Where to take the parents - cause fuck it, you're not paying

photo: Frusher on Food

Mommy & daddy are in town and it's time to hit 'em up for the good stuff. No grab-n-go cheap meals on this list. Also, if you're like me and your parents are from the midwest, dad just wants a cheeseburger. That means you need to go somewhere you can't afford, but it also needs to be approachable. I give you my pics: 


photo: forbes 

photo: forbes 

ABC kitchen

Chic New American eatery via Jean-Georges Vongerichten sourcing local, organic ingredients.

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

photo: vogue 

photo: vogue 

Charlie bird

Hip, bi-level spot with Italian-accented American fare, a broad wine list & art featuring boomboxes.

5 King St, New York, NY 10012

photo: guilt city

photo: guilt city

dovetail

Sleek, bi-level setting for upscale New American fare with fixed price & tasting menus.

103 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024

photo: huffington post

photo: huffington post

Hearth

Upscale Tuscan-American restaurant in a warm setting with an open kitchen & a large wine list.

403 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

photo: zagat

photo: zagat

marea

High-end Italian seafood & housemade pastas from Michael White in a chic Central Park South setting.

240 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

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Scarpetta

Handmade pastas headline a sophisticated Italian menu at this elegant room with a central skylight.

355 West 14th St, New York, NY 10014

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The nomad restaurant

Upscale restaurant in the Nomad Hotel. This will break the bank, bring daddy's wallet

 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

photo: serious eats 

photo: serious eats 

babbo

Buzzing carriage house featuring the high-end Italian fare of prestigious chef Mario Batali.

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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craft

Chef Tom Colicchio's refined, farm-fresh American fare served in an elegantly understated space.

43 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003

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Fifty

American fare with Latin flavors & seasonal cocktails in a handsome setting.

50 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014

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Il buco

Mediterranean-Italian plates presented in farmhouse quarters with an atmospheric wine cellar.

 47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

photo: grub street 

photo: grub street 

Narcissi

Inviting space in The Standard East Village turning out refined, farm-to-table New American cuisine.

The Standard, East Village, 25 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

photo: eating with ziggy

photo: eating with ziggy

The dutch

Regional American fare (including oysters and much-hyped fried chicken) in a lively, modern space.

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

 

photo: around town 

photo: around town 

Blue hill

Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients abound on the American menu served at this townhouse-set spot.

75 Washington Pl, New York, NY 10011

photo: serious eats

photo: serious eats

Estela

Small plates made with market ingredients & Mediterranean twists served in an unfussy cafe space.

47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

photo:ny times

photo:ny times

Gramercy tavern

Danny Meyer's Flatiron District tavern with a fixed-price-only dining room & a bustling bar area.

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

photo: vogue

photo: vogue

maialino

Classic Roman-Italian soul food in an a casual but elegant setting.

Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

photo: osteria morini

photo: osteria morini

Osteria morini

Emilia-Romagna cuisine in a warm setting accented by pieces from a 1700s-era Italian farmhouse.

218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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the mermaid inn

Upscale-casual seafood spot with a Cape Cod vibe known for its lobster rolls and cheap oyster deal.

96 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

photo: union square cafe

photo: union square cafe

Union square cafe

Danny Meyer's first restaurant serves seasonal New American fare in a casually refined setting.

101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003