Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
May 3, 2007 05:32 PM

Dining Option for 7 Year Old in Fancy Dress

Need restaurant that is somewhat fancy (tablecloths) with good food to take our 7 year old girls for special dinner with Mom. Mid to Upper Eastside or Upper Westside.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I've seen families with children at Cafe Boulud. Superb cuisine, polished service, very stylish contemporary decor and, of course, tablecloths. The UES clientele tends to dress up a bit, i.e., most men wear jackets and the ladies dress smartly. So, the little ladies in "fancy dress" will feel quite comfortable. Definitely a fine choice for a special dinner.

    1. Although the food isn't extrordinary, I'd take them to The Central Park Boathouse. The atmosphere is one of the most lovely in the city.

      4 Replies
      1. re: LFeinberg

        Do diners at the Boathouse "dress up" for dinner? They certainly didn't when we were there for lunch, i.e., shorts, t-shirts, etc.

        1. re: RGR

          That totally suprises me, perhaps you have The Boathouse confused with The Boat Basin?

          1. re: LFeinberg

            No, no confusion. Definitely the Boathouse. So, does that mean dress is a lot less casual in the evening?

        2. re: LFeinberg

          Don't insult the kids by taking them to the Boathouse.

        3. You can try L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (ok, I know I recommend this place too often...). It is fancy enough to dress up, yet the atmosphere is extremely causal. I have seen families there for dinners, and there are people in causal outfits as well as people who dress up. It is a new mix of people, but the most important thing is that the restaurant itself isn't stiffy or too formal, so the kids won't feel "restricted" for the whole night.