Strollers in Restaurants
We are planning on moving to NYC with our 4 month old. Will it be a problem getting in to GOOD restaurants with a stroller? He's not old enough to sit in a high chair so we would be parking it tableside... We're also planning on having 1-2 more (kids). Is it a problem getting around the city with a baby? Can't take taxi's, right? Are there one's available with car seats? Any suggestions about living in the city with a newborn. I'm starting to freak out a little bit!
In terms of very upscale restaurants - I never see babies there. But, I think there are quite a few good restaurants - i.e., restaurants that serve good food - that accomodate children. As for the rest of your questions, I think they are off topic for CH. But lots of people live here with small children and get around just fine, including using taxis (have to use your own car seat in a taxi). I bet there are other websites out there for New Yorkers with kids, though I'm afraid I don't know of any.
Otto is pretty good Italian (a Batali place) and often full of kids and I've see lots of strollers at Blaue Gans in Soho. I see children at Blue Ribbon Sushi in Soho, though you probably have to check the stroller. I've been to Dawat with a friend's infant with no problems. I live in Carnegie Hill on the UES which is chock full of children who are often seen in restaurants. Good luck with your move!
The last time I saw a baby in a restaurant during dinner was in Upstate NY at Tosca and it was a sleeping infant. I live downtown and Battery Park City and TriBeCa have alot of families so OP should be able to find some family friendly restaurants there with good food. I have seen older well behaved children at Gigino (Italian), in TriBeCa (I believe they have a second location downtown). Duane Park Cafe might be another possibility though they are now closed until February and I have never seen children there (could have been the time we ate). It's a neighborhood place.
If you can fold up your trolley, then taking a cab is not a problem!
Depending on your definitely of "GOOD" (good food at a causal place? or upscale?), there are a few places in the city that are baby- / kid-friendly:
- Landmarc at Tribeca (rather than at Time Warner Center)
- La Bonne Soupe in Midtown
- Otto as mentioned
- Max in East Village or Tribeca (it's still a small place though)
- Believe it or not, I have seen baby stroller at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. However, the family (with 2 other kids) were seated outside, not at the main area of the restaurants, and the baby and kids did not make much noise at all (I guess the baby might be sleeping)?
As other people suggested, calling ahead is the best way to ensure you have a plesant dining experience with the baby.
Just a brief note here, everyone. Please confine your recommendations to restaurants where both babies and their strollers can be accommodated.
The questions of how to live in Manhattan with children, or if babies should be taken to restaurants here, are both off topic.
In previous years, I would have replied differently, but these days, strollers and/or wailing children are absolutely acceptable in every type of New York restaurant.
One of the things that will determine whether you can "park" your stroller tableside is the size of the restaurant. Here are a few places to file away for future reference:
Via Emilia, on 21st St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, serves very good Italian food. Very family-friendly and a large enough space so that a stroller can be accommodate. The don't accept reservations but if you dine early, it's easier to get a table. Also, it's cash only.
Ali Baba, on 34th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., serves very good Turkish food and is family-friendly. The space at the back is large enough so that you can bring a stroller.
Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th St., serves an eclectice menu of tasty food and is very baby-friendly. Although the space is on the small side, a small stroller might fit but best to call and ask
Keep in mind that when the whether gets warmer, there are many restaurants with outdoor seating that can accommodate a stroller though by that time, your little one may be ready for a high chair.
Good luck with the move, and I hope that once you are here, you will continue to participate on this board. :-)
I know lots of the chains are stroller friendly, though really weak choices for food itself (i.e. Outback Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, etc). On this topic as well, does anyone have specific recommendations for midtown east or the UES that are stroller friendly? I'm a new Mom and don't want to show up with my baby and have no place to put her!