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Kid Friendly Places Midtown Times Square Chinatown Everywhere!

coloradosmom May 27, 2010 06:44 PM

Hey foodies! 20 Days till my trip to Manhattan!!!
Coming from Florida with my Long Islander-native-in-laws!
First time to Manhattan with my kids (1yr old & 3 yr old, fairly)

Staying midtown at Club Quarters 5th & Broadway.

Need ideas for kid/family friendly places to eat. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Within walking distance of hotel:

Near the Childrens Museum (83rd & Broadway):

Near Chinatown:

Near Rockefeller Park:

We like Seafood, Italian, Steak, Burger, & Pizza places would probably most fit our crowd, although I'd like to stay away from Caramines please...

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  1. scoopG RE: coloradosmom May 27, 2010 07:04 PM

    Here are some Chinatown recs. Every Chinese restaurant is child friendly.

    New board favorite, A-Wah:

    Amazing 66:

    Shanghai Café:

    Cantoon Garden - not sure has this place changed its name…?

    Red Egg:



    Lanzhou style Hand-Pulled Noodles:

    Great New York Noodletown:

    Fujian Noodle Shops:

    East Corner Wonton:

    Great New York Noodletown
    28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    East Corner Wonton
    70 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

    Red Egg
    202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

    5 Catherine St, New York, NY 10038

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      Chandavkl RE: scoopG May 29, 2010 09:40 PM

      New name for Cantoon Garden is South China Garden. And you sure hit the nail on the head when you said every Chinese restaurant (at least in Chinatown) is child friendly. I still like the line one food critic used about a dim sum palace saying that they should have small children available for rental for diners without any.

      South China Garden
      22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: Chandavkl
        scoopG RE: Chandavkl May 30, 2010 06:30 PM

        Thanks, I keep forgetting that about CG and SCG. Any Anhui cuisine places out in CA there?

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          Chandavkl RE: scoopG May 31, 2010 02:16 PM

          Never seen Anhui cuisine. Most obscure variety I've seen is Lizhou style, which unbeknownst to me at the time of dining specializes in sea snail broth noodle soup. I merely thought it was some strange seasoning.

          1. re: Chandavkl
            scoopG RE: Chandavkl May 31, 2010 04:57 PM

            Is that in Lizhou as near Guizhou?

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              Chandavkl RE: scoopG May 31, 2010 10:20 PM

              Yes, SW China. The restaurant was originally named the same as the snail broth noodle soup (NRN) but it's now Happy Cafe.

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        flower_puppy RE: scoopG May 31, 2010 02:30 PM

        Seconding Amazing 66 as yummy, kid friendly and festive. I'm not sure if it has fallen out of favor on the boards, but I still think Congee Village is a lot of fun for a big group. The waits can get long on the weekends, but I've never had to wait much at their Bowery outpost.

        Amazing 66
        66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Congee Village
        100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

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        Tasi RE: coloradosmom May 27, 2010 07:26 PM

        Here are three places that have made my 3 boys (ages 3,3 & 5) very comfortable during dinner service.


        Blue Smoke

        Crispo (but eat early


        The earlier you eat the better since the dinner rush really doesn't start until after 7:00. Have fun.

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          uwsister RE: coloradosmom May 29, 2010 03:13 PM

          Near the Children's Museum, there's Shake Shack mere blocks away, very children-friendly, always see lots of mothers with strollers in the afternoon.

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            pbjluver RE: coloradosmom May 30, 2010 06:44 PM

            Is this where you are staying...
            Club Quarters, Midtown
            40 West 45th Street
            (Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
            New York, NY 10036

            Also, it is CARMINES

            checkout this great website:

            Sixth Avenue Cafe
            1414 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

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              Guanciale RE: coloradosmom May 31, 2010 04:45 PM

              I was just about to post the same question. Coming up from Boston over fourth of July weekend w/ a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and my parents. We are staying at the Hilton(not my choice), but it is close to central park which the kids will love. My wife and I over the years have eaten at Babbo, W-D 50, Nobu, Spice Market , The Spotted Pig, Scarpetta, DB Bistro, Aquavit, and too many more to name. Was wondering where we should go with the kids, I was thinking Shake Shack and Otto. Was also thinking Locande Verde for brunch, and maybe trying for an early dinner at Maialino (does anybody know how kid friendly they are?). We are also looking forward to a night out without the kids, and I am 99% leaning towards EMP, we have never been and was seeking other opinions on if it's a must try. Thank you New York Hounds. Will post on where we went and how it was.

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Shake Shack
              Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

              105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

              Spice Market
              403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

              2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                scoopG RE: Guanciale May 31, 2010 05:00 PM

                EMP is a must! You will not regret it.

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                  kathryn RE: Guanciale May 31, 2010 09:17 PM

                  Shake Shack, Otto, Locanda Verde, Maialino, and EMP all sound GREAT to me! I've definitely seen families at Maialino before, although not with kids that are quite that young.

                  Also, in terms of kid friendly brunch and (quite possibly dinner) as well:
                  Balthazar [perhaps not for dinner though]
                  Bar Breton
                  Big Daddy's Diner
                  City Bakery
                  EJ's Luncheonette
                  Petite Abeille

                  As always, check hours before you go, and with NYC, earlier is usually better if bringing children along.

                  Shake Shack
                  Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

                  City Bakery
                  3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                  2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                  179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                  EJ's Luncheonette
                  1271 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

                  Big Daddy's
                  1596 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10028

                  La Quenelle
                  254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

                  Locanda Verde
                  377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                  1. re: Guanciale
                    Tasi RE: Guanciale Jun 1, 2010 11:28 AM

                    I've seen lots of families (and some strollers) at Locande Verde during brunch. Definately a must go-to place.

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