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Nice Italian with tourists and a toddler?

Bookistan May 7, 2012 09:31 AM

Hi, we're taking out-of-town friends out on Friday night - a couple with sophisticated tastes as well as a rambunctious toddler. They would like a nice Italian place, preferably in Park Slope, Clinton Hill, or environs. Would love recommendations for a memorable meal where a toddler would be welcome. Maybe someplace with an outdoor garden or other nice setting? Or at least with tables spread apart enough so we won't bother neighboring diners. they had suggested Marco Polo but we've never been there and perhaps we can do better, food quality wise?

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  1. jen kalb RE: Bookistan May 7, 2012 02:45 PM

    Franny's has very good food a youthful vibe and a great backyard. Easy to get to if transport is an issue., family friendly but definitely reserve for Friday night.. Frankies 457 in Carroll Gardens is also excellent with a nice garden.

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      kathryn RE: jen kalb May 7, 2012 10:26 PM

      Franny's does not take reservations.

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        jen kalb RE: kathryn May 8, 2012 08:03 AM

        very very early then, on a Friday night. (or call over there and see what they suggest) they do get a big crowd.

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      jeeg RE: Bookistan May 8, 2012 01:52 PM

      Frankies Spuntino in Carroll Gardens would hit those requirements well.

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        jinx RE: jeeg May 9, 2012 09:01 AM

        Keep in mind Frankie's doesn't take reservations either. So get there no later than 6. Otherwise, with a toddler, I'd think reservations would be better. Unfortunately I cannot think of any good Italian place that does take reservations!

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