Chef-Parents’ Tips for Dining With Kids

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Eating out with children tends to be something of a precarious balancing act for everyone involved, so who better to advise diners than chefs who are parents themselves? In time for Mother’s Day, OpenTable questioned a cross section of chef-parents and got some tips that will set your child on the path to restaurant obsession, just like Mom and Dad.

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"Timing your visit so that your child is hungry (but not starving!) when you arrive at a restaurant makes for an easier dining experience," suggests Butter’s Alexandra Guarnaschelli. Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony advises kids to "try to guess what each staffer does by uniform — what the jobs of the people in the restaurant are." If you’re particularly high-profile (or just a regular somewhere), follow Wolfgang Puck’s example: "I generally go to [a restaurant] where I am well known, and I’ll call them in advance to have something ready as soon as we sit down … so that way the kids won’t fill up on bread."

Mother’s Day [OpenTable]