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hungryinwdc Aug 16, 2011 11:07 AM

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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    Oliverstreet Aug 18, 2011 07:54 AM

    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

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      sugartoof Aug 17, 2011 05:28 PM

      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

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        gutsofsteel Aug 17, 2011 04:28 AM

        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

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          RGR Aug 16, 2011 11:22 AM

          "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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            hungryinwdc Aug 16, 2011 12:04 PM

            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.

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              peter j Aug 16, 2011 12:14 PM

              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

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                thegforceny Aug 16, 2011 12:39 PM

                I'd take 15 East off that list.

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

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                  kathryn Aug 16, 2011 01:11 PM

                  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

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                  Blumie Aug 16, 2011 12:38 PM

                  Sheep's Meadow. as in Central Park?

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                    yebo Aug 16, 2011 01:10 PM

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

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                      Blumie Aug 16, 2011 01:12 PM

                      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.

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                      hungryinwdc Aug 16, 2011 07:15 PM

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

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