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May 14, 2010 01:36 PM

baby-appropriate spots in the 10th -- restaurants and best takeaway shops?

Will be staying in the 10th -- near Goncourt and the canal -- with my just-2 year old and an 18 year old niece. Picnics and eating at home would work best with the baby, but I do want my niece (first time abroad) to get some time in restaurants. Any local places that would be okay with the toddler at dinner?

And for the picnics, favorite places near there for takeaway?


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  1. Most places are OK with kids all age. The only issue is whether you'll be OK -- is there enough room, did you bring enough distraction to keep the herd busy, etc.
    The 10th, but there is not much that is noteworthy food wise. The marché Saint Quentin is probably the highlight. Good food is mostly on the 9th side -- bakeries, restaurants, etc.

    1. Lunch is a much better time for eating with a toddler in my opinion. Most restaurants don't serve dinner until 7:30PM. There is a fun cool pizza place called Maria Louisa on a little street called rue Marie-et-Louise. Also a nice hidden park area inside the hospital grounds.

      Chez Prune across the canal has outdoor seating and would be fine for a toddler at lunch. Lots of good places to eat in the 10th along the canal.

      Take away, no suggestions for restaurants, but get some cheese, fruit, baguette, tomatoes and avocados and hard sausage. Picnic!

      1. I must disagree, ericab, I had a very disappointing meal at Marie-et-Louise, however, my lovely, ex-cohost rated hers a 6.0, (me a 4.0) pix at,
        I also hated Chez Prune x2: my advice: get on the Metro with the stroller(s).
        For "Picnics and eating at home" Belleville with bok choy, etc., is very nearby as is La Tete Dans Les Olives, 2, rue Sainte-Marthe in the 10th where one can pick up cool Sicilian stuff from a real Casanova (per Meg).

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        1. re: John Talbott

          I think we are talking about two different restaurants! This is a bright corner spot:

          Chez Prune, never said it was great, just a good people watching, toddler-wrangling place. The 18-year old will like it.

          1. re: ericab

            If you're going to schlep all the way from Goncourt over to the Marché St Quentin, you'd be better off exploring nearby the bottom section of the rue du Faubourg Saint Denis (between the "porte" and the boulevard de Magenta) that is muchmore vibrant, and "foodie" (cheese, butchers, greegrocers, wine) than the sad covered market.

            1. re: ericab

              I stand corrected.
              Never been there.

          2. Thanks, all. With the time change, some dinners out may actually work -- but who knows with a 2 yo...

            Are any of the Belleville SE Asian spots exceptional? Wandered around there a few years back and nothing caught my eye. I probably shouldn't even try... but there's just little good Vietnamese in NY...

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            1. re: mary shaposhnik

              There's a few decent decent banh mi places on the rue Louis Bonnet. For less casual dining, I really like Lao Siam at 49 rue de Belleville. They serve bog-standard "French Asian" food, but if you order well they have some really good dishes.

              1. re: vielleanglaise

                I second Lao Siam. Also concur that, like many Asian eateries, it seems each resto really has 4 to 5 authentic dishes, and the others are ersatz dishes catering to faraway clueless palettes. The Lao Siam dishes that I have "tested" and liked were: beef salad, the two cellophane noodle cassarole dishes, one with shrimp, the other with crab, the quail sautéed in its weight in garlic, liserons d'eau as veg, which is a very standard veg dish in Indochina. For the liserons d'eau dish, you may want to remind the resto to make it non-spicy.

                1. re: Parigi

                  Some dishes to add to that list (and from memory so forgive any innaccuracies)

                  Salade douce (banana flower and papaye salad)
                  Salade de meduse (jellyfish salad)
                  Salade de petit poissons croustillants (dried fish salad)

                  Boeuf seché (dried beef, a bit like jerky)
                  Travers de pork sur lit d'ail (spareribs on garlic)

                  To drink, the coconut juice.

                  And the weird looking dessert of brightly coloured jelly things in coconut milk.

                  1. re: vielleanglaise

                    "And the weird looking dessert of brightly coloured jelly things in coconut milk."

                    o yes it's called the Tricolor. Looks chemical as hell but tastes great, not too sweet. Quite a light and nice dessert.

                2. re: vielleanglaise

                  Dong Huong on r Louis Bonnet has reasonably well done North Viet-Namese specialities. Pig-foot soup, for example. Avoid the papaya salad, though.

                  1. re: tmso

                    I second the Louis Bonnet place. There are two decent places at that intersection of Louis Bonnet and rue de la Présentation, but Dong Huong is better.