I am a parent who admitly pushes the envelope when it comes to dining in nice restaurants with my 3 year old son. We've been doing it since he was an infant. He has NEVER acted anything but perfectly behavied.
However, we are sensative to not going to places where we are not welcomed by either the staff or other patrons. I start this process by simply phoning the restaurant and asking directly if they prefer not hosting children. We will skip any place that show even the smallest amount of hestiation, in order to error on the safe side.
Anyway, we have noticed, since the smoking ban how much more family dining has become accepted in NYC. Balthazar, two years ago, out right told us that children were not encourage at diner time.
However, last month, they could have been more accommodating. Special corner table with extra space and out of the way. Host took away stroller and prompted return it when the check was presented.
Is this how NYC restaurants have responded to some lost revenues caused by the smoking ban? Are families now more likely to dine out?