Dining out with a new baby
My wife and I are thrilled to have our first child and are looking for good non-chain restaurants where we might feel comfortable bringing a baby - maybe suggestions for dinner and lunch? We live in Newton. Thank you.
List is too long to even break out. We hit Bergamot recently. Key is go early, and go during the week when things are a bit mellower.
I'd also consider Rendezvous. For excellent Chinese Golden Garden in Belmont has some space and killer food. (Stick to house specialties don't order Americanized standards.)
Also, larger places with a bit of elbow room tend to be more conducive.
Seriously, just call your fav spots & ask.
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478
Striped nailed it. Go early and at off peak times and you can go anywhere you want with the baby.
Places that have been particularly accommodating and happy to see us include Green Street, Highland Kitchen, ICOB, Basho, Tasty Burger, and Rialto. If the baby starts to fuss, daddy rocks her or takes a walk while mommy eats, but that wasn't really a frequent issue with o newborn.
I honestly can't name one place which has given us any attitude. I wouldn't expect the same treatment if I rolled in at a peak time though. However that would be more stressful for us and the baby as well so it is a non issue.
Congrats in advance and enjoy your new addition.
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i agree with the other posts, you can bring a newborn most places especially if you go earlier. i took my newborn to neptune oyster...sometimes you've got to take care of your cravings. :)
check out the family restaurant 'full moon' in cambridge in a couple of months for some decent food where you won't feel self conscious.
I agree with others -- for the first few months, it's easy. You can go anywhere while the baby naps or is calmly awake, just go on the early side to avoid bothering anyone, and be prepared to have one of you duck out with the baby if s/he gets fussy.
For future reference, I recently asked a similar question about where people eat with their young kids and got lots of good answers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767877