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Best pumpkin treats for kids in NYC

Whether you're shoveling down a stack of pumpkin pancakes at Cafe Orlin or noshing on Shake Shack's pumpkin pie custard, you can find this seasonal gourd in a variety of delicious meals, snacks and desserts all over NYC.

The Great Pumpkin sundae at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

The Great Pumpkin sundae at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain


Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain
Families will find toys, books, chalk, markers and games for kids to play with, as well as plenty of pumpkin treats at the retro-style diner. Purists can enjoy Adirondack Creamery's seasonal pumpkin-pie ice cream, while those in need of a greater sugar rush should try the Great Pumpkin sundae, consisting of pumpkin-pie ice cream, black walnuts soaked in Maine maple syrup and a whipped cream topping. The best to-go bet: a pumpkin-ice-cream sandwich, made with gingersnap cookies. 513 Henry St at Sackett St (718-522-6260, brooklynfarmacy.blogspot.com). Subway: F, G to Carroll St. Average pumpkin dessert: $5.

Café Orlin
This cozy Mediterranean spot is best known for its weekend brunch. Kids can chow down on pumpkin pancakes topped with cinnamon yogurt all year-round, even enjoying them alfresco while the weather is still nice. 41 St. Marks Pl between First and Second Aves (212-777-1447, cafeorlin.com). Subway: N, R to 8th St; 6 to Astor Pl. High chairs. Average order of pancakes: $10.

Doughnut Plant
Satisfy young sweet tooths with the gourmet doughnut shop's famed pumpkin variety, which comes topped with candied pumpkin seeds. The seasonal snack is available in both the lighter yeast and denser cake varieties. Head to the Chelsea location for ample seating, so kids can enjoy the deep-fried goodness leisurely. 379 Grand St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-505-3700, doughnutplant.com). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey--Essex Sts. 220 W 23rd St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-675-9100). Subway: C, E, 1 to 23rd St. Average doughnut: $2.50.

Dumpling Man
Dumplings are the ultimate in kid-friendly food: healthy and easy to eat. And sweet ones? Even better! The Dumpling Man's Sweetie Pie is stuffed with homemade pumpkin-pie filling, goji berries and raisins, drizzled with condensed milk and honey, and sprinkled with cinnamon—a decadent treat that's packed with vitamins A and C. 100 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-505-2121, dumplingman.com). Subway: L to First Ave; F, V to Lower East Side--Second Ave. Average order of dumplings: $5.

HanGawi
HanGawi, a lauded vegetarian spot in Koreatown, is known for its Zen vibe (think chill soundtrack and elegant lighting) and something kids will love: It's chair-and shoe-free (families sit on cushions on the floor). Introduce epicurians-in-training to Korean cuisine with pumpkin porridge, a thick, creamy soup that is served hot or cold. 12 E 32nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-213-0077, hangawirestaurant.com). Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St--Herald Sq; 6 to 33rd St. Average soup: $5.

L'Arte del Gelato
If your kids crave Mister Softee, just wait until they try the artisanal pumpkin gelato at L'Arte del Gelato. Available only in the fall, the sweet stuff pairs particularly well with a scoop of cinnamon, tiramisu or dulce di latte, or with a nondairy sorbetto like passion fruit or green apple. Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (212-366-0570, lartedelgelato.com). Subway: A,C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave. 75 Seventh Ave South at Barrow St (212-924-0803). Subway: 1 to Christopher St--Sheridan Sq. Average pumpkin gelato: $5.

Maialino
Sure, the digs are upscale, but Danny Meyer's establishment is decidedly kid-friendly. Pastry chef Rachel Binder offers wee ones a cool orange treat: pumpkin-flavored gelato. Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave at 21st St (212-777-2410, maialinonyc.com). Subway: 6 to 23rd St. High chairs, booster seats. Average pumpkin dessert: $9.

One Girl Cookies
One Girl, which has room for strollers and a long bench on which kids like to congregate, specializes in petite cookies—perfectly sized for little hands. But the big draw here is the pumpkin whoopie pies—mini sandwiches made from pumpkin cake and cream-cheese frosting. 68 Dean St between Boerum Pl and Smith St (212-675-4996, onegirlcookies.com). Subway: F, G to Bergen St. Pumpkin whoopie pie: $1.50.

Pietrasanta
Bambinos will love the Northern Italian cuisine at this cozy Hell's Kitchen eatery. They can nosh year-round on the homemade ravioli di zucca—pumpkin ravioli in a roasted-pepper cream sauce. 683 Ninth Ave at 47th St (212-265-9471, pietrasantany.com). Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St. High chairs. Average entre: $17.

Shake Shack
Sure, the burgers are good, but the custard calendar—with its ever-changing flavors—is one of the city's most closely watched agendas. Word is that pumpkin pie custard will be available on Sundays in October and on Wednesdays in November. If you really want to treat your tykes, make it the base of a blended custard "concrete." We're thinking graham crackers and whipped cream would make mighty fine blend-ins. Multiple locations. Go to shakeshack.com for details. High chairs, booster seats, changing tables. Stroller parking available at the Upper West Side location. Average cup: $3.25.

Shopsin's General Store
At an indoor stall at Essex Street Market, the culinary mad scientist Kenny Shopsin offers up a 200-item menu that includes some wacky pumpkin concoctions. Kids (and parents) can get their hands on pancakes, cheddar french toast, tater tots and bread pudding—all made with the lush fall gourd. 120 Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts (shopsins.com). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey--Essex Sts. Cash only. Average entre: $10.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Children will have a tough time choosing between the pumpkin trifle (made of layers of eggnog pudding, pumpkin cake and whipped cream), the pumpkin cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting, and mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Our suggestion: Get one of each, grab a seat and share everything. 126 Rivington St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-995-1960, sugarsweetsunshine.com). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, Z, M to Delancey--Essex Sts. Average dessert: $3.

Yura on Madison
This Upper East Side bakery offers sandwiches, salads and soups, but it's their baked goods—particularly the pies—that really set them apart. The classic pumpkin pie garners rave reviews from kids and parents alike for its flaky crust and simple but delicious pumpkin filling. It's so good we wish it weren't a fall-only treat. 1292 Madison Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-860-1707, yuraonmadison.com). Subway: 6 to 96th St. Average pie slice: $5.50.


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