Monday, January 6, 2014

Eating with Kids in NYC, Day One

The day after Christmas, I headed to New York City with my mom, sister, and three nieces for a long weekend. I was in charge of food arrangements for this visit, just like my trip back in October. I had fun picking out kid-friendly places for us to eat. 

After checking into our hotel near Times Square, we stopped in for lunch at Chevys Fresh Mex. They have a separate kids' menu, and they also offered crayons and activity pages for the girls.

We started off with their queso...and the girls were so thrown that it was yellow instead of white like cheese dip at Mexican restaurants in the South. But, they quickly became big fans. In fact, all three wanted this as their lunch (instead of ordering), so we just got another bowl, and they made their own nachos. Their chips were light as air, and the dip featured diced green and red bell peppers.

I had the Fajita Nachos, which were composed of individual tortilla chips topped with refried beans, grilled chicken, and jack cheese. It also had scoops of guacamole, sour cream, and pickled jalapenos. It was a TON of food! (I was so overwhelmed that I forgot to take a photo!) 

After spending the afternoon hitting spots like the American Girl store, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center, we headed to Guy's American for dinner. The girls are big Food Network fans, and they were psyched about eating at Guy Fieri's restaurant! (They were SO hoping he would actually be there.)

As you can imagine, the space was very eclectic and in keeping with his larger-than-life personality. The photo below is from the restaurant's website...but it's our exact view from our booth.

They had a kids' menu, as well as more activity pages and crayons, so the girls were perfectly happy with that and their cheeseburgers. 

I had the BBQ Buffalo Meatloaf, which was made with ground buffalo and Italian sausage, BBQ glaze, crispy sweet onion straws, ranch dressing, and bacon bits and served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

I can't even do this dish justice with words. It was the most incredible meatloaf I have ever had (and I make Dolly Parton's family recipe, so that's saying something). The combination of meats gave it the most unique flavor. I honestly couldn't stop eating it (and neither could my mother, who kept reaching over for another forkful). 

Stay tuned for more!


  1. I am now craving queso, nachos and meatloaf! I am excited that you went to Guy's restaurant. I had heard such bad reviews of it when it opened. Glad to hear it got straightened out!

  2. Have y'all checked out Ellen's Stardust diner on a trip to NYC. It's near broadway and the perfect eating spot before catching a show. Typical diner fare, kid-friendly, but the wait staff sings/dances. Definitely worth a trip!

    1. Jennifer, we tried to go there, but it was too crowded! My middle niece went there on a visit with a friend in September...and LOVED it.