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Taking Dad to Dinner

A travel journal to New York by hitara

Quote: If your dad is anything like mine, finding a great restaurant for his visits to New York can be a challenge. Forget "new" anything, anything trendy, ethnic cuisine, or vegetarian ... Dad will take a burger and fries every time. These restaurants should please both New Yorkers AND their guests.

Taking Dad to Dinner

Overview

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None of these restaurants would reach the more hallowed Zagat's ratings, but all have a nice neighborhood-ly atmosphere that makes for a relaxed meal even when you're NOT taking Dad to dinner. I've "tested" all of them many, many times, both with and without various guests. Unfortunately, the secret of these restaurants is out -- most aren't too crowded at dinner, but watch out for endless lines at weekend brunch.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: As befitting neighborhood restaurants, the list is heavily skewed to my own stomping grounds in Brooklyn. But all are in interesting areas of "brownstone Brooklyn" and worth a visit even for people venturing out from Manhattan. I've t...Read More

Banania Cafe

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Restaurant | "Banania Cafe (Brooklyn)"

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Every New Yorker has one absolutely beloved weekend brunch spot, and for me it's Banania Cafe. The menu is short and simple, with only a handful of "breakfast food" choices (goat cheese omelette, scrambled eggs with rock shrimp, banana pancakes, eggs benedict, and one or two that I'm forgetting....), but every dish is done well. The egg dishes are accompanied by the world's most addictive potatoes (I don't even want to KNOW the butter content) and a small amount of greens, and every meal comes with a basket of croissants and French bread. Best of all, the prices are extremely reasonable -- entrees are $6-8, and even with coffee and orange juice I've never spent more than $12 on a meal. The decor i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Banania Cafe
241 Smith St
Brooklyn, New York 11231
(718) 237-9100

Bubby's

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Restaurant | "Bubby's (TriBeCa)"

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Despite the TriBeCa location and the restaurant reviews that highlight the supposed celebrity clientele, Bubby's is a surprisingly low-key place to get a good meal. Sure, there are a few beautiful people around, but you don't need to BE one to get seated or served. And I wouldn't know about the celebrities because I've never looked up from scarfing my food long enough to check out the other diners. The food is your basic American staple food, though often with modern touches. Meatloaf, for example, comes in a brown mushroom-y gravy rather than the ketchup stuff that Mom put on top. There's chili, but it's vegetarian. The mac 'n cheese (which is supposed to be wonderful) comes with (ew!) a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Bubby's
120 Hudson St
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 219 0666

Comfort Diner

Restaurant | "Comfort Diner (Manhattan)"

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The Comfort Diner, with two locations in Manhattan, is a "theme restaurant" that works. The decor is deliberately 50's and the menu contains dishes like "Soup and Sammy" or "a Nice Healthy Salad," but thanks to the lighthearted spirit and the classic food they manage to pull off the theme perfectly. There are daily blue plate specials, good basic meals like yankee pot roast and turkey with trimmings, decent desserts, and fun beverages like egg creams and cherry lime rickeys. The milkshakes are also reputed to be fabulous, and often come in imaginative special flavors. When my parents ask to "eat at that one place" during each visit, this is the place they mean. One warning: lines are long ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Comfort Diner
214 East 45th St
New York, New York 10017
+1 212 867 4555

Harvest Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Harvest (Cobble Hill)"

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Harvest is another casual neighborhood "comfort food" restaurant that cooks well enough to draw diners from well outside the neighborhood. They have the usual contingent of staple foods -- my usual orders are things like shepherd's pie, grilled cheese, pulled pork, or a burger with mashed potatoes. The crayons and paper-covered tables are a nice touch for families with children (or easily distracted adults), and the atmosphere is comfortable and waitstaff friendly. Prices are quite reasonable, with dinner entrees around $10-12 and brunch prices somewhat less. The definitive "Harvest experience" for me was one summer dinner I shared with Dad near the restaurant's front wall, which opens to t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Harvest Restaurant
218 Court Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 624-9267

Junior's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Junior's (Downtown Brooklyn)"

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Ahhhhh, Junior's. How do you describe Junior's in a few words? It's the type of place that's not just a restaurant but an institution, where the menu goes on for pages and pages, the white-aproned waiters take their jobs seriously, the large dining room is always packed, and the kitchen has been turning out meals for longer than I've been alive. The menu runs the gamut of sandwiches, enormous burgers, and diner fare, and all of it is reliably tasty. (I'm less fond of the brunches, though everyone else seems to love them.) It's the kind of place where you pause in the midst of eating your mayonnaise-and-ketchup-doused brisket sandwich to wonder "What am I doing to my arteries?", but decide you're ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 29, 2002

Junior's Restaurant
386 Flatbush Ave (at Dekalb Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 852-5257