Kid Friendly Restaurants

August 21, 2016

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Not every restaurant has offerings likely to tempt the tots, let alone a whole selection of child-friendly meals.  Here are some of are picks that dazzle adults and kids alike.  Here are favorite picks of kid friendly restaurants in  in New York, LA, Chicago, and London.  Bon Appetite.

New York

Landmarc
179 W. Broadway, Tribeca
212.343.3883
or
10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor, Time Warner Center
212.823.6123

Landmarc is a great, casual place for families. Oysters, salads, steaks, and sides with a perfect kids’ menu that includes mini ice cream cones.
Alice’s Tea Cup
102 W. 73rd St., UWS
212.799.3006

Friendly atmosphere, delicious lunches, and yummy cakes.

Los Angeles

Hugo’s
8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
323.654.3993
or
12851 Riverside Dr., Studio City
818.761.8985

Hugo’s is an L.A. staple. A perfect combo of organic, healthy food, an expansive kids’ menu and a relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal family outing. They always bring crayons and paper to the table, too.

John’s Garden
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
310.456.8377

John’s Garden is a low-key shop that serves delicious sandwiches/veggie burgers/smoothies/fries. You can sit outside on the benches, which are right next to the playground so kids can play while you’re waiting for your food.

Asanebo
11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
818.760.3348

This excellent Japanese in the valley deserves its 28 food rating on Zagat. What more can you say except that they have highchairs and mini sushi rolls. Finally!

Giorgio Baldi
114 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica
310.573.1660

Giorgio’s is one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. I swoon over the polenta, the tuna carpaccio, and the fresh handmade ravioli, not to mention the Dover sole and langoustine pasta. It is owned and run by an Italian family, so children are always on the scene. Bring your own crayons.

London

La Famiglia
7 Langton St.
+44.0.20.7351.0761

The quiet, charming street in Chelsea completely belies the feeling inside this joyous, boisterous, family-run restaurant. There’s also a beautiful outside patio where kids can enjoy the trees. The food is simple Italian done just right. Kids love the pasta and fried zucchini and so do I.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly
+44.0.20.7499.6996

The Wolseley is great to take kids to for brunch, lunch, or tea. The food is Anglo-Euro and fit for a discerning grown-up, but also wonderful for kids. It is housed in an old-fashioned marble-clad car showroom and is cavernous and noisy (you won’t be worried about additional noise emanating from your table). They bake delicious sweets and are welcoming of your beloved wee ones.
The River Café
Rainville Rd.
+44.0.20.7386.4200

This place loves children, and on a summer Sunday, children can be seen running around the massive garden and exploring their organic vegetable patch. The food is perfect. This is a flawless day out with the family in London (unless it’s raining).

Tom’s Kitchen
27 Cale St.
+44.0.20.7349.0202

Tom’s Kitchen is a great place to take the family for Sunday brunch. They have the best eggs Benedict and the spongiest pancakes.

Chicago

Blue Door 
52 W. Elm St.
312.573.4000

This intimate restaurant is considered a new gem in Chicago. It serves home-cooked food with a Southern bent. Perfect for a family Sunday brunch.

The Athenian Room
807 W. Webster Ave.
773.348.5155

The Athenian Room is fantastic, super kid-friendly, and casual. It attracts a nice family crowd and has the most outrageous Greek food—spanakopita, Greek salads, tzatziki, and the best cheeseburger in town. It also has outdoor tables on the street in summer. My friend Julia goes all the time and it is definitely her favorite kid spot.
Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark St.
773.929.3680

Situated near Wrigley Field, Uncommon Ground serves mostly organic and local fare. Their other location on West Devon Avenue has a rooftop organic garden where kids can take classes on urban agriculture.

Brasserie Jo
59 W. Hubbard St.
312.595.0800

This French restaurant serves delicious food, while remaining unpretentious (often an oxymoron!). Instead of the usual crayons kids are given an Etch A Sketch to play with that has a cute menu attached. They often do crepe-making parties and special desserts for kids.
Feast
25 E. Delaware Pl.
312.337.4001

With a new Gold Coast location, Feast is the perfect place for a neighborhood lunch. Accommodating of kids and big strollers, this place can turn into an addiction. It opens at 7:30AM so it’s also ideal for breakfast.
NoMI
800 N. Michigan Ave., Seventh Floor, Park Hyatt Chicago
312.239.4030

This restaurant in the Park Hyatt is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It serves delicious Asian-fusion cuisine and the terrace is surprisingly great for families.

Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

August 15, 2016

 

Decades after the passage of the 1938 federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which excluded domestic workers and was mimicked by many states, Illinois has become the sixth state to pass a comprehensive Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the seventh state to extend rights to domestic workers, joining Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Hawaii, and Connecticut. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1288 into law last Friday, and it will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

“This moment marks a great victory. Most importantly, we now we can come out of the shadows, to end injustice and abuse,” said Isabel Escobar, a housecleaner from Chicago and worker leader from Arise Chicago. “The struggle was long, but we won the most difficult part of the journey!”

“After many trips to Springfield to advocate for the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, I am so happy that domestic workers have been recognized under the law!” said Magdalena Zylinska, a housecleaner from Chicago and worker leader from Arise Chicago.

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-8th District) in the Senate and Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24th District) in the House, gives nannies, housecleaners, home care workers, and other domestic workers the same employment protections as workers in other industries by amending four state laws that currently exclude them. This includes the Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the One Day of Rest in Seven Act, and the Wages of Women and Minors Act.

The new law will ensure that all domestic workers receive the state minimum wage, protection against sexual harassment, as well as a day of rest for workers employed by one employer for at least 20 hours a week.