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Mar 28, 2014 04:25 AM

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

Desperate! Some friends are suddenly coming into town tomorrow and I need to find a place to eat. Friends are foodies from Chicago, but one does not eat meat (fish is fine). I also will have my husband who likes good beer, and 3 kids (14, 12, 7) with me. I thought of Otto, but am afraid the wait for 7 people would be crazy. I also spotted a great looking place at Eataly, Birreria I think is the name, but they either don't take dinner reservations or don't have any (can't tell from the way Open Table displays things). We could also do Asian if it had beer, but not Chinese because my friends travel to China all the time and want something different. Ideas, please!!!

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  1. We did Otto once with 6 (4 adults, 2 kids) but we made a reservation. Is it too late to get one? We enjoyed it because there was a lot to choose from for everyone.
    Another fun spot was Tertulia...Tapas on 6th Ave. They don't take reservations, but we called ahead and they sort of "held" a spot for us since we were on the way. We loved the food there. It didn't seem like much of a "beer" spot though.
    Good luck!

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    1. re: saintp

      Yeah, I tried. No available reservations. Tomorrow night with 7 people is kind of a tough one...

      1. re: rgny

        Yeah Otto is giving me 4pm or 10:45pm, yikes.

        Birreria only lets me choose 6 people, not 7, but when I do it gives only 4pm or 10:30pm.

        Tertulia does take reservations but they only book online for parties up to 5. You'd need to give them a call. Reservations of six or more for dinner must do the chef's menu prix fixe.

        Burger and Barrel can do 5pm.

        I see a 5:30pm at DBGB.

        Resto can do 5pm or 8:15pm.

    2. What about Cafe Katja? I eat there with my kids and the beer is good. Not sure if that fits into a foodie category or not. There is always one fish and one veg entree, but you might want to check the menu.

      1. Hearth has an opening for 7 at 6:30, and a particularly well-curated beer selection. Good family place, too.

        I would also call Cafe D'Alsace - fantastic beer selection, one of the best in town. Hearth is more "cheffy" but CD puts out pretty dang solid Alsatian comfort food, and is very family-friendly. They only do parties of up to 6 through opentable, 7 you'd have to call.

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        1. re: sgordon

          I would not call Hearth family friendly in the evening, although I did go to a kiddie birthday party there once (my kid was in the same preschool class as the owner's kid). Nothing like whole suckling pig, face and all, for the 3 year old set :-)

          That Cafe D'Alsace place sounds yummy

          1. re: rgny

            At most restaurants, 5:30 to 6:30 reservations are "family hour" - i.e. don't bring your might-start-screaming baby after that. For kids the ages of yours, though, I imagine none of them are potential problems along those lines.

            And everything's relative, of course. Is it family-friendly like, say, LandMarc? No. But for the East Village? Sure.

            1. re: rgny

              Cafe D'Alsace is yummy, but it's UES (Second Ave. & E. 88 St.).

              1. re: ellenost

                Hearth is in the EV, I was saying, not D'Alsace.

          2. So an update. We ended up at Le Petite Abeille on 20th. They had reservations and a reputation for being kid friendly. I wouldn't say the food was the best in the world, and the service was pretty bad. But it was a very pleasant place to sit and talk with friend for a couple of hours, and just the right atmosphere for kids - not Chuck E Cheese, but low key and friendly.