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NYPORK Feb 6, 2012 09:31 PM

Moved to the culinary wasteland of Seattle several years a go and need a great place to eat. Anything goes as long as Idon't need a tie. What do you guys have for me?

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    RGR RE: NYPORK Feb 7, 2012 07:57 AM

    I'm surprised you think Seattle is a "culinary wasteland" since (though we have not been there) our friend uhockey is currently posting on the Seattle board about all the places he dined at there, and it sure sounds pretty good to me.

    Also, there is not one restaurant in NYC that requires a tie. (The lone holdout, the 21 Club, finally ditched it in 2010.)

    Do you plan on taking your baby with you? Or will be be leaving him/her with sitter? That will make a huge difference as to where you end up since, in my view, there are restaurants where bringing a baby along is inappropriate.

    You also need to help narrow down the endless choices by providing the following info: Dinner or Lunch? Cuisine preferences? Any avoids? Casual or fancy? Any particular neighborhood? And, most important, give us your per person budget for *food only*.

    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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      NYPORK RE: RGR Feb 7, 2012 10:15 AM

      I was just looking for a simple answer, like "here's my top five" hence my saying anything goes.

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        kathryn RE: NYPORK Feb 7, 2012 10:46 AM

        The sheer variety of restaurants in Manhattan makes it very difficult to answer your question without any sort of direction or guidance. I can't give you my top 5 without knowing a little more about what you're looking for.

        As RGR mentions "No ties required" eliminates...zero restaurants from the running. There are still some restaurants where jackets are required.

        Price and ability to get a reservation are usually factors--when is your trip? Day of the week? Many fine dining restaurants are closed Sundays. Many don't serve lunch on the weekends, but have great prix fixe deals during the week. Etc.

        Your post title is ambiguous. We can't tell if you are asking for baby appropriate restaurants or not.

        Are you looking for "Top five, price is no object, I'm planning 3 months in advance and can probably get a reservation anywhere, party of 2, not wearing a tie but still bringing a nice jacket, not bringing the baby"?

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          RGR RE: kathryn Feb 7, 2012 11:09 AM

          Word.

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            peter j RE: NYPORK Feb 7, 2012 11:54 AM

            You might like:

            WD-50
            Empellon Taqueria
            Tertulia
            Manzo
            Nuela
            Whitehall
            Salumeria Rosi
            Zabb Elee
            Cannibal
            Legend

            Here are a few new places on my must-try list:

            Acme
            Empellon Cocina
            La Promenade des Anglais
            Jungsik

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            WD-50
            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Acme
            9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

            Salumeria Rosi
            283 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023

            Legend
            88 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Nuela
            43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

            Manzo
            200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

            Empellon Taqueria
            230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

            Jung Sik
            2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

            Zabb Elee
            75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Tertulia
            359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            Empellon Cocina
            105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            The Cannibal
            113 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

            La Promenade des Anglais
            461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

            Whitehall
            19 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

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              NYPORK RE: peter j Feb 7, 2012 03:00 PM

              Thankyou Peter and cherry visage

      2. Cheeryvisage RE: NYPORK Feb 7, 2012 11:25 AM

        Jungsik - I gushed about it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815513

        The Modern Dining Room and Bar Room

        Momofuku Ko

        15 East - I was recently bowled over by the exquisite sushi I had there. Fooder, who was one of my dining companions for that meal, wrote about our experience here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829717

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        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

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

        Jung Sik
        2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

        1. Motosport RE: NYPORK Feb 7, 2012 11:38 AM

          Whoa!! Relax Pork. My first thought was: With baby or not?
          RGR and kathryn (NY Icons) were doing their best to be helpful.
          If you've got a sitter for the infant and you are not on a budget just surf the plentitude of posts for "Best" _______
          If you are dining with child I think it rules out most top tier restaurants but you could certainly ask when you make a reservation.
          Otherwise, there are many fabulous places on 9th Ave that are baby friendly. Eatery, Pam Real Thai and the Yum Yum Thai places have great food and love children. Katz's for the best pastrami sammich of your life!!
          And, yes, we do take food "too" seriously! Years of therapy and I am still not cured.

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          Eatery
          798 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Pam Real Thai
          404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

          Yum Yum Bangkok
          650 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Yum Yum 3
          658 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Yum Yum Too
          662 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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            secondbecky RE: NYPORK Feb 8, 2012 09:59 AM

            Even if the OP doesn't want this board's help anymore, I'd like to piggy back and ask everyone what their favorite restaurants are to take the 8 month old along.
            I have a ten month old who has dined at some higher end places in Brooklyn, but I would have no idea how that would translate in Manhattan establishments.
            Let's say price is no object. We would be eating early to not offend most diners. (i.e., get there before 6pm). Let's try to stay out of midtown, UWS, or UES (to at least make this challenging ;) )

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              secondbecky RE: kathryn Feb 8, 2012 10:22 AM

              I don't think they are different, I'm just expanding on the OP's question as the other posters have asked him to do (and to which he declined). Your answers will answer his question as well.

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                sgordon RE: secondbecky Feb 8, 2012 10:43 AM

                It's been my experience that most restaurants are understanding of kids during those unofficial "family hours" - i.e. like you said, early rezzies before 6PM. I don't have a ton of experience with kids (don't have any) but I've dined with them a couple times. I can say Aquavit was very accomodating, they brought out a nice (Swedish-designed, of course) high chair for my two year old nephew when he was last in town, and made him a plate of Swedish meatballs to nosh on (I don't think he'd have gone for the juniper-smoked sweetbreads so much...)

                Also, Landmarc is known for being a "family" place - the food might not be terribly adventurous, but it's good for what it is.

                But really, ask any high-end place. They might put you at the table nearest the door, in case there's one of those unexpected crying fits that even the most well-behaved children tend to have, and the kid needs to be taken outside for a bit. But if they have high chairs, they're cool with it.

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                Aquavit
                65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

                Landmarc
                179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                Landmarc
                10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

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                  michelleats RE: secondbecky Feb 8, 2012 09:23 PM

                  I have a newborn who needs to be picked up and bounced occasionally. I'm not sure how that translates to a more mobile 8 or 10 month old, but so far we've had luck during early dinner hours at casual-ish establishments, including Kanoyama and Ofrenda. Neither really has room for strollers. Early evening on a weekday, they might have room for a carrier in an extra seat, but call ahead to ask. I "wore" my baby at both places. (The 10 month old is too big for that, I'm guessing.) Neither place has room for emergency diaper changes.

                  On another thread, someone suggested Morandi, a likable Italian restaurant in the West Village. Based on my experiences there with a dog and very picky eaters, many of the staff do seem incredibly nice and accommodating in general. I've never been to the bathroom, there, so I don't know whether you could swing a diaper change.

                  I've seen a number of diners with children from infants on up at Maialino. I didn't notice whether smaller children were in high chairs or carriers. The bathrooms in the adjoining hotel, where diners are sent, are large enough that a diaper change would be doable, I think. Maialino is business casual and less casual than the other places I mentioned. Food leans salty, but it's very good.

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                  Morandi
                  211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

                  Maialino
                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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                    sgordon RE: michelleats Feb 9, 2012 06:30 AM

                    Maialino is a good call, and brings up a good point as well: restaurants in hotels are inherently more child-friendly, if only due to the fact that people sometimes travel with kids.

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                    Riverman500 RE: secondbecky Feb 9, 2012 06:41 AM

                    Here's an article regarding high end restaurants' policies regarding kids and strollers.

                    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-03...

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                      secondbecky RE: Riverman500 Feb 9, 2012 07:23 AM

                      awesome thanks!

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