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Apr 22, 2009 02:48 AM

Hill Country, Co., Negril Village....? Most fun for kids (and tasty for parent)

I'm going to be in new york with my preschooler. My husband has a business dinner and we're going to be on our own for dinner....that being said...I'm looking for a place that I won't stick out like a sore thumb-dining solo with a child....those above mentioned are my options as of now....def looking on the casual side...doesn't really matter where in Manhattan but we are staying in midtown west-maybe there are options closer to home-if not...any option is appreciated.

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  1. I've definitely seen kids at Company, not too often at Hill Country (although I haven't been looking). For Company, I'd get there on the early side (5 or 6) as it's pretty popular. If the line is too long, you might also try Grand Sichuan International across the street.

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      1. re: wcgirl

        I have seen children at Hill Country. However, the problem is that there is not complete table service, i.e., you have to get your own food though servers will bring drinks, and that could pose a problem since you have nobody else to watch your child at the table, and the line for food can be long.

        I would suggest Blue Smoke, on 27th St., b/t Lex & Park Av. S. Good food, full service, nice atmospherics, and very child-friendly.

        Edited to add: I just noticed that you are staying in midtown west. Virgil's BBQ is in that part of town, on 44th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs. Another very child-friendly spot.

    1. I have brought my two young children to Hill Country twice and it was fine The big advantage of Hill Country is that you get your food yourself and then sit and eat. You don't have to request the kid's food come first or right away while you sit and wait for your food and then they sit and watch you eat. My kids liked that they could see all the food before they ordered it so they knew what they were getting. Go on the early side when the lines are not long and your kid can wait on line with you. Mine loved watching them pull the big hunks of meat fron the containers in the back and then slice it up.

      1. Blue Smoke is great for kids as they let you decorate your own cookie that they cook and bring out for dessert at the end of the meal.
        Hill country is also perfect as its buffet style, loud and rowdy.

        1. Thanks! All great advice.....are there any other options you can think of aside from BBQ? I'm just curious what else is out there.

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          1. re: wcgirl

            Penelope, on the corner of Lex & 30th St., is a child-friendly little restaurant with good food (eclectic menu) and kitchy decor.


            Otto, one of Batali's restaurants, is family friendly, as are both locations of Landmarc (the one in the Time Warner Center is close to where you are staying.


            1. re: RGR

              Thanks! I've been to otto and love it, but had forgotten about that...penelope might be right up my alley. Thanks!