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Should children be allowed in fancy restaurants?


I read an interesting article on CNN.com today about upscale restaurants in NYC that are making themselves more family friendly.  Not in the Chuck E. Cheese sense, but by offering kiddie portions and a welcoming attitude from staff.

The article references the original report appearing in the New York Times, which has been bombarded with comments strongly skewed toward outrage at the very thought of the under-16 crowd joining their ranks.  Many claim they would boycott any such restaurant.

As a parent I am deeply affronted.  Why shouldn't parents take their kids to fancy restaurants and expose them to new experiences?  What is inherently wrong with kindergartners trying their own itty bitty sizes of filet mignon?  And how is this any different from the many MANY misbehaving adults out there who speak using outdoor voices and don't exercise cell phone etiquette?

As a patron, I fully understand.  Even the best behaved children can act up and make a fine experience into a miserable one.  Who wants to spend that kind of money to hear whining about the food?

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May 13, 2010 @ 03:15 pm

4 Replies


I get ya

I am in the camp that you shouldn't take children to fancy restaurants. I would be annoyed if I hired a babysitter and went out for an expensive dinner with my husband and had to listen to someone else's child whining, all because their parents didn't want to hire a babysitter.
Jul 03, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

I wouldn't.........

take my small kids to high brow restaurants. I know I do not enjoy listening to kids screaming and spazzing out, or god forbid running around the restaurant, when I'm trying to have a meal in a place such as that. Not to mention crappy parents that just let them do whatever they want to, with no thought as to how much their brats are bothering other customers. For that reason, no, I don't think people should be taking their kids to restaurants like this. Filet mignon can be had at cheaper, family-type establishments. My kids grew up eating a wide variety of foods from all countries, even without me carting them into places like those.

As for the obnoxious adults, they should be turfed out on their arses. There should literally be signs at the entrance of places such as this which state customers must shut their phones off in the restaurant. Just like on planes, but for a different reason.
Jul 08, 2010 @ 12:58 am

Your link is broken, BTW

It doesn't work :-)
Jul 08, 2010 @ 12:59 am


Thanks Satojoko! The link is now corrected.
Jul 08, 2010 @ 11:01 am

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