high end the place, the more willing to accomodate. Here's a link to another NYC thread [url=""][/url]

Have an great trip!


On Jan 1, 2006

Thank you for all your help. Unfortunately, I didn't get a good chance to get on the computer just before we left, so I couldn't see some of these answers. We stayed right next to Bubba Gump Shrimp, but DH insisted that we go to steak place (why? We knew we were having steak for New Year's Eve. Oh well...). We went to Ruth's Chris. I figured, whether they get it or not, at least there is minimal risk with nothing nutty on the menu (we did not even consider getting dessert, as usual with DS). We left on Dec. 30, and Times Square was already so mobbed that we couldn't walk down the sidewalk. I think a lot of people were just trying to get a feel for where they wanted to be on the big night.

On Jan 1, 2006

JImmy's Mom,

I've never been to NYC and we're thinking of going in the late spring/early fall for 3 or 4 days.

My DD is 15, so shopping will have to be part of it, but were there some things you did, places you visited that you would highly recommend or highly recommend we DON'T do?


On Jan 1, 2006


I haven't done it with my boys yet, but the tour of NBC studios at Rockefeller Center looks great. I hope to do it during Spring Break.

Of course, a Broadway show and the top of the Empire State Building are [i]de rigeur[/i]. [img][/img]

Hope you love our city!


On Jan 1, 2006

Broadway shows are expensive but they are incredible and an experience you won't forget. Lion King is fabulous. (I have tickets to Spamalot this June for my husband and myself). The Museum of Natural History is wonderful and of course the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The stores on Fifth Avenue are fun just to browse-too expensive. We loved the Disney store and Warner Bros. stores--they had interactive fun things to do in them. If you like to look at jewelry go to West 47th Street "Jewelry Way" to window shop. My girlfriends and I go for the day to browse, shop, have lunch, and talk for the day. I love visiting the city for the day or to spend a night. You'll have a wonderful time there's just so many different things to do.

On Jan 1, 2006

This time we were in the city to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. Broadway is fantastic, but expensive. I grew up going to Broadway shows every year or two. This time around we also went to American Girl Place (15 may be a bit old for that). And we walked by Rockefeller Center to see the tree. We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even DH, who hates art museums, seemed to enjoy it. They have many historical pieces, such as mummies and suits of armor, that might interest the less artsy ones in the family. (DD and I loved the improssionists). In past trips I have done the top of the Empire State Building. Even though it is the ultimate NY experience, be warned--the wait is a couple of hours. First you wait in line for tickets to the top (unless you get them online first). Then you wait in line for the first elevator, which brings you partway up (to the sixty-somethingth floor, I think). THen you wait in line for the elevator to the top. DD is afraid of heights, so when I took her, she enjoyed the gift shop, but not the observation deck. The Statue of Liberty is another sight I highly recommend. Last time I went, I looked up my great grandparents at Ellis Island. Then I went online at home (you can save your search) and printed out copies of the documents for my grandmother's Christmas present. That is something that is best done in fair weather. I wouldn't particularly like to do it in January. Definitely bring your walking shoes. DH likes to take taxis around NYC, but I really prefer to walk. There is so much to look at, that you don't see from a car. Last spring I went for a day, and walked 13 miles in the afternoon, then walked to dinner, a show, and back to the hotel in the evening. Oh,yeah. If you are anywhere near midtown in the evening, walk around Times Square at night. It is so much better and safer than it used to be. There's even a lot of family oriented stuff (like a Toys R Us) right in Times Square now. But of course, there's the lights. Lights everywhere. The kids loved that.

On Jan 2, 2006

Thanks for the great ideas everyone!

On Jan 2, 2006

we went to Cowgirls and have posted here before they were very supportive of our PA son.