The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Top Summer Travel Destinations in America 2016

As families hit the road and take to the skies on summer travels, we are pleased to unveil the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Top Summer Travel Destinations in America.

Featuring restaurants beloved by locals and visitors alike, the complete list highlights restaurants in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., including Little Goat in Chicago, M Street Kitchen in Santa Monica, and Le Diplomate in Washington, D.C. A to-dine list for families who love to explore the cities they visit through restaurants, this collection of eateries represents those that provide a welcoming atmosphere for children and their families in addition to food that pleases all palates. A multitude of cuisines are represented on the lists, including barbecue, Brazilian, dim sum, French, Japanese, seafood, and, naturally, perennial family favorite, Italian.

 

The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Top Summer Travel Destinations in America 2016 list is generated from more than 1.4 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “kid friendly” category. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Top Summer Travel Destinations in America 2016, according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/best-kid-friendly-restaurants/.

CHICAGO
Chicago q
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
Little Goat
Maggiano’s
Mon Ami Gabi
Quartino
RJ Grunt’s
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Weber Grill
Wildfire

LOS ANGELES
BenihanaEncino, Ontario, Puente Hills, Santa Anita, Torrance
Black Angus Steakhouse-Torrance
Buca di Beppo-Claremont
Duke’s Malibu
Enterprise Fish Co.-Santa Monica
Farmshop LA
Gus’s BBQ
M Street Kitchen
Maggiano’sFarmers Market + Woodland Hills
North Italia-El Segundo
Paradise Cove Beach Café
Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch

NEW YORK
Blue Smoke
Carmine’s44th Street + 91st Street
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que-Harlem
Landmarc at the Time Warner Center
Max Brenner-Union Square
NINJA NEW YORK
The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel
Rock Center Café
Sarabeth’s TriBeCa
Sugar Factory-Meatpacking District
Tony Di NapoliMidtown + UES
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Like Father, Like Son: For Father and Son Chefs, Cooking Is a Family Affair

Being a great cook might not be a genetically inherited trait, but having a parent who is a gifted chef definitely helps. In honor of Father’s Day, we talked to a trio of father and son chefs, the latter of which credit their dads’ work in kitchens for their own culinary success. These three sons are shining brightly as they carry on the family business.

Father and Son Chefs

Fabio and Luca Trabocchi

Fabio Trabocchi has a James Beard Award and has been named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef. But the chef-owner of Fiola, Fiola Mare, and Casa Luca in Washington, D.C., didn’t want to push either of his children to become chefs. Nonetheless, when his son, Luca, turned four, Fabio put him to work doing small tasks to help make Sunday suppers at home. By age six, Luca was using a dull knife to cut up ingredients. A year later, he asked his father if he could join him in the kitchen at Fiola. “I saw how hard he worked,” says Luca, who is now 12-years-old. “I thought what he was doing was pretty cool.”

The young toque started working the pastry station because his mother, Maria, didn’t want him next to open flames and hot grills in the kitchen. The pastry team taught him how to make a multitude of treats, including macarons, ice cream, chocolates, and bomboloni. The experience proved equally enriching for Fabio but on a different level. “Luca reminds me of the joy of being in the kitchen,” he says. “It’s refreshing and energizing.”

As Luca grew up, he helped his father with more complex cooking, such as grilling fish at the end of service when the kitchen calmed down or coming in early to help him make pasta from scratch. As they worked together side by side, his father has taught him culinary skills and imprinted his overriding philosophy of never giving up. “Cooking is an art,” says Luca. “There are mistakes you have to make in order to learn how to do it right.”

Luca still isn’t sure if he wants to pursue a career as a chef, but Fabio is content knowing his son will know how to cook a meal – and a good one, at that – after his training. “I just want him to be happy,” says Fabio. “I found ‘my voice’ through what I do. If he feels the same way, he’s more than welcome to have a career in the kitchen. If he doesn’t, that’s okay, too.”

Father and Son Chefs

Martial and Mathieu Noguier

Growing up, Mathieu Noguier spent a lot of time in the kitchen with his father, three-time James Beard Award nominee Martial Noguier and chef-owner of Chicago’s bistronomic. His dad would place him up on the pass, so Mathieu could watch the action unfold. When he was six-years-old, his father gave him a more active role by moving him to the pastry kitchen, where Mathieu would be charged with making macarons, madeleines, and soufflés. Occasionally, when he was bored with baking, Mathieu would be placed on salad duty. He helped out in this capacity until he was a teenager, but it didn’t inspire any desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. “I didn’t want to work in the industry,” he says. “I saw how hard it was and I knew the hours he was working. I wanted to stay away from all that. Plus, everybody who was doing it told me not to do it, so I figured they knew what they were talking about.”

When it came time to think about a career, he enrolled at King’s College in New York City and began working toward getting a degree in economics. However, the coursework didn’t ignite his interest. Mathieu began cooking at home to relax after class and finally decided to take a break from school to try his hand at cooking professionally. Back at his father’s restaurant, he began helping out with the morning prep work and doing the dishes. “My father is an old school guy, so he wanted me to start at the bottom,” he says.

He didn’t want his first full-time culinary job to be with his dad, though, so he pulled some strings to score at job at Melisse in Santa Monica, California. After that, he began a two-year stint working under his father at bistronomic.

His father likes to dole out lessons to the now 22-year-old chef, who recently took a break from the family business to do stages at In de Wulf in Heuvelland, Belgium, and Pottoka in Paris. “He’s entered his sage era,” says Mathieu. “The one piece of advice he’s given me that has made the biggest difference is that people who are successful are the people who are on time. He’s also always told me that cooking is easy; managing is the hard part.”Continue Reading

Mother’s Day 2016 Restaurant Offers: Where to Brunch Like a Boss with Mom

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the world. So why not reward a mom in your life with a delicious meal on Mother’s Day? There are options to suit every appetite on OpenTable in a city near you, and we’re highlighting a few Mother’s Day 2016 restaurant offers here to give you a better idea of how eateries are rolling out the red carpet for mothers on Sunday, May 8.

Aureole, New York, New York
Choose from the a la carte menu or three refined courses for $49 from 11:45AM-2:15PM at Charlie Palmer’s Michelin-starred Manhattan eatery. Moms can take respite in the relaxing, luxurious setting of Aureole’s dining room and indulge in chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware’s brunch dishes like Lobster Benedict with beef tenderloin, Poached Egg and bearnaise sauce, a Soft Shell Crab BLT with pomme gaufrette, avocado, and sauce remoulade, and mainstays including Roasted Cod with braised fennel, spring beans, and an herb nage. Mothers will receive an individual-sized bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale Rosé to enjoy at home.

 Make a reservation at Aureole.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Bedford & Co., New York, New York
Give mom the gift of bragging rights on Mother’s Day as you take her to chef John DeLucie’s just launched brunch at Bedford & Co. in the Big Apple. The menu features contemporary American cuisine infused with inspiration from DeLucie’s travels to Argentina. The wood-fired grill gives rise to dishes like Eggs in Purgatory and Rotisserie Chicken Salad, and there are also de rigueur dishes like Avocado Toast, Chicken and Waffles, and made-to-order cinnamon buns! Make a reservation at Bedford & Co.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

BOA Steakhouse, West Hollywood, California
Celebrate mom like the celeb she is at hot spot BOA from 11AM-2:30PM. For $60 per person, this lavish buffet includes a selection of BOA’s most beloved dishes, like Mini Goat Cheese Baklava, a raw seafood bar, egg station, a taco bar, and for the first time, a carving station featuring BOA’s signature 40-day dry-aged New York Strip Loin. There’s also a dessert table and special crepe station featuring Vanilla Crepes with Chantilly cream and choice of strawberry chocolate or banana caramel sauce. And mothers will leave with a special gift. Make a reservation at BOA Steakhouse.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

The Cecil, New York, New York
Kick things up a notch with live jazz and a big special on Mother’s Day at The Cecil. Jazz and soul singer Emily Braden performs, and chef JJ Johnson is serving a one-day only (available at brunch from 10AM-3:30PM and dinner from 5:30PM-9:30PM), large-format crispy whole duck for $160 that serves four people. Caramelized Kale Sprouts, Pickled Ramps, Housemade Yeast Rolls, and Pineapple Hot Sauce round out the feast. Make a reservation at The Cecil.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
At Cook Hall, many of the plates are shareable but you may not want to, as they’re so tasty. For Mother’s Day brunch from 11AM-3PM, the specials at this gastropub are delicious and affordable, with Brioche French Toast with sorghum smoked paprika, mixed berries confit, and southwestern spiced whipped cream for $15, Coffee Rubbed New York Strip Steak with a fried egg, country-style potato hash, and peppercorn sauce priced at $20, and the aptly named Mama’s Bread Pudding with Godiva chocolate and Grand Marnier crème anglaise for just $8. Make a reservation at Cook Hall.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

District, Oakland, California
From 11AM to 2:30PM, head over to District for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a bottomless Mimosa for $35.00 ($22.00 for just the buffet). Children 10 and under can enjoy the buffet for $10.00. Menu highlights will include Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana Rum Syrup, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Bourbon Vanilla Brown Sugar, Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy, and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel, and much, much more. Specialty cocktails will also be available. Make a reservation at District.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
The Mother’s Day Brunch for $59 per person at Esterel, available from 11AM-4:30PM, features carving and omelette stations, a selection of flatbreads, a cold display featuring a smoked salmon and bagel bar, and a tableside a la carte menu. For dessert, indulge in a chocolate foundation with handmade garnishes, French pastries, seasonal cobblers, and pies. Bonus: All mothers are welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne and will be treated to other gifts. Make a reservation at Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, Hallandale Beach, Florida
Pump up the volume on May 8th with stellar Atlantic Ocean views, a $45 brunch buffet with items like Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Chicken and Waffles, an omelette station, and more, plus beats by DJ YSL. Diners will also receive a complimentary mimosa or bellini. Make a reservation at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, New York
Noho foodie emporium IBAV has a something-for-every-eater three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu for $50. From 10AM-4PM, choose from fresh dishes including avocado toast,  Chia Pudding, Porchetta and Organic Eggs, Soft Shell Crab, and delicious dessert options, such as Warm Rhubarb Crostata and Champagne Granita. Make a reservation at Il Buco Alimentari.

Mother's Day 2016 Restaurant Offers

Kingside, New York, New York
Say cheese at Kingside’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet! Start grazing on charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, and move on to a cereal and granola station, cured fish and bagels, signature salads, made-to-order eggs and omelettes, raw bar offerings, and a pasta station, and then choose from a table of delicious desserts. It’s $59 for adults and $12 for children from 11AM-3:30AM. Make a reservation at Kingside.

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Tax Day 2016 Dining Splurges: Where to Spend Your Refund

April showers bring May flowers or if you’re really lucky, the month itself brings a big fat tax refund. Since experiences bring more happiness than possessions, a big splurge dinner on the town seems like the perfect way to spend it. Here are some top picks Tax Day 2016 dining splurges to live and eat large if only for one night. please note that the most exclusive wines are available in extremely limited quantities, so it’s best to inquire ahead of time if you have your heart set on a particularly splurge-y selection.

Daniel, New York, New York
Daniel Boulud’s flagship restaurant on the Upper East Side just off of Central Park is the epitome of contemporary French extravagance. The seven-course tasting menu clocks in at $234 or $459 with wine pairings and includes signature dishes like velvety Minted Pea Soup with chicken mousse and Louisiana crayfish and garlic pennycress and can include courses of langoustines, beef, and quail with foie gras. The wine list has selections such as Chateau D’Yquem 1918 for $10,000 or Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009 for $15,000. Or if you’re celebrating with similarly flush-with-cash friends, how about a magnum? You can’t go wrong with the Domaine Henri Jayer Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Cros Parantoux”1995 for $20,000. Make a reservation at Daniel.

Tax Day 2016 Dining Splurges

Providence, Los Angeles, California
Chef Michael Cimarusti’s 2-Michelin star paean to fine dining in the heart of Los Angeles features the chef’s menu, a 12-course tasting menu with sustainable seafood from the U.S. and beyond, as well as other delicacies like prized A5 wagyu beef. Decadent touches include ossetra caviar and white truffle and black truffle fondue. It’s $220 or $325 with wine pairings. But if you’re really looking to splash out, begin your evening with a bottle of 1998 Krug Clos d’Ambonnay Champagne for $3,500 and then move on to a bottle of 2012 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée-Conti for $4,000. Finish the evening with a bottle to remember in the way of a 1959 Staatsweingut Kloster Eberbach Riesling Auslese for $3,500. Make a reservation at Providence.

Tax Day 2016 Dining Splurges

Saison, San Francisco, California
Chef Joshua Skenes and sommelier Mark Bright have crafted one of the most unique high-end dining environments at Saison, with its open floor plan encompassing the dining room, bar, lounge, and kitchen — effectively removing all walls. The goal is to bring diners into the chef’s world, in this case, a minimalist redesign of the California Electric Light Company building. Dishes have vague and poetic names such as Fire in the Sky Beet, Bone Marrow Roasted over Coals and Sea Urchin, Liquid Toast. The prix-fixe Discovery menu is a luxe $398 for about 16 courses with an additional $298 for wine pairings. But if you want to really max out the credit cards (assuming you can pay it off with your return dough), you might consider ordering the Domaine Georges Roumier ‘Bonnes-Mares’ Grand Cru 2009 for $15,408 or ending the experience on a truly sweet note with Château D’Yquem Premiere Cru Supérieur, Sauternes 1942 for $6,888. Make a reservation at Saison.

Tax Day 2016 Dining Splurges

StripSteak by Michael Mina, Miami, Florida
Located in the historic Fontainebleau hotel on Collins Avenue in Miami, StripSteak is swank and clubby with its wood tones and rich browns. Start your meal with rare golden osetra caviar service for $295, and then indulge in a beefy entrée like the 50-ounce Australian tomahawk for $150 or the Japanese Miyazaki prefecture A5 striploin for $32 per ounce. Then gild the lily with add-on extras like half a Maine lobster tail or seared foie gras. The restaurant prides itself on having one of the largest pre-embargo Cuban cigar collections in Miami, all dating back to 1962 and earlier with prices generally in the $100-200 range but topping out at $395 for a 6-inch Montecristo. To accompany your stogie, choose a tableside Japanese whisky ceremony or perhaps a glass of 25-year Macallan for $370. Make a reservation at StripSteak by Michael Mina.

Tax Day 2016 Dining Splurges

Grace, Chicago, Illinois
This Michelin three-star restaurant is also one of the biggest splurges in Chicago. Elegant and understated, chef Curtis Duffy’s Windy City gem is upscale without being fussy. The menu offers an 8-12 course tasting menu format at $235. The dishes are described in classic minimalist style such as Alaskan King Crab, sudachi, cucumber, lemon mint or Pig Tail, endive, cauliflower, oxalis. Many dishes have Asian accents and the vegetarian “flora” menu is as captivating as the “fauna” menu, which showcases seafood and protein. The wine list features saves and splurges among 1,400 selections. Teetotalers can splurge on bespoke teas that cost upwards of $20 each. Make a reservation at Grace.

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