When you can visit the coolest rooftop restaurants NYC has to offer (and they're family restaurants, too), why would you go anywhere else? This great lineup of rooftop restaurants in NYC includes some sweet kids' restaurants (or at least restaurants with kids' menus) so everyone leaves happy.
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Your family’s dining experience at Whole Foods isn’t limited to samples—head up to The Roof, an affiliated bar and restaurant that sits above the grocery store. You’ll get great views of Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, plus it serves American fare like burgers ($9–$12) and you can actually bring food upstairs from Whole Foods’ hot buffet. Kids under ten can pick a mini-version of an American favorite for $5. Picnic table seating makes The Roof a great spot to settle in with the family for lunch.
If you’ve worked up an appetite exploring the labyrinth that is IKEA, walk a few blocks to Brooklyn Crab instead of downing Swedish Meatballs. We know, we know...it's not a traditional "rooftop," but we're going to count it as as one just because there are multiple places to grab a bite up high...and because we love it. There are crispy popcorn shrimp ($11) Fish and Chips ($18) and and yummy sides like Mac n Cheese ($6) to fill little bellies, plus adult entrees like the Dungeness Crab ($38) and Snow Crab ($32). There’s a huge deck with picnic tables overlooking the Red Hook Channel and Hudson River, plus there’s 18-hole mini golf out back.
This massive rooftop beer garden, located 14 stories above the Italian megastore offers views of the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings while families chow down on authentic eats. There's no pizza or pasta on the menu up here, so if you have picky eaters, the cheese and cured meat plate are probably your best bet (just call sopressata and mortadella pepperoni and they'll happily nibble away). Check which daily panini is on offer at lunchtime, and treat yourself to one of the house made brews with dinner. Don't forget to leave room for dessert at the gelato bar downstairs before heading home!
Looking to introduce your kids to some Japanese cuisine? Have a kid that’s already a bento fan? This casual eatery and coffee spot in Williamsburg is an ideal bright brunch or lunch spot that features a cozy rooftop dining space with cafe-style tables. There’s also a bright picnic table dining area on the first floor in their atrium space. You or your kiddo can nosh on Meatball Mini Burgers ($4.50) which are infused with homemade apple soy sauce. There’s also a selection of bentos, curries and sandwiches ($8.50-$12.50) to suit any taste. Have your child try a side of kuro edamame ($4.50) or a delicious onigiri ($2.75) with your choice of filling. 95 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn (718-387-5296, bkballfactory.com).
Who doesn’t love a delicious Fornino wood-fired pizza pie? Now your family can enjoy some za while taking in sunset views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan at the newest Fornino location. Fornino has a beautiful rooftop dining space featuring raised wooden tables. Snag one with an umbrella for those extra sunny days. Be sure to try one of their famous pies like the Lombardi (Mozzarella, Wild Arugula, Prosciutto and Shaved Parmigiano $16/$26) or the Al Roker (Tomato, Mozzarella, Fontina, Caramelized Onion, Roast Pepper, Sopressata $16/$26). They also serve breakfast sandwiches and toasts (with an Italian flare of course) that feature ingredients like ricotta, pancetta and prosciutto, as well as salads and hot and cold lunch sandwiches. Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn (718-422-1107, fornino.com).
‘Wichcraft is one of the best options for a quick lunch, and in this case a nice view! They offer tasty bites for the kiddos like the Cheese Melt with aged cheddar ($8) fruit salad ($5.50) and a selection of bagels, croissants and brownies ($2-$3.50). Grownups won’t want to miss out on savory meals like the Cuban Pork sandwich (gruyere and slow-roasted pork $11.50). For something a little healthier you can try one of their tasty grain bowls ($10.50-$11.50). Be sure to take advantage of the roof deck, located on the second level. There you’ll find outdoor dining tables as well as bench-style seating ideal for the kids.
Named after Australia's topmost tip, this brick-walled Down Under pub from the Berry Park team features a rooftop bar for warm-weather noshing (and maybe a little boozing for Mom and Dad). The kitchen turns out pub grub like fish & chips ($14), burgers ($16) and a variety of delicious grilled skewers ($7–$9), allowing families to fill their bellies while taking in killer views of the Manhattan skyline. Beat the happy hour crowd and grab an early bite—kids aren't allowed after 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
This bi-level behemoth beer hall has a 3,500-square-foot ground floor and a roof deck almost as large. Avoid bringing little ones on Friday and Saturday nights after 6pm when it's extremely busy with the bar crowd, but kids will love having their dinner of mac & cheese ($13), a burger ($14) or a giant Bavarian pretzel ($6) while taking in amazing views of Manhattan and McCarren Park at sunset.