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May 18, 2007 08:28 AM

Kid-friendly restaurants in Manhattan

We'll be visiting NYC this summer, and I'm looking for a kid-friendly place for lunch/dinner. You know, a place that actually has highchairs! A kid's menu is not crucial, since my kids are very adventurous eaters. Anywhere in Mid to Lower Manhattan would be ideal. If anyone has any suggestions on restaurants that don't mind noisy chatter from young kids, I'd really like to hear from you! Thanks!

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  1. Balthazar (SoHo)
    Landmarc (Tribeca)
    Republic (Union Square)
    Blue Smoke (Gramercy)
    dim sum (various places in Chinatown)

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    1. re: lucybobo

      I second Lanmarc, Blue Smoke, and dim sum.

      Landmarc has a new 2nd location at Time Warner Center, which will be great for lunch/dinner/brunch after shopping. Great view of the Central Park too!

      I will also add La Bonne Soupe in Midtown near Radio City, and Otto in downtown for Batali's pizza. Try their olive oil gelato! Your kids will love it!

      1. re: kobetobiko

        Landmarc ,Cowgirl Hall of fame,Henry's End in Brooklyn,Cornelia Street Cafe

    2. Petite Abeille, on 20th & 1st.

      1. S'mac, that macaroni and cheese place, is pretty kid friendly from what i hear.

        And if your tots like peanut butter, then peanut butter & company is definitely worth a stopover.

        1. Any Sarabeth's (there's one on Central Park South, others UWS and UES), or Serendipity 3. They're both used to children. The Brooklyn Diner in Times Square is surprisingly good and appears to be kid friendly.

          I would not take a child to Balthazaar. It's close quarters and if your kids get antsy, they will be bumping into other customers and wait staff.

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          1. re: brendastarlet

            I thought it was child friendly because it was LOUD. I didn't have to worry about every squeek my child made bothering other customers. I would never let my child roam around a restaurant regardless of how much space there were. They had high chairs and the waitstaff brought crayons for my son.

          2. I thought of a few more:
            Barking Dog (UES and also E. 34th St)
            Max Brenner AKA Chocolate by the Bald Man (not the greatest food but it might be fun for the kids in a Willy Wonka sort of way) Union Square
            Schiller's Liquor Bar (Lower East Side)