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Follow-Up: More Restaurants Gloriously Free of Bratty Kids

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Last week, Minyanville reported on a local hero. Unfortunately, his locale is 360 miles away from Minyanville's offices.

Restaurant owner Mike Vuick has instituted a policy at his establishment that prohibits children under six years of age from dining in his restaurant. He told WTAE Pittsburgh, "Beginning July 16, 2011, McDain's Restaurant will no longer admit children under six years of age. We feel that McDain's is not a place for young children. Their volume can't be controlled and many, many times, they have disturbed other customers."

While one parent was up in arms that her 13-month-old child couldn't accompany her to McDain's -- what a sparkling dinner conversation that must be! -- other patrons supported the measure. Solidifying his hero status, Vuick addressed the backlash and said, "You know, their child -- maybe as it should be -- is the center of their universe. But they don't realize it's not the center of the universe."

Amen.

Lamentably, Vuick's restaurant isn't a chain. Its sole location is in West Pennsylvania -- well out of reach of harried New Yorkers. However, New York Magazine -- savior to patrons sick of hearing the screech and squeals of underdeveloped larynges -- published a list of 12 New York restaurants gloriously free of bratty kids.

For the sake of New Yorkers' already tenuous sanity, please, give them your patronage.

Annisa
13 Barrow St.; 212-741-6699
Cuisine: American Nouveau
The Policy: Doesn't provide any children's menus, no substitutions, no high chairs — no policy against children, but not a kid-friendly restaurant.

Aquavit
65 E. 55th St.; 212-307-7311
Cuisine: Scandinavian
The Policy: Typically no children allowed in the dining room; menu is either chef's tasting menu or prix fix. Kids welcome in the bistro.

Bouley
163 Duane St.; 212-964-2525
Cuisine: French
The Policy: Bringing a child below five years old is not recommended by the staff.

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
200 Schermerhorn St.; 718-243-0050
Cuisine: American Nouveau; Eclectic/Global
The Policy: No children allowed. Usually must be over 18 to dine.

Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar
101 Second Ave.; 212-979-1012
Cuisine: American Traditional, French, Seafood
The Policy: Because of atmosphere, children not recommended.

Jean Georges
1 Central Park West; 212-299-3900
Cuisine: French
The Policy: Children under 10 not allowed in main dining room, but can eat in the front bar/bistro area.

La Grenouille
3 E. 52nd St.; 212-752-1495
Cuisine: French
The Policy: "We have a formal, elegant dining room, two to two-and-a-half hour dinner. Children don't like to be here that long. We don't recommend it."

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1515
Cuisine: French, Seafood
The Policy: Won't allow children under 12; doesn't have "facilities for children."

Masa
10 Columbus Cir., 4th fl.; 212-823-9800
Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
The Policy: Not recommended because it's a two-and-a-half hour dinner and there's no dinner discount for children. It's always $450 a person.

Rasputin
2670 Coney Island Ave.; 718-332-8111
Cuisine: French, Russian
The Policy: Children must be 10 years or older; strictly no babies.

Robert's Steakhouse
603 W. 45th St.; 212-245-0002
Cuisine: Steakhouse
The Policy: No one younger than 21 years old is allowed. (It is in a strip club after all.)

STK
26 Little W. 12th St.; 646-624-2444
Cuisine: Steakhouse
The Policy: No children after 10 p.m.

(See also: God Bless the Restauranteur Who Banned Kids Under Six from His Establishment)

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