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Nov 4, 2009 04:50 AM

Infant-friendly chow in West Village?

My 9-month old daughter and I are visiting my parents who are new to the West Village in early December. Any tips on chow-worthy restaurants in the area? We have a slight preference for ethnic and want to avoid anything that is out-of-this-world expensive. Thanks!

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  1. my infant was not that portable as a 9 month old, and the place i found most straightforward to navigate was chelsea market. the 14th st subway has elevators, so you can schlepp around a stroller; the green table (which serves good local, seasonal fare) has a large table outside the restaurant, where you can engage a potentially disruptive baby without disrupting others.

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    1. re: rose water

      Thanks so much for the suggestions! We will definitely check out the market.

    2. Chelsea Market is about as baby-friendly as it gets but, if you want a real restaurant and prefer ethnic, how about Grand Sichuan (Chinese)? It's on 24th and 9th so may be a little out of your way but the food is great and they won't object to a baby. Alternately, Gradisca (Italian) on 13th between 6th and 7th LOVES babies and the food and restaurant are sophisticated enough to keep the adults happy. Those are our favorite spots when dining out with our daughter.

      126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: clembeauchamp

        Thanks! This is perfect! I think we will check out the market for lunch and try Grand Sichuan and Gradisca for a couple of dinners. Much appreciated!

        126 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

      2. I'm hoping to revive this thread. We recently went to Ofrenda for an early dinner, I think around 6 p.m., and found the restaurant welcoming and as delicious as always. (Really, the food and cocktails at this place are underrated IMHO.)

        Any other places, ideally not a fast food / pizzeria type of place? I know folks like Thew think you can schlep a well-behaved baby anywhere, but I'm not that confident of my ability to calm my infant, yet!


        Is Perilla really infant friendly? I read that it was on another thread. I've been many times and though loud, it doesn't strike me as that infant or child friendly.

        And how's Fatty Cue for young babies? I still haven't been and have been meaning to for some time after reading Kathryn's reports.

        113 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: michelleats

          Never seen any babies or kids at Fatty Cue, ever. Too much drinking going on, perhaps?

          At Perilla, I've been for brunch with a friend's child (I think he was 9 mo. at the time), and the restaurant had two high chairs available. Of course, he didn't want to stay in the high chair, and threw his toys around a little, and the staff didn't seem to mind.

          Honestly, it really depends on the disposition of the individual infant and their age. Will yours sleep through the meal or not? If the child is really young, and will sleep through the meal, it might work if you have a restaurant that is large enough to put the kid next to the table (like in a car seat or stroller).

          BUT I don't think the layout of Fatty Cue is going to work for that given the layout.

          9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

          Fatty 'Cue
          50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: kathryn

            I used to take my kids everywhere. The more you take them the better they behave. Italian restaurants were always the best for the kids though. Besides the friendliness of the staff, spaghetti is always good with kids ( not infants). For infants bring a car seat and a bottle. Morandi is good in west village for infant or D'Andrea in the other west village

            Da Andrea
            35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

            211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Thanks, you guys. Your responses are super helpful in helping me think through what kind of place I need to look for. (Space for a carrier + friendly staff... I guess that means I won't be frequenting my favorite tiny WV cubbyholes for a while... no more Recette, Buvette or Takashi, sadly!)

              Kathryn, I don't have a natural aversion to dining out with babies in places where there's imbibing, I guess b/c I've seen so many soccer hooligan types throwing down pints with their kids in tow at pubs in the UK. But that's probably something I should think about more. I was considering stopping by Wilfie & Nell for dinner some night because it's friendly and casual and loud enough that a slight amount of fussing won't turn heads. Maybe that's not as good an idea as I'd thought.

              I'd appreciate if folks could report on any small baby sightings at restaurants while you're out. Actually seeing infants at a place is probably a good sign.