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Nice brunch place with 3 yr old toddler near Museum of Natural history

  • Monica Jun 28, 2011 07:50 AM
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My husband and I have finally decided that my daughter is ready for the museum. =)

We'd like to go either this weekend or next weekend.

Any good and slightly fancy(not required) brunch place near the museum?

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  1. You could try Isabella. It's very child friendly. The food is nothing to write home about it, but it is not bad either.

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    Isabella's
    359 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: Toot

      Shake Shack is right across the street.

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      Shake Shack
      366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

      1. re: Toot

        I would go for Ocean Grill across Columbus from Isabella's - same ownership and menu but they take brunch reservations.

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        Ocean Grill
        384 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

      2. I like Kefi too, which is only a block west or so from the museum.

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        Kefi
        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        1. I'd vote for "Good Enough to Eat." It's on Amsterdam and 84th, very close to the Museum, and probably has the best eggs/biscuits/bacon/pies in the neighborhood, plus they're very child friendly.

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          Good Enough to Eat
          483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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          1. re: strangemd

            I second Good Enough- My husband is addicted to their Lumberjack breakfast- And the strawberry butter, I could eat by the vat- FYI, there is usually a wait but it's worth it-

            1. re: colette99

              I actually thought about Good enough to eat but waiting online on a hot day with a 3 yr old toddler didn't seem like a great idea..
              I thought Good enough was just ok....but then waiting on a long line and high expection can do it too.

              1. re: Monica

                I had breakfast only once at Good Enough to Eat and found the food just OK and the place claustrophobic. Personally, I would not find it relaxing with a toddler and a stroller.

                1. re: City Kid

                  That's exactly what i said to my friend...but she didn't seem to agree..lol

                  1. re: Monica

                    Haha! Don't understand the love for Good Enough to Eat either... I've been to Ocean Grill countless times and they welcome families. There's even a spot to leave strollers up front and the place has a nice buzz that seems to absorb loud kids (and adults). It is upscale in feel but very reasonably priced and the fact that they take reservations is a huge plus.

                2. re: Monica

                  DH and I jokingly refer to that restaurant as "never good enough to wait". :)

                  I second the Ditch Plains rec below. I've not had brunch (only dinner) there but the food was really good. And the bowl of taffy - well that disappeared awfully quickly!

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                  Ditch Plains
                  100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

              2. re: strangemd

                Are the lines still long, though, for weekend brunch?

                1. re: strangemd

                  good enough to eat is yummy, but kind of s cramped place. also, if you're going after the museum, you're likely talking about a half hour+ wait on weekends.

                2. Calle Ocho has decent food and it slightly fancy. Great sangria too (for the adults).

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                  Calle Ocho
                  45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

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                  1. re: betsameister

                    looks like they are either moving or renovating....

                  2. Ditch Plains. Lots of kids there. Good, solid brunch. It takes reservations. http://www.ditch-plains.com/

                    Some of the other recommendations seem a little upscale for a 3 year old.

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                    Ditch Plains
                    100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

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                    1. re: craigcep

                      I have brunch at Ditch Plains all the time and there are always a lot of children. While I don't have any, the restaurant seems very accommodating to them. Great food too!

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                      Ditch Plains
                      100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

                    2. So either Ocean Grill(they have sweet potato fries...drool..) or Ditch Plains. Thanks everyone!

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                      Ditch Plains
                      100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

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                      1. re: Monica

                        Cafe Frida for midscale Mexican.

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                        Cafe Frida
                        368 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                      2. I literally have no idea what a three year old is like. Can they go to Dovetail?

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                        1. re: nmprisons

                          I would not take a 3-year-old to Dovetail. A quiet, grown-up sort of place.

                          1. re: City Kid

                            I have found the brunches there to be much more casual than the dinners, and the OP did want something "slightly fancy." Mostly an older clientele at brunch, who might find a kid (assuming said kid wasn't yelling) kind of endearing. But what do I know about kids and such (well, nothing, I guess). I did eat at the bar at Blue Hill a few weeks ago next to a young couple and their 6 year old. The kid was great company (seriously). But I guess there is probably a big difference between three and six.

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                            Blue Hill
                            75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

                            1. re: nmprisons

                              Haha, yes, there is a HUGE difference between 3 and 6.

                              1. re: Monica

                                Well, that settles it, if I will have to wait like six years to eat as a family at a decent restaurant then kids are looking less and less likely for me.

                                How old before someone can sit in a chair for 2 hours and not scream about it? Maybe I will just adopt one that age.

                                1. re: nmprisons

                                  This could be a great Chowhound topic!

                                  I guess it depends on the child!