One of the biggest questions I get asked on the daily is where to eat with kiddies in NYC! Whether you are traveling from out of town or a New Yorker out of options, let this list of kid–friendly restaurants we love be your NYC guide to great food, great desserts, and always an experience!
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is located in Times Square and is home to the Broadway theaters and biggest New Year’s Eve party of the year! The waitstaff is a singing crew that makes your dining experience that much more fun!
Where: 1650 Broadway
Old-school soda shop dispensing sundaes, egg creams & comfort food. Located in a once popular pharmacy shop in the 1920’s, Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda now serves their delicious drinks out of this former apothecary!
Where: 513 Henry St
Southern Comfort, merging the Wild West to the NYC spirit! Cowgirl includes full Texas-friendly service with food, and their well known margaritas!
Where: 519 Hudson St
Max Brenner is a chocolate bar that serves all things sweet in ways you have never witnessed before! From chocolate injectable treats to the coziest hot chocolate, Max Brenner is a great place to indulge!
What: Chocolate Bar
Where: 841 Broadway
The Kellogs Cafe is a giant cereal bar where kids eat free after school on weekdays and before birthday parties on weekends! Great for families to come by, eat, and play ping pong!
Where: 31 E 17th St
The American Girl Cafe is an interactive experience in which you and your children can eat and they can play with their dolls! There are often different events going on that can be reserved online, each month! Our fav is their tea time! Here’s our post!
Where: 75 Rockefeller Plz
Bubby’s is known for its simple and fresh comfort food! Knowing where your food came from and the many cultures that had an impact on American cuisine is Bubby’s mission! Make sure you get the pancakes and their pies do not disappoint!
Where: Few locations
Sarabeth’s is a neighborhood staple with multiple locations. A great location is the one located directly across from Central Park, as you can go for a stroll in the park after, visit the Plaza Hotel, see Carnegie Hall, go to the MoMa, and more!
Where: Few locations in NYC
Rubirosa is an Italian-American cuisine using family recipes of over 50 years! Located in the heart of Nolita, Rubirosa merges the old neighborhood with the new!
Where: 235 Mulberry Street
Italian Cuisine created by chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, and restauranteur Jeff Zalanznick. Part is famous for the chicken farm, but our fav is their mozzarella sticks!
Where: 235 Columbus Ave
Fogo De Chao is a Brazilian steak house with a charming history and created by two brothers. Togo De Chao is an entire experience where the wait staff comes around with giant skewers of meat to which you get to pick what you’d like and they serve it to you right there. This is Ryder’s fav place to eat!
Where: 40 W 53rd St
Benihana is a Japanese cuisine and an entire experience! Sit around a giant stove and what the chef’s toss the food into the air, make funny jokes, and cook your food right before your eyes!
Where: 47 W 56th Street
One Fine Day, Serendipity, and Trust the Man are three major films that Serendipity has hosted as the setting! Serendipity has a huge celebrity following beginning with Marilyn Monroe, Gracy Kelly, Andy Warhol, and Cary Grant. Serendipity has delicious and unheard of desserts but get take our word and get the frozen hot chocolate!
Where: multiple locations in NYC
Enjoy Burgers and Dessert at Cool Mess, except with a twist! At Cool Mess you get to make your own ice cream!
Where: 137 E 62nd Street
Whimsical Tea House without the “pinky up”! Alice’s Tea Cup is a place to enjoy afternoon tea with friends and family. Scones, tea sandwiches, and sweets, and don’t forget to ask them for the pixie dust!
Where: multiple locations
El Vez celebrates Mexican and Mexican-American tradition! It’s a family fave for us, and you can tell by this photo just how long we’ve been coming here! Our post!
The Brookfield Food Court holds restaurants like Chopt, Dos Toros, but if you ask my children..Blue Ribbon sushi is their fav!
Where: 225 Liberty Street
The Sugar Factory is an entire experience! From real life pretty patties (the burgers have rainbow buns) to fishbowl drinks and over the top cakes, The Sugar Factory is a must try!
Where: 835 Washington St
Joe’s Pizza is a must have when visiting. Grab a slice and sit across the street at Father Demo Square! Hands down the best pizza in NYC!
Where: 7 Carmine St
Seamores is a seafood restaurant committed to sustainability. Seamers serves a wide selection of local fish and sets out to introduce new species to menus & they offer a great kids menu!
Where: 250 Vesey St
Pizza that brings New Yorkers to Nepoli in 90 seconds with quick service and fresh ingredients!
Where: 90-92 Gansevoort St
The Meatball Shop creates a large variety of different meatball dishes!
Where: 170 Bedford Ave
Treadwell Park is a fun place to go with friends and family with video games for everyone to play, great food, and drinks!
Where: 351 South End Ave
Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, evolving into what it is today! With fresh, simple, and high-quality ingredients to bring delicious snacks and food! There’s multiple locations, but our fav is Madison Square Park!
Where: multiple locations
One of New York City’s most famous residents is the ever elusive and capricious Eloise at The Plaza. Enjoy a rather fancy tea…and everything pink! It’s such a great experience to enjoy tea time with your littles ones! Be sure to make reservations ahead! Our post!
Where: The Plaza Hotel
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