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bgbc Dec 28, 2012 09:16 AM

SF hound here, visiting Manhattan for a few days with the family. I've seen some great suggestions for kid-friendly restaurants but am wondering specifically about Saturday evening (earlier side -- 5:30ish) for a group of five adults, an extremely mellow baby, a toddler and a 5- and an 8-year-old. I'm assuming Saturdays are busier and perhaps less kid-friendly than other evenings.

Looking for someone with entrees in the $12-$25 range, preferred locations Flatiron, Chelsea or Midtown but happy to fudge those a little. No Chinese for various fussiness reasons, no Indian unless it's stellar (and meets the kid-friendly criteria of course). If Thai is good in NYC, that would be great, although as I grew in in Australia it would have to be pretty awesome :)

The boys are well-behaved but not inclined to sit perfectly still for a long time (i.e., much more than an hour), so somewhere that takes reservations and is timely would be perfect. We'd be done by 7 at the latest. (And of course we always whisk any antsy kids out for a walk around the block if necessary.)

We (SF adults) don't get out as much as we used to so would love to go somewhere that's unlikely to have anything like a match in the Bay Area. This all feels like I'm asking too much, but I'm hopeful all the same!

Thanks!

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    churros RE: bgbc Dec 28, 2012 10:20 AM

    How about a BBQ place? They tend to be good for groups and relatively budget friendly. Blue Smoke in particular is family friendly and has a pretty broad menu in case you have non-meat eaters in the group. Located on 27th and Park.

    Here's a thread on the restaurant as well as some other BBQ places in the city.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8287...

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      lovethosebites RE: bgbc Dec 28, 2012 07:02 PM

      Do your children require a childrens menu?

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        bgbc RE: lovethosebites Dec 28, 2012 07:07 PM

        Thanks -- no. We can usually find something to keep them both happy most places, even if it's a simple appetizer.

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          lovethosebites RE: bgbc Dec 28, 2012 08:25 PM

          I would recommend Grammercy Tavern.

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            rrems RE: lovethosebites Dec 29, 2012 05:15 PM

            You're joking, right?

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              lovethosebites RE: rrems Dec 30, 2012 04:29 AM

              I know it doesn't seep like it at first but when I went I saw a lot of kids, and if you go you'll see the atmosphere is more relaxed than at similar establishments, the food is great, and I think everyone will have a good time.

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              kathryn RE: lovethosebites Dec 29, 2012 07:25 PM

              The biggest table in the GT formal room only seats eight, could be too small. And too expensive. I've seen 10+ year old kids there but never as young as the OP's. I think the atmosphere is too calm/sedate for kids of that age. Unless you mean the Tavern Room which doesn't take reservations?

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                lovethosebites RE: kathryn Dec 30, 2012 04:32 AM

                The tavern room doesn't. Yes that is what I meant, but I have seen younger children even in the dinning room.

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                plumeria RE: lovethosebites Dec 29, 2012 09:44 PM

                GT is our favourite restaurant in NYC. We went with our one-year old (front room) two years ago and the service was stellar. They do not take reservations, but around 5:30 p.m. shouldn't be a problem. I would suggest you to call ahead and check with them.

          2. rose water RE: bgbc Dec 29, 2012 12:29 AM

            Otto?

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              Monica RE: rose water Dec 29, 2012 05:38 PM

              Another vote for Otto. Great place for a large family group. Good food to satisfy all, great wine and great atmosphere.

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                rrems RE: rose water Dec 29, 2012 07:00 PM

                Otto is a good suggestion, in that it works for a family group, but I am not enamored of their food. For better cooking in a similar vein, I would look into Rubirosa.

              2. TrishUntrapped RE: bgbc Dec 29, 2012 03:50 PM

                Beacon can handle a group and there is privacy upstairs.
                http://www.beaconnyc.com/

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                  kathryn RE: TrishUntrapped Dec 29, 2012 04:08 PM

                  Beacon has closed.
                  http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/12...

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                    TrishUntrapped RE: kathryn Dec 30, 2012 04:14 PM

                    Nooooo! I liked that place. Thanks for the heads up Kathryn.

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                  foodyum RE: bgbc Dec 30, 2012 08:31 AM

                  Landmarc in the tw center has almost every table with your demographic. Stroller gridlock outside the restaurant.

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