need recs Columbus Ave & 70s
I'll be staying on 71 off Columbus for a week and would appreciate recs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, takeout, groceries, anything nearby. We have a small baby who is well-behaved in restaurants but, still, some fancy places frown on little ones so we'd appreciate knowing which places are baby-friendly. We would like to have at least one really nice price-is-no-object meal, plus varying (in price, ethnicity, styel) options for other meals. Taking a cab or subway is kind of a production w/ a baby, so we mostly want to stay in that 'hood. We love all types of food, especially Asian. Thanks.
Shun Lee was already mentioned several times, and since you mentioned you love Asian, I wanted to hightlight it as one on the best (though pricey) Chinese places in NY. The restaurant is a bit stuffy, but the Cafe next door is perfect with baby. They also do a great, but again pricey dim sum on weekend mornings into early afternoon.
Nobu 57 is about 15 blocks away, which is less than a mile. On a beautiful night, a nice walk (through Central Park on the way there) and excellent food - maybe not many people's top choice with baby but definitely tolerated at an early dinner. Also a space that is loud enough that everyone won't hear him/her. We used to take both our kids to Nobu Next Door (downtown) frequently as babies, but had to stop when they started wanting to walk off as toddlers.
Big Nicks is great only if you have had 10 beers. Then it is perfect...:)
Le Pain Quotididan on 66th is good for families and the lunch menu is good.
Rigoletto between 69th and 70th has the best slice in the 'hood...try their eggplant special.
Isabella's on 77th has outdoor seating and upscale new american menu.
Muffins cafe between 69 & 70 always plenty of strollers...reasonable baked goods but a little overated I think.
Levain on 74th has the best cookies in the city. Awesome.
Ivys good solid chinese on 74th.
That's my neighborhood. Some of my favorite haunts are:
Lunch: La Fortuna - 72nd & Columbus
Dinner: Telepan - 71st & Columbus
Diner: (24 hiours a day -- and they will deliver) 69th & Broadway (Seinfeld style restaurant)
Italian: La Fenice (also 69th & Broadway)
Il Violino - 70th & Columbus
Dinner: Compass - 69th & Amsterdam
Expensive dinner: Picholine
Asian: Shun Lee - 65th & Broadway
Supermarket: Fairway - 74th & Broadway
H & H Bagels - 78th & Broadway
Gourmet foods: Balducci's - 66th bet. Amsterdam and Broadway
Couple of other small corrections:
Westside is the name of the diner on 69th Bway
Compass is @70th Street about 100 yards west of Amsterdam Ave
Shun Lee is about 75 yards east of Broadway @ 65th St, almost directly across from Le Pain Quotidien
A babysitter would likely be needed if Picholiine is a selection
I'd add a few to the already good lists:
1) patsy's pizza - 74th/columbus for good pizza - kind of cramped but also may work for takeout
2) EJ's - 82nd/amsterdam is stroller/kids heaven
3) Harry's burritos - right on 71st columbus - while not exactly memorable, they have a couple of outside tables with good stroller parking
4) maybe an early dinner at landmarc in time warner center
Viand--a diner with surprisingly decent food, especially breakfast--roomier than Big Nick's w/a baby.
Fairway Cafe for breakfast
Zabars & cafe next door--for deli-prepared food delights
Citarella--for "gourmet" prepared takeout foods, pastries, cheeses
Westside Market--a smaller supermarket that I use when Fairway is mobbed on weekends.
Arte Around the Corner--good bakery
Buttercup Bakeshop--cakes & cupcakes
Le Pain Quotidien--belgian bakery chain--very good
Pour--very cool wine shop
Juice Generation--for smoothies, juice
Bistro Cassis--casual bistro
Compass--my personal fave for upscale--can work for early dinner w/a baby
Telepan--wil be suggested--dont think its baby friendly
Ouest--haven't been in a long while, but "upscale
Sido--very casual grilled middle eastern & falafel
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For groceries Fairway (74th & Bway); Fairway also has a cafe (breakfast/lunch) and I've seen plenty of people in there with strollers. For mostly cheap type lunch try Big Nick's (71st at Columbus) or Caridad 78 (on Bway at 78th, chinocubano) or for a little outdoors (and stroller friendly) try the Boat Basin Cafe (79th at the Hudson). The best neighborhood slice is New Pizza Town (Bway & 78th). You could try Cesca or Telepan or Ouest for dinner. We also like La Grolla for a different type of Italian (great gnocci, some game on the menu).
1.patsy's pizza on W74 and Columbus is absolutely great with kids. pizza by the pie along with salads and pasta. really good food.
2. arturo (great deli) on brdwy and W82 is great with kids and has the best pastrami in the nabe.
3. earthen oven (w72 and col) is fantastic indian but they are not good with kids at all which is a shame. the indian food here is one of the best in the city in my opinion.
4. there's a casual diner on columbus near W68 which has outdoor seating. the food is much better than nick's in my opinion.
5. i completely agree that new pizza town is the best pizza in town by far. you'll probably see francesca's (on W68th and Columbus) which is also a casual pizzeria. definitely not as good as new pizza town, in my opinion, but the food and pizza are perfectly fine there (i like it better than nick's by far) and, in fact, some people really love the place.
6. i think china fun (columbus and W71) and ivy's (W72 bet Col and Amsterdam) are the best chinese in the nabe. both seem to accommodate kids just fine. china fun has a huge dim sum menu that can be ordered anytime, any day. there are also special dim sum breakfast items on weekend mornings and afternoons.
7. buttercup bakery on W72 across from ivy's has great cupcakes in my opinion but many will disagree. nice table and chairs to sit with the baby.
8. yup, fairway is best for groceries but it's crowded and if you need more practical groceries, you can slip over to food emporium (brdwy and W68) or pioneer (columbus and W73). pioneer closes at 10pm and is closed on sundays. food emporium is open nearly 24 hours. i think they close earlier on weekend evenings.
9. you may be interested in harry's burritos. i'm not keen on the food there at all but outdoor seating will accommodate the baby, i think, and it may be a fun lunch.
10. telepan (on columbus near W68th or W69th) might be your nice restaurant option. not sure how they are with kids. ouest is also a really nice place.i just looked above and saw the reco for these two places so i guess i cna say i second the recos.
11. limeleaf is the new thai in the nabe. so so. it's on W72 bet col and amsterdam. the only other thai is land but it is further uptown but that place is packed and too small for baby.
12. there is a great sushi place on the east side of columbus between W73 and W74 that has seating upstairs. the place is cute but packed. not sure about babies. maybe you can takeout.
13. i don't like city grill at all. food isn;t so great and it's expensive for what it is but it's always crowded so maybe it's me.
14. good simple deli for coldcuts open til 2am on columbus bet W72 and W73
15. gourmet food shop for ok salads and wraps on Col bet W72 and W73
16. muffin shop on columbus near W70. good desserts and light breakfast
17. arte around the corner on columbus and w71 is good for desserts and wraps as well.