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Lower Manhattan

Ah the canyons of Wall Street, the lofts of Tribeca and strolls along the streets of SoHo where the number of kids under five increased 60 percent over the past five years (that explains the proliferation of Phil & Ted doubles!). There's fine dining galore in this special 'hood (disclaimer: the parent P-L-A-Y parents are proud to have a zip code in this zone). The temptations are too numerous to mention, but Gigino, Nobu and Harry's on Stone Street certainly top our list. Which restaurants with a private room hit your Top-10? We'll try to make it happen. Meanwhile, get on our newsletter list and we'll let you know about the new ones!

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The Village

Admit it: Back in the day, a fun Saturday night was one that ended with cheeseburgers and beers at Corner Bistro on West Fourth. Now, you're lucky if you can stay awake for the third reading of Sam I Am. Whether you live in this uber-cool neighborhood (or not), a brunch, lunch or dinner in The Village is sure to please. The awesome folks at Cowgirl Hall of Fame are opening their doors to us and we think regular servings of their legendary Frito Pie will put an instant smile on your face. Stay tuned. There's a lot more coming. In the meanwhile, close your eyes and imagine a relaxing brunch at Paris Commune followed by a stroll down Bleecker. You'll even want to wait on line for a cupcake at Magnolia!

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14th to 34th Street

True story. A mom we know pressed her nose wistfully against Tabla's windows, dreaming of a quiet lunch spent indulging in Dhabba salad, Tandoori Black Pepper Shrimp and some adult conversation in between. The reverie ended abruptly when her four-year-old daughter started screaming 'Playground! Playground!' and literally pulled her into Madison Square Park. Let's face it: It's not easy being a foodie in this 20-block stretch when sitters are hard to find. There's everything from Gramercy Tavern to Blue Smoke and a zillion other options in between. Not to worry. Your days of wishing you could still eat at these restaurants are coming to an end. We're signing up restaurants in this neighborhood faster than you can say garlic nan!

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34th to 57th Street

Probably the busiest part of the city. But this 23-block stretch covers a lot of culinary ground. Past years may have only found tourists and business people, but today there are many families living in these hoods, so parent P-L-A-Y is looking to line up midtown Drop + Dine hot spots. We, personally, love Jack's Steakhouse on 35th and Ninth and Beacon on West 55th but you also gotta love Bryant Park, gazing at the Grand Central ceiling or finding convenient times not to get caught in the Rockefeller Center push + shove while admiring the Atlas statue.

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East 57th to 96th Street

Everyone’s talking about the transformation of the Upper West Side. Everyone agrees that it’s a food-lover’s dream – and we’re not talking about Fairway, Citarella and Zabar’s (all of which we love). With the family-friendly Landmarc to the south in the Time Warner Center, Mermaid Inn and Community Food & Juice (the uptown version of Clinton St. Baking Co) just added to the Columbia Univ neighborhood, what’s not to love! Could the downtown hipness be moving uptown? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…in the meanwhile, we’ll be adding restaurants faster than you can say Compass. Which large restaurants with private party rooms made you salivate in years past? We’ll try to get them to see the light.

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West 57th to 96th Street

Everyone’s talking about the transformation of the Upper West Side. Everyone agrees that it’s a food-lover’s dream – and we’re not talking about Fairway, Citarella and Zabar’s (all of which we love). With the family-friendly Landmarc to the south in the Time Warner Center, Mermaid Inn and Community Food & Juice (the uptown version of Clinton St. Baking Co) just added to the Columbia Univ neighborhood, what’s not to love! Could the downtown hipness be moving uptown? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…in the meanwhile, we’ll be adding restaurants faster than you can say Compass. Which large restaurants with private party rooms made you salivate in years past? We’ll try to get them to see the light.

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Brooklyn

We know. We know. The dining-out options for Brooklynites are endless, but how's a Brooklyn parent to choose between Po Brooklyn on Smith Street, Sea in Williamsburg or Al Di La in Park Slope? We've got you covered, starting in DUMBO where Water Street Restaurant is already offering parents a reprieve from certain play areas that aren't as up-to-code as they should be (QUICK! call cheapkids.net!). C'mon Brooklynites. Tell us your faves and we'll find out if they'd like to turn over their private room to your kids and our spectacular sitters!

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