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NYC Trip with Preteens/Teens - Please Review Itinerary

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Spending 4-5 days in late May (starting with Memorial weekend) in New York City with my husband, myself and four kids (3 boys - ages 10, 12, 14) and one girl (15). This will be the first part of a two week trip to New England to include visiting family for one night in Connecticut, Newport, Rhode Island one day, Boston for 4 days, and New Hampshire for 3 days. They are used to walking alot and cramming lots of things in so this is our wish list so far. We are also ALL foodies and enjoy trying ethnic/international foods (no chain restaurants, please), etc. although not really wanting to spend money on really expensive spots (obviously with a family of 6 - we like good food with VALUE). We definitely want to try some good delis, italian, pizza, Chinese, and perhaps a good Indian restaurant and open to other good spots. Please review the following itinerary and provide comment/suggestions. Thanks so much!

Saturday - DAY 1
Fly into to New York City – arrive early afternoon, check into hotel (Eastgate Tower near 2nd Avenue and 39th Street)
Walk to Grand Central Station – (10 minute walk) - 2 hours tour (4-6)
Dinner at Carmine’s (Italian – family style) – 10 minute walk or The Brooklyn Diner (or other suggested restaurants on route?)
Times Square at night (shopping, gazing, etc.), ESPN Zone (boys)
Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center) – 45 minute (should we walk back to hotel or how to return?

Sunday - DAY 2
Subway to
Union Square?? (farmers market, street performers, etc.) - is this worth going?
The East Village?? What is there to see here? I just saw it on a list of "to do's"
Morning - Lower East Side (LES) (Little Italy and Chinatown)
Chinatown restaurant for lunch (suggestions besides dim sum?)
SoHo / Greenwich Village – definite for shopping at nonchain stores
Washington Square Park??
Jekyll and Hyde restaurant for dinner?? Or something else?
Broadway Musical #1 - Stomp?? Wicked?? Blue Man Group?? Other??

Monday - Day 3 – NYC
(Memorial Day -- what should we do on this day? -- we were thinking Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Memorial would be really crowded on this day) - perhaps split up some of Tuesdays ...OR we could remove this day completely and add on to the second half of our trip in Boston/New Hampshire/Rhode Island.

Tuesday - Day 4
morning
Subway to American Museum of Natural History and possibly Met Museum of Art
Lunch – pick up a deli (Carnegie Deli?, Zabar’s?) picnic lunch and enjoy in the park
Central Park South
Walk by Columbus Circle
Dylan’s Candy Bar / Serendipity Dessert (chocolate drink?)
Stop by FAO Schwartz, Macy’s, Barney’s, 5th Avenue shopping (we aren't HUGE spenders, just like to browse and see ...)
H&M? Century 21
Sony Wonderlab (boys)??
Dinner on Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th streets - suggestions??
Broadway Musical #2??

Wednesday - Day 5
Subway to Lower Manhattan:
Statue of Liberty (be there at 8:30 a.m. – 3 hours NOT doing Ellis Island) – bring a picnic lunch from gourmet grocery store (suggestions where to pick up near our hotel?)
early afternoon - 9/11 Memorial (15 minute walk from Statue of Liberty Ferry) – 1.5 hours
The Financial District (couple of blocks over) - 45-60 minutes
Staten Island Ferry (1.5 hours total– free - 10 minute walk from Wall Street)
South Street Seaport – browse
early evening - The Brooklyn Bridge (30 minutes to walk it)
Dinner at Grimaldi’s Pizza near Brooklyn Bridge / Brooklyn Bridge Ice Cream Factory??
Return via Subway?

Thursday - Day 6
anything else we could quickly do near our hotel before checking out to pick up a rental car for the second half of our trip? United Nations?

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