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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 Brunch NYC: Brunch for kids

Ready for the best brunch NYC has to offer? 

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...).

New York pizza for families

Bring on the cheesy goodness! Your kids think it's the perfect treat—honestly, we really can't argue

Best desserts for kids in NYC

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

NYC restaurants where kids eat free

Dining out with the children in Gotham can cost big bucks—except when their meal is on the house Bringing your family out for dinner in the city can be pricey, to say the least. These NYC restaurants take the big bill out of the equation by offering free (and awesomely tasty) meals for kids in all the best family restaurants, leaving you with more cash to put towards the next big winter getaway or ski trip. Brother Jimmy’s Southern classics like fried chicken, pulled pork and ribs of all kinds pack this chain full of families looking for full bellies. The children's menu offers hot dogs, chicken fingers, wings, hamburgers, and mac and cheese, plus ice cream. Average main course: $18, average kids' meal $7. Kids' menu, high chairs, booster seats. The Deal: Kids eat free with the purchase of a full-priced adult meal all week long. Various locations. Fabbrica Look no further for Italian classics from this sizeable spot big on famiglia: Spaghetti Carbonara, Branzino (Italian white fish) and wood-fired pizza comprise only a sample of this ample menu. There’s loads of room with plenty of comfy booths, so don’t sweat the stroller parking. Average main course: $17. High chairs, booster seats. The Deal:Kids get a free small Margherita pizza Mondays-Wednesdays between 5:30-7 with each adult purchase of entrée.  40 N 6th Street at Kent Ave, Brooklyn (fabbricanyc.com, 718-218-7045) Subway: L to Bedford Ave  Kelley & Ping Asian street food gets plated at this kid-friendly SoHo institution

Bite-size treats for kids

These ten tiny desserts are perfect for pint-sized party guests! Bring them out at your next birthday bash for a no-fuss treat the kids will eat right up. No matter which birthday party place you choose for your tyke's celebration, delicious desserts will be a must-have element to make the fete a sweet success. Kids will always love birthday cake and ice cream, but the traditional party fare can lose its luster when repeated year after year. For your next bash, try out these ten miniature confections on your party gests—from teensy doughnuts to decadent milk-and-cookie shots.Click the right arrow on the image below to see our best kids' cakes. You might also like Best birthday party places in Brooklyn 10 bite-size birthday treats for kids Birthday party entertainers for kids Best kids' cakes for birthday parties

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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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


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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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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