Destination: American Museum of Natural History/Central Park
Wed Oct 19 2011
Photograph: Marielle Solan
American Museum of Natural History
Moms and dads relish Cotta because it allows them to enjoy a moment of silence with salumi and a glass of vino or two. Wee ones are just as delighted with the culinary choices—they can nosh on chickpea fritters, risotto balls, Parmigiano flatbread and personal pizzas. 513 Columbus Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-873-8500, cottanyc.com)
Take a gander at the frogs on display at AMNH, then head a few blocks north to Ditch Plains for chicken legs. The kids' menu at this ever-popular family hangout features a lemon and herb roasted version paired with yogurt sauce, steamed broccoli and brown rice, alongside apples and bananas. Beware: If the easy-to-chew sliced skirt steak doesn't rock their boat, precocious eaters may steal a bite of your lobster roll. 100 W 82nd St at Columbus Ave (212-362-4815, ditch-plains.com)
Perennial burger mecca Shake Shack continues to be one of the most coveted postmuseum pit stops for its nostalgic beef patties, crinkle fries and frozen custard. Thankfully, the usually long queue moves fairly fast. 366 Columbus Ave at 77th St (646-747-8770, shakeshack.com).