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Scared to ask. Compatibility-Children and Convivium O?

bklynkat Jan 5, 2011 12:09 PM

I think I can guess the answer, but I'd love to be wrong. My husband and I received a very generous gift cert to Convivium O in Park Slope. Neither of us have been here. We just haven't been able to find a babysitter...or maybe we haven't tried hard enough. If we arrived very early for dinner with our 2 year old, how bad would it be? I don't want to be chased out of town--not yet at least.

Convivium Osteria
68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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    bklynkat RE: bklynkat Jan 5, 2011 12:13 PM

    I'll end this now and reply to my own post. I just read a recent posting that opined -Convivium O is NOT for a 2 year old.

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      jen kalb RE: bklynkat Jan 5, 2011 01:41 PM

      I would give it a chance and ask them. Early could be good and there are some spots in the restaurant that could work for you. but if you want to have a relaxing, extended meal do yourself a favor and get the sitter.

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      gutsofsteel RE: bklynkat Jan 5, 2011 01:55 PM

      It is not an appropriate restaurant for a 2 year old.

      Go when you can get a sitter.

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        jinx RE: bklynkat Jan 5, 2011 04:33 PM

        We just ate here on Saturday. Definitely not a place for a two-year old. Its very small, and quite a romantic, cozy restaurant, lots of couples on dates--a 2-year old would not be appreciated. And you'll want to linger and appreciate the atmosphere, and food, in peace. Beg, borrow, or steal a sitter though--we had an amazing meal.

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          Mister Meatball RE: jinx Jan 6, 2011 03:50 AM

          Like the lady said, end of story. She gets it.

        2. Peter RE: bklynkat Jan 7, 2011 05:53 AM

          I disagree. The owners have 2 small children and they were frequently in the dining room in the early hours, even when younger than 2.

          Call and ask to speak to Michelle and explain your dilemma. She may suggest you come very early. Or on a quieter weeknight and she'll give you the basement wine cellar (an amazing room) all to yourself.

          Call and ask -- it can't hurt.

          1. sgordon RE: bklynkat Jan 7, 2011 11:47 AM

            As someone who's generally VERY anti-children-in-restaurants, I'm oddly going to disagree with the majority here. While I wouldn't hold a kid's birthday party there or anything, I think a single 2 year old wouldn't be a problem, as long as they're the well-behaved sort. It's a casual environment. I've dined there many times - used to live on the same block, it was my neighborhood standby - and seen people with single kids on multiple occasions and it's never been an issue. I say go for it.

            And enjoy! They're fantastic - one the real underrated gems of our city.

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              jen kalb RE: sgordon Jan 7, 2011 01:04 PM

              yeah, we were in there early on christmas eve (family with adult children) and it was hardly a hushed romantic environment - it was fairly bustling The front window seat, for example, which is a bit isolated and contained, would be good with a child. Just dont know if this is what the OP needs - she may need to kick back and enjoy adult company a bit without worrying.

              ps - the food and wines were very good (ask for a recommendation) - I liked my duck special, the caldo gallego, daughter's roasted sea bass , polenta with hen of the woods mushrooms, Cured meats platter was huge (more than we needed) the gnocchi di spinachi were delicious and loved by all though I thought they could have been a bit more tender Do ask for wine recommendations and consider one of their nice ports to end your meal,.

              Convivium Osteria
              68 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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              Bookistan RE: bklynkat Jan 8, 2011 08:45 AM

              I suggest looking harder for a babysitter and give yourselves a special evening out. It's one of the true romantic spots in the neighborhood and many there are enjoying a special night out, possibly also taking a break from their kids!

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