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I'm taking my 3-year old son with us in a few weeks to Manhattan, and wanted to find good spots that are not the typical burger, mac and cheese and chicken fingers fare. My son is a pretty adventurous eater and is very well behaved. He has eaten at Five Points for brunch, and Turkish Kitchen, which he loved.

One place that looked like fun is Bondi Road in Lower Manhattan, but I wasn't sure if people would frown if we brought a child his age there. I would love to do a spot that offers Italian food, like a Gonzo, but I just don't know which places would be more accepting of a child and which would not.

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have - this trip is coming up soon and since he loves our trips to NYC, we want to make it memorable!

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  1. Hey, Isabella,

    If your little boy liked Turkish Kitchen, he would also like Ali Baba, on 34th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. Very good Turkish food, friendly service, nice atmospherics, and very family-friendly.

    http://www.alibabaturkishcuisine.com

    For Italian, I would recommend Via Emilia, on 20th St., just west of Park Av. S. The homemade pastas are excellent, with lasagna being the standout. Family-friendly. It's cash only, and they don't accept reservations. The ealier you go, the less likely there will be a wait.

    http://www.viaemilianyc.net

    Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th St., has an eclectic menu. Generous portions of very tasty food. A small, casual place with charming ambiance. And, again, family-friendly.

    http://www.penelopenyc.com

    You might also consider going to Devi for their superb Indian cuisine. It is upscale and has unique, elegant decor. I've seen families there at Saturday lunch. (Lunch is always a 3-course prix-fixe for $24). But I don't think there would be any objection if you took your son for dinner especially since you say he's very well-behaved.

    http://www.devinyc.com

    Enjoy your visit to NYC and Bon Appetit!

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    1. re: RGR

      I agree with RGR on Penelope. Just dont go on Sat or Sunday before 2PM, the wait is ridiculous.

    2. Def would go to Landmarc in Tribeca.....not only is the food amazing (american steaks and interesting "advernturous options" and amazing italian pasta options) but it is super child friendly. They even will give you crayons and let you draw on the tables. Not just a rest. to bring kids too.....regualarly crowded with your normal downtown crowd. Check out the menu on menupages.com

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      1. re: coreyb

        There's also Landmarc's newer location in the Time-Warner Center. Equally family-friendly.

        http://www.landmarc-restaurant.com

        Also in the Time-Warner Center is the family-friendly Porter House, a steakhouse with lots more than just steak on the menu.

        http://www.porterhousenewyork.com

        And I just thought of another excellent options in that general midtown area. La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., is a sweet, family-friendly French bistro with much more on the menu than just good soups.

        http://www.labonnesoupe.com

      2. Wow - these are great suggestions - thanks very much! By the way, I used to live in Turkey and after perusing the menu for Ali Baba, I'm very impressed. You rarely find manti on a U.S.-based menu and I'm over the moon about the ezme, which I adore! Thanks for the great ideas - this is perfect!

        1. Rosa Mexicano at 9 E. 18th St. is very child friendly.