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Five Best NYC Restaurants for Tweens and Teens...

Looking to dine out with your tweens and teens in Manhattan and have some fun as a side dish? I recommend the following restaurants, the first four of which I have visited and the final pick is a new one on the Manhattan scene that I have yet to try. Whether you have girls or boys, tweens or teens, there should be something on this list to bring a smile to their face.

1. My first pick is the ESPN Zone on 42 Street in Manhattan. Often crowded, the lines move quickly and the kids are entertained by the many large television screens that are throughout the dining areas. Food prices are reasonable but make sure to bring money for the kids to play games in the ESPN game zone.  For more info see

2. My second pick is Dave & Busters, located near Times Square on 42 Street. Teens might prefer to come here on their own but as alcohol is served near the game zone, policy requires that an adult accompany children and teens into the restaurant. The menu is varied and reasonably priced. There are games and simulator rides for all ages as well as billiards. Be sure to purchase a power card for each family member and check their website for any promotions and discounts before your visit. For more information see

3. My third pick for this age group is the Hard Rock Cafe, located also in the NY Times Square area at 1501 Broadway. The Times Square cafe also features rock 'n' roll memorabilia from Hard Rock's collection, including artists such as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen. The cafe often holds live concerts and events so check their website before you go

4. My fourth pick is the popular Mexican restaurant Rosa Mexicana, with three locations in Manhattan, downtown at Union Square, near Lincoln Square and also on First Avenue near 58 Street. The atmosphere is festive and the food is good. Be sure to make a reservation as this place gets crowded unless you are visiting mid-week - see

5. My final selection is Ninja New York, located at 25 Hudson Street in downtown Manhattan. A fun atmosphere featuring a selection japenese-french- american fusion entrees. Ninjas entertain you as you are escorted to your table in the dungeon of a mock Ninja castle and complete your evening with table side magic tricks. This restaurant is pricier than the first four but offers a unique experience.  For photos and more see


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