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Early dinner near the Met with 4 kids, 4 adults! Please advise...

saintp Feb 9, 2012 01:08 PM

We are coming into town on a Monday and Tuesday in February with our 2 daughters (5 1/2 and 8), who are adventurous eaters and also well-behaved. We hope to meet up with friends after we hit the museum. They have twins who are about 8 months old (amazingly laid back babies). I've been looking at various threads about lunches and dinners nearby, child friendly or not.
We would be eating at about 6 on Tuesday.

The following sound interesting to me, but I am unsure if they would be receptive to a party of 8 with 50% of us being kids:

Cascabel Taqueria
Maz Mescal
El Paso Taqueria

Any other suggestions? We don't want to spend a fortune, but we love good food. We would also love to have any kind...Middle Eastern, African, Mexican (obviously), Indian....

Thanks so much!

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    RGR RE: saintp Feb 9, 2012 01:41 PM

    We've been to Toloache 82. The food's delicious. It is family-friendly and large enough to accommodate a party your size. I wouldn't advise just walking in with such a large group. Fortunately, they take reservations.

    Toloache 82 photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...


    Toloache 82
    166 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028

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      saintp RE: RGR Feb 9, 2012 03:08 PM

      Thanks. The menu looks wonderful.
      Ane other recommendations?? Please?

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        sgordon RE: saintp Feb 12, 2012 09:36 AM

        Of the Mexican options, Toloache 82 is easily the best choice IMHO. In fact, of the midrange price points, it's probably the best choice overall. Plus it's fairly close to the museum, so you wouldn't need to feel rushed to run out to make your reservation.

        Though there are a few good high-end places, the UES isn't really known for food so much. Most of the midrange options are pretty generic. The best other option i can think of is to take a stroll over to West Side and maybe do Kefi. About a 20 minute walk, maybe 30 mins with young'ns in tow... Great for kids, nice big space, you get to walk through the park on your way over, solid Greek/Mediterranean food, which has a bit of crossover with Middle Eastern cuisines.

        505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

        Toloache 82
        166 E 82nd St, New York, NY 10028

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      Ann900 RE: saintp Feb 9, 2012 01:41 PM

      I don't know if you are aware of the fact that the Met is closed on Monday's.

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        H Manning RE: Ann900 Feb 9, 2012 01:43 PM

        I believe that the OP was thinking of Tuesday ("We would be eating at about 6 on Tuesday.").

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          RGR RE: Ann900 Feb 9, 2012 01:46 PM

          If they will be here on the 20th and 21st, the Met will be open on Monday because it's the Presidents' Day holiday, and it's one of the Met's Open on a Holiday Mondays.


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          fredid RE: saintp Feb 11, 2012 09:46 AM

          Beyoglu was - at least a couple of years ago - a fine place to have a (large - we were 8 or so) family dinner before/after the Met. I might bring a stroller for the 5 y.o. - the Met is tiring even for grown-ups, and the walk afterwards to the restaurant might just do her completely in!

          200 E 81st St, New York, NY 10028

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            saintp RE: saintp Feb 12, 2012 12:52 PM

            Well, one week out from our trip, and plans have changed! We are now going to spend the afternoon at the museum and then head south to Soho/Village/LES to meet our friend closer to his workplace. Thank you for the suggestions so far though! We are now considering La Esquina, Caracas Arepa and ethiopian at Ghenet (which i think is in Brooklyn).....any other suggestions?

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