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May 25, 2011 09:47 AM

Looking for someplace near Arden Theater with kids

We're going to the Arden Theater for a children's performance, and I'm trying to find a place to have an early dinner first. Ideally, I'd like something close to the theater, so we can just park once, but I'm short on ideas. The closest place I can think of is Jones, but that's a little far. The kids (8 & 10) are well-behaved and moderately adventurous eaters. Any thoughts?

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  1. If you head down second, quite a few options. Definitely have seen kids in the Continental (more so at Midtown but at the one in Old City as well.) You have two Afghani restaurants on Chestnut (Kabul and Ariana). And then you have Pagoda Noodle House by the one Ritz Theatre, and Positano Coast for italian food opposite the other Ritz Theater. You could easily park at the parking garage attached to the Ritz theater and walk to dinner and the Arden. On that same street you have City Tavern, which while the food isnt great... kids sometimes get a kick out of. Pub food you have Plough and Stars, and the Khyber Pass for good new orleans style food.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      The Continental is safe and you'd be fine at Amada or Buddakan too (although the food's much better at the latter) believe it or not with well behaved kids. Better yet, how about Zahav?

      1. re: cwdonald

        I've brought kids that age to the Continental and they really enjoyed it. I don't think I've seen kids in National Mechanics, but the food would probably work with kids.

      2. Thanks for all the ideas! Continental might be perfect (have to figure out if the pickier one will eat there). I don't think of it as a kid place, but it will be early, so it's good to know kids do eat there. I hadn't thought of going as far south as the Ritz, but that area is a good idea too. Thanks!

        1. We just went through this last week for the flea & the professor and wound up at Q BBQ & Tequila. We were there on the early side when it wasn't too crowded and there were lots of families. There wasn't a kids' menu, but they had hot dogs and fries and lots of other things that were crowd pleasers for all ages. For me, it was good, but not great, food - but perfect for what I was looking for with my 4 year old before the Arden.