An all-day cafe with a pedigree, Roey's is the more casual sibling of the scene-y Rosemary’s just down the street. It's a true family restaurant, a place with a good wine list and a game shelf by the front door. Roey's has a wood-fired oven and a menu filled with dishes that are as comforting as they are elegant: blistered pizzas (among the best in NY), 'Nduja BLT, main course-size salads. We love that kid's menu covers all the bases, and is made to the same standards as the rest of the food. The staff is gracious and helpful—how nice to show up with children and be made to feel completely welcome. Add all that up and you have a spot where discerning New York grownups can get a delicious herbed chicken with roasted apples, and bouncy New York kids can get a PB&J made with seasonal jam, and everybody goes home happy. Greenwich Village (roeysnyc.com).
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If you're looking for the best family restaurants in NYC, we have the definitive list for you.
We mix the best of the newest restaurants that make this city's scene so exciting with the classics every New Yorker should visit, plus restaurants with play areas and other fun restaurants in NYC in all five boroughs. Little New Yorkers want more than just chicken fingers and hot dogs (not that there's anything wrong with those), and we include the dim sum palaces, udon counters, and taco joints that make local kids flip out.
Our list of kid-friendly restaurants in NYC even includes some low-key kid-friendly bars and beer gardens (JG Melon, Greenwood Park, Berg'n, Donovan's and Harlem Tavern, among others) for those late afternoons when you just want to grab a beer with your friends.
Most importantly, we only include restaurants that welcome children and families—there's no side-eye if you show up with a stroller. Many of the spots on our list have comfortable booth seating, easy take-out options, booster seats, impressive kid's menus and other amenities to make your lives easier. Happy feasting!