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Help, need an 8-top in Union Sq tomorrow night, inc 4 kids!

Hey Hounds,

My SO's best friend has landed in NYC and wants us to take her out tomorrow night in the Union Sq area. If it was just the four of us, I'd be heading straight to the Union Sq Cafe. But we've got for pre-teens between us.

I'm thinking of the Union Sq Coffee Shop. Any other suggestions?

Much obliged..

- Sean

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  1. Try Max Brenner's Chocolate by the Fat Man... I only had dessert there but got a table for 6 & they do have a food menu as well-only thinking about how happy the 4 kids will be as the 2 I brought were in Willy Wonka heaven...

    1. How is OLIVES (corrected!)? at the W. I haven't been, but i have seen reviews here on the site and it would certainly meet the criteria you mention.

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      1. re: chow_gal

        I think the place you mean is Olives at the W Union square. It is pretty pricey w/a big bar scene so I don't know if the kiddies are a great fit. English is Italian is located on 3rd Ave btw 40-41st street directly behind my office... We actually take clients to lunch there 2-3 times a week-good food but I believe the dinner menu is completely different from the lunch offering in format & everything-kind of like an Italian version of a Brazilian Riodizio style restaurant where there is no menu & they bring food family style w/one set price...

      2. Blue Water Grill has been able to accomodate me with last minute large parties in the past. It is pricy and the food is good, not great, but it is in Union Square. I was also recently able to get a last minute party of 6, which included 2 preteens, into Japonica on University Place, a short 2 blocks. Everyone loved it but again, it is pricy. I would stay away from Olives. The food is good but it is often crowded with the hotel guests. It is just not worth it.

        1. I recommend MetroCafe & Wine Bar, Nice large airy space, good food and a nice selection of wines and beers.

          1. How about Blue Smoke on 27th bet Park and Lex or maybe L'Express or Sushi Samba on Park

            1. Via Emilia would be a good option with kids (or even without). It's now on 20th St., just west of Park Av. S. Excellent pastas (love the lasagna!), efficient service, and zippy decor. They still don't take credit cards or reservations. But the good news is that, unlike at the old location, now there's a comfortable place to wait for a table. Note: If you go early, you're more likely to get seated immediately.


              1. Chat and Chew will likely take a reservation for a party of 8. And the kids will LOVE it.

                1. i'd recommend Borgo Antico...rustic Italian, medium price, and usually easy enough to get a table...they have often some intriguing game specials for foodies, and yummy pastas that the kids will like...it's on 13th St, near University Place...you could either eat in the woodsy downstairs bar area, or in the more formal (but still mellow) upstairs...

                  i'd avoid Coffee Shop like the plague: very loud, terrible food, and an icky/sleazy bar scene...

                  1. Thank you Simon,

                    Borgo Antico was perfect. Everyone was happy with the food and wine, the staff were great, and the bill was an acceptable $350, including wine.

                    - Sean

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                    1. re: Sean Dell

                      cool...i'm delighted that it worked out...