That evil glare from a server, fellow patron or host is not appreciated -- you're just a housebond parent trying to find a good place to eat out with your babe. When going out with my friends with kids, I was surprised to see how accommodating these restaurants were.
Who DOESN'T want Veniero's as an after-dinner snack? This East Village Italian staple is perfect for a sit-down dessert or pastry to go. Try the mini baba rum cannoli, the pignoli cookies, and the cheesecake.
Choose from a beef, beef and pork, or veggie dog at this popular late night joint, and customize with jalapeño, onion, bacon, egg, or any number of fatty, tangy toppings.
Cheerful and clean, with Barry White crooning out of the speakers, this great neighborhood taqueria serves savory chivo, al pastor, cecina and hongos tacos, along with hearty breakfast fare like egg tortas and chilaquiles with your choice of toppings.
The hot chocolate is delicious, but if you're feeling ready to switch over to nighttime drinks, try the Double Chocolate Stout and ask for a scoop of ice cream.
Did you know that Berry Park has weddings? I happen to know because several couples I know have gotten hitched on Berry Park's rooftop, with yummy food catered by the bar. If there's a gorgeous sunset, an outline of Manhattan, plenty of food, and enough folding chairs, what more do you need? Head to The Gutter for a dive bar reception of bowling afterwards.
With a humble attitude, brag-worthy pizzas, greet-each-table hospitality, and a gorgeous reclaimed wood interior designed by the Haslegrave brothers, Paul Giannone has the right formula in Greenpoint. From the Ricotta Da Vegan with vegan fennel sausage, cashew ricotta and arugula, to the Bacon Marmalade Piccante with red onion, everyone except celiacs will be satisfied here.
Go early to get a seat in the pristine white upstairs room at this delicious comfort brunch spot, and order biscuits and gravy, buttermilk donuts, shrimp and grits, or a fried chicken or meatloaf sandwich. While waiting or for a coffee after, head to Think across the street.
This neighborhood fave has long lines for good reason. Gutbusting Southern comforts like country fried steak, bacon jalapeño cornbread, pork shank piled high with thick-cut onion rings, and a massive t-bone for two line the menu like artery fat -- just go, and apologize to your body with a juice detox tomorrow.
Manna has been a blessing to Williamsburg from the start. The popular, convenient falafel joint is dirt cheap and comfortable, with wooden benches and warm lighting. Recommended are the baklava, salads and falafel.
Cheerful, lively Guacuco is the perfect sunny corner resto to keep the neighborhood cheaply fed and happy. The tasty, filling arepas span a wide range from the Vegetariano with avocado to the shredded chicken Reina Pepiada.
A cozy vegan diner and bakery on the corner next to a major bike path, Champs was destined to succeed from the start. Try the faux sausage piggies in blankets, tofu scramble, nachos, French toast and all the desserts, especially the amazingly moist red velvet cake balls.
Dun-Well is warm, well-decorated and delicious, with amazing doughnuts and a completely decadent doughnut sundae -- a doughnut with a scoop of ice cream and syrup on top.
Roman Nose is your warm, friendly local Italian cafe, with homemade sour cream and Nutella cookies; yummy, filling pastas with broccoli rabe and Italian sausage; crusty thin pizzas with just the right amount of cheese; and the lovely owner walking around talking to diners.
Yebisu fills a much-needed emptiness in North Williamsburg: the empty bellies of its ramen-craving residents. What's special about Yebisu is its Sapporo-style ramen. Unlike your shio ramen, this is a rich, hearty, miso ramen, though the specials did include a lovely lighter chicken broth ramen that didn't leave me feeling as heavy as my partner's miso. Sleek and narrow, the high banquettes still welcome babies with strapped-in booster seats.
At this comic fanatic burger joint, villain food is fatty red meat or fried items, while hero food is healthy turkey or veggie burgers. Who wants to be a hero, you ask? Not your villain writer, who customized her burger with "power-ups" like kimchi, pineapple, and bacon. Dogs come with crazy toppings too, like the Dark Energy Queen, two spicy chili pups with red onions and mozzarella sticks. After you're filled with dark energy, take it out on the arcade games like Street Fighter II.