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Lived in the east & west village for many years; left under great duress. We're returning for a long weekend, and our 16-month-old son's first real trip to the city. He's very well behaved and a great eater. We want to show him our "home" (and we are just dying for some good food!). Where can we go that we'll love and he won't offend with his presence? We're open to all kinds of food, but hopefully at least one Japanese meal and at least one Italian.

FWIW, we'll be staying in Battery Park City but can move around well (south of 23rd street). Thanks!

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  1. "FWIW, we'll be staying in Battery Park City but can move around well (south of 23rd street)."

    To clarify: Do you want all suggestions to be only in neighborhoods below 23rd St.?

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    1. re: RGR

      Well, we plan to spend an affernoon in Sheep's Meadow, but I'll definitely have a hard time dragging my husband north for dinner. So I think that's a yes -- below 23rd St please.

      1. re: hungryinwdc

        Japanese: 15 East, Ushiwakamaru

        Italian: Babbo, Scarpetta, Locanda Verde, Lupa

        Other options in Tribeca: The Harrison, Blaue Gans, Cercle Rouge, Odeon, Landmarc.

        Other options in the West Village: Kin Shop, Joseph Leonard, Perilla, Empellon

        Other options in Soho: The Dutch, Shorty's .32, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Osteria Morini

        Most restaurants are kid-friendly if you dine early.

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Perilla
        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Blue Ribbon Sushi
        119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Ushiwakamaru
        136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        The Harrison
        355 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

        Landmarc
        179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Odeon
        145 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Blaue Gans
        139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

        Shorty's .32
        199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

        Cercle Rouge
        241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        Joseph Leonard
        170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

        Kin Shop
        469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Osteria Morini
        218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

        The Dutch
        131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Empellon Taqueria
        230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: peter j

          I'd take 15 East off that list.

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          15 East
          15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: peter j

            Osteria Morini is extremely cramped and loud, though, so not sure I'd go there. Especially if bringing a stroller (not sure if the OP is).

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            Osteria Morini
            218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          2. re: hungryinwdc

            Sheep's Meadow. as in Central Park?

            1. re: Blumie

              For searching purposes - I think it's (the) Sheep Meadow.

              1. re: yebo

                I'm just wondering if the OP meant Fresh Meadows or Sheepshead Bay!

                In any event, I'll toss out Noodle Pudding, just over the Brooklyn Bridge, as a great, family friendly, Italian option.

              2. re: Blumie

                Yup, that's the one. We will probably have a stroller with us but it will fold up and stow away easily.

          3. Momoya in Chelsea is decent, and there are plenty of children in there all the time.

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            Momoya
            185 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. No idea when you moved, but Manhattan is more kid friendly then ever. Near BPC, I see a lot of kids in Walker's, so keep them in mind as a convenient choice.

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              Walker's
              16 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

              1. I recommend calling any place before you visit and making sure they stock high chairs. We've had a couple of unpleasant surprises with our 18-month old.

                We've also found DBGB, Peel's, Balthazar/Schiller's/Morandi/Pulino's extremely kid-friendly.

                Also, there's now a Shake Shack in BPC!

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                Balthazar
                80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                Morandi
                211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

                Schiller's Liquor Bar
                131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

                DBGB
                299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                Pulino's
                282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

                Peels
                325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

                Shake Shack
                215 Murray St, New York, NY 10282