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Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel

Elegant dining  – with kids? Absolutely possible at Maialino; kids and babies are made to feel very welcome. Despite not having a kids’ menu, the staff offered several suggestions for meals they could make for the 11-month-old babies we had dining with us. We chose the pasta with a butter sauce – and no-one even batted an eye at the piles of pasta thrown on the floor. Sorry about that, Maialino – next time perhaps spaghetti noodles are not the best idea for babies with minimal hand-eye coordination.

Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
Cheese loves the specially-made pasta.
Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
Alexis and Baby J multi-tasking.
Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
We made it!

 

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes, for strollers that fold up.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No, but the restrooms are in the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel, which are large and have space for diaper changes.
Kids’ menu: No, but they will cook custom dishes for kids on request.
Kids-friendly rating: ♥♥♥–

Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10010
Tel. 212 920 3300
Reservations: (212) 777 2410

Hours:
Breakfast: Mon–Fri 7:30am–10am, Lunch: Mon–Fri 12pm–2pm
Brunch: Sat–Sun 10am–2pm
Dinner: Sun–Th 5:30pm–10:30pm / Fri–Sat 5:30pm–11pm

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!

Landmarc (at the Time Warner Center)

Landmarc at Time Warner Center - kid-friendly restaurants, New York
Cheese!

For Alec’s first Father’s Day, we wanted to try a restaurant near Central Park. Landmarc at the Time Warner Center is right on the edge of Central Park, at Columbus Circle, so it’s the perfect location if you want to dine and then stroll or play.

Landmarc at Time Warner Center - kid-friendly restaurants, New York
With Dad and the spoon.

Landmarc features standard breakfast and brunch food, like omelettes, pancakes and egg dishes. I found them to be a bit over priced (a basic omelette starts at $18), you do get to eat lunch with a killer view of the park and Columbus Circle.

A real family restaurant, there are always lots of kids dining at Landmarc – which will be obvious as soon as you arrive and see all of the strollers parked outside. Be sure to reserve your table in advance via Open Table.

Last bite: Solid food, great view, and you’re right on Central Park!

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes. Stroller parking outside the front of the restaurant (inside the Time Warner Center), or you can bring in small foldable strollers with you.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: Yes.

Landmarc
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 823 6123

Hours:
Open 7 days a week from 7am-2am

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!

Cafe Blossom: Kid-friendly Restaurants, West Village, New York

Cafe Blossom West Village
Beetroot and cashew nut cheese.

Delicious organic, vegan food – that even the fussiest carnivore will enjoy. Welcome to Cafe Blossom.

Cafe Blossom West Village
Vegan BLT sandwich.

Alec took me to Cafe Blossom for my first Mother’s Day. It was the perfect location for a special outing – unique (and cruelty-free!) dishes, made with flair and obvious love.

Cafe Blossom West Village
Baby greens and flowers salad.

I was pleasantly surprised at how baby-friendly Cafe Blossom was. They couldn’t have been more accommodating, or friendly towards us and Cheese.

Cafe Blossom West Village
Trying out a healthy fry.

Cheese loved the (healthy!) fries, while I was enamoured with every dish on the menu. Usually I only get a choice of one or two vegetarian items, so to have an entire menu of dishes that I can eat is such happiness.

Cafe Blossom West Village
Fruit crumble.

Cafe Blossom take reservations – which I would strongly recommend, especially on weekends.

Cafe Blossom West Village
Happy first mother’s day to me!

Last bite: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just love delicious food, check out Cafe Blossom. Be sure to try our favourite dishes, the BLT and fruit crumble.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Minimal. Bring a small, fold up stroller or carrier.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.

Cafe Blossom
41 Carmine St, New York 10014
(Btwn Bedford & Bleecker St)
Phone: (646) 438 9939

Hours:
Lunch
Daily: 12pm-3:30pm
Dinner
Daily: 5pm-11pm

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!

Five Leaves: Kid-friendly Restaurants, Greenpoint, New York

Five Leaves - kid friendly restaurants, Greenpoint
Big Brekkie with poached eggs, hash browns, baked beans, tomatoes and sourdough.

Hipsters of all sizes line up to eat at this popular brunch spot in Greenpoint. It’s a fave of the Aussie expat crowd too, thanks to its Kiwi manager with his refreshing down-to-earth manner, and its Aussie-style brekkie and coffee. The Aussie connection comes from Five Leaves’ inception – owner Jud Mongell was friends and business partners with actor Heath Ledger. The two planned to open the restaurant and bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, before his sudden death. With the release of funds from the actor (and Brooklyn resident’s) trust by the Ledger family, Five Leaves was opened.

Five Leaves - kid friendly restaurants, Greenpoint
Aussie friends!

Five Leaves draws creative-types from all over the city, with its bohemian vibe and hearty brunch. We often catch the G train (when it’s running!) to meet our Aussie friends there for a stack of pancakes, big fry up brekkie, or a solid burger and fries.

Five Leaves - kid friendly restaurants, Greenpoint
Outdoor dining with hipsters.

The interior is tiny and squished, so we always end up seated outdoors. This is preferable with a baby anyway, giving us more room to spread out, and meaning we don’t have to worry if she gets fussy.

Five Leaves - kid friendly restaurants, Greenpoint
Five Leaves Burger.
Five Leaves - kid friendly restaurants, Greenpoint
Ricotta pancakes

My favourite dishes are the ricotta pancakes, because they come absolutely covered with seasonal fresh fruit, and the big brekkie, with its perfectly poached eggs and roast tomatoes.

Last bite: While the food is delish, the lines are long, so be prepared to wait anywhere up to an hour or longer for a table. With restless babes, put your name down and walk across the road to the park to play while you’re waiting.

Highchairs: No. Request an outdoor table that you can park your stroller at if your kid isn’t big enough to sit in an adult chair.
Stroller storage: No. No room for strollers inside at all.
Easy access: Yes (one or two stairs).
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.

Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave,
Brooklyn 11222
(Btwn Lorimer St & Manhattan Ave)
Phone: (718) 383 5345 (no reservations)

Hours: Open daily 8am-1am

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!

Balthazar: Kid-friendly Restaurants, SoHo, New York

Balthazar - kid-friendly restaurants, SoHo, New York.
Fine dining with friends. The BWMB team take on Balthazar.

Not only is the food at this famous establishment delicious, the staff is also more than accommodating towards babies. While we were initially trepidatious about bringing the babies to Balthazar, the staff checked our strollers and sat us down quickly.

Balthazar - kid-friendly restaurants, SoHo, New York.
Little Cheese enjoying Balthy.

The ever-helpful staff brought us bread for the babes to chew on, baked freshly in the Balthazar Bakery, gave kids spoons to play with (which then then spent a considerable amount of time picking up again off the floor …), and a little crayon kit to draw with.

Balthazar - kid-friendly restaurants, SoHo, New York.
The bread basket – fresh bread and pastries from the Balthazar bakery.

Brunch at Balthazar means fresh bread and pastries, best ordered in the bread basked and shared with a group, and one of their delicious egg dishes.

Balthazar - kid-friendly restaurants, SoHo, New York.
Scrambled eggs in puff pastry with asparagus

I always order the same thing – the scrambled eggs in puff pastry with asparagus (it actually comes with mushrooms as well, but I request it without the shrooms as I’m a bad vegetarian and hate mushrooms. It’s one of Balthazar’s signature brunch dishes for a good reason – perfectly cooked eggs and asparagus in flaky puff pastry. Yum!

The only downside we experienced was that the tables are tightly packed, making it hard to squeeze in with a highchair. Get to know your neighbours well! Reservations (a few weeks in advance if possible) are recommended to avoid waiting, particularly on weekends.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes.
Easy access: Yes (no stairs).
Change tables: No (they do have ample bench space in the restrooms however and are more than happy for babies to changed there).
Kids’ menu: No.

Balthazar
80 Spring Street
(b’ween Broadway and Crosby)
New York, NY
Reservations: +1 (212) 965 1414

Hours:
Breakfast
Mon-Fri 7:30am-11:30am, Sat-Sun 8am-9am
(continental only)

Brunch
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm

Lunch
Mon-Fri 12pm-5pm

Dinner & after hours
Mon-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-1am, Sun 5:30pm-12am

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!