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bjsf Jul 24, 2011 04:05 PM

Can one eat at the bar at Red Rooster? On a walk-in basis? Thx.

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Red Rooster
310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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    mow mow Jul 24, 2011 04:25 PM

    yeah of coz. it has a quite lively bar

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      saacnmama Jul 24, 2011 05:16 PM

      Would you recommend it for a well-behaved child?

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        mow mow Jul 25, 2011 06:04 AM

        hm.... not really. but that's because i don't like children! :-)

        seriously though, i think they are probably fine with it.

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          gutsofsteel Jul 25, 2011 06:11 AM

          Red Rooster is very child-friendly. And a well behaved 9 year old would be absolutely fine there.

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          Red Rooster
          310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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            Sneakeater Jul 25, 2011 01:20 PM

            But is it really ever appropriate for a child to eat AT THE BAR? I'd feel uncomfortable guzzling down cocktails with a nine-year-old sitting next to me.

            (I want to emphasize that this is a different question from the eternal debating point of whether it's appropriate to bring children to bars. Here, the question is, should children SIT at the bar.)

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              FoodDabbler Jul 25, 2011 01:54 PM

              I haven't been to Red Rooster, so don't know the bar there. Is it primarily a drinking bar, with people eating on the side, or one where people primarily eat, then drink with their food? If it's the former I'd certainly not want to take a young child there. If the latter (Neptune Oyster in Boston comes to mind, where the bar has beer taps and everything, but is primarily extra seating for eaters -- at times I've been there, anyway) I'd be fine with it. I've taken my daughter to "eating bars" since she was eight but never to drinking ones.

              (There are also bars that change character over the course of the day. The actual bar at Bar Modern has lots of eaters at certain times, but is mostly drinkers at others.)

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              Red Rooster
              310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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      Sneakeater Jul 25, 2011 01:19 PM

      I've been told it's pretty hard to snag a seat at the bar here -- even still -- so you may want to have a few backup plans if you're coming from out of the neighborhood.

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      Red Rooster
      310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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        Wilfrid Jul 25, 2011 02:42 PM

        I don't know about brunch but it can be very difficult in the evening. I got the only, single bar-seat around 10 one night. Dinner reservations are still tough too.

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        kapnic Jul 25, 2011 03:59 PM

        to the specific question of "at the bar", i believe it is not legally okay for children to eat "at the bar" itself but it is fine to serve them at lounge tables. atleast this is what i have been told at several establishments.

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          Wilfrid Jul 25, 2011 04:48 PM

          A lot of establishments in New York will not permit it, and it's certainly worth checking in advance for that reason. I do not think there's actually a law against it, but if anyone can correct that I'd be interested to know. (A link would help.) Many bars will not allow anyone under 21 on the premises, but again that's not the law, that's individual policies.

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            saacnmama Jul 25, 2011 04:55 PM

            Yes. I think gutsofsteel has already given me the most important info here--individual policy of this establishment

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              gutsofsteel Jul 25, 2011 07:22 PM

              I said it was child friendly. I do not know specifically what their policy is with regard to children sitting to eat at the bar.

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            saacnmama Jul 25, 2011 04:49 PM

            Good to know. Only places we've ever tried it have been "family friendly" locations Applebees or Brio, which both allowed it.

            We are unlikely to sit at the bar in Red Rooster, unless there's a long wait for a table and the bar has lots of open spaces.

            At what time does it change from "everybody" to "mature"?

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            Brio
            137 E 61st St, New York, NY 10021

            Applebee's
            205 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

            Red Rooster
            310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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              Sneakeater Jul 26, 2011 09:10 AM

              If you're talking about the restaurant as a whole, and not just the bar, I doubt that it ever does change from "everybody" to "mature".

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                rose water Jul 27, 2011 09:25 AM

                With a child, I would call to reserve in advance, or skip. There is a large bar area, which includes some tables, but there are a bunch of hungry New Yorkers standing around jostling for the limited space, and the waits can be quite long. Same goes for the first come first served tables outside.

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                  saacnmama Jul 28, 2011 03:56 PM

                  Good to know, rose water. You are quite right that a hungry child would not take competition for a spot lightly (not this one anyway)
                  Sneakeater, that's good to know too. I had been picturing the local chain we go to here that are fun and laid back for us during the day, but vicious meat markets at night.

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