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Birthday brunch with a baby?

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rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 07:59 AM

Hello wonderful hounds,

We (6 of us, 5 in our late 20s/early 30s and one three-month old) are going out for a birthday brunch, hopefully in the South End/Back Bay/Kenmore/Brookline, and we would like to go somewhere that is both special enough to celebrate my friend, but also welcoming to the baby (who is very well-behaved, but is, you know, a baby). Any thoughts? Doesn't need to be a fancy place, but tasty is a must.

By the way, this will be a Saturday, as I am sure that will narrow the choices...

Thanks in advance!

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    emannths RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 08:06 AM

    "Birthday brunch with a baby?"

    As someone with a baby, to me this basically mean "a place that takes reservations." So I'd look at the usual suspects and then just cross off the ones that don't take reservations.

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      rebeccact RE: emannths Mar 27, 2014 08:09 AM

      Thanks, and agreed that a reservation is necessary--- but any advice as to places that folks think might accommodate a stroller next to a table (as in, tables not too crowded together, staff not too pretentious) or an atmosphere where some baby noise might be better tolerated than other places would be fabulous.

      And I am impressed with your adventurous parenting! I will aspire to it. :)

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        emannths RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 08:23 AM

        > stroller next to a table
        When you make a reservation I'd check to see if they have the high chairs that you can flip upside down and put an infant car seat in them. I had no idea this could be done, and it's a bit more compact than an infant stroller next to the table. As you might have been able to tell, I've already blocked out some of the logistical specifics from my mind now that our kiddo usually sits in our laps.

        As far as restaurant recs, that's not my (geographical) area of expertise, so I can't be of too much help. Eastern Standard always seems a good bet, but I'm sure there are probably other options.

        We were/are sort of fly-by-the-seat-of-our pants when it came to taking the little guy to places. We never ran into the space issue (the restaurants just happened to be spacious enough and/or were able to find an accommodating situation), but maybe we were lucky!

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          rebeccact RE: emannths Mar 27, 2014 08:29 AM

          Wow, thanks for the high chair tip!! No idea that was a thing! Eastern Standard is a good idea, too-- birthday girl is going to a Sox game afterwards, so super convenient.

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            emannths RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 08:37 AM

            Yep, like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmetrob...

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              rebeccact RE: emannths Mar 27, 2014 08:43 AM

              Amazing! Thanks again.

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              blink617 RE: rebeccact Mar 30, 2014 10:33 AM

              The flipped-over high chair is not really a safe place to put an infant car seat. It fits, but it's not secure and it's very top-heavy so it could fall over easily. Some of the high chairs now have warning labels on the bottom telling you not to use them for a car seat.

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        Klunco RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 08:22 AM

        We had a wonderful brunch at TW Food this past weekend with both a baby and a birthday celebration. They have live music (background noise level) which actually helped the one time the baby became a little fussy, but wasn't so loud that conversation wasn't possible. Further, the staff was very accommodating.

        Unfortunately they only do brunch on Sundays, but if you end up switching days, I'd highly recommend.

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          rebeccact RE: Klunco Mar 27, 2014 08:33 AM

          Great rec- we all love TW Food (I really enjoy their brunch!), but this time, Saturday is a must. Thanks, though!

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          kenner83 RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 08:25 AM

          Barcelona Cafe in Washington Square (Brookline) tends not to be too crowded at brunch, takes reservations, has a delicious menu + cocktails and is up-scale enough for a celebration (last time I was there was next to a birthday party with a family ranging 1-80 years old).

          Tables are reasonably far apart so plenty of room for a stroller and to walk around with baby if needed.

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            rebeccact RE: kenner83 Mar 27, 2014 08:32 AM

            Thanks-- will look into this!

          2. Matt H RE: rebeccact Mar 27, 2014 12:36 PM

            +1 for Eastern Standard. They have always been very accommodating to our family which includes a little one as well.

            Another great Saturday brunch is Area Four. I know it is in Cambridge, but another option if you wanted to expand your "strike zone"

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              bear RE: rebeccact Mar 28, 2014 06:04 PM

              Another suggestion would be brunch at Boston Chops. The food is really good, as is service, and it's a beautiful space so it would feel festive. The downside would be that it's pretty empty on a Saturday morning and so feels somewhat isolating. There would be plenty of room for a stroller, though, and room to sit away from other diners.

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