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Jan 2, 2012 04:47 PM

Baby-friendly restaurant in UWS?


We're visiting friends in the UWS next month, whose baby will be about 6 weeks old at the time of our visit-- and too young for a sitter, per the young mom. Does anyone have a recommendation for a dinner for 4 (plus baby) for a Saturday night where we won't feel too out of place? Some restaurant criteria: any cuisine, though the friends eat fish and veggies only, no meat; their typical price point tops out at $40-50 per person before drinks. Friends live near the Empire Hotel, where we're staying. With the stroller, they will prefer to walk to an establishment in the neighborhood. Thanks in advance for your recommendations and recommendations for good previous threads!

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  1. Maybe Landmarc at the Time Warner Center?

    10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: fm1963

      Agree; Landmarc seems to be known as the "place to go" among people with babies/toddlers. They are very accommodating, including allowing the strollers to all be lined up right in front of the restaurant, where they can be watched by the front of house staff.

      1. re: orthorunner

        A six week old needs to stay in the stroller next to the parents

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          No, babies that small typically go into a removable carrier that can easily be detached from the stroller. The carrier can then go onto a large chair/bench/booth. It can also usually go into one of the raised booster seats used for toddlers, turned upside down so the wider base is at the top to accommodate the carrier, but that's not a recommended use of the booster seats (although I did it all the time when I had babies that age.)

          1. re: Chris VR

            It really depends on the type of stroller they have.

    2. This may be a long walk from the Empire Hotel, but the UWS branch of Ditch Plains is pretty kid-friendly. The food is not amazing, but its decent, and there is a lot of variety on the menu.

      And I would second Landmarc, its always full of strollers.

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

      1. You don't need a kid-friendly restaurant for a 6 week old. The baby will be asleep pretty much the entire time in the stroller. You just need a place that has room for the stroller to be near your table.

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        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Not all 6-week-olds will sleep through a meal -- mine certainly wouldn't have! But as long as the place is generally baby-friendly and parents have the good sense to remove the baby if he or she starts wailing it shouldn't be a problem.

        2. The UWS is sort of a family place. Any restaurant is appropriate at an early (7:00) seating. The fancy places too, though the Empire is near Lincoln Center so early seatings mix into pre-theater... so a fancy place like Picholine may be best at 8:30 (talk to the manager, they actually want everyone happy) And Telepan and Dovetail may welcome you at 7:00.
          Landmarc is a fave of those with kids, Patsy's Pizza is almost unwelcoming to those without kids (not really but it is very family friendly) Loi is a new greek place I hear good things about and it is big enough inside for you to get a corner etc

          72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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

          10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

          Patsy's Pizzeria
          61 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

          103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

          208 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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          1. re: dyrewolf

            I really have to disagree about going to places like Picholine, Telepan, or Dovetail with an infant. I wouldn't have done it and wouldn't appreciate it now that my kids are bigger. I know a lot of people do but that doesn't mean you should.

            1. re: City Kid

              I have found that before the "proper dinner hour" the restaurants up here are quite tolerant, and the other tables are sparsely populated or possibly other families...
              and FWIW, I am not tolerant of it if people come with babies at 8:30....

              1. re: dyrewolf

                I guess we have a difference of opinion. I have eaten dinner at both Telepan and Dovetail on the early side and would not have been happy with a baby and a stroller near me. Honestly, I love kids but I consider these places for grown-ups. Picholine, too. I think restaurants these days are not inclined to turn people away with babies in tow, but other patrons may not appreciate it. And eating while getting the evil eye from others may not be fun.

          2. Loi is a great idea. Great food and accommadating. Bar area is very large, and would be fine for a time out if needed.There were many family groups when I was there last week ( mid- week) including several babies . Land marc would also be fine.