Brookyn Farmacy is an update of the classic soda fountain. The kitchen turns out delicious short-order fare: imagine a grilled cheese made with good bread and good cheese and griddled to golden perfection. But who are we kidding? The real draw is the ice cream sundaes and ice cream floats and pie with ice cream... You get the point, and if you bring the kiddos you'll be a hero. Plus, after some thoughtful parents dropped a few hints they now serve wine. Carroll Gardens (brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com).
If you think dining out in NYC can't be a treat for the whole family, think again. There's a bevy of restaurants from Manhattan to Brooklyn where kids are given just as much consideration as adults, and where you won't get the side-eye from childless diners out on the town.
The best fun restaurants in NYC come in all shapes and sizes. There are theme restaurants like Alice's Tea Cup and the Hard Rock Cafe where you can dine among Lewis Carroll characters and artifacts from the gods of rock-and-roll. There are dessert-forward restaurants like Serendipity 3 and Kellogg's where sweet treats like frozen hot chocolates and sugary breakfast cereals are the stars of the show. And then there are those perennial favorites - spots like Harlem Shake, S'Mac, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - where the atmosphere is kid-friendly and the food is on point. If you've got picky eaters and are in need of something a little more predictable, you can always keep it simple and hit up Roberta's or other amazing kids pizza place in NYC.
See, eating out at the best family restaurants in town really is one of the best things to do with kids in NYC. And if you'd rather take your food and head to the park or playground, most of these spots have got you covered. No matter what you choose to do, you and your family will eat well in the Big Apple—and have a terrific time going out together.