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Friends in town with small kids--Recs on Court or Smith?

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We are meeting up with out of town friends this week and need to find a good restaurant preferably on Smith or Court which could take a fairly well behaved 3 year old. I was thinking of getting an early reservation at Buttermilk Channel. What does the board think? Would love other recs. thank you !

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  1. I don't know about kid friendly, because it's small and loud, but if you haven't tried Frankie's 457 you should do so immediately. Probably the best meal I've had out in the last few years.

    1. Like a lot of places in the neighborhood, Buttermilk Channel only takes reservations for parties of 6 or more. It's a good choice, but if you have to wait a while with a 3 year old, that may be a problem. As jhopp already said, Frankies is good, but also usually has a wait. Also, it's very cramped. You may consider Prime Meats as well, as it's spaced a little better (same owners as Frankies).

      Over on Smith Street, you could consider Seersucker. It's in the same price range as Buttermilk, and similar (if more southern) food. I think I'd give the edge to Buttermilk Channel, but if you can't get a rez and have to wait, you'll certainly have a decent dinner at Seersucker.

      Are you committed to the southern reaches of Carroll Gardens?

      1. You might try Red Rose, on Smith. They have a European and welcoming attitude towards children, and as an old-school, neighborhood place that's been around for over 25 years, it'll have an atmosphere you won't find in one of the newer places. It's a nice way to show out-of-town friends what your neighborhood is like.

        1. All along Smith and Court, kids are commonplace at all but the hautest places. Unless he's exceedingly patient (more so than many parents), you'll want a reservation. Buttermilk will give you one for a big group, also consider Watty and Meg (Court/Kane) or Strong Place (Court/Kane-Degraw).

          Is he eating too? Consider Bocca Lupo (Henry/Warren), very good neighborhood place with good adult food/drink that also has a kids menu (that you'll be sampling too)

          1. highly suggest hibino on henry street. they are great with kids, and the food is awesome. as others have mentioned, most restaurants in the area are good with kids. on court, you could do frankies, prime meats or buttermilk channel or fregole. probably the only places not good for kids would be the grocery and battersby on smith.

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            1. re: jon

              Our 15-month old son loved La Vara, both the food (the eggs with eggplant and peppers and papas bravas) and the service (bartender and waitress were fantastic). It was pretty much empty for brunch on the late side of things and although it's a bit on the pricey side I enjoyed it enough to want to return for dinner sans kid.