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The best brunch in NYC for kids

Want to enjoy a relaxed meal with the family? Chow down on the best brunch NYC's kid-friendly restaurants are cooking up

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Ready for the best brunch NYC has to offer? These fifteen picks offer plenty of dishes adults will love, plus tons of kid-friendly options for the pickier eaters. If you’re on the hunt for even more options to please the whole crew, check out our list of the 50 best family restaurants in NYC—a few spots can even hook your gang up with outdoor dining on sunny days—and if you’re craving something great to make at home, be sure to try these tasty recipes for kids from NYC’s best family restaurants.

Best brunch NYC

1

Alice’s Tea Cup Birthday Parties, Midtown

On Saturdays and Sundays from 8am–3pm, banish winter chills with a brunch of hot beverage and traditional baked treats. Grab a Mixed Berry Crepe ($11) drizzled with homemade crème anglaise or Pumpkin Pancakes ($12) with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg. To make this dining experience truly authentic for the kids, you can always try Alice's Mad Morning Tea ($22), featuring tea, a scone and granola with plain or vanilla yogurt.

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Lenox Hill
2

Alor Café

Deep in the sleepy Staten Island enclave of Grant City you'll find Alor Café. During brunch, the usually pulsating lounge foregoes the DJ for flat screens playing cartoons. The menu features all the favorites, whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, so grab a booth at an arched window and dig into a Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich ($5), Black Forest Ham Crepe ($10) or Chorizo and Potato Egg Bake ($9).

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Staten Island
3

Atrio at Conrad New York

Sophisticated Hilton offshoot Conrad invites families to its Mediterranean-inspired eatery, Atrio, for a memorable meal. On your way in, show the kids the 100-by-80-foot painting "Loopy Doopy" in the 15-story, glass-ceilinged lobby, then sit down to a basket of just-baked pastries served with butter and preserves. Adults get to choose from a variety of sophisticated entrée options like prosciutto pizza ($20) and stone oven baked eggs ($21), while the younger set chows down on everything from silver dollar ricotta "hotcakes" to mini cheeseburgers. Try to snag a seat by the window to take in panoramas of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

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Battery Park City
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Bubby’s

Critics' pick

On weekend mornings, a “We love kids!” attitude and a no-reservations policy add up to pleasant chaos. Families embrace the mayhem and flock to this eatery’s two NYC locations for the gourmet brunch spread, which includes eggs benedict ($22), sourdough pancakes ($15) and more, crafted from scratch using Grandma-approved family recipes. The kids menu features comforting classics like matzo ball soup ($6) and mac and cheese ($5).

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Tribeca
5

Buttermilk Channel

Critics' pick

The kids’ dishes at this standout Carroll Gardens bistro—including a mini version of their famous fried chicken ($12 with a side, beverage and dessert)—are perfectly portioned for little appetites. Alternatively, load 'em up with a stack of Buttermilk Pancakes ($8) or share some Fried Pork Chop and Cheddar Waffles ($16).

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Carroll Gardens
6

Cascabel Taqueria

Order at the counter of this taqueria, grab a seat and enjoy piquant Mexican dishes like braised Hudson Valley duck tamales with roasted poblano chiles or, for brunch, chilaquiles with sunny-side-up free-range eggs strewn with Amish chicken and cotija cheese. Tots may enjoy the Chilaquiles Con Pollo Y Huevo Frito ($12) with shredded chicken and sunnyside eggs almost as much as the colorful lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) decorations.

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Upper East Side
7

Cowgirl

The menu at this Southwestern spot features lots of reasonably-priced brunch dishes, including the Buttermilk Pancakes ($10.95) and Chuckwagon Beef Brisket ($13.95). From the kids' menu, try the Texas Scramble ($6 with eggs, potatoes and a biscuit) or the Pulled Pork Sammy ($6) with tangy pulled pork, french fries and carrot sticks. Brunch runs from 10am–4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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West Village
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Dizzy’s

This neighborhood "finer diner" is perpetually lively and family-packed: With kids' meal names like Flappity Jacks (pancakes), Peter Au Pain (French toast) and The Hokey Pokey (omelette with two sides) all for $9.50, who can say no?

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Park Slope
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Friend of a Farmer

The promise of a farm-fresh brunch at this comfortable East Village spot will make it easy to get the family out of bed. Get there early to beat the crowds and make sure to take a gander at the pasty case stocked with chocolate-peanut-butter pie, brown Betty, fruit tarts and more on your way to the dining room. The brunch menu keeps the farmer’s hens a-laying, offering all sorts of egg creations—omelettes, scrambles, benedict and florentine included—as well as sandwiches and salads. Kids will eat up griddled options like Carrie Dee's buttermilk apple pancakes ($13), but try the grilled cheese or chicken fingers ($11) served with fresh apple cider from the "Young Farm Hands" menu for little ones with picky palates.

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Gramercy
10

Indian Road Café

An oak bar, exposed-brick walls, and tables and chairs from the set of The Sopranos (the owner was a producer) are the setting for Italian-inflected offerings for adults like a Caprese Benedict ($13) or BBQ Pulled Pork Panino ($11), and kids will love noshing on treats like Chocolate Chip Pancakes ($7) or Quesadillas ($6). Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am–4pm.

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Inwood
11

Kefi

Critics' pick

This authentic Greek restaurant serves up the tastiest dishes for you and the family—their menu boasts plenty of kid-friendly offerings, including Breakfast Souvlaki ($11.50) with eggs, Greek sausage and fried potato, Buttermilk Pancakes ($14.95) and the Country Cast-Iron Breakfast with three baked eggs, Greek pork sausage and roasted tomato ($17.25) for those truly insatiable tween appetites. 

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Upper West Side
12

Measure Lounge

Brunch at this high-rise hotel on Fifth Ave is much more than coffee and eggs. On Saturdays, families are welcomed into Measure Lounge for a newly introduced afternoon tea service with refined bento boxes for adults and menu items like mini PB&Js, deviled eggs and cream puffs for kids ($35 per adult, $20 per child ages 3–12). On select Sundays, kids and parents can join in on an interactive sing-a-long with singer and jazz pianist Tina deVaron while enjoying a three-course meal. Tots get to pick from yummy kid-friendly fare like breakfast pizza or French toast sticks, plus a side and sweet treat before gathering around the piano to sing classic songs ($40 per adult, $20 per child age 12 and under). Reservations are recommended.

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13

Neely's Barbecue Parlor

If you're looking for a meal with Southern flair, head to this UES joint for its down-home cooking. Menu items like brisket & eggs ($18) or chicken & waffles ($21) are surefire pleasers for Mom and Dad. Kids can nosh on classics like cheeseburgers and mac and cheese ($7.50 for a main, side and ice cream cone), and they'll especially love sipping "mocktails" ($3.50): flavored sodas served with apple slices, Swedish fish or cotton candy. Mom and Dad can enjoy a fancy sipper as well, like unlimited lemonade spiked with sweet tea vodka ($18 per person) or signature cocktails such as a Texas Mary or Red Velvet Mimosa ($13 each). Reservations recommended.

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Lenox Hill
14

Rye

Critics' pick

The hipster trappings—pressed-tin ceiling, vintage silverware—attract a stylish, bustling Williamsburg crowd. Still, the food is delicious and affordable, and on Sunday mornings especially, when the typical patrons are nursing their hangovers, the spot is perfect for families. Sophisticated options pepper the menu—Scotch eggs, Berkshire pork-belly sandwiches—but you'll find more lowbrow fare, too, like challah French toast, a BLT or any-style eggs accompanied by a juicy slab of meatloaf. Bonus: ample stroller parking space. 

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Williamsburg
15

Sarabeth’s

This appealing restaurant chain serves a homestyle breakfast with storybook menu items: Kids can try the Apple-Cinnamon French Toast or Toasted Coconut Waffle (both $18.50) —while parents nosh on the Goldie Lox ($17.50), a plate of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and cream cheese. Lunch and dinner are equally cozy—try the signature cream of tomato soup or chicken potpie.

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Midtown West
16

Schiller’s Liquor Bar

Keith McNally's popular hangout is as friendly to children as it is to the Lower East Side bar-hop contingent. Staffers stand at the ready to dispense crayons and fold up strollers as you settle in with a Pimm's cup. Brunch consists of solid bistro favorites: a basket of pastries whipped up at big sister Balthazar, seared-tuna salad, steak frites. The sour-cream and hazelnut waffle seems tailor-made for pint-size guests—just hold the maple syrup laced with bourbon.

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Lower East Side
17

Serendipity 3

Kids of all ages are sure to love this whimsical eatery as much as tourists do. The signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate ($8.95) is decadent enough for any sweet tooth, but the massive menu spans omelets ($8–$14), sandwiches ($11–$16.50), pastas ($15.50–$18.50) and sundaes ($9.50 and up). Even if one kid’s in the mood for eggs and another one wants a burger, there’s something to please everyone. A note: tables at Serendipity can be tough to come by, and they are often booked months in advance, especially around major holidays. If you’re walking in, prepare for a wait of up to an hour.

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Lenox Hill
18

Sidecar

The “French Redneck” eats at this Park Slope spot put a Southern spin on classic plates. Kids will get on board for brunch specials like French toast ($12) or chicken and waffles ($16) and lunch items like a simple cheeseburger ($15) served with their self-described “best homemade French fries in Brooklyn.” 

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Park Slope
19

Sweet Chick

This soul food staple with locations in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side is like KFC takeout for hip city kids. Starting at 11am, try the Blueberry Pancakes ($11) or Sweet Chick Waffle loaded with fresh berries and ricotta ($12). Families might also tackle the famed Chicken and Waffles ($16) for a classic Belgian waffle and two delicious pieces of fried chicken.

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Williamsburg
20

Tribeca Grand Hotel

Brunch at the Soho Grand's younger sibling provides a relaxing midday meal for the entire brood, plus entertainment for adults and the peanut gallery. On Sundays, settle into a cozy booth or post up on a couch with a low table—comfortable seating keeps squirming to a minimum—then take turns at the buffet, overflowing with made-to-order Belgian waffles, baked ham, Waldorf salad and other savory sides, plus sweet treats like lemon verbena scones and Doughnut Plant doughnuts. After everyone's eaten their fill, Mom and Dad can indulge in endless cocktails ($20 extra) as they enjoy the live jazz music, while little ones head downstairs to the Grand Screen theater to take in a kid-friendly film. A la carte brunch with jazz and films is offered on select Saturdays as well. 11am–4pm; $35 for adults, $15 for children.

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Tribeca

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