Thought I would report back on where we ate with kids in NYC. In response to my post looking for recommendations, Marta and Landmarc were recommended. We initially had reservations for both, but ended up not eating at either as our plans were changing last minute. Instead, we ate at:Mike Wenzel wrote:NYC people I need some recommendations for restaurants for a family trip in August. Two of the nights will be 2 kids 2 adults and the other two nights will be 4 kids and 4 adults.
My kids are 9 and 12 and are adventurous eaters and will try almost anything. Not looking to break the bank or do anything high end. Thinking maybe Ssam Bar for lunch or dinner one night. Beyond that have not put much if any thought into it.
Tapas are always well received by my kids. Never heard of Atoboy but the post above makes me interested in trying it. Can I take my kids there?
Other family has kids not so adventurous. So pizza or more mainstream ideas would be good.
If there are any worthy places that don't take reservations ordinarily but do so for 6 or 8 that would also work out well for us.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. It's hard to tell which places we will get the stink eye for bringing our kids to just by reading reviews. I usually try to select from places I would like to go that I can get away with bringing my kids too. My kids are well behaved and love eating out but I don't want to take them to the wrong atmosphere.
We are staying near Grand Central but location is unimportant.
Uncle Boons - I thought this was good, not great. Nowhere near as good as Pok Pok in Portland (not been to NY location). Found the sausage duo dish just strange. Highlight dishes for the kids were sweetbreads and half chicken with dipping sauces. Atmosphere was loud and boisterous. Cocktails were decent. One other kid in restaurant, around 16 years old.
Barbounia - Very loud. Pretty good food but expensive for what we got. Cocktails were ok, a little on sweet side and that was after I was warned away from a sweet cocktail. Good wine list. Kids liked the flatbread, hummus and calamari. No other kids in the restaurant, and it was a huge space.
Zero Otto Nove - Food was ok, nothing really stood out but was certainly enjoyable. Also loud, but not nearly as loud as Barbounia. Thought the wine list had decent lower priced options. Kids liked the pizza and risotto pescatore. There were other kids in the restaurant. Service was good here and no issue with bringing the kids. Definitely the most kid friendly of the three.
Had reservations at Atoboy for our last night. Went to the Yankee vs. Red Sox game instead.
Maybe it was time of year or our restaurant choices and neighborhoods, but aside from the obvious tourist attractions we hardly saw any kids anywhere we went, whether in restaurants or just walking down the street. My kids had a blast in the City, loved riding the subway and loved the bagels at Ess-a-Bagel.