My friend and fellow blogger posted on a Facebook mom group:
Restaurant advice needed! My daughter will be turning 7 in a couple of weeks and she’s requested that we take her to dinner at a restaurant that will make a fuss over her for her birthday (such a diva!). Would love any suggestions that might fit this description!
Which immediately had my mind racing to come up with suggestions: For my sister’s 20th birthday one year we took her to Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill because she was obsessed with him. Unfortunately he wasn’t working that evening to stop by our table and personally wish her a happy birthday, but we did arrange for an autographed copy of one of his cookbooks be brought over to my sister during our delicious meal. So I suggested hooking up with a restaurant and doing something similar.
Other special options include: Blue Hill where she’ll get rewarded for eating all of her vegetables. My meal at the Stone Barn Westchester location is one of my most memorable dining experiences ever!
A mommy/daughter lunch at Fred’s at Barneys New York so she can feel like the cutest and youngest diva among a room full of “ladies who lunch.” Or snag a reservation at Ralph Lauren’s new Polo Bar and she’ll be among the first to eat there.
Sugar Factory Brasserie in the Meatpacking District because every girl, regardless of her age, is sweet on candy! I’ve been dying to go back to eat since we stopped in for a bag of candy on a Sugartooth Tour’s Valentine’s eating tour. Other options for chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth include Sugar & Plumm, Max Brenner’s and Serendipity 3 which now finally accepts reservations.
Hibachi is such a fun way to bond with family and/or friends which is why my Sweet 16 was at a Japanese Steakhouse. Benihana will take you on a culinary journey your senses will never forget. According to one mom on Facebook, “The children love it, the adults tolerate it, they have a good wine list, the children each get a porcelain mug shaped like a ninja or good luck cat, and the cooking is interactive. There is also birthday singing and an ice cream sundae at the end.”
At Ninja New York, a subterranean Japanese eatery in TriBeCa, children are delighted by roaming magicians in a medieval setting.
Apparently, the Russian Tea Room adores kids even more than their deep pocketed parents. The elegant establishment even offers Children’s Tea Service! If you’re lucky, they might let the kids sneak a peak at the 14ft glass bear and faberge egg tree, if not too busy.
Where have you had the most fun celebrating your kids’ birthdays?