NYC Fine Dining with Kids
San Francisco Foodie Staying near Grand Central Station in a couple weeks.
Price isn't an issue. Finding a place a tier below the best, where my well behaved kids can stare at their DS Lite screens is.
Looking for recommendations to experience the best of NYC
My favs in SF are The House, Isa, Michael mina, Blvd, Farallon, Chapeau.
Hi there. I love this place and it gets very little press, but I think you should look into it. They have a wonderful dining room, but if you are concerned about privacy, they have a private room as well.
Park Avenue Cafe
100 E. 63rd St.
(bet. Lexington & Park Aves.)
Manhattan, NY 10021
ps: When I was at A Voce last weekend, there were a number of kids there and it didn't seem to be aproblem. Plus, it's right next to Madison Square Park where there is a fun playground, so if they got antsy, one of you could take them there to blow off some steam.
We had good luck with our 8 year old at Nougatine (even met Jean Georges) and at Prune...however his distraction was a book, I'm not sure how a DS would go over....
On the don't bother list, Felidia on 58th Street. Considering how she adores her Grandkids and always talks about them on her show, they don't have high chairs. THey aslo turned us away for lunch at 3:00 on a Wednesday with one table seated in the place because I was wearing shorts. (Nice pressed, neat Khaki shorts and a collared polo shirt). My hunch is it was less about the dress code and more to do with my 3 and 1 yeard olds who were acompanying us.
On a positive note, we had a succesful late lunch early dinner at Platforma. It's noisy to begin with and my 3 year old loves meat. She was entertained by the plethora of meat the waiters kept slicing at our table.
I haven't been to Felidia. However, I have to respectfully take issue with your reaction to what happened to you there. Unlike Becco, which is a very casual place, Felidia is Lidia's *upscale* restaurant. So, while there may not be a dress code, i.e., jackets required, it doesn't surprise me that they would not permit someone in shorts -- no matter how well-pressed -- to dine there.
As regards the issue of your children, just because Lidia loves her grandchildren and talks about them on her t.v. show doesn't mean that all her restaurants must be toddler-friendly. So, again, it doesn't surprise me that they don't have high chairs at Felidia. I doubt if they have any at Del Posto or at any of the upscale restaurants, Italian or otherwise, in NYC.
Cafe Boulud is one of our favs, and I have seen families there. While the ambiance is very pleasant, it is a more sedate place than USC. We've been to USC once, years ago, and there would certainly be no problem bringing your children there. I also agree with lucybobo that Gramercy Tavern would be a good option for you.