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Pines Picks: A Kid's Guide to the Best Things to Eat and Drink In New York City Paperback – January 17, 2012
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From the Author
So now, with the help of my family, who took me on food hunts all over the five boroughs, I wrote a helpful guide to the best places to eat in NYC. It is the only current NYC food guide written from a kid's perspective, and the only guide that really says where to get the best of a particular dish in New York City. I hope you enjoy it.
From the Back Cover
While the list includes traditional "kids menu" items like the best French fries (at Pommes Frites) and macaroni & cheese (at S'MAC), David also encourages readers to try more sophisticated foods they might not have eaten before.
David not only gives the kid's-eye view on the specific flavors that make each dish a winner -- he also describes the scene and whether the restaurant is kid-friendly. David also provides insightful insider tips for getting the most out of your meal.
David's mouth-watering descriptions will have you craving everything from paella to popovers. Readers lucky enough to live in the New York area will want to make a point of checking out all the spots on his list. Visitors to NYC -- this is one guidebook you won't want to leave home without!
Top Customer Reviews
Karen B. Kahn
David has a great deal of experience as a food critic, having sampled many of the city's eateries in the city he was born and raised in. As an expert on the city's dining choices, there's nothing he can't do . . . except ride the subway on his own to get to these places. David Pines is eleven years old.
But of course - who better to write a guide to kid-friendly eateries than a kid? That's what makes David's book as user-friendly as it is kid-friendly. Not only does he know what kids like himself will enjoy, he writes about it in a simple, declarative style, unencumbered by adult pompousness. Pick a review at random, like this review for a burrito joint in East Midtown ("The burritos here are big and super stuffed. The outside of the burrito is fresh and light. I recommend the super vegetarian. It is overflowing with guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans, and comes with lettuce and tomato chunks."), and you get his direct writing style in a nutshell. Or, in this case, a burrito shell.
David breaks down New York's eateries into different categories: lunch and dinner foods, breakfast foods, international and specialty dishes, seafood dishes, beverages, and desserts and baked goods with more specific subcategories (hamburgers or chicken in lunch and dinner foods, pancakes, eggs French toast in breakfast foods, et. al.) within.
A single eatery or chain gets recommended as the best choice for each subcategory, with some places mentioned more than once for having the best of more than one type of food within the same category or having the best foods in more than one category. Runners-up for each choice are also selected, in some cases as many as two or three runners-up to a single recommendation, but others don't. A blurb for every runner-up eatery would have made this a more comprehensive guide.
Nevertheless, this is bound to be a more reliable dining guide than any of the generic Fodor or Frommer travel guides written by (mostly) anonymous copywriters. And once you've gone through "Pines Picks" thoroughly, you'll be amazed at all the culinary options you and your family have in New York City, even if you're a Greater New York area resident who visits the city constantly. Oh, and one other thing - this book is indispensable for New York vacations and outings even if you don't have kids!
Reviewed by Steven Maginnis for IndieReader
A Kid's Guide to NYC restaurants will make choosing a great place to eat fun for all ages.