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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.

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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 

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Kelley & Ping

Asian street food gets plated at this kid-friendly SoHo institution, with ample selections of noodles, curries and wok dishes to nosh on while your kid eats au gratis. Plus, the decent drinks menu (with organic and artisanal concoctions, as well as house-infused liquors) is a nice bonus.

Average main course: $16, average kids menu item: $5. High chairs, booster seats.

The Deal: Kids eat free Monday-Friday between 5:30-7 when an adult orders an entrée.

127 Greene St. Manhattan, between Houston and Prince Sts (212-228-1212, kelleyandping.com)

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Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn

Critics' pick

For a hearty German meal, this historic Staten Island restaurant/brewhaus dates back to the mid-1800s, offering hungry folks plenty of authentic options like goulash, brisket, sauerbraten and wienerschnitzel. As expected, the beer menu is huge, plus live music entertains each weekend (check online for details) and the summer outdoor biergarten is perfect for family beer and brats außenseite.

Average main course: $17. High chairs, booster seats.

The Deal: Kids eat free Thursdays between 5-10pm with the purchase of adult entrée.

4254 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island at Sharrotts Road (718-984-1202, www.killmeyers.com) 

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Staten Island

Schiller’s Liquor Bar

This comfy, classic bistro owned by Keith McNally serves casual fare like sandwiches, chicken pot pie and steak frites, while honoring its moniker a seasonal cocktail menu. Be sure to save room for dessert; the options range from sticky toffee pudding to creme brulée.

Average main course: $18. High chairs, booster seats.

The Deal: Weeknights from 5-7, children under 10 eat free with an adult entrée order.

131 Rivington St, Manhattan, at Orchard St. (212-260-4555, schillersnyc.com) Subway: F to Delancey, J,M to Essex, B, D to Grand

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Lower East Side

Scottadito Osteria Toscana

Boasting a vast selection of antipasti, pastas (even some gluten-free!) and entrees, this kid-friendly Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Park Slope offers as much in ambiance as it does flavor. Choose from classics like bucatini carbonara and yellowfin tuna caponata, and spend your saved cash on a selection from their worthy wine list.

Average main course: $16. High chairs, booster seats.

The Deal: Tuesday nights between 5-9:30, kids get one free meal, including drink and homemade gelato, per adult entrée order.

788A Union St, Brooklyn at 7th Ave.(718-636-4800, scottadito.com) Subway: R to Union St., B, Q to 7th Ave, F, G, to 7th Ave.

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This chill pub offers an uptick on the classic grub, like potato croquettes in truffle oil or grilled steak crostini with blue cheese and onions on garlic bread, along with fish and chips and burgers of many kinds to wash down with a selection from the lengthy beer menu.  As for the offspring, few can refuse faves like grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks.

Average main course: $12, average kids menu item $7.

The Deal: Sunday nights after 5, each kid is treated to an item off the kids’ menu per accompanying adult.

43 Murray St, Manhattan, between Church and West Broadway. (212-676-0300, woodrowsnyc.com) Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C to Chambers St. 

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This old-school Italian restaurant serves up all the usual tasty subjects, like marsalas, the parmigianas, the piccatas and the sorrentinos, plus a variety of dinner specials comprised of traditional pasta and veggie dishes. Whole wheat and gluten-free options are available for some dishes at an additional cost.

Average main course: $18. High chairs, booster seats.

The Deal: The under-12 set eats free Tuesday nights between 4-8 when their grown-up orders an entrée.

3019 Westchester Ave, Bronx, between Edison and Hobart Sts. (718-892-8282, lucca-restaurant.com) Subway: 6 to Buhre Ave.

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