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Dining with kids on the UES

I love Jersey Mar 27, 2013 05:46 PM

We have one dinner on UES, adults would like non diner, pizzeria, burger setting but have two picky children, any suggestions, and leaving them home not the option. Don't want any place that kids are completely unwelcome.

  1. more pickles please Mar 29, 2013 12:43 PM

    i've had success with my toddler at Cafe d'Alsace and there are enough kid-friendly options on the menu

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      kathryn Mar 29, 2013 06:00 AM

      Cascabel? Toloache 82? Will they eat Mexican.

      1. StevenCinNYC Mar 28, 2013 11:20 PM

        Orsay has great burgers but is really excellent for everything else, too. Plenty for kids and adults.

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          pbjluver Mar 28, 2013 06:47 AM

          Atlantic Grill - Third Ave. and 77th Street

          Vermicelli - delicious Vietnamese - Second Ave. and 78th Street

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            nats79 Mar 28, 2013 01:28 AM

            Beyoglu - Turkish?

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              City Kid Mar 29, 2013 05:47 AM

              Beyoglu is a good idea, lots of interesting variety for adults and kids can go with a simple shish kebab or Turkish burger or pizza equivalent. Funny to see Orsay recommended, since it's known for being an expensive "ladies who lunch" place and not the sort of place I would think children would enjoy.

              1. re: City Kid
                StevenCinNYC Mar 29, 2013 06:12 AM

                Have you been to Orsay?

                1. re: StevenCinNYC
                  City Kid Mar 29, 2013 06:55 AM

                  I haven't but based that on reviews, Zagat calls it the successor to Mortimer's, and the opinions of friends who have been.

                  1. re: City Kid
                    StevenCinNYC Mar 29, 2013 07:17 AM

                    I think Orsay does a very good job with classic French food.

                    Personally, I'm not concerned about who is dining around me, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it with an infant or toddler, but assuming the kids are a little older than that, they should be able to order items that they would enjoy which seems to be the primary concern of the OP.

                    It's really not a "ladies who lunch" place, but the crowd tends to be a little older and very UES. I can understand your friends perhaps not liking the crowd, but I've only had positive experiences there, and I certainly would return. FWIW, I don't find Zagat particularly insightful, but looking at the Zagat reviews online, they're mostly very positive. The New York Times gives two stars and makes it a Critic's Pick as does NY Mag. I've gone there with friends who have lived all over the world, including Paris, and they like and go back, too. Apparently it occupies the space that was once Mortimer's so I'm not sure what calling it a successor to Mortimer's means that is negative.

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