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best restaurant(s) that's child and large group-friendly?

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hello,

can the board please recommend some places in manhattan that are 1) child friendly (so no places where meals are long, elaborate affairs, or where the service is excessively slow), and 2) can accommodate a large-ish (party of 10) group? cuisine is unimportant as long as it's good eats. also, there need not be a separate kid's menu; by 'child friendly' i don't mean "must offer mac n' cheese and chicken fingers as a dining option" (although a separate kid's menu isn't necessarily unwelcome, either).

i look forward to your suggestions. thank you!

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  1. Carmine's

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    Carmine's
    200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

    Carmine's
    2450 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      i appreciate your reply, but surely one can do better..?

      if the 'large group-friendly' requirement is throwing people for a loop, how about a good restaurant that's simply child-friendly?

      1. re: leegf

        I actually think Artisanal is good for groups and children. It can certainly accommodate a group of 10, it always seems to be pleasantly noisy enough that the occasional childish interruption is no big deal, the food is delicious (in my opinion) and it can cater to most tastes. The kids might find the fondue especially entertaining.

        Landmarc and Blue Smoke are other possibilities.

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        Artisanal
        2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        Landmarc
        179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        Landmarc
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

        1. re: leegf

          How many children and what ages? Do you need high chairs?

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            two children: ages 3 and 5. high chairs not necessary, but i find booth-style seating helps.

            1. re: leegf

              Try Blue Smoke - although not sure if a party of 10 can happen with a booth - ask. Landmarc also works - note there are two locations, uptown is better for large groups.

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              Landmarc
              10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

              Blue Smoke
              116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                thanks all. something like landmarc is what i had in mind -- any others along these lines?

                will check out the other names mentioned here as well.

      2. How about Legend (Sichuan, on 7th Ave, btwn 15-16th St)? I find that they're both child friendly (free ice cream to my daughter on one of our many trips there) and a little brusque (directing me to stow the stroller when i've barely made it in the door). The menu has enough tame fare for less adventurous palates and great Sichuan stuff.

        Co. always has tons of children when I go, but I find it a touch too loud and too slow to be a perfect child friendly spot. You could maybe pull off a group of 10 if you go at an off hour.

        My 3 year old's favorite place is Moustache. You can definitely fit 10 in their East Harlem location (and maybe in the back garden in the EV). No high chairs in the E Harlem location, but great pizza making views, and really child friendly staff.

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        Moustache
        265 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

        Moustache
        1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029

        Co.
        230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        Legend
        88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. Good Enough to Eat is definitely family-friendly, and their food is very good indeed. Be sure to order the coconut cake.

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