best restaurant(s) that's child and large group-friendly?
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!
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.
265 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009
1621 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029
230 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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.
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016