Restaurants banning kids?

Should some Hoboken restaurants to have “kid free” days?

If you looked at the entire complaint list for all the restaurants in Hoboken, it’d be my guess that one of the most frequent items would be “noisy kids.”

People typically go out to eat for a relaxing escape from their daily grind, eat delicious prepared food, and enjoy being served by others. And they pay for that luxury. Many couples I know don’t appreciate a wailing baby or unruly toddler disturbing their romantic restaurant excursion.

While many restaurants in town actually have gone out of their way to accommodate stroller moms at certain times (like Bin 14 uptown), I have yet to see one single restaurant have a “kid-free” zone or day where children, say under a certain age, are not permitted.

Recently, some restaurants in Pennsylvania have begun banning children in response to customer complaints, and even Malaysia Airlines banned infants from First Class.

Babies and kids are nothing new. But perhaps teaching kids respect and proper behavior is what’s falling short these days…

Would you be for or against a similar child ban at restaurants in Hoboken?

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38 Comments on "Restaurants banning kids?"

Bullbreed333
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Bullbreed333

It’s up to the restaurants as to what they want to do with this. This issue is not law related, and if it was it would be highly discriminatory. Regardless of how I feel about the issue, the owners of the restaurants have the choice to make- not the customers. Ultimately it is a money decision for the business. If you don’t like the restaurant then don’t go back, or cook at home.

kooky kat
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IMO the real problem here is parents who don’t keep their kids on a schedule. The first thing my mother told me when I got a DOG was “make sure he has a schedule”! I just don’t understand people who have children (who aren’t infants) out at a restaurant/bar in particular, at 10:00 at night. They should be in BED at that hour (as we all know, I am in bed shortly after that)! 8)

People should be able to take their kids to restaurants, I just don’t understand why they would want to keep them out late? It’s a mystery to me. Infants will generally just sleep, but toddlers-5-6 years old, ay-yi-yi.

Dperez
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Dperez

This debate has arisen because there are parents who simply don’t discipline their children. I was at a restaurant last night with my husband and child. My child was well behaved and coloring in her coloring book while the children across from us were acting like animals. One little girl, about a year old or so, was screeching like a parrot while their 4 year old boy kept opening the door and asking “When are we leaving”? The stupid ass parents did nothing. If a little boy runs for the door, you go get him! Smack him on the ass if need-be. A one year old should not be in a restaurant at 8pm in the evening at all.

At really formal restaurants, like Amanda’s, there should not be children during the evening. In more casual places, I think children are o.k. provided that they know how to behave and/or the parents know how to discipline them. The key words here are GOOD JUDGEMENT AND COMMON SENSE. If your child can behave, bring them. If not, get a sitter or get take out.

cyclewag
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cyclewag

Kids/children are a beautiful thing, they are our future.
My folks used to teach us that as children— we should be seen but not heard. I am sure many of you readers have heard this phrase.

I have now problem seeing kids at area restaurants as they are apart of our community. However, perhaps there should be a cut off time for non-family establishments around town. Basically children should be fed by 6pm or 7pm the latest so that should help with following some time agreed cut off. That being said I’d suggest 7pm as the magical bewitching hour that kids should be back home and getting ready for bedtime. Adults should be able to have adult time and enjoy each others company in the quiet atmosphere offered at many eateries in town.

Parents please be respectful of your neighbors and after 7 or 8pm please leave your toddlers at home with a baby sitter or nanny and enjoy a night out with your spouse or partner and let the rest of us enjoy as well.

wads
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wads

I say NO to banning children in restaurants,I say YES to banning the parents of the children that have no control and are unaware of disturbances caused.Socializing is an important part of a childs developement and should begin early with proper guidance.It doesn’t magically happen.I think most parents do the right thing,even the best behaved child can have a bad day and when this happens they should remove themselves…..Why are the comments so angry and combative?

Journey
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Journey

Some people myopic vision and only see the bad examples of any group. I never notice the good drivers for all the bad ones. I never noticed the bad pedestrians before but now I do. Some people here only see bad parents. [quote comment=”209415″]I say NO to banning children in restaurants,I say YES to banning the parents of the children that have no control and are unaware of disturbances caused.Socializing is an important part of a childs developement and should begin early with proper guidance.It doesn’t magically happen.I think most parents do the right thing,even the best behaved child can have a bad day and when this happens they should remove themselves…..Why are the comments so angry and combative?[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Maybe Mooshhie aka mother goose should be banned at restaurants,because she cannot bring geese inside with her..Admit those geese are so cute..wonk wonk 😀 [quote comment=”209421″]Some people myopic vision and only see the bad examples of any group. I never notice the good drivers for all the bad ones. I never noticed the bad pedestrians before but now I do. Some people here only see bad parents.[/quote]

mooshu
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mooshu

And some people here perceive parents as good, too. Some even post five comments in a row, psychologically cracking as they cry about their property taxes (boo-hoo-hoo) and about stuff I didn’t actually say, but that’s not the point.

Back to square one. If a restaurant is not “family-friendly”, I vote for a schedule for children. It’s only fair.

[quote comment=”209421″]Some people myopic vision and only see the bad examples of any group. I never notice the good drivers for all the bad ones. I never noticed the bad pedestrians before but now I do. Some people here only see bad parents.[/quote]

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