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Taking a baby to Minetta Tavern: will this work?

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Mums May 17, 2011 04:39 PM

My cousin's coming to town next week and we have a 5:30 Friday reservation. We plan to bring our six-month-old baby to dinner: is that a terrible idea? Is Minetta Tavern an OK place to bring a child who may want to be walked around during dinner?

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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    kathryn Feb 5, 2012 11:06 AM

    Data point for brunch (this is an old thread but I thought this info might be useful):
    They do have a single high chair and one place in the back to tuck a stroller. I actually saw two babes in arms at brunch today. One family had to collapse and park their stroller up front by the bar. The other family was able to maneuver theirs between a table and a booth in back. It still seemed a little awkward.

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      yebo May 18, 2011 07:19 PM

      Perhaps I missed something. If not, how come you wouldn't check with the resaurant and be guided by their response? Do we think the restaurant would say it's ok b/c some legal thing but not treat you well?

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        thegforceny May 18, 2011 08:56 AM

        Bad. Very bad idea.

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          Simon May 17, 2011 07:54 PM

          i had a lovely dinner at the bar there a few days ago...it'd be a bit hectic w/ a baby though, even if you had a booth -- not really any space to walk w/ people rushing to the bathroom, bringing food to tables, etc...i agree w/ the others: bad idea...

          i'd say: switch the res Maialino: lots of space, equally-good or better food, and lots of hotel lobby space to take the baby out for a break...

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          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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            kathryn May 18, 2011 06:43 AM

            Good idea, and I've definitely seen babies in there before and multiple strollers.

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              RGR May 18, 2011 09:21 AM

              We've been to Maialino many times for dinner, but I've never seen a baby or a stroller. However, I have seen babies and children at brunch.

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                kathryn May 18, 2011 09:23 AM

                I suppose you're right... Brunch is when I saw them.

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                  RGR May 18, 2011 09:45 AM

                  So, unless Simon can confirm that he's seen babies and strollers during dinner, I would not consider Maialino a good option for the o.p.

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                    msny98 May 18, 2011 11:52 AM

                    I think Minetta is indeed a very bad idea, Maialino at 5:30 PM is prob OK. Be gone by 7:30 or 8:00 when the dinner crowd arrives but there is enough space and the place is relatively loud in the first place
                    Or just get a baby sitter and enjoy your dinner

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                    Maialino
                    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                      RGR May 18, 2011 01:22 PM

                      We've been to Maialino a 6 p.m., and there was already a bar crowd and an almost full trattoria. I'm sticking with not appropriate.

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                        Simon May 18, 2011 05:08 PM

                        heh...i have never seen a stroller (and i don't eat brunch -- i've only been there for dinner/drinks in the bar area)...but as top-quality-food somewhat-buzzy restaurants go, there is a lot of space between tables and more open lines of exit...and the hotel lobby provides a lot of floorspace to take breaks, in case the baby in question needs to leave the realm of the adults for a few minutes...one could easily take the baby to the lobby for ten minutes of playtime/break/walking-practice: i can't think of too many other restaurants where that's as easy and doable :)

                        i stand by Maialino as a good place for this dinner, relatively-speaking...

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                        Maialino
                        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                          gutsofsteel May 18, 2011 07:24 PM

                          I agree that Maialino would work fine at 5:30 with a baby for just the reasons Simon said above.

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                          Maialino
                          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                  michelleats Feb 6, 2012 05:33 PM

                  I've only been to Maialino four times, all for dinner. We sat by the door two of those times and both times, we saw several families checking strollers at the coat check, then going in to the dining room with small children. These dinners weren't particularly early -- probably around 7:30 p.m. Maialino functions as part hotel restaurant, which could explain its popularity with families. The staff seemed very tolerant.

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              kathryn May 17, 2011 05:13 PM

              The tables are at Minetta Tavern are pretty close together and it is a BUSY, busy restaurant, especially on weekend nights. I wouldn't want to walk around with a baby in my arms there.

              Are you planning on a stroller? High chair? In your lap the whole time? I don't think they'll have space for a stroller at all, and I don't think they'll even own a high chair.

              http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

              Why not switch your reservation to somewhere else? I recently discovered that Perilla is kid friendly. They even own 2 high chairs, and the staff were very sweet to my friend's 6 month old. This was for brunch, though.

              Maybe have someone watch your young one instead?

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              Perilla
              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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                gutsofsteel May 17, 2011 04:44 PM

                Not a good restaurant for this.

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