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🙂 = Food comes quickly. Some good kid friendly options like dumplings.

🙁 = No kids’ menu, no high chairs, no changing table. Parking isn’t great anywhere in Manhattan unless you park in a garage.

Notes: Monday-Friday: 11:00AM-3:30PM, 5:00PM-10:45PM. Saturday: 12:00PM-10:45PM. Sunday: 3:30PM-9:45PM.

Tanaka is a small Japanese restaurant that involves walking down a few steps to enter, just like many others on the same street. As we were ready to walk in, we were told that there are no high chairs. We said that’s ok – we can sit on our knees. But if you couldn’t do that, this could be a problem. This restaurant is fairly small, and the tables are pretty close together – so if you’re noisy, that could be not-so-great!

Sushi and sashimi lunches

Sushi and sashimi lunches

Since we came for lunch, we checked out the lunch specials. These included options both with sushi (raw and cooked) and cooked foods (lunch boxes with different types of beef, salmon, chicken, tofu, shrimp, etc.). Mommy and daddy got a sashimi lunch, and we shared 2 sushi lunches (each with 3 rolls, including salmon roll, avocado roll, spicy rolls with tuna and yellowtail, and salmon avocado roll), and we also got some shumai (shrimp dumplings) and some steamed veggie dumplings. Each of the lunch specials came with a seaweedy soup (miso soup) and a salad. We liked the soup – it was nice and salty. But it was a HUGE portion of soup, which made it hard for us to eat, but mommy helped! We didn’t eat too much because we began to make a mess. The nice part? The food came fairly quickly! We didn’t have to sit too long. We got glasses just like adults with straws. Mommy and daddy helped us drink from them. The waitress was nice. She asked how old we were and when our birthdays were.

Enjoying the soup, dumplings and shumai. Oh, and love the kiddie chop sticks :)

Enjoying the soup, dumplings and shumai. Oh, and love the kiddie chop sticks 🙂

Overall, the food was OK – nothing super special. We ate the smaller rolls (they have seaweed on the outside) and the dumplings and shumai. But not having a high chair, and a small bathroom with no changing table is harder with young kids (we would never have fit in the bathroom together with mommy if we needed to go with her). But, to be fair, this isn’t a kiddie restaurant, and if we go to a small Japanese restaurant that isn’t frequented by kids often, we should know what to expect.

222 E. 51st Street

New York, NY 10022

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