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Momofuku Noodle Bar dinner: can I take a 4 year old?

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medgirl Jan 22, 2012 06:23 AM

I'm visiting NYC in April and am hoping to book the fried chicken dinner for 5 adults and potentially my 4 year old son. Do they allow children to be included in the booking? Is it ill-advised to take a 4 year old to dinner there? My son is a normal 4 year old, not hyperactive but not a total saint either. Any advice is much appreciated.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. coasts RE: medgirl Jan 22, 2012 07:13 AM

    i've done the fried chicken dinner with a four year old and just recently did the duck lunch at Ssam Bar with the same now-five year old and his 8 month old brother. it's allowed, but there's little Momofuku can do to accommodate "special needs". there are no booster seats, no stroller parking, no buttered noodles. the chairs are all backless stumps and not that comfortable. the restaurant is packed and loud and feeds into the craziness that is a child in a seat at a table for 2+ hours.

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

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    1. loratliff RE: medgirl Jan 22, 2012 02:32 PM

      Coasts basically laid it out... The seats aren't super comfortable and your kid is going to have to eat what's on the menu with no exceptions. If it were me, I'd try to find a sitter. It's not like it's a super hush-hush, fancy restaurant, but I don't think a long dinner like that would be enjoyable or worth putting a 4-year-old through.

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        medgirl RE: medgirl Jan 23, 2012 09:27 AM

        Hi coasts and loratliff,
        thanks for your input. having read more about the experience and taking on board your advice, i think we might try a noodle bar duck lunch instead and do some korean fried chicken on a smaller scale elsewhere.
        we need to take my sister and her hubby out to dinner one night (they are the sitters for my and my hubby on other night during the visit!) and will by necessity need to tow the 4 year old along. we may do something family-friendly and non-breaking-the-bank in Chinatown for that occasion.
        thanks again for your advice, probably saved me a ton of trouble!

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