Fun and Unique spots in NYC

I have friends w/ kids (11 & 9 years old) coming into town for an upcoming weekend. Father is a total foodie but mother and children are picky eaters.

I'm trying to think of fun and unique places to bring them. Preferably not big midtown tourist spots. It doesn't have to have the best food. I more interested in having them enjoy all the diversity and uniqueness of NYC.

Pizza and Italian would probably be easiest. That said they may be willing to try new things or find things on a menu that could work.

Places I'm thinking:

Panna II for Indian would be fun. The food is so so at best but it's a crazy place that I'm sure would blow the kid's minds.

Gray's Papaya

A good Dumplings joint in Chinatown

Any other ideas along these lines? Thanks in advance.

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