This family Shangri-La's bad reputation is merely a conspiracy to keep the crowds at bay.
Wed Sep 24 2008
If your self-confidence has been shaken by that nursing-bra fitting at Boing Boing, get a little lift at Tea Lounge (837 Union St, 718-789-2762), where maternity-leavers rock their newborns in shiny Stokke Xplorys and sip much-needed cappuccinos.
Parents of older kids—who are presumably operating on more sleep—can head just a few blocks away to Two Boots Brooklyn (514 2nd St, 718-499-3253). This über-family-friendly outpost of the Cajun-Italian joint hosts frequent pizza-making parties for local boys and girls (paper toques included). The happy hullabaloo peaks early on weekend nights, all the better to muffle the occasional wail.
If you’re feeling fancier, head to Blue Ribbon Brooklyn (520 Fifth Ave, 718-840-0404), a rare upscale brasserie that welcomes the under-12 set. Adults can throw back oysters and a glass of verdicchio, while tots work on BLTs and root beer floats (never mind that said float costs $8.75). The Perch Café (365 Fifth Ave, 718-788-2830) caters to its kid-carrying clientele with regular sing- and drum-alongs and “children eat free” nights. Besides the frequent entertainment, Perch offers a healthy kids’ menu—the chicken fingers are baked, not fried, and come with fresh carrot sticks or broccoli—and hit-the-spot sandwiches like the wasabi tuna salad with radish, tomato, mesclun and homemade pickles. You don’t need to walk more than two blocks anywhere in the Slope, however, to find a fab eatery. Some honorable mentions: Bar Toto (475 Sixth Ave, 718-768-4698), Café Steinhof (422 Seventh Ave, 718-369-7776), Aunt Suzie’s (247 Fifth Ave, 718-788-2868), Mary’s Fish Camp (162 Fifth Ave, 718-783-3264), and Johnny Mack’s (1114 Eighth Ave, 718-832-7961).