Mon-Thu, 9am-4pm; Fri, 9am-3pm; Sat-Sun, closed
N, Q, R, W at 57th St.; 1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Working parents with small children know that if the phone rings before 7 a.m., it usually means one thing: no nanny. Whether your sitter calls in sick or she’s planning a two-week vacation, A Choice Nanny can come up with a rock-solid replacement on super-short notice. Husband-and-wife owners Alan and Joan Friedman conduct a CIA-worthy screening of sitters’ criminal records, DMV history, credit, Social Security, and educational background. (All of their sitters are also CPR-trained.) This licensed agency offers overnight, newborn care, and after-school supervision. Unlike most services, which provide parents with a list of potential fill-ins and their phone numbers, this hands-on team lines up a sub for you. Book a favorite sitter months in advance, or, more often, phone in early for same-day service.