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erk313 Feb 4, 2009 11:52 AM

My wife and I are headed to NY in march, and we will have our three-month-old with us. I'm looking for a recommendation for a high-end (or at least high quality) Spanish restaurant where we won't be made to feel like lepers if we have an infant with us. Obviously, I would assume that going at an earlier hour would greatly improve our chances anywhere, but there are others factors to consider. For example, I know somewhere like Casa Mono comes highly recommended, but most reviews I've read make note of the cramped seating. I don't think something like that would be an ideal experience. I'm sure there must be parents in NY who enjoy fine Spanish cuisine and can't always get a babysitter. Any advice is greatly appreciated, and bonus points for really good patatas bravas. Thanks.

  1. Miss Needle Feb 4, 2009 12:31 PM

    I do think that Casa Mono is probably not appropriate during dinnertime with a baby. But I was there for a weekend lunch once where a couple brought their infant in a carriage and they were placed in one of the tables in the middle (not one near the windows). It would definitely be a tight squeeze, but it has been done.

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      ukitali Feb 4, 2009 01:06 PM

      Casa Mono would definitely not work with a baby. Maybe during lunch when they are less crowded but not dinner. I don't really have any recommendations. The only tapas/Spanish places I've been to are tiny and/or have bar stool seating.

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        small h Feb 4, 2009 01:41 PM

        Mercat has tables & isn't tiny, but it can be very loud. On the bright side, it's likely no one will care if your kid starts screaming.

        http://www.mercatnyc.com/

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          RCC Feb 4, 2009 03:48 PM

          La Nacional - I'[ve dined there once and I know that they have more in-between table spaces than most local Spanish restaurants. BTW, we've not had their patatas bravas.

          Sevilla in the W Village also has more space than most Spanish restaurants in the city.

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            small h Feb 4, 2009 04:41 PM

            Also! Here is a brand spanking new restaurant that is actually a reincarnation of an old restaurant. Be the first to review it on Chowhound! Take one for the team! Well, by March probably someone will have weighed in. But it belongs on your radar, maybe.

            http://www.patinagroup.com/east/lafondadelsol/
            http://eater.com/archives/2009/01/eat...

            1. penthouse pup Feb 4, 2009 04:44 PM

              If you're not a snob, go to Sevilla on W.4th and Charles. They love families with children, including infants.

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                brettnyc Feb 4, 2009 05:40 PM

                If you want great spanish food but an atmosphere where you can be comfortable with your child, an alternative(or additional experience) could be grabbing some jamon iberico/chorizo/manchego/piquillo peppers and marcona almonds from Despana, procure a Ribera Del Duero, and take it to central park/the place of your choosing for a feast of a picnic. Depending on when you come in march the weather might have started to turn a bit hopefully...

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