This Internet-Famous Toddler Is Eating His Way Around the Trendiest New York Restaurants for Free

The Instagram and Twitter account Food Baby NY chronicles the endearing edible adventures of toddler Matthew Chau
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We wouldn’t be surprised if little Matthew grew up to be a well-known restaurant critic.

Introducing the tiniest food critic in the entire city of New York: 2-year-old Matthew Chau.

Matthew is the subject of the Instagram account Food Baby NY, which chronicles the toddler’s adventures at the most famous food spots in the city. His dad is known for taking photos of him napping, giggling, crying, and generally being a baby around some of the most coveted dishes in the Big Apple.


Mmmm those are some tasty Belgian Fries at #perfectpotato

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With more than 55,000 followers, the hungry half-pint has gotten quite a taste for Internet fame. In fact, dad Mike Chau, a developer at Goldman Sachs, says restaurants constantly contact him with offers of free meals so that photos of their food will show up on the trending Instagram account. 


That's a spicy Mini Meatball with some great Focaccia at #DeesPizza

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But the biggest perk, he said, is seeing people interact with the adorable toddler. Usually, Matthew is much more interested in running around and playing than in truly focusing on the everything bagel from Black Seed Bagel or the nachos from Hill Country Barbecue — although one of his favorite things to eat is chocolate ice cream.

“It gives us the chance to more easily interact with business owners and even fans that get excited to meet Matt and hear our story,” Chau told People Magazine. “We have made new friends purely through interactions on Instagram that have translated to meeting in person.”

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