50 kid-friendly restaurants
These Southeast Asian-style sammiches pack a punch when it comes to flavor and their size make it easy for little hands to hold. Sneak in veggies like cucumbers and pickled carrots on top of glazed pork belly, barbecue brisket, and roasted chicken “chimi.” Rice bowls of coconut tiger shrimp rice or or lemon grass braised beef with short rib will satisfy all. Wash it down with any of the eatery’s house-made beverages, including blood orange lemonade and black iced tea.
The tasty menu at this Italian-French Tribeca bistro isn’t just a cool spot for grownups to gather, but it’s also a fantastic place for kids. The menu items for pint-sized diners include classic rigatoni pomodoro and grafton cheddar macaroni and cheese. Hungrier tots can opt for the kid’s Landmarc burger or chicken burger with French fries or carrot sticks. The older set can order the lemon and herb roasted chicken breast with seasonal vegetables. The menu promotes healthier eating, but let kids be kids when they wolf down the ice cream cone that’s included in the kids’ menu ($14).
Families looking for a homecooked meal can get their fill of comfort food at this Upper West Side eatery. Bread, cakes and other pastries are baked in-house daily and ingredients are sourced from local farms. Kids can choose from chicken fingers with French fries, burger bites, pizza or pasta, but we suggest going all in on Good Enough to Eat French toast made with their own cinnamon-swirl bread and topped with cocoa, sugar, raisins and walnuts.
Parents, rejoice! Just a quick amble from Gowanus Yacht Club, you'll find (in our opinion) one of the best Southern restaurants in the city. Keep things easy with a fried chicken sandwich on a potato roll, or go bolder with a spiced chicken bowl, which includes jasmine rice, cucumber, pickled daikon & carrots, cilantro and lettuce. Don't forget delicious sides like braised collard greens and bacon, okra chips, mac n cheese and, of course, tater tots.
The menu at this whimsical restaurant is sure to delight all ages—it’s full of delicious treats! From the signature Frrrozen drinks like hot chocolate, strawberry supreme and pink ice to the pies, banana splits and pie, every sweet tooth will be plenty satisfied. Kids can choose from six different burgers and a variety of sandwiches like the Ultimate BLT on challah bread. Their long list of “drugstore sundaes” include the “Can’t Say No” Sundae, a cool concoction of humble pie, ice cream, banana and hot fudge topped with whipped cream.
On the 100th anniversary of Russ & Daughters, the Lower East Side appetizing store that gained notoriety for its smoked fish selection, a new café was opened to allow patrons a chance to dine in. Families can still nosh on appetizers like potato latkes with wild salmon roe and creme fraiche ($14) and Russ & Daughters fishsticks with gaspe nova, scallion cream cheese, shissel rye crust with cocktail and tartar sauce ($11). They’ll also have breakfast items, eggs, soups and herring dishes to choose from. Order a platter of a variety of smoked fish served with cream cheese, onion, tomato capers, pickles and bread and you’ll have enough to feed a crew of four ($70–$90). Sweet treats include blintzes ($8), chocolate babka French toast ($10), noodle kugel ($7) and challah bread pudding ($8).
This Italian trattoria has a special kid’s menu featuring simple favorites like focaccia with house-made mozzarella and penne with marinara, as well as Italian cookies for dessert. Veggies, herbs and other fresh ingredients come from the restaurant’s very own rooftop garden, which means the food on your plate is always local and in-season. Be advised: Rosemary’s can draw quite the evening crowd, and they only take reservations for parties of seven or more.
For a family-friendly spot with tasty dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, this Ditmas Park is a great choice. The kids’ menu features tried and true favorites like grilled cheese and PB&J sandwiches, organic beef hot dogs, buttered egg noodles and crispy tofu (all $8). Meanwhile, the adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail or taste local beer selections.
Who could ever say no to guacamole freshly-made guacamole, salsa and warm tortilla chips? If the kids can bear to pull away from the platter, they can choose to make their own tacos with grilled chicken, steak, mahi-mahi or veggies served with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and corn tortillas. The kid’s menu also features cheesy quesadillas and burritos and each entrée includes sides like sweet plantains and corn on the cob, a soda, juice or milk and a scoop of ice cream.
Chelsea Market and its long list of eateries is a perfect spot for families with picky eaters. The Green Table is a great choice for health-conscious parents searching for organic meals and little ones who crave familiar foods that taste great. The kiddie favorite mac & cheese is made with a mixture of goat cheese, colby, cheddar and parmesan with organic pasta and herbed breadcrumbs ($16). And the grilled cheese sandwiches also get a gourmet touch with raw milk cheddar cheese and seasonal chutney on Orwasher’s Miche and a side of market greens ($14). Once bellies are full, walk down the hall to Posman Books for a new bedtime story book.
With a long list of kid-friendly dishes like crispy chicken biscuits ($19), bacon mac n’ cheese ($9) and Bubby’s burger ($19) and two locations in Tribeca and by the High Line, it’s easy to see why this eatery is a favorite among families. Just note: no meal here is complete without a slice of pie. Local Apple, Michigan Sour Cherry, Key Lime and Chocolate Pudding are just a few on the menu.
The Young Amigos menu at this Mexican chain restaurant features grilled chicken, skirt steak and fresh fish tacos served with rice, black beans and fresh roasted corn or green salad ($9.50). Chicken taquitos are made with crispy corn tortillas made on site and quesadillas are filled with delicious Mexican cheese. Each item off the kids’ menu also brings a beverage and ice cream though we have to say, the freshly-made guacamole alone is reason to flock on over with the family.
Getting a table might take a bit of a wait thanks to Mario Batali’s following, but it’ll be well worth it once the little diners take a bite from their very own kid-sized pizza pie ($10). A different pizza of the day is rotated throughout the week, but if it’s pasta you’re craving, Otto has plenty still to offer. Sagne a pezzi con stracotto made with braised pork shoulder, tomato and basil and penne with parsley and walnut pesto are just two on the menu.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas and the portions at this BBQ joint matches that sentiment with large potions of pork ribs, beef brisket and sausages. Meats are carved to order and are served by the half pound alongside skillet cornbread, baked beams and sweet potato mash. The Kid’s Combo includes a slice of brisket, longhorn cheddar mac n’ cheese or green bean casserole and a chocolate chunk cookie ($8.50). Just roll up their sleeves and watch them go to BBQ town.
This 5 Napkin Burger location offers families a place to chow down on juicy burgers after exploring the exhibits at the nearby American Museum of Natural History. The kids’ menu features yummy items like cheeseburgers, crispy ranch chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs and pizza margarita all for for $8 each. Meals include a choice of veggie sticks, house fried or crinkle cut fries. Add in a root beer float ($4) or chocolate milk ($2) and go home happy.
Park Slope families have it made with this retro neighborhood diner: the menu has plenty of options for patrons big and small. Whether the family is in the mood for good old comfort food, healthier options or sweets, Dizzy’s has it all and serves it up a kid-friendly environment that’s stress-free for parents.
With 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy, South Slope’s Greenwood Park is a super kid-friendly bar in one of Brooklyn’s most family-oriented 'hoods. In addition to the whopping 60 beers on tap, there’s a bar menu with plenty of items for little ones to nosh on while you sip. Park your stroller in the sprawling garden and order a warm soft-baked pretzel ($3.50), a hot dog ($3.50) or some chicken fingers ($5.50)—it’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Just make sure you clear out by 7pm, when Greenwood Park becomes 21 and up.
Fuel up for a day of exploring the exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History by grabbing lunch at this Tex-Mex Upper West Side eatery. Kids can share a chicken or wild mushroom quesadilla ($10)—or gobble one up all by themselves—or savor beef picadillo empanadas ($10). Tacos filled with marinated chicken, steak, beer battered fish and octopus are served with rice and black beans for a filling meal. The guacamole here is a must-order—it’s served in a mortar and freshly made to perfection.
Denino’s has been serving NY-style pizza to Staten Island families since 1951 and if you haven’t hopped on the ferry to get a taste for yourself, then it’s time you do. The dough is made fresh daily and is topped with their homemade sauce and handmade cheese. You can’t beat that! Along with appetizers, salads, soups and heroes, the menu offers 14 different pies, including Denino’s “M.O.R.” pie with meatballs, fresh onions and ricotta. Go for the classic cheese pie or go all in on the garbage pie with the works: sausage, meatballs, pepperoni, mushrooms and onions.
When the pizza cravings hit, this West Village haunt offers diners pies topped with any of 14 different choices, including sliced meatballs, ricotta cheese and extra mozzarella ($4 each, $2 for half). To this day, pies are baked in the same coal-fired brick oven that was used when Italian founder John Sasso established the business in 1929 and the results have made this pizzeria a staple in the neighborhood.
Kids who love fish sticks can grab them by the handfuls at this West Village eatery. The menu is filled with seafood of all kinds: sole, shrimp, scallops, cod, whiting and more ($6.50–$15). Fish bites ($6.50–$11.50) are great for tykes and pair well with any of the long list of sides, including potato dabs, onion rings and mushy peas ($1–$6). Keep the love for all things battered and fried going through dessert with deep fried Mars bar, deep fried Lion bar, banana fritters and battered pineapple ($4.50 each).
Whether you’re in search of the perfect slice ($2.75) or looking to sit down with the family to enjoy their infamous Sicilian pie ($24), this Bensonhurst pizzeria does not disappoint. Kids get their own menu here with child-sized pasta with meatball in tomato sauce, chicken finger basket, macaroni and cheese and ravioli and meatball in tomato sauce ($9.95 each). Rebellious ones can forgo pizza entirely—dishes from the grill, heroes and seafood ensures no one goes home hungry.
Share a pie with the family at this Bushwick pizzeria that offers the classic Margherita all the way to more adventurous selections like the ShroomsDay Device with taleggio, oyster mushrooms, picked onions, scallion, black pepper and cream. Picky eaters can create their own pizza masterpiece with over 20 different toppings to add to their pie ($1–$5 per topping).
The burgers at this joint are perfectly sized for little hands and super tasty. Not only can families choose from burgers flavored with special “ShackSauce” or crisp-fried portobello burgers, but also chicken sandwiches and hot dogs for those picky eaters. A side of crinkle-cut fries is a must along with any of the rotating shakes and frozen custard concrete flavors. All food is dished out to go so grab a park table—some are made just for little ones—and enjoy your outdoor dining.
This larger-than-life retro eatery serves heaping portions of amped-up diner fare, like Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love Pancakes studded with banana and chocolate chips; honey-dipped fried chicken served with Tater Tots; and mac and cheese. Monthly family trivia nights offer a chance to find out if you're smarter than a fifth-grader.