NY for Christmas w/toddler - help me fill in the blanks
We arrive in NYC on the morning of Christmas Eve. I've done some searches for restaurants that are toddler friendly but most of them are dated. We own a restaurant so our child is very accustomed to eating out - that said, I'm looking for fairly casual places anyway so he can enjoy himself. I'm also wondering if it's business as usual on Christmas Eve?
Here's my rough draft. :)
Breakfast - looking for a diner
Lunch - Shake Shack at Madison Square Park
Dinner - The Spotted Pig
Breakfast - Ess-A-Bagel
Late Lunch/Early Dinner - Les Halles
Snack - hoping to find some street food
We're staying at 7th & 53rd. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
Looks good overall. It's tricky on Christmas Day, but I would find a substitute for Les Halles as it is mediocre at best. For street food, the lamb & rice platter at the Halal cart on 53rd and 6th is a crowd favorite. I assume they're open on Christmas, but I'm not positive.
I would call Shake Shack to see if they're open on Christmas Eve. I'm pretty sure they have closed for Christmas week before. If they are open, I'd go to the Upper West Side location on 77th St instead of the Madison Square Park location, unless you like sitting outside freezing in a NYC December while eating your burger. They have heat lamps, but it still seems kind of awkward. Show up early to avoid the insane lines. On the same note, The Spotted Pig is usually a madhouse during dinner and it might be even worse on Christmas Eve. Show up right at opening time for dinner or you may be in for a long wait.
15 John Street, New York, NY 10038
Big Daddy's Diner, Landmarc, Sarabeth's, Penelope, Ouest, Bubby's, Isabella's, EJ's Luncheonette, Balthazar, Petite Abeille, and City Bakery are all reportedly kid friendly from various CH threads I've read. Most of these do weekday breakfast so I'm sure you could find one to your liking. Definitely call ahead to confirm hours during the week of Christmas.
Spotted Pig might be rough on the kid since the wait can be 2 hours. How about a Chinese restaurant, like Szechuan Gourmet on 39th between 5th and 6th?
For Christmas Day, most places will be closed except for restaurants connected with hotels. Perhaps Nougatine at Jean George, which is fairly nearby?
Again, I would call to confirm hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Good luck.
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314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014
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Sarge's Deli, on 3rd, b/t 36th & 37th, is open 24/7/365 (366 leap years). For me, it's all about their top-notch pastrami. However, the diner-style menu offers very broad choices.
Echoing hcbk0702, avoid Les Halles! If you do want to stick with a French brasserie on Christmas Day, Marseille, on the corner of 9th & 44th is a fine option.
If you don't want to freeze your patooties off at the MSP Shake Shack or shlep up to the indoor location on the UWS, a good indoor, toddler-friendly alternative is Blue Smoke, on 27th, b/t Lex & PAS. Same owner (Danny Meyer) as SS, so they use the same excellent quality beef for their burgers. One difference: Blue Smoke's burgers are much thicker.
I recommend Certe for breakfast or an informal lunch whenever someone is looking in the neighborhood you are staying in. It is on 55th between 5th and 6th Aves. -- great food, reasonable, super-friendly, you feel like you are eating in a friend's kitchen. Take-out up front and some tables and catering prep in the back. I'll bet you and your child will enjoy it: everything from excellent baked goods to hot cereal to more elaborate breakfast and lunch entrees.
My babies are getting a bit long in the tooth, but I still have some asterisks on my restaurant suggestions to indicate which restaurants were extra open to receiving them...
diner wise I like joe jr and the lyric - both have nice views, nice staffs...
I love me some Chinatown on Xmas! And I find the humbler the location, the warmer the staff to receiving delegations from the land of Feral Young.