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Jul 15, 2011 06:25 AM

Zahav with a baby?

My wife and I are eager to try Zahav, but we're wondering if it's acceptable to bring an infant with us. My son is two months old and is a big sleeper, so he shouldn't be noisy (and we'd remove him from the restaurant quickly if he did start crying). If we went very early (5PM), do you think it would be OK?

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  1. Absolutely!!!! Too wonderful a place to miss out on.....and as long as you would be aware if he was crying and calm him....I, for one, would be fine having you at the next table!

    1. With the recent report of a Pennsylvania restauranteur banning children from his restaurant, this subject has again provoked discussions and arguments. I agree with glutton, above, that Zahav is well-suited for a young family, particularly if you dine early. In addition, you may want to request seating in one of the rooms away from the bar, where noise levels are a bit more subdued. Enjoy, and be sure to order the daily meze platter.

      1. In keeping with the earlier thread, an infant who can be removed if too fussy seems to be fine, an active three YO with parents who are 'permissive' would not work. Enjoy Zahav. It tends to rarely be the child that is a problem, more parents who assume all would enjoy little Grayson's antics.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          I think you would be fine. If he or she starts to cry, there is a nice patio out back where you could take them for a brief respite.

          1. re: bluehensfan

            Bluehen, is the patio you mentioned associated with Zahav? Or perhaps you speak of the grounds of the Society Hill Towers?

            My 2 cents on the baby is : I agree with the posters above. Your control is the important thing. While I would not have brought a two month old to a restaurant; I admire your stated resolve to be sure he does not negatively effect others dining. Gerber can not match the humous at Zahav!

            1. re: Bacchus101

              @Bacchus101: A two month old is a better bet in a restaurant than a two year old. More likely to sleep. More likely to be soothed. More likely to coo, giggle and chill. I took my children (almost) everywhere when they were two months old. My choices when they were two years old were much more limited. And, the parents (ie, OPs, above) certainly deserve to be cooked for, after what they've gone through in the past several months.

              1. re: famdoc

                The patio I mean is actually the area in back of Zahav in the area of the mini mart entrance (and grassy area between the restaurant and the towers). There is plenty of room to walk around... Wish there was outdoor seating at Zahav!

                1. re: famdoc

                  famdoc...Well yes, good point on behavior at the mentioned ages. My agreement with the above posters was an affirmative on the baby presents. My previous personal choices on this issue are unfortunately, ahh well maybe fortunately irrevocable. I do admire their concern and awareness of remedies for potential problems.

                  blue, got ya! Thought I was missing an opportunity for al fresco at Zahav.

          2. To follow up, everything went great. We had a good table to park the stroller, the kid was quiet, we enjoyed a great meal, and so on. The food there is extraordinary. There was not a single dish that did not meet or exceed our expectations. As good, if not better, than hyped. One of the top few meals I've ever eaten in Philly.

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            1. re: glutton

              Glad it went well & thanks for being an aware parent. Last week during Ambler Restaurant week, I was 2 tables away from a group with a baby. Around 8:30 he/she started crying - loudly. Don't blame the baby, that is late for an infant. But the Mom chose to simply standup in front of her chair and rock in place - leaving the rest of us treated to a lengthy crying jag on top of the already over the top noise levels. Fun was had by no one. I just don't get people like that.

              1. re: truffles2

                In that situation, the restaurant manager or host should offer the mother and baby a comfortable place to sit (and nurse, if the baby was crying because of hunger...not that I have any objection to nursing at the table) away from earshot of other guests. A sensitive parent would have taken the baby out and attempted to comfort the baby elsewhere and returned once quiet.

                1. re: truffles2

                  I just don't get it either, truffles. Perhaps ignorance, lack of social graces, entitlement: who knows? Quite a difference in attitude and awareness between your observed parents and the cautiousness and awareness of the original poster here. Just amazing that the restaurant people did NOTHING!

                  1. re: Bacchus101

                    Not to take us too far off subject, but babies cry for a reason -- hunger, pain, fatigue, or dirty diaper. Hunger is the usual reason and there's nothing stopping the parents from addressing that in the restaurant. All diners, whether prents or otherwise, have an obligation to respect their fellow diners by following rules and social norms. When dinrs' behavior encroaches on the experience of others, I think the restaurant should intervene, to protect the experience of everyone else. Zahav put us at an out-of-the-way table since we had a stroller, which made sense -- we would have clogged the walkways and made others uncomfortable had we sat elsewhere. The same logic can be used for noise, etc.

              2. Thank you for this post! Even nearly 3 years later, this is super helpful. We will be taking our 8 month old with us to Zahav at the end of this month for a birthday celebration with my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!