The best kid-friendly restaurants with play areas

These kid-friendly restaurants with play areas welcome all ages with laid-back environments and toys for kids
Photograph: Courtesy Elk Brooklyn Cafe
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These kid-friendly restaurants with play areas are the perfect place for parents to enjoy a good meal without stressing about their kids horsing around. In fact, these cool spots around NYC encourage it! With kid-friendly spaces, books, toys, sing-alongs and activities as well as yummy items on the menu, these restaurants cater to all ages. If you're looking for more picks for a good meal and a fun time with the kids, check out our list of the best kid-friendly outdoor restaurants in NYC, family restaurants for quick bites and NYC restaurants where kids eat free.

The best kid-friendly restaurants with play areas

Photograph: Courtesy Elk Brooklyn Cafe
Restaurants

Elk Brooklyn Cafe

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Elk has a large backyard space with a heated and air-conditioned tent and shed that serves as a full-time playroom. That means playtime, sing-alongs and classes can take place every day of the year—and they do! When an engaging activity isn’t taking place, kids can grab from a selection of toys, blocks, rocking horses and games for all ages.

Photograph: Courtesy PLG Coffee House and Tavern
Restaurants

PLG Coffee House and Tavern

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Nervous parents with finicky toddlers don’t have to worry about forcing their kids to sit still for a meal here. A kids’ corner with books, toys and games is set up with tiny chairs and a table so little ones can explore and play while parents enjoy a shot of espresso to handle the rest of their day.

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Restaurants, Barbecue

Brother Jimmy's Union Square

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This BBQ joint has three locations and they’re all great for families because kids under 12 eat free for every $10 spent by an adult and the children’s menu offers up plenty of options. A variety of arcade games keep tweens entertained while the grownups enjoy an easy and fun night out.

Photograph: Courtesy Lark Cafe
Restaurants, Cafés

Lark Cafe

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Owned by two mothers, Lark Cafe was opened to be a space where families could come with their kids without the stress of keeping the squirmy little ones in check. The coffee shop uses an attached separate store front as a kids’ play area where daily sing-alongs, story times, classes and other family-friendly activities help kids meet and bond with others in the community.

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Restaurants, Coffee shops

The Coop

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Indoor and outdoor play spaces make this Bay Ridge, Brooklyn cafe super family-friendly all year round. A chalkboard wall is perfect for tiny artists in the making while colorful graffiti art serves as inspiration. The carpeted outdoor corner is also filled with carts, blocks, mini rocking horses and cars they can scoot around in. Inside, tots can easily pass the time making their own meals at a play kitchenette and have their pick from buckets of toys. Parents will find kids’ craft sessions, face painting and other activities on the calendar.

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