We sat down at our communal table, and were joined by another family of four with two kids about the same age. Although a little awkward at first, we soon bonded over the shared pain of dining out with kids.
Appetizers of calamari and Mediterranean salad were served family style, followed by a choice of three mains from the Landmarc’s usual menu. My son chose chicken fingers and fries from the kids’ menu and, unlike our local brunch spot, it arrived quickly and before our food. We breathed a sigh of relief knowing that he wouldn’t start acting out due to low blood sugar. I enjoyed bites of my grilled chicken with warm market bean salad, roasted potatoes and smoked onion romesco in between standing up to try and rock my daughter to sleep in her baby carrier.
The atmosphere was kid friendly, so we didn’t feel that we had to leave as quickly as possible to avoid incident. The best bit was when my son decided he wanted to run around the room in circles and grab Landmarc’s “signature” cotton candy from the desert table. Usually we’d have panicked. This time no one noticed as half the other kids were doing the same. There were no tantrums, possibly due to the fact that the children were free to get up and move, rather than being told to sit still and shhh.
With Nibble+Squeak you get to experience the best of the city’s culinary scene again, without having to pay a babysitter (in fact most of the events are over lunch). So why not ditch the diner and try out something “finer” this week? Because where else but NYC would you find foodie tots?
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Photo: Melissa Elders @nibbleandsqueak