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Jun 22, 2001 08:07 AM

kid-friendly places in greenwich village

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dutch mother and 9 year old daughter are coming to NYC for the first time. We will be staying in Greenwich Village (bedford street). Any suggestion for fun-places
to eat, moderately priced but good food would be greatly appreciated !

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  1. When my nieces come to NYC, I take them to the East Village Indian, Haveli, on Second Avenue and 6th. The kids who were skittish about the idea of Indian food liked it so much that they requested a return to that Italian place with the puffy bread and were incredulous when I said not Indian but Italian. We went back and ordered puri and when one wanted to take some home, the maitre'de took her into the kitchen to see how it was made. I've been there with kids of all ages now and the staff makes a pleasant, not excessive, fuss over them - as they did when I brought my elderly, frail mom. And the food is good.

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      Caitlin Wheeler

      I don't really know what kind of restaurants your daughter will eat at -- is she into more kid-friendly restaurants or grown up restaurants that will welcome children? Also, how adventurous is she in her eating habits? Chumley's is kind of fun, though it is a bar/pub, they have a restaurant section with hamburgers and such. It is located at 86 Bedford St, at an unmarked door, and is a former speakeasy with a back alleyway exit. I also like Cafe Asean (10th St at 6th Avenue) which is very reasonable and casual Southeast Asian. The Pearl Oyster Bar (Cornelia St) may be a good place for lunch (it can get crowded, since it is tiny) for delicious clam chowder, lobster rolls, and other seafood specialties. A good afternoon treat might be cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery (Bleecker Street near Hudson) or Italian ice at Rocco's (Bleecker Street between 6th Avenue and Cornelia)

      1. Always popular with kids plus great people watching and fun atmosphere is Cowgirl Hall of Fame on 10th street and Hudson. Loads of fun---food is decidedly nowhere near excellent but decent American BBQ and after a couple of delicious margaritas, who cares???
        They really cater to kids also.