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Jan 13, 2014 07:34 AM

Couple brings crying baby to three star Michelin restaurant.....;

From Eater and the twitterverse, a table brings an 8 month old baby to Alinea who proceeds to cry and other diners are disturbed.
This is an interesting article with food writers weighing in as well as when is it appropriate to take a baby to a fine dining restaurant, if ever.

There is now even an @alineababy twitter account where hilarity continues.

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  1. I hate that even in the no-star restaurants where I eat.

    1. "Three, in case something comes up (like, say, a babysitter canceling on you), the restaurant allows you to either sell or give away your ticket."

      So the couple chose to ignore this option, I guess.

      And a Yelp review from the baby. ;-)

      11 Replies
      1. re: LindaWhit

        HIlarious! That and the babyalinea twitter account made my morning!

        1. re: LindaWhit

          According to their Facebook page tickets run about $220-$250 each. I'm bringing the baby.

          1. re: ennuisans

            Yeah, but you wouldn't have to pay for the baby. And you can sell the ticket.

            I'm sorry - allowing a child to scream throughout a 13-course meal is just plain rude to everyone else in the restaurant.

              1. re: ennuisans

                I am asking for straws for every guest at my table and peppering you with non stop spit balls.

              2. re: LindaWhit

                I couldn't find a review through the link, but I do see that he 'has no friends'.

                1. re: mwhitmore

                  Ahhh, SHOOT. Yelp, in all of it's stupid wisdom, pulled the funny "review" down. Dambit. Let me see if Google Cache got it.

                  Yup, they did! For your reading pleasure, mwhitmore. :-)


                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    That was brilliant! Thanks for the link.

                    1. It is so rare and such a treat for me to go to a fine dining restaurant that if I was seated near a crying baby I would probably start crying myself. It's clear that the chef was flummoxed on what to do as well

                      1. Alinea needs more fine print in their rules. The burden to avoid this predictable disaster resides with the parents, and diners should not have been subjected to the annoyance.
                        Chuy's in Austin has a nice, simple sign on their door.
                        "No crybabies"
                        For that investment, get a reliable babysitter. Get two. I have never heard of a babysitter cancelling.

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                        1. re: Veggo

                          "No crybabies" is perfect, since it can take care of the adult cry babies as well.

                          Btw, some I knew in NYC had a problem with babysitters cancelling frequently. Every time the babysitters would get an audition, they'd cancel. Probably not as much of a problem in Chicago as NYC.

                          I don't have a problem with sleeping or quiet babies (or babies who cry for a bit, then settle down) at Michelin starred restaurants (or any nice restaurant). It's uncontrolled , poorly behaved children running around that get on my nerves.

                          1. re: prima

                            An audition that conflicts with an evening dinner reservation? Really?

                            1. re: chicgail

                              Who said what profession they are auditioning in?

                            2. re: prima

                              I guess those parents (generally) just need to suck it up and miss their dinners if they are employing this class of babysitters!! Have to be realistic and put the interests of the the other diners ahead of the res - then too, its really not fun to be at dinner - for what is likely to be a multi-hour meal - wondering when a child is going to start fussing or hanging around in the ladies room, foyer or street outside a restaurant waiting for an unhappy child to calm down.

                          2. I brought my 4 month old to Osteria Francescana a few months ago, however, she didn't cry once, it was at lunch, and we checked with the restaurant when booking it.

                            The chef came out to meet her/us and said not to worry at all about bringing her.

                            We also brought her to dinner at Il Falconiere where she cried for a few minutes but was fine otherwise. No one cared.

                            She's recently been to a bunch of places in Hawaii without issue like Mama's Fish House and Alan Wong's.

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                            1. re: rob1234

                              Be thankful you have a really quiet baby.

                              EDIT: And I say this because it makes your dining out life easier for you and for others. I'm saying with no snark intended. I know quite a few people who had kids in the last year and I honestly feel bad for them because they have colicky or constantly upset children.

                              1. re: cornedhash

                                "Be thankful you have a really quiet baby."

                                I'll second that one. For me, kid #1 attended dinner at a few somewhat upscale restaurants. The dinners were timed early and against her nap schedule and she slept through them. She only ever cried in one restaurant, and on that occasion I pulled her out and into the parking lot within 30 seconds -- which I think is part of the implicit contract that parents have when they bring their kids to a restaurant...

                                Kid #2, noisy and not a good sleeper, will probably not experience a fine dining restaurant until he's 16 or so ;-) ... Again, it's all part of the implicit contract.

                                What ever happened to common sense?

                                1. re: cornedhash

                                  Whenever I eat out and see a table with calm baby just sucking milk from her bottle, I look at her parents and the baby..and then I look at parents again and the baby...and the repeat. It's unthinkable with my 2 little ones.

                                  When my first one was little, we had to go out of town and stayed at a hotel. we booked the hotel restaurant early but my little one just couldn't do it...crying and all so we had to pack everything up and bring the food to the room. Never had dinner at a restaurant with her since then.

                                  1. re: Monica

                                    I was one of those "just quiet" babies. My parents joke that they could sit me on the floor with a toy, anything even a piece of string, and I'd sit there and not make a sound. I'm still like that to this day which I guess is why I find myself as a pathologist - can sit for long hours without making noise :)

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      Your parents must have done some holy things in their previous life to have such a calm baby. lol
                                      My first one was the colickiest baby...i am so glad it's over though she still is a bit fussy with clothes and all.

                                      1. re: Monica

                                        Yea, when they complain about me I remind them how lucky they are :)

                                        1. re: Bellachefa

                                          In a chair playing with slides, kind of the same thing