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The National: Kid Appropriate?

I'm looking for a place to take my wife and (well-behaved) six year old daughter to dinner tonight, and was wondering if The National is kid-friendly at dinner? I've been there for lunch a few times, but truly have no idea about the evening vibe. We'd be dining on the early side...

And if The National won't work, I'd love to hear of any other kid-friendly suggestions in the Grand Central area (I searched the boards, and didn't really find a discussion that helped me...)

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The National
557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

Jun 21, 2011
Macman in Manhattan

Thanksgiving Weekend / Child-Friendly / Upscale Suggestions?

Hello -

My wife, daughter, and I moved from Manhattan to Westchester (Larchmont) two years ago, and decided it would be fun to get a hotel room in Manhattan on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (we'll be at the W Times Square).

As we're already (embarrassingly) a bit removed from the restaurant scene, we're looking for suggestions for an upscale, midtown/uptown place that a well-behaved five-year-old (and we) would be comfortable at. (Downtown is less desirable, as we still tend to come into the city and frequent village/soho places...and we're looking for something different this weekend)

Suggestions welcome...

Oct 27, 2010
Macman in Manhattan

Small Family Dinner near Dupont Circle?

3 - 5 of us are headed down to D.C. tonight for a family burial at Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow morning. We're staying in Dupont Circle and looking for a somewhat upscale, but casual place to have a meal at around 8:30 or 9. The place doesn't need to be 'solemn' or quiet (our aunt was in her nineties when she passed, and lived a great life), just a nice place where we can gather and have some good conversation and good food.

Frontera Grill Backup Plan?

Thanks for the advice - we'll see what happens!

Nov 27, 2009
Macman in Chicago Area

Frontera Grill Backup Plan?

Four of us are headed off to Frontera Grill tonight to attempt to wait for a table. Given the date, I'm worried that we may have to 'abandon ship' if the wait is too unbearable.

Given that, does anyone have suggestions for alternates in the area (Near North)? My wife and I are from New York, the couple we're going with live in Chicago...

Any suggestions appreciated! Cost is not a big issue - we're looking for someplace fun and lively, with great food.

Nov 27, 2009
Macman in Chicago Area

Nice Dinner in Vegas / Near Mandalay Bay

Thanks all - we ended up going to Mix. Great time...NOT a cheap ticket!

And I'm going to StripSteak tomorrow evening with clients.

Feb 23, 2009
Macman in Southwest

Nice Dinner in Vegas / Near Mandalay Bay

Hi all -

My wife and I are in Vegas (from New York City) with our three year old daughter...and have gotten a babysitter for Sunday night so that we can go out by ourselves.

What is the best place for an upscale dinner near or in the Mandalay Bay complex? We'd rather avoid a 'spin off' of a New York place (e.g. Aureole), since that's where we live...

Any suggestions welcome.

(And how are Fleur de Lys or Mix in the Mandalay?)

Feb 21, 2009
Macman in Southwest

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

It was fantastic. We split the foie gras and a flatbread. My wife had the duck and I had a lamb special that was out of this world - a big chunk of braise, and several medium rare slices that had been grilled or sauteed, along with a potato puree. We also had a great malbec, of which I can't remember the name.

The only slight annoyance was a couple with an infant and a three-year-old in the dining room at 9 PM...especially when we'd hired a baby sitter ourselves. I also thought it funny that the bartender referred to them offering "beer by the glass" - which means they pour the bottle into a glass, I guess ; )

A great discovery for us. Scary in a way, however....as we live within walking distance....and it took $240 to get us out of there... Could turn into my money pit.

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

Final update: We're back to our 'local' plan and are going to Plates tonight at 8:30. Thanks again.

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

Update: After all that, my wife just called to tell me the babysitter can come over earlier, so now she's hopping the train into Manhattan instead. I'll file these suggestions for next time, though!

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

What's up with Pascal's right by the train station in Larchmont, BTW? No one has mentioned it...and I walk by it pretty much every night.

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

Thanks to all for the posts so far...sounds like a bunch of good choices - and nice validation for us choosing to move to this specific area ; )

Larchmont/Mamaroneck Low-Key Anniversary Tonight?

My wife and I are recently relocated to Larchmont from Manhattan, and have decided to stay local tonight (for the first time) for a low-key anniversary dinner without kids. Ideally, we'd walk to a place in Larchmont, but we could drive to Mamaroneck as well.

We'd love any recommendations for a low-key place with great food (we tend towards 'foodie"...), but we don't want to break the bank.

Best Steak House for Parents Gift Certificate?

Thanks for the advice. I ended up going with Keens. It was on my consideration list, and the comments confirmed it for me. They do indeed have gift certificates, FYI...

Dec 21, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Best Steak House for Parents Gift Certificate?

Sorry to ask yet another steak house question, but this is a specific one: Can anyone recommend the best Manhattan steak house to buy my parents a gift certificate for?

They're in their mid-sixties and are most likely to like a place that has great steaks, but is not "over the top" sohpisticated and is not loud (hearing aids are involved...).

I know they like the east side Palm...but I'd rather send them somewhere else, as I personally don't love the steaks there.

We'll probably want to get them a gift certificate for $200.

Suggestions welcome!

Dec 19, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Lunch Today w/Well-Behaved Todder in W. Village?

Thanks for the tips - we'll put them on our list for next time. We actually ended up going to Morandi, which turned out to be perfect for what we needed. Nice and quiet, high chairs available, good wine & food. We had the tomato bread salad to share, I had the roasted pork sandwich and my wife had a special veal ravioli with sage and butter sauce...my daughter liked the cannelini beans but apparently found the spaghetti with meyer lemon & parmesan not to her liking...and we made it out of there before her meltdown began.

Aug 17, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Lunch Today w/Well-Behaved Todder in W. Village?

My wife and two-year-old daughter are meeting me for lunch today by my office. My office is at 12th & Washington, so we're looking for a place in the West Village or Meatpacking District where we won't get dirty looks for having a toddler with us (though she's very well-behaved). Good foood is key. Barbuto has been great for us in the past, baby included...but we've gone there WAY too often. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Aug 17, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Best "Upscale" Breakfast?

My mother-in-law is in town starting next weekend, so my wife and I are taking advantage of having a full-time babysitter to do a few things we no longer have the opportunity to do very often. One of those things is going out for an "upscale" breakfast on Saturday morning.

We've done the Balthazar/Pastis thing, so are looking for something different...maybe something with a view, or in a neighborhood good for strolling afterwards. Great food is the most important factor, however.

We'd appreciate your suggestions!

Jun 06, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Snack Taverna Lunch - Yum

I just had the best lunch at Snack Taverna...tomato dill soup and the braised lamb sandwich with spicy aioli. One of the best lunches I've had in the Village in quite some time. I'll be back!

Apr 24, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Brits Requesting Crab Legs/Seafood Tonight

I have two male British friends in town tonight, and they're requesting "beers, crabclaws or seafood (not expensive)" tonight.

Does anyone have thoughts on the below spots for tonight?

Other suggestions are welcome, though I'm avoiding Mary's & Pearl b/c of crowds...

- BLT Fish Shack
- City Crab
- Shaffer City
- Mermaid Inn
- Black Pearl

Thanks!

Mar 02, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Long Island Wineries

We're heading up there this weekend - anyone have any favorites that they go back to again & again?

Weekday Lunch 8th Ave/Chelsea?

Funny coincidence - I actually picked up a pot pie to go at The Cleaver Company this evening, and noticed The Green Table dining room. If not tomorrow, then soon!

Jan 23, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Weekday Lunch 8th Ave/Chelsea?

Rocking Horse it is! I can't go to Flight 151 - I have too many memories of going to "all you can drink" events there 10-15 years ago! Thanks for the advice.

Jan 23, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Weekday Lunch 8th Ave/Chelsea?

Hi - I'm reconnecting with a former work colleague, and looking for a reasonably priced lunch spot in lower Chelsea - a place where we can have a bit of privacy for a business & personal conversation. Suggestions welcome!

Jan 23, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Madison Square-area drink before dinner at A Voce? Ordering advice also appreciated!

My wife and I are having dinner at A Voce tonight to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We need advice on two topics:
- What's the best place in the area (Madison Square) for an 'upscale' drink? Martinis, etc.
- We'd also appreciate any advice with regard to the A Voce menu.

Thanks!

Jan 10, 2007
Macman in Manhattan

Lazy Lunch before a 3PM Movie?

Simon - we went to Lucien and loved it. A great bottle of wine, onion soup, escargots, and Rabbit with Mustard Sauce & Noodles. Thanks for the recco.

(Being there also brought back some good memories when we realized that Baby Jakes used to be in that space in the mid-nineties.)

Dec 27, 2006
Macman in Manhattan

Lazy Lunch before a 3PM Movie?

My wife and I have a rare opportunity to get out for a lazy lunch and and afternoon movie on Tuesday (the mother-in-law is in town and watching our daughter). The movie we're seeing is playing at Chelsea Cinemas or the Sunshine on East Houston.

Any recommendations for a good weekday lunch in either of those neighborhoods, ideally enjoyed with some good beer or wine??

Dec 26, 2006
Macman in Manhattan

E.U., The European Union: Was Saturday a slow night everywhere, or is this place undiscovered?

A group of six of us had a nice experience at European Union last night. Well-chosen draft beers & wine, followed by great pub food with an interesting upscale twist. I had a fantastic fish and chips that was somehow incredibly tasty without any unnecesary grease. Several others at thenjoyed a skate 'schnitzel' and we all equally enjoyed the starters and deserts. Service was friendly, etc. etc. etc.

We couldn't help but notice, however, that there were only about four occupied tables at 8:30 on a Saturday, which poses the question: Is this place doing OK? Or was Saturday, the 23rd just a slow night everywhere, in advance of the holidays?

Dec 24, 2006
Macman in Manhattan

Post-Movie Bite in East Village?

We're going to be down at the Sunshine theater on Houston, as it turns out - anyone have thoughts re: momofuku? I've heard good things, but am not sure if I can deal with what seems to be a mob scene.

Sep 20, 2006
Macman in Manhattan

Post-Movie Bite in East Village?

My wife and I are seeing a movie in the East Village.

As relatively new parents, we've been homebound (and out of the "dining scene") lately, so we'd appreciate any suggestions for a good place to go post-movie. Ideally someplace good, relatively quick, and somewhat unique. We'll be looking to eat at 9:30 or so.

Sep 20, 2006
Macman in Manhattan