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Dinner with young children.

porkpa Feb 19, 2010 01:20 AM

I'm looking for a good restaurant for a Saturday evening dinner with two children ages five and seven. There will be six of us in total. Quality food is a must. Price, within reason is a non factor. The kids are pretty well behaved. We would like to eat early at about 6.00 PM. Most anywhere in Manhattan is acceptable.

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  1. LeahBaila RE: porkpa Feb 19, 2010 03:47 AM

    Blue Ribbon Bakery
    Les Halles
    Bridge Cafe


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      gutsofsteel RE: porkpa Feb 19, 2010 05:17 AM

      Can you narrow down your criteria? This is like asking for any restaurant. If the kids are well behaved you can go anywhere...so maybe you could tell us your budget, what cuisines you'd like particularly (or not)..I've taken young children to formal restaurants many times...it depends on the kids.

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        porkpa RE: gutsofsteel Feb 19, 2010 06:34 AM

        We are pretty much open to suggestions. We have been to Otto. It was fine. Does Balthazar take reservations? Our budget is anything not outrageous such as Per Se. We want a place where we can get in and out in an hour and a half. After that the kids are likely to get squirmy. Virtually any cuisine is acceptable as long as the food is good.

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          gutsofsteel RE: porkpa Feb 19, 2010 07:26 AM

          Balthazar takes reservations but it's SO LOUD I can't stand it.

          DBGB is a good option.

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        hungry_fox RE: porkpa Feb 19, 2010 08:30 PM

        Ok, I know I'm going to get some flack for this one because it's not nearly as nice as the other restaurants, but you've got two kids, you want a quick but good meal, what about Ellen's? Before anyone says anything just because it's sort of a theme restaurant doesn't mean it's not good (the same cannot be said for Mars 2112, The Rainforest Cafe, and Jekle & Hyde), my family and friends have been going here for years whenever we can and we've never had a single negative experience.

        Ellen's Stardust Diner is a traditional 50's diner except for the fact that all the servers are out of work Broadway Performers. So while they're serving you some very good and very simple comfort food, they're also belting the classics very very well.

        This restaurant is very kid friendly, the food has consistently been very good for years, the service is very good and even when there is a wait, it's usually pretty quick. While you will probably see a fair number of negative reviews, I'm pretty sure that most of the people who have something bad to say have never been there and just like ragging on it because it gets tourists being in the center of the theater district.

        1. CantStopEating RE: porkpa Feb 19, 2010 10:15 PM

          I've taken a few kids to 5 Napkin Burger in Hell's Kitchen and they loved it as much as we did. The food is good and the kids were excited to go just for the name of the restaurant! The atmosphere is fun and lively as well. What I like best is the price. We didn't spend an arm and a leg for a fun group dinner with kids.


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            porkpa RE: CantStopEating Feb 21, 2010 06:59 AM

            Sorry to be a pest. My daughter and my grandchildren seem to be predisposed to Asian food. We are down to Ruby Foos and Tao. Based on what I've read, they both seem to be kid friendly. Which of the two would you choose? Are there any others of this genre that you might suggest?

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              LeahBaila RE: porkpa Feb 21, 2010 07:03 AM

              Chinatown Brasserie would be my pick - not a fan of either of the 2 you mentioned above


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                smokeandapancake RE: porkpa Feb 21, 2010 03:02 PM

                i wouldnt choose either one of those. congee village is my recco

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                  KTinNYC RE: smokeandapancake Feb 21, 2010 03:03 PM

                  What would you suggest for young children at Congee Village?

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                    coasts RE: KTinNYC Feb 21, 2010 03:12 PM

                    i was there today...Sesame Chicken is one option, at least.

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