Best restaurants for kids in NYC
One of the most Instagrammable shake spots in NYC is at Black Tap. Kids’ eyes will bug out of their heads when they catch a glimpse of the U Bet Chocolate Shake or Oreo Cookies and Cream Shake—both of which will require a few tastes from other relatives. Although the burgers and main dishes make for a fun lunch, the main draw to Black Tap is undoubtedly the desserts.
These Southeast Asian-style sammiches pack a punch when it comes to flavor, and their small size makes them easy for little hands to hold. Coconut tiger shrimp, glazed pork belly and ginger barbecue brisket are just a few of our favorites on offer (most things will please kids and adults alike). Hungry visitors will also love to fill their bellies with custom rice bowls (stacked high with pork belly, braised beef, veggies and other tasty stuff, depending on your interest). Wash it all down with a blood orange lemonade or (for the parents) a Cambodian cold brew iced coffee.
The tasty menu at this Italian-French Tribeca bistro isn’t just a cool spot for grownups to gather and feast, but it’s also a fantastic place for kids. Whether you're here for lunch or dinner, you can order a kid's meal that includes mains like the Landmarc burger, grafton cheddar macaroni and cheese, classic rigatoni pomodoro, lemon & herb chicken and a handful of other tasty options ($14 for a main and one soft drink or milk, apples and bananas or one ice cream cone).
Groups looking for a home-cooked 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! One of the best things about this spot is that it doesn't even need a kids' menu—most things on the list are already family favorites. Feast on macaroni and cheese with mozz, gruyere and parmesan cheese, get a taste of Thanksgiving with the Traditional Turkey Dinner (turkey with corn bread apple raisin stuffing, cran, gravy...the works), try the buttermilk fried chicken or warm your soul with some chicken pot pie. There are also burgers, sandwiches and milkshakes (adults can spike their own with a liqueur for $5 more).
While there’s no seating at this street-style taco joint, we love Los Tacos #1 for an outing with your tweens and teens who can be trusted to hold their own food. Conveniently located in Chelsea Market (which also means a perfect opportunity to haul your lunch to the High Line or hit up Posmans), this restaurant deals in classic tacos, with your choice of steak, chicken, pork or cactus as well as tortilla, toppings and sides like chips and salsa or guacamole. Taco Tuesday, anyone?
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 several different burgers and a variety of sandwiches like the Ultimate BLT on challah bread. Their long list of “drug store 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 and Russ & Daughters fishsticks with gaspe nova, scallion cream cheese, shissel rye crust with cocktail and tartar sauce. 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. Sweet treats include blintzes, chocolate babka French toast, noodle kugel and challah bread pudding.
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 eight 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 $9). 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.
By CHLOE's delicious and creative vegan fare is made even tastier by its Seaport District kids' menu (eat-in only) at $8.95. If your kids opt for Smiley Mealz, they'll enjoy a small mac 'n cheese (dairy free!), half meatball sub (meatless!) or half smashed avocado toast, plus a side of air-baked fries or crudité, a cookie and a small lemonade. Yippee! This location also has a Happy Hour daily from 4–8pm ($5 beer, wine and cocktails, and signature appetizers also for $5).
Patsy Grimaldi—the flour-dusted legend behind Grimaldi's, which has since changed hands—busts out of retirement to reclaim his pie shop's first location, along with its original coal oven. Your whole brood is more than welcome—pizza has, after all, been in Patsy's family for eight generations. The menu spotlights iconic red-sauce fare, including classic pies (Margherita, Marinara, Calzone and White Pizza) and meatballs, as well as New York Cheesecake, cannolis and other tasty desserts.
With a long list of kid-friendly dishes like crispy chicken biscuits, bacon mac 'n cheese and Bubby’s burger 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 Peanut Butter Chocolate are just a few 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 beans 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. 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.
This neighborhood "finer diner" is perpetually lively and family-packed: Little ones love the kids' menu (for just $9, your tykes can scarf a cheeseburger, flapjacks, grilled cheese and other tasty mains, complete with a side and a drink), and parents delight in the extensive menu that offers burgers, salads, breakfast sandwiches and soul-warmers like bacon-wrapped meatloaf.
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, a hot dog or some chicken fingers—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—or gobble one up all by themselves—or savor beef picadillo empanadas. 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.
This (new in 2018) family restaurant with convenient booth seating offers authentic American-Mexican cuisine for hungry families. There are a variety of options, including Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros and omelettes, as well as starters like wings, nachos, street corn, guac and other picks your kids can't wait to dig into.
Whether you’re in search of the perfect slice or looking to sit down with the family to enjoy their infamous Sicilian pie, 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. 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 Nightmare on Moore Street, which has taleggio, marinated radicchio, pickled shallots and habanada peppers. Picky eaters can create their own pizza masterpiece with more than 20 different toppings to add to their pie ($1–$5 extra).
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.