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Family dinner in Scottsdale

We are staying at the Four Seasons Scottsdale with our kids (5 and 2). So many of the recommendations in Scottsdale sound great (FnB, Binkley, Kai, Quiessence, etc) but they do not seem at first glance to be kid friendly. We have adventurous eaters who are used to going to restaurants. Anyone have a recommendation for places to eat with young kids? Thanks!

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Four Seasons
, Gilbert, AZ 85233

Mar 16, 2011
MollyAir in Phoenix

There goes the neighborhood...

I recognize I must have already missed your party, but in future (if you don't mind travel) go to Chelsea for wonderful French cakes/pastries at La Bergamote...

Jul 10, 2009
MollyAir in Manhattan

3 days w/small Chowpup - where shall we eat?

I agree with the downtown focus. Other suggestions -- in Chelsea, we frequently took our chowpuppy to Cookshop where they were perfectly lovely with her even at age 12 months. Since you're probably eating at off hours (6 pm dinner anyone?) you can do very well in nicer places without it being forever or having lots of eyerolling from staff or other patrons. On the other hand, why not the Shake Shack? Little compares to the joys of an outdoor urban burger....
Also have had great experiences with kids at Mary's Fish Camp (extra points for being close to Magnolia) and at all the bistros.

Apr 02, 2007
MollyAir in Manhattan

Best Mexican in Manhattan

I have to vote for Suenos in Chelsea. Not traditional Mexican but very much evocative of the real thing and ambiance is elegant and festive without the frozen marg bar mob that typifies a lot of Manhattan mex. Also vote for Mexicana Mama on Hudson St, although ambiance leaves a lot to be desired.

Mar 29, 2007
MollyAir in Manhattan

l'atelier de joel robuchon reviews?

Actually stopped in for lunch on Tuesday because I happened to be in the neighborhood and it was early (12:00 noon) and I figured I could do it with no reservation. Res was definitely not a problem -- probably only 1/3 full when I left around 12:40 pm. Sat at the counter, service was eager and food delightful. I am on a strict diet so had a composed salad with tuna confit and veggies, which was perfect. Bread basket looked very good but I passed -- I cheated to eat some parmesan crispy bread with olive tapenade which came with the salad, also delicious. Amuse bouche was out of this world -- foie gras mousse with port reduction and parmesan foam. Skipped dessert. I will say it is pricey -- my spartan lunch and an iced tea ran me about $50 after the tip -- but it was a great escape and a much better salad than Cafe Metro!

Mar 29, 2007
MollyAir in Manhattan


Thanks, everyone, for your excellent suggestions for lunch near 62 & Lex. As it turns out Burger Heaven and Equinox Cafe are favorites among my colleagues so I eat there a fair amount. DavidBurke in the Box (in Bloomie's) is the best lunch/takeout place in a 15 block radius and I am a frequent diner there, at the food cart on 62 & Mad, and at Brio takeout shop next door (prosciutto, mozz and olive oil on balthazar bread ... yum). Finally the Really Cool Foods provides a more DIY lunch experience but the free samples are delish.

BUT the more important thing is my new favorite favorite place: JOVIA.
OK this is more like a special occasion place -- I've never been for dinner but I'm sure it's beautiful -- gorgeous quiet atmosphere, incredibly attentive service, yummy high quality fresh food. I went for the first time about 3 weeks ago on a whim and have been back for every business lunch since (about 4 times). Had the RW prix fixe yesterday for the first time, because the usual lunch menu is interesting and extremely well priced, and I usually don't have dessert at lunch. (Usual order is the rock shrimp cobb salad which is amazing and $16.) Was glad I tried the prix fixe because the red hot cinnamon ice cream that came with the "Diavolo" bittersweet chocolate cake was transporting.
Just to give you a sense of the menu: appetizers were cotechino with lentils and pomegranate mustard (really, really good) and chicory, beet, walnut and goat cheese salad; mains black olive pappardelle with tomato confit and almond monkfish over risotto cake; the other dessert was a white chocolate passionfruit pudding (much better than I can describe it).
I can't say enough great things about this place. I love that it is quiet and delicious so I hesitated to recommend it (don't want to screw up a good thing) but I like it so much I want it to succeed so ... run don't walk.

Jan 30, 2007
MollyAir in Manhattan

Lunch near 62/Lex

Help, 'hounds ... I just started working near 62nd and Lexington and am looking for lunch recs. I've tried (and liked) Pain Quotidien and davidburke in the box, also Fig & Olive although I'm usually looking for quick takeout. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

Jul 18, 2006
MollyAir in Manhattan