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Dec 6, 2011 11:33 PM

2 Foodies, 3 Kids, 6 Days... Help.

Hello Fellow Chowers,

My husband and I (admitted San Francisco foodies) are braving NYC for 6 days with 3 kids under the age of 5 years old. We want to eat and eat well and given that this is our first time in NYC with kids, we need your help.

Here are the specifics:
We will have just one night without the kids. This will be our splurge night so budget is not an issue. Where do we go for an amazing, well-deserved meal? (Husband is not seafood guy as he is allergic)

The remaining nights, we will have the kids with us. Obviously, super fancy won't do with three ancy kids, but we still want to eat well. What are our options?

Thanks so much. Can't wait to chow.

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  1. Okay, standard questions so we can better give you suggestions...

    1. When exactly are you coming to the city?

    2. For your "budget is not an issue" dinner, any cuisine preferences? And, what day of the week will the dinner take place? It matters if it's a Sunday since many of our fine dining restaurants are closed on Sunday.

    3. For your other nights with kids, what's your budget per person on food only (pre-tax and tip)? And any cuisine preferences for those too?

    4. Finally, any neighborhood preferences for any of the nights? Or are you willing to take the subway to travel to anywhere in Manhattan with 3 kids under the age of 5?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Cheeryvisage

      We will be in Manhattan this Saturday (12/10) through Friday (12/16).

      For our splurge dinner, that will be on Tuesday.

      We don't really have a budget for the dinners with the kids - our parameters are good food with a setting that is friendly to 3 kids. Not sure if many of those exist, which is why I came here for help.

      No neighborhood preferences. We will hop on the subway to go anywhere - the kids love the subway.

      1. re: thaibarb

        Kid friendly place with decent to good food;
        Blue Smoke
        Rosa Mexicano - I dont love the food here but some folks do. They are very kid friendly at least the on in Union Square.

        106 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

        Rosa Mexicano
        9 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003

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

        Patsy's Pizzeria
        2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

        1. re: thaibarb

          For your splurge dinner, I see the following places available next Tuesday. They are all fantastic and there should be lots of reviews on this board if you do a search on them.


          Cafe Boulud

          Jung Sik

          The Modern Dining Room



          For your dinners with kids, one place with great food I recommend is The Modern Bar Room. Since it caters to the Museum of Modern Art visitors, it's very family friendly. I've definitely seen kids eating there a couple of times too.

          Another place that should be good with kids is Forcella. It's a great casual pizzeria with a nice ambiance. Worth looking into, in my opinion.

          It might be a good idea to call these restaurants in advance to make sure they have enough high chairs for your kids though.

          ETA: I just remembered that Jung Sik has a seafood course as part of their prix fixe menu, though they'll most likely be okay with substituting something else for your husband. Can't hurt to ask them in advance.

          Cafe Boulud
          20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

          1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

          35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

          Jung Sik
          2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

          334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: thaibarb

            For your splurge dinner, book as soon as possible, as it is the holiday season, which means lots more visitors in from out of town, as well as company parties and other client/business outings.

            Some threads that may help regarding kid friendly restaurants:

            Friends recently took their little ones to Balthazar for an early holiday dinner.

            I've noticed kids during brunch at Maialino, Locanda Verde, Perilla, Tertulia, and the Dutch recently; dependent upon how early you dine, it might be OK.

            Another option is one of the Momofuku restaurants since they are rather loud, anyway.

            See also:

            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

            The Dutch
            131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

            359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: thaibarb

              We split a discussion of Chow-worthy places in San Francisco and Napa to our San Francisco board. You'll find it here: .

          2. For your splurge... quite a few places have openings on opentable:

            Aquavit: my latest review here - - also, often has 30% discounts available on, making the meal (already a good deal at the price) a veritable steal. Even though "Aqua" is part of the name it's not seafood-focused.

            Corton: Tasting menus only, at the upper $$$$ range. Not sure if they make accomodations for allergies - worth it to call and check.

            David Burke Townhouse: playful New American, though not as avant-garde as, say, WD-50

            Del Posto: Early seatings - before 6PM - only. Excellent.

            SHO Shaun Hergatt: keeps getting better, IMHO. Also, often has discounts on as Aquavit above.

            WD-50: more playful than pretentious, always controversial. One of those "every foodie has to decide for themself" places. Also, some of the best cocktails of any restaurant in town. If you're a fan of Coi, Commonwealth, or Crenn (why are they all C-names?) you'd probably dig what Wylie Dufresne is doing.

            There were a few other splurgey places as well, those were the top of my list. Left out the Japanese ones (Morimoto, Soto, etc) as they tend to be seafood-focused. I'll also second Bouley, Cafe Boulud, and The Modern which Cheery listed above.


            For dinner with the kids:

            Blue Smoke is a good call - also, if you like barbecue, Hill Country or RUB BBQ (I prefer HC, but they're all solid


            Any of our great pizza places - John's & Patsy's are the two in Manhattan. I prefer Patsy's Pizzeria, but the only one worth going to (there are a lot of knock-offs w/ the same name) is the original one in East Harlem, which might be out of the way if you've nothing else to do in that part of town. John's Pizzeria is on Bleeker St, though, and around all kinds of other things.

            Landmarc for a more sit-down meal. They've established themselves as a "family" restaurant pretty well. Also their sister restaurant Ditch Plains could be fun. Kids of all ages are quite fond of the "Ditch Dogs" (mac-n-cheese topped hot dogs... mmm....)

            Blue Ribbon Brasserie, as long it's an earlier hour, say before 7:00. It's a pretty extensive menu, with lots of things that would appeal to kids among the more adult options.

            Katz's Deli - of course. Though they might be a better lunch option (less busy)

            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Katz's Delicatessen
            205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

            Cafe Boulud
            20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

            Hill Country
            30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

            RUB BBQ
            208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

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

            Ditch Plains
            29 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

            John's Pizzeria
            278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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

            Patsy's Pizzeria
            2287 1st Ave, New York, NY 10035

            239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            SHO Shaun Hergatt
            40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

            163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

            Ditch Plains
            100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024