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Upper West Side
The low-key decor at this Malaysian-inspired joint belies the incredible food. Grown-up family-style dishes may include "fatty duck"—boiled and fried, then dusted with sugar—and Dungeness crab that's been steamed and bathed in a chili-based syrup. But you may find yourself coveting children's-menu items like "fish fry in a box," lightly battered strips of fish propped up in a red takeout container, with ailoi and tamarind ketchup on the side. Bonus: On weekdays (excluding holidays), kids eat free.
Venue name: Fatty Crab
Contact:
Address: 2170 Broadway
New York

Cross street: at 77th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed noon–3:30pm, 5–11pm; Thu–Sat 11:30am–3:30pm, 5pm–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 79th St
Price: Average main course: $20. Average kids' meal: $7