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Venice, Florence & Rome with Kids - Easter week

Hello,

I've been busy perusing the older posts on eating in these cities with kids, but I'd love to hear any additional suggestions. We have 10 days in Italy that we are splitting amongst these 3 cities. We will not have a kitchen, so will be eating out all meals (breakfast at the hotels). Our kids are 11, 8 & 6, and quite used to eating out - while the most romantic or fussy restaurants may not be terribly appropriate, generally they enjoy restaurants and are reasonably adventurous eaters. In Venice we are staying near San Marco - in Florence in Borgo San Frediano - and near the Pantheon in Rome. Any suggestions are most appreciated!

And since I've never been to Italy, a couple of general questions. Will 8pm be too early to be eating dinner? And how far ahead do you need to make reservations?

Many thanks!

Apr 02, 2014
kerryfood in Italy

Date night in Delray?

I have heard so many great things about that restaurant on this board- we are going to have to find a way to get to Bamboo Fire!! From what I can search online it looks like it's only open for dinner - do you know if that is definitely true? Thanks so much!

Date night in Delray?

Ooh, for Valentine's that does look nice... are the outdoor tables sheltered in case the weather isn't good? Thanks so much for the idea - we had looked there for accommodations, but totally forgot when it came to the restaurant!

Date night in Delray?

Thank you for the reply and the information - very much appreciated. Max's sounds very much up our alley. You linked to "The Grove" - is that another place you might recommend?

Lunch/brunch idea with kids near Pound Ridge. New Canaan or Bedford will work. Other than Blind Charlies in PR.

It's not inexpensive, but the Barn at Bedford Post does a nice brunch/lunch on weekends that is kid-appropriate - no kids menu, but options that they would like. We tend to go for more celebratory meals, but there really isn't a reason to limit it. We've also had lunch at the Meetinghouse in Bedford that we've enjoyed. Good luck!

Date night in Delray?

Hi,

My husband and I will be visiting Delray (without the kids) for a few days during Valentine's. I usually avoid eating out on Valentine's Day (in NYC, it's a madhouse) but obviously we'll be eating out that night. I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for a great restaurant? (For that night, or either of the other 2 we will be there.) I've been looking at Max's Harvest and 32 East - friends have also suggested La Cigale and Brule Bistro. We are more about the food than the "scene" but of course we appreciate a nice ambiance. We like pretty much everything and am not overly concerned about the cost (if it's worth it of course!).

Thanks so much!

Zero Otto Nove/Arthur Ave with kids in Dec?

Great, thanks!!

Dec 01, 2011
kerryfood in Outer Boroughs

Fun restaurant with great food in Westchester?

Thanks so much everyone - I have a great list for our nights out! We tried Sonora with our friends, and had a phenomenal time - the food, atmosphere, service, drinks were all terrific. Looking forward to making my way through the rest of the list!

Zero Otto Nove/Arthur Ave with kids in Dec?

Hi -

We're headed to the NY Botanical Garden either Thurs, Dec 22nd or Fri, Dec 23rd with the kids and grandparents. We were thinking of possibly heading over to Arthur Ave afterwards for an early(ish) dinner - probably around 5:30/6. We live in Westchester and used to live in Manhattan, but none of us have been out to Arthur Ave in decades. I like what I've read about Zero Otto Nove, but will it be hard to get a table (for 7) there on a Thurs or Fri night? Are there other recommended places that will be hospitable to kids? Does anyplace take a reservation? Cost isn't a big consideration, and the kids are pretty good in restaurants and flexible eaters - we would just like someplace welcoming and tasty. Thanks!

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Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Nov 29, 2011
kerryfood in Outer Boroughs

Fun restaurant with great food in Westchester?

Wow, such great ideas - thanks so much everyone! (And fwiw, I concur on Zitoune - went there recently with a group of friends and had a great time. Looking to try something different this time though!)

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Zitoune
1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Fun restaurant with great food in Westchester?

Thanks all! We frequent Moderne Barn, so we are looking to go a little farther afield. Love the ideas - I don't mind spending the money at X2O but I don't feel like that is particularly "fun" - guess I'm looking for something a little more casual. I was looking at Eclisse when I thought it was still a Med/Persian mixture, but now it looks more family style Italian - is that true?

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X2O
71 Water Grant Street, Yonkers, NY 10701

Soft batch chocolate (or white chocolate) chip cookies in lower-mid Westchester

Good question - I know the biscotti is baked by them, but not sure about the other cookies - wherever they are from, they are tasty!

Soft batch chocolate (or white chocolate) chip cookies in lower-mid Westchester

Perhaps an odd one, but the Chappaqua Village Market on King Street has some of the best soft chocolate chip cookies around - we are positively addicted!

Fun restaurant with great food in Westchester?

Hi -

We're meeting up with a few friends for dinner in a couple of weeks, and wanted to pick someplace fun, with great food and drinks (cocktails, wine, beer - we like it all). A few ideas have been floated around - bartaco, arrosto, cookery - but I'd love other ideas or thoughts on the ideas we have so far. We are willing to travel anywhere in Westchester - Stamford and environs is fine too. Thanks for the help!

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

This was a long time ago - but we really really miss the Mexican Red Sauce. So delish with so many things, and still haven't found a substitute. :-(

Oct 27, 2011
kerryfood in Chains

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Thank you so much for all the recommendations - they all sound terrific. I went to Mistral when it was still "new" years ago - I wouldn't have thought of it for brunch. I really appreciate all of the info!

Oct 26, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Just checked out the menus - both sound terrific - more added to the list! Do you know if either take reservations?

Oct 25, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Saus sounds completely delicious - I will add it to the list - thanks!

Oct 25, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

LOVE the Chinatown ideas - my kids would love that - thanks for the suggestions!!

Oct 25, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Great ideas, thanks! I had totally forgotten about Fire & Ice - they would get a kick out of that. Quick question on the Paramount - from the website, it looks like you wait in line to order and then take your food to the table yourself? One night I'll be solo with the kids, so I'm thinkng that might be inviting chaos. :-)

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Fire & Ice
48 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903

Oct 24, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Thanks for the help. We used to frequent Regina, so I figured that was a must - Sel de la Terre sounds great, I appreciate the recommendation. Legal is fine in a pinch, as is Maggiano's - very well might end up at either one if it's convenient, though I'd rather avoid them if I can since I can visit them closer to home (NY). FWIW, 3 kids - youngest is 4 - thanks again!

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Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

Oct 23, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

Advice for kid-friendly (but not kiddie) in Boston?

Hi all,

My husband and I lived in Boston years ago, and are bringing the kids (9 and under) for a long weekend in a few weeks. We'll be staying near the Boston Common (Tremont side) and would really appreciate some suggestions for great, casual restaurants that are kid-friendly. Our kids are pretty good about restaurants and eating in general, so they do not need to be "kiddie" - just friendly to the idea of having kids there. I'm sure we'll hit the Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, the Common, Public Garden, and a lot of the typical spots - ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner would be appreciated!

Thanks so much!

Oct 22, 2011
kerryfood in Greater Boston Area

The Burger Joint - Coming to Mt. Kisco?

It still looks way too soon to open - when I was there the other day it was just a sign in the window with little else going on inside. Fingers crossed...

The Burger Joint - Coming to Mt. Kisco?

Saw a sign in the old Villa del Sol (if I remember correctly) location today that said "The Burger Joint" is going in there... looks like a popular chain around DC, but haven't been there myself. Any info?

http://www.bgrtheburgerjoint.com/

At least it's not a bank or nail salon!!

Favorites at Moderne Barn?

Thanks so much!

Favorites at Moderne Barn?

Any frequent visitors to Moderne Barn who have specific faves? Heading there with a group and recommendations are always helpful. We've been once before, and I have to say I really loved the Tuna Taquitos. Any other favorites out there? Thanks!

Anyone know where to purchase French Macaroons in Westchester?

Agreed with La Tulipe - they are my fave and they are terrific - especially the caramel and raspberry ones. (But, FWIW, I believe L'Anjou in Mt. Kisco and Perennial Chef in Bedford Hills usually have them as well.)

Pre-Theater with Kids - Good but not stressful?

Yeah, sorry about that - I talked to our visitors today and found out there are a few more restrictions of which I wasn't aware.. :-)

Apr 13, 2011
kerryfood in Manhattan

Pre-Theater with Kids - Good but not stressful?

Thanks so much! I've read several very nice reviews of Trecolori, and that may be our best option - glad to hear you think it would be appropriate with kids. Mexican may not work for our visitors, but it sounds great.

Apr 13, 2011
kerryfood in Manhattan

Pre-Theater with Kids - Good but not stressful?

I'm trying to figure out a good place for dinner near the theater district for a group of 7 - 3 kids (all under the age of 9) and 4 adults, including 2 visitors to the city. I'd like it to be good and memorable, but not stressful - perhaps someplace loud enough that if the kids aren't totally silent it won't be a big deal? They are used to eating out, and reasonably adventurous eaters, so I don't want "kiddie" food - and I'd prefer to steer away from Carmine's & Tony's. I'm considering Landmarc in the TWC, even though it's not right near the theater. Other ideas would be hugely appreciated. Price is not a huge consideration, and any type of cuisine would work. Thanks so much!

Apr 12, 2011
kerryfood in Manhattan