The Parentals’ Restaurant Guide to NYC

Choosing restaurants to take your parents to requires a different approach to when friends are in town. An hour-and-a-half wait for a table flies by when you’re knocking back cocktails in a loud bar with friends, but mum and dad dining needs thought and consideration. Here are a few of Billabout’s suggestions to make sure your folks have a delicious time, and be sure to add your own favourites to the comments area at the bottom.

“Momofuku Ssäm Bar”: David Chang’s sensational Korean/American-inspired cuisine, (with the best pork buns on the planet) is a must, but go early to avoid the long wait as they don’t take bookings. Also, it’s a good idea to warn creaky parents that the seating is ‘bench-like’, so they’ll have to go without back support for an hour or so.

hangar steak (photo: Gabriele Stabile) and the Momofuku Ssam Bar exterior in the East Village (photo: Noah Kalina)

“Torissi”: Although this Italian gem doesn’t take bookings you can turn up at 6:30pm and put your name on the list for an allocated time slot. It’s a set menu experience, which consistently uses the freshest ingredients. Alternatively, their lunch rolls are also heavenly.

Torissi in Nolita

“ABC Kitchen”: Famous ‘New French’ chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is behind this eclectic homewares restaurant. They take bookings and the tranquil space offers the perfect escape after a long day in the hustle and bustle of the city. Your mum will marvel at the décor and there are plenty of local American-brewed beers to keep dad happy.

“The Spotted Pig”: ‘Seasonal British and Italian’ fare is how The Spotted Pig describes its menu but really it just feels like a posh pub. Partly owned by Mr. Jay-Z (not that your parents will probably know or care), this West Village haunt serves a meat-heavy menu with one of the best burgers around. It doesn’t take bookings, so get there early, as the wait can be more than two hours.

“Balthazar”: This buzzy French-inspired bistro serves food all day and can function as a good resting spot after a marathon shop in SoHo. Known for its star-spotting potential, it’s also perfect for an atmospheric dinner and a tasty steak. They take reservations.

“La Superior”: It’s important to leave the island that is Manhattan and this Mexican joint in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg is well worth the short journey across the bridge. Authentic fresh flavors will prove to sceptical parents that Mexican food is far removed from an Old El Paso kit at Coles.

What are your suggestions?

By Shannon O’Meara

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