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This baby New Yorker eats better than you do

New York's newest food critic has a limited vocabulary, requires a booster seat, and can't make his own reservations. But his opinions are oh so cute.

Food Baby Matthew Chau, i.e. the 16-month-old son of Mike Chau, has taken Instagram by storm, amassing almost 10,000 followers since the account launched this past summer.

"For the past few years, I've really loved eating out and taking pictures of good food. Once my son was born I was equally as obsessed with taking pictures of him. I realized that the same pictures of food or the same pictures of a sleeping baby started to get boring -- no matter how good the food looked or how cute the baby was-- so I thought it would be fun and funny to combine the two," said Chau on the origins of his child's social media fame.

Though Food Baby has recently switched from a breast milk diet, his palate is rapidly expanding. "He has started eating with us when we go out-- don't worry, we don't feed him garbage and ice cream constantly," said Chau. Food Baby also really enjoys pasta, ramen and fruit.

Chau and his wife Alexandra take their baby everywhere. While they rarely dine out solo, they're planning to leave him with the grandparents when the new Momofuku Ko opens.

As for babies in restaurants, Chau doesn't mind them as long as they're as well behaved as Matthew. "I understand when I see some people groan initially when they see us enter with a baby, but 9 times out of 10 those people approach us on their way out and remark on what a well-behaved baby he was throughout the meal," he said. Like any baby, he has his moments, but a quick break outside usually calms any outbursts.

In what may be the Internet's most adorable (and delicious) exercise in parent-child bonding, Chau plans to continue with @foodbabyny, "I would love to do more and be able to spend even more time with him."

Food Baby skips the bottle and gives some of best reactions to notable NYC restaurants.

Florian

That look of glee perfectly describes Florian's lasagne
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That look of glee perfectly describes Florian's lasagne ossobuco with bone marrow.

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop

Food Baby can't keep his hands off the
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Food Baby can't keep his hands off the noodles at Ivan Ramen.

Yonekichi

Food Baby seems to be impressed by rice
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Food Baby seems to be impressed by rice burgers -- us too!

Rainbow Room

The $95 brunch buffet at the newly renovated
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The $95 brunch buffet at the newly renovated Rainbow Room has some great sushi!

Little Park

The gorgeous beetroot risotto at Andrew Carmellini's new
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The gorgeous beetroot risotto at Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant is a snore, according to Food Baby.

Berg'n

Food Baby is apparently not a fan of
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Food Baby is apparently not a fan of ramen burgers.

GG's

Fried lamb neck meatballs at GG's are intriguing!
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Fried lamb neck meatballs at GG's are intriguing!

Melt Bakery

Food Baby seems skeptical about this ice cream
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Food Baby seems skeptical about this ice cream sandwich.

Pork Slope

Food Baby is impressed by Dale Talde's Doughnut
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Food Baby is impressed by Dale Talde's Doughnut French Toast at Pork Slope's brunch.

Katz's Delicatessen

Food Baby prefers Katz's pickles to hot pastrami.
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Food Baby prefers Katz's pickles to hot pastrami. Noted.

Barchetta

Is Barchetta's crudo even worth leaving the stroller
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Is Barchetta's crudo even worth leaving the stroller for?

Birds & Bubbles

Food Baby has about 20 years to go
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Food Baby has about 20 years to go until he can enjoy the bubbles here, but he seems to know the mac and cheese is fantastic.

'Shwick Market

Food Baby shares in the surprise that pho
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Food Baby shares in the surprise that pho can be made into a dumpling!

Mission Cantina

Mission Cantina's chicken donburi is a bit confusing
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Mission Cantina's chicken donburi is a bit confusing for Food Baby.

Rubirosa

Food Baby knows where to find some of
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Food Baby knows where to find some of NYC's best pizza!

Umami Burger

Umami Burger is #1!
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Umami Burger is #1!

Dominique Ansel

Food Baby is getting cozy with a Cronut!
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Food Baby is getting cozy with a Cronut!

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Food Baby praises David Chang!
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Food Baby praises David Chang!

Kappo Masa

Sweet dreams of fatty tuna.
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Sweet dreams of fatty tuna.

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