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The best kids food in New York, including restaurants where kids eat free, theme restaurants, kids menus, candy stores and restaurants with entertainment.


Best kids' food in New York

Best New American family restaurants

Chow down on the tried-and-true classics with a modern twist

Best Italian family restaurants

Let your bambini chow down on European staples like pizza, pasta and calzones

Best BBQ and Southern family restaurants

These spots, slinging tasty comfort foods will have your kids licking their fingers

Best Mexican family restaurants

Take a culinary trip south of the border at these joints offering flavorful Mexican fare

Best family restaurants for quick bites

Fast, on-the-go meals are inevitable with little ones to feed

Best farm-to-table family restaurants

Eat super local, eco-conscious fare without the kids getting sour

Theme restaurants in NYC

And we don't just mean animatronic kitsch (not that there's anything wrong with that...).

Best desserts for kids in NYC

We invited young New Yorkers to our office to put the city's top confections to the test.


Best restaurants by neighborhood

Upper West Side kids' restaurants

The family-oriented hood is jam-packed with kid faves (5 Napkin Burger, Shake Shack) and grown-up magnets (Kefi, Recipe) alike—plus sweet-tooth spots like Sugar and Plumm that charm everybody.

Upper East Side kids' restaurants

From canine-themed lunchonettes to retro diners and Mexican taquerias, the UES has something for every finicky eater.

West Village kids' restaurants

The charming cobblestoned hood is not only a great place to meander but also a kid-friendly magnet thanks to crowd-pleasers like Commerce, Ditch Plains and John's Pizzeria.

East Village kids' restaurants

The ur-counterculture nabe gets comfort food right, from Southern-inspired spots like Back Forty and Peels to S'Mac, dedicated to all things mac and cheese, and Momofuku Milk Bar.

Tribeca kids' restaurants

The Italian Roc, French Odeon and a little gem called Max Tribeca make the downtown ’hood a great place to chow down en famille.

Park Slope kids' restaurants

Given that the Slope is bursting at the seams with young families, it's a good thing there are places like Blue Ribbon, Fornino and Thistle Hill Tavern to sate their appetites.

Cobble Hill kids' restaurants

The leafy neighborhood has families covered with Italian cafés, bistros and a slew of city-renowned bakeries.

Astoria and LIC kids' restaurants

The thriving mini-city in Queens has family-friendly fare in all kinds of forms, from burger meccas and Italian eateries to homey Greek taverns and homespun cafés.


Restaurants where kids eat free

Kelley & Ping

The well-priced, popular noodle shop takes care of its littlest patrons with cheerfully named Pan-Asian dishes.

  1. 127 Greene St, (between Houston and Prince Sts)
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Rodeo Bar & Grill

This laid-back urban roadhouse's food is appropriately Tex-Mex.

  1. 375 Third Ave, (at 27th St), 10016
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Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn

Semi-industrial Arthur Kill Road is home to a few Island gems, such as a turn-of-the-century Bavarian beer garden.

  1. 4254 Arthur Kill Rd, (at Sharrotts Rd), 10309
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Barrio

Hot-pink walls and brash, cheesy murals belie Barrio’s serious take on regional Mexican flavors.

  1. 210 Seventh Ave, (at 3rd St)
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Theme restaurants in NYC

Alice’s Tea Cup

If your tot has ever dreamed of taking tea with the Mad Hatter and March Hare, then this restaurant is worth a trip down the rabbit hole.

  1. 102 W 73rd St, (at Columbus Ave)
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La Lucha NYC

The wrestling-themed decor—masks, action figures, posters, even movies projected onto the wall—pays homage to the Mexican tradition of lucha libre.

  1. 147 Ave A, (between 9th and 10th Sts)
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Big Daddy’s Diner

As advertised, everything here is enormous—from the larger-than-life neon sign above the door to the heaping portions of amped-up diner fare.

  1. 239 Park Ave South, (between 19th and 20th Sts)
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American Girl Café

The doll megastore's café caters to smaller crowds—and by smaller, we mean 18 inches tall.

  1. 609 Fifth Ave, (at 49th St)
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Great kids' menus in NYC

Landmarc

Kids are bound to find something they like on the 18-item children's menu here; options range from petite filet mignon to English-muffin pizza.

  1. 179 West Broadway, (between Leonard and Worth Sts), 10013
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Cowgirl

Children can order corn dogs, quesadillas or chicken fingers from their own menu, and there are plenty of shareable options on the regular list of dishes.

  1. 519 Hudson St, (at 10th St), 10014
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Buttermilk Channel

It's not enough that this place wins raves for its seasonal fare; it also boasts a great kids' menu for $10, including one side and a clown sundae.

  1. 524 Court St, (at Huntington St)
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Ditch Plains

Nosh on playful combos like Green Eggs and Ham—with spinach, basil pesto and cheesy whole-wheat toast—or sliced skirt steak with broccoli and cheesy brown rice.

  1. 29 Bedford St, (at Downing St)
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