I'm a little leary about endorsing a restaurant for someone who describes their 2-yr-old as apparently likely to piss off, but Manducati's Rustica in LIC is unusually kid-friendly because of its spaciousness and low-key quality, IMO. The calzone is amazing, the pasta specials are reliably very good.
Thanks. You made it sound like I'm a bad parent. Just being realistic.. Let's face it, not many adults out for a quiet meal Saturday night are especially eager to share the restaurant with a noisy 2-year old.
We ended up at Il Poeta on Metropolitan Blvd. As soon as we stepped in my son wanted out, so I ended up walking around with him for 30 minutes till the rest of the family ordered and had dinner. Food was good, we had:
- Tagliolini del Poeta , very good
- Penne al Salmone Affumicato, good, nothing special
- Pollo spezzatino con olive, capperi , pomodoro ciliegino in salsa alla senape - again, very good.
- the bread and the olive oil spread from the house were very good as well.
98-04 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
My four year old is a saint and my two year old is, well a toddler. We go to a lot of Korean restaurant not because we love the food but because they are very kids friendly. They always smile even though my two year old is spilling water/food everywhere.
We like Il Vesuvio in Whitestone for Italian. There food is excellent and they are very friendly. There's always kids and the waiters are nice. We always order a platter of frito misto the second we sit down so there is something to keep the toddler occupy while we try to order and eat.