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movesalot Aug 31, 2011 07:16 AM

We're planning a last minute trip to New York this weekend (labor day). We'll be staying at the Rtiz Carlton from Friday evening until Monday afternoon. Anything that is a short (ie less than 15 minutes) cab/subway ride away is fine. We will have our toddler with us so unfortunately many of my "dream" NYC restaurants will be unsuitable (well that and we probably couldn't get reservations at this point anyway). We like EVERYTHING and when I say everything I mean it, except my husband isn't that into Korean food. We are into places that favor seasonal/local ingredients but the most important thing is that they provide a unique experience. We are looking for 3 lunches (Sat, Sun, & Mon). All will have to be takeaway or very quick. We are also looking for 3 dinners (at least two will need to be under $100 including 2 glasses of wine). We will need to sit down to eat by 5:00, but even earlier, like 4 or 4:30 would be better if that's possible. One of our main criteria is that our son has a milk allergy . What this comes down to is that we need to eat at places that either have an allergy menu or where the servers know what is in the food they are serving or aren't afraid to check with the chef on the ingredients. This isn't usually a problem at good quality restaurants unless the servers are too snobby to bother. This has unfortunately happened to us a few times. Anyway, we bring some food for him but basically we just need to be able to get him some pasta and red sauce, a coconut milk curry, or chicken/vegetables prepared without butter. He's not really picky, we just need to be able to accomdoate his allergy.

I read on some other posts that you can take children (provided they are well dressed and well behaved) to almost anywhere in New York and not feel uncomfortable? Do you feel this is true?

We'll be at MOMA one day Can we eat with a kid at the Modern/Bar Room for lunch and/or dinner? I know we could do the cafeteria but that wouldn't be my first choice.

We've had some really good dim sum in places like San Fransisco and Richmond BC. Would we want to do dim sum in NYC?

I normally try to do a bit more research than this but we've had no power until this morning due to Hurricane Irene and I want to get this thread started as soon as possible. Here are some possibilities I am looking at:

momofuko
spotted pig
marea
ma peche
halal cart (near moma, 53rd and 6)
Keste
blue ribbon
I see Nobu does carryout on weekdays, I am going to check and see if that is a possibility on labor day

Thanks in advance for your critiques and suggestions!

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Nobu
105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

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    kathryn RE: movesalot Aug 31, 2011 07:37 AM

    > I read on some other posts that you can take children (provided they are well dressed and well behaved) to almost anywhere in New York and not feel uncomfortable? Do you feel this is true?

    It really depends on the age of the child sometimes -- a lot of the kid-friendly threads here are focused on 6-12 year olds.

    > We've had some really good dim sum in places like San Fransisco and Richmond BC. Would we want to do dim sum in NYC?

    I wouldn't, personally.

    > momofuko

    Which one? Noodle Bar? Ssam Bar?

    Noodle Bar's lunch only goes until at 4:30pm on weekdays, 4pm on weekends. It reopens for dinner at 5:30pm, which may be too late for you. Ssam Bar opens at 5pm for dinner.

    http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/n...
    http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/s...

    Is it a MILK allergy or a DAIRY allergy? My friend has a dairy allergy and eats at Momofuku Ssam Bar. They are good about asking the kitchen which dishes she can and can't have (no modifications to dishes is their general rule). She usually skips dessert and the steamed pork buns, which have dairy in the bun.

    I think Spotted Pig, Ma Peche, the Halal cat (go to the southEAST one before 8pm and southWEST one after 8pm and look for the yellow bags w/ a red circular logo that says WE ARE DIFFERENT), Keste, and Blue Ribbon Bakery or Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill would be fine.

    I wouldn't take a toddler to Marea (too upscale). I'd say Blue Ribbon Brasserie is iffy just because it's usually too long a wait though I guess they open at 4pm, so that will help.

    This recent trip report may help although their child was a bit older:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796313

    Your biggest problem may be finding places that open before 5pm, but if you can eat right at 5pm, you should be fine.

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    Momofuku Ssam Bar
    207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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

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

    Blue Ribbon Bakery
    33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

    Marea
    240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

    Ma Peche
    15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    1. Cheeryvisage RE: movesalot Aug 31, 2011 07:37 AM

      I think The Modern Bar Room would work well. I've seen lots of families dining with their (well behaved) kids there. Their operating hours would also meet your early dining needs. Even if you can't get a reservation, they take walk-ins and reserve their cocktail tables specifically for this purpose.

      Not sure Momofuku Ko (I assume this is the one you're talking about) would work. Reservation might be difficult at this point and even if you do get in, the time slot is unlikely to be one that works for your schedule.

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      The Modern
      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

      Momofuku Ko
      163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        ANin RE: movesalot Aug 31, 2011 07:44 AM

        Keste is definitely family friendly and my experience has been that their servers are friendly and obliging. I'm guessing cheese doesn't work for your son though? I'd just call ahead and make sure they have something he can eat or can accomodate him.

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        Keste Pizza & Vino
        271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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