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NYC restaurants where kids eat free

Dining out with the children can cost big bucks—except when their meal is on the house.

  • Kelley and Ping

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Kelley and Ping

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    The Moxie Spot

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castell

    The Moxie Spot

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Barrio

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Barrio

  • Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

    Bourbon Street

  • Photograph: Jeffrey Gurwin

    Bourbon Street

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brother Jimmy's

    Brother Jimmy's

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brother Jimmy's

    Brother Jimmy's

  • Photograph: Courtesy Killmeyers Old Bavarian Inn

    Killmeyers Old Bavarian Inn

  • Photograph: Courtesy Killmeyers Old Bavarian Inn

    Killmeyers Old Bavarian Inn

  • Photograph: Courtesy Belleville Bistro

    Belleville Bistro

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    Belleville Bistro

  • Photograph: Courtesy Ichi Umi

    Ichi Umi

  • Photograph: Courtesy Ichi Umi

    Ichi Umi

  • Rodeo Bar

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    Rodeo Bar

  • Photograph: Courtesy Scottadito Osteria

    Scottadito Osteria

  • Photograph: Courtesy Scottadito Osteria

    Scottadito Osteria

Kelley and Ping


All restaurant information is correct as of press time. However, since hours, prices and other details are subject to change, it's wise to call ahead.

Barrio
Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $15. Average kids' meal: $7. Kids' menu, high chairs, booster seats, changing table.
The Deal: Tuesdays 3–10pm: Children under age 12 get one free kids' meal with each adult entre (minimum $12) purchased.
Hot-pink walls and brash murals belie Barrio's serious take on regional Mexican flavors. Forest mushroom and leek gnocchi is divine. Scallops are served over Israeli couscous, while the BBQ mango short ribs will have you licking your fingers. Our dessert pick: milk chocolate flan. Kids can order quesadillas with cheese or chicken, or mini tacos stuffed with short ribs, roasted pork or market fish and topped with avocado slices. In nice weather, your family can enjoy the abundant sidewalk seating on Seventh Avenue.

Belleville Bistro
Dinner, brunch. Average main course: $18. Kids' menu, high chairs.
The Deal: Mon-Wed during dinner hours: Children under age 12 get one free kids' meal with each adult entre or tasting menu purchased.
The menu is a lighter version of what you'd find at a typical bistro, but among the usual desserts is a playful ringer: a banana beights. For the kids, there's pasta with butter, burger and fries, grilled cheese or mac and cheese.

Bourbon Street
40-12 Bell Blvd between 40th and 41st Aves, Bayside, Queens (718-224-2200, bourbonstreetny.com). Travel: LIRR to Bayside. Lunch, dinner, brunch (Sunday only). Average main course: $20. Kids' menu, high chairs, booster seats, changing table.
The Deal: Sundays all day: Children under age 12 get one free kids' meal with each adult entre purchased.
Kiddos choose from the tried and true at this New Orleans–inspired eatery—chicken fingers, burgers or pasta—while you can sample blackened shrimp or salmon, or the pasta jambalaya, with chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage in a light, creamy sauce spiked with Cajun seasonings.

Brasserie Julien
1422 Third Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-744-6327, brasseriejulien.com). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Dinner. Average main course: $22. Kids' menu, high chairs.
The Deal: Mon–Thu, and Sun before 7pm: Children under age 12 get one free kids' meal with each adult meal purchased.
Brasserie classics (mussels, steak frites, fondue) mix with more progressive creations here. On the kids' menu, hanger steak is a nice deviation from standard fare; a burger or pasta should satisfy those craving the familiar, as should chocolate or vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Brother Jimmy's
*1485 Second Ave between 77th and 78th Sts (212-288-0999, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: 6 to 77th St.
*1644 Third Ave at 92nd St (212-426-2020, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
*428 Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-501-7515, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: 1 to 79th St.
*416 Eighth Ave at 31st St (212-967-7603, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: A, C, E to 34th St
Penn Station.
*181 Lexington Ave at 31st St (212-779-7427, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: 6 to 33rd St.
*116 E 16th St between Irving Pl and Park Ave South (212-673-6465, brotherjimmys.com). Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St
Union Sq. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $14. Average kids' meal: $4. Kids' menu, high chairs, booster seats.
The Deal: Daily: Children under age 12 get one free kids' meal with each $10 entre purchased.
You know the drill: Platters of tasty fried chicken, pulled pork and ribs (either spice-crusted or saucy) hit tables with a steady thud. The children's menu offers hot dogs, chicken fingers, wings, hamburgers, and mac and cheese, plus ice cream.

Ichi Umi
6 E 32nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-725-1333, ichiumi.com). Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th StHerald Sq; 6 to 33rd St. Lunch, dinner. Buffet: $29 (weekday dinner), $32 (weekend dinner). High chairs, booster seats, changing table.
The Deal: Daily: Children 2.5 feet and under: Free. 3.5 feet and under: $10. 4.5 feet and under: half price.
This capacious Japanese dining hall prepares a staggeringly long and comely buffet. Japanese staples like miso soup, veggie tempura, edamame, chicken teriyaki and sushi accompany more offbeat fare like baked New Zealand mussels and chicken wings with an Asian twist. The dessert bar parades a selection of mini cheesecakes, creamy pudding cups and quivering Jell-O cubes.

Kelley and Ping
127 Greene St between Prince and W Houston Sts (212-228-1212, kelleyandping.com). Subway: B, D, F, V to BroadwayLafayette St; R, W to Prince St. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $14. Kids' menu, high chairs.
The Deal: Daily 5:30–7pm: Kids under age 12 eat free with each adult meal purchased.
This well-priced, popular noodle shop takes care of its littlest patrons with cheerfully named Pan-Asian dishes—like "bowl of sunshine" (noodle soup with roasted chicken) and "the Yin Yang" (dumpling, spring roll, satay, edamame).

Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn
Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $18. Kids' menu, high chairs, booster seats, changing tables.
The Deal: Thursdays 5–10pm: Children under age 13 get one free kids' meal with each adult meal purchased.
Semi-industrial Arthur Kill Road is home to a few Island gems, such as a turn-of-the-century Bavarian beer garden. Sit outside and enjoy any of 100 beers on tap, plus sauerbraten, peppery sweet goulash, sticky spaetzle and potato pancakes. Kids' menu items are a bit more pedestrian, just the way many of them like it: Hot dogs and fries, mac and cheese, fruit salad, chicken fingers and grilled cheese.

The Moxie Spot
Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $15. High chairs, booster seats, changing tables.
The Deal: Daily after 5:30pm: Children under age 13 get one free meal (detailed below) with each adult entre purchased.
Kids who manage to tear themselves away from the foosball table can pick from the children's menu—chicken fingers, burgers, shrimp, hot dogs—or select an adult item (small pasta, mac and cheese or a slice of plain pizza). Among parents, organic roast chicken with rice is a perennial favorite, and steamed fish with ginger and scallion is a recent contender.

Rodeo Bar
375 Third Ave at 27th St (212-683-6500, rodeobar.com). Subway: 6 to 28th St. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Average main course: $14. Kids' menu, high chairs.
The Deal: Mondays 5pm to close: Children under age 11 get one free kids' meal with each adult meal purchased.
This gritty, multilevel roadhouse slings chili, burritos, burgers, enchiladas and fajitas, plus slow-smoked Texas barbecue. Try the tangy three-cheese quesadilla for just $9; it comes stuffed with Colby, cheddar and Monterey Jack topped with a sizable mound of guacamole—a meal in itself. Youngsters will want to rustle up some cheese quesadillas, sliders, pizza or chicken fingers.

Scottadito Osteria
788A Union St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-636-4800, scottadito.com). Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Average main course: $18. Average kids' meal: $9. High chairs, changing table.
The Deal: Tuesdays after 5:30pm: Children under age 11 get one free kids' meal with each adult meal purchased.
Expect house-made prosciutto and speck; ricotta gnocchi with spinach and sage; and a lamb chop with fried artichokes and lemon relish. The children's menu speaks to tots with a slight Italian accent: penne, spaghetti, or orecchiette with butter and cheese, meatballs, tomato sauce or pesto (plus chicken fingers and fries). The mini meal comes with a beverage and gelato.


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