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Jun 18, 2009 11:27 AM

Kid Friendly Authentic Restaurants near West 55th between 6th and 7th


We're visiting NYC for 5 days (from Toronto) and staying at the Blakeley Hotel (with Abbocato in its building). Has anyone eaten there?

Also, we'll have our 16 month old boy with us and keen to find authentic restaurants within walking distance that have early seatings and preferably a highchair, but no chains please. Cuisine no issue, price not too much either, just nothing too formal where they'd object to a bit of good humoured babbling!

Also, would you describe this location as 'midtown'?

Thanks for any suggestions you have,

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  1. This area is called "Midtown West." Not sure of your definition of authentic, but in the area, these are the first places that come to mind:

    BLT Market
    Angelo's Pizza
    Wu Liang Ye
    Sarabeth's (bkfast)
    Norma's (bkfast)

    1. Hey, KatieMc,

      I see you are new to Chowhound. Welcome!

      As LeahBaila mentioned, you are staying in Midtown West, 5th Av. being the geographical diving line between the east and west sides.

      We have not eaten at Abbocato, so I can't comment. But perhaps Hounds who have will chime in.

      Here are some kid-friendly options within walking distance of the Blakeley:

      La Bonne Soupe, on 55th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. (one block west of your hotel), is a sweet French bistro with tasty food and much more on the menu than just good soups. Unfortunately, it has been closed for a while because of a fire. You don't say when you will be visiting but, hopefully, by the time you arrive, it will have re-opened.

      Wu Liang Ye, on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., serves very good Szechuan cuisine.

      Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., is a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. The homestyle Italian fare is delicious, and the staff provides friendly, efficient service.

      Virgil's BBQ, on 44th St., b/t 6th & 7th Avs., is very popular. Reservations are a must!

      A note about highchairs. That question was recently discussed on another thread, and the concensus was that they are not ubiquitous even in child-friendly restaurants.

      Enjoy your stay in NYC and Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: RGR

        hi RGR and LeahBaila, thanks for your suggestions. We went to Trattoria Trecolori and had a good meal - thank you for the suggestion. La Bonne Soupe had a notice saying 'opening mid june' but was still closed (although active renovation happening). We had brunch at the Fig & Olive with friends which was a bit disappointing - so we'll do more research before our next visit. If you want to have good, informal restaurants nearby, which area of the city would you suggest staying?