The Top 6 Kid-Friendly NYC Restaurants for Foodie Parents
These restaurants will leave both parents and kids stuffed, smiling, and ready for a post-dinner nap. Fear not, adventurous eaters.
You don’t have to leave your kids behind in order to experience the best of New York’s restaurant scene. From breakfast to dessert, our selection of fantastic Manhattan and Brooklyn eateries will satisfy gourmand parents and picky tots alike.
1. Alice’s Tea Cup
The whimsy and wonder of Alice’s Tea Cup render this brunch spot a perfect retreat from the city. The Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant takes a uniquely American spin on English Tea, serving up daily scone specials, finger sandwiches, and over 120 tea blends. A favorite of some celebrity moms (including Katie Holmes), Alice’s Tea Cup will transport you back to childhood and help your little one feel right at home in the big city.
2. DBGB Kitchen & Bar
While some of chef Daniel Boulud’s New York restaurants may be a bit upscale for your tot, the more casual DBGB is the perfect spot for the whole family. Large, dimly lit, and step-free (we’ve got you covered, stroller-pushing parents), this East Village restaurant serves classic French bistro options ranging from oysters to steak tartare, as well as burgers and sandwiches. And if you promised your child dessert for good behavior, the Baked Alaska is as delicious as it is eye-catching.
As every frustrated parent knows, kids can be terribly particular in their taste preferences. That’s why it’s best to eat at a place like Minca, where the menu offers endless possible combinations. Nestled in the heart of the East Village, Minca is a no-frills ramen spot featuring 17 different ramen bowls, including options for broth type, noodles, and toppings. Each selection can be customized to fit you or your kiddo’s preferences, and there’s even a bean noodle option for the wheat- or rice-averse.
One food that can satisfy all age groups: mac and cheese. With one location in Chelsea and another in Tribeca, Bubby’s is an ideal place to grab a classic Southern meal and a family-sized order of mac and cheese for the table. Since Bubby’s turns into a prime brunch spot on the weekends, families may want to stick to weekday visits. But rest assured no matter how busy Bubby’s gets, the biscuits are well worth the trip.
Expose your kids to an international spread at Berg’n, a Brooklyn beer hall that serves everything from Filipino to Mediterranean fare. The space itself is open and communal, making it the perfect place to sample some of Brooklyn’s best food without the stress of a formal dining room. Plus, after a day of touristing with kids, a cold beer might be just what you need.
6. Sugar and Plumm
Part bistro, part chocolatier, and part ice cream shop, Sugar and Plumm is tailored to suit every age group’s taste buds and capacity for wonder. The dedicated childrenÕs menu features items like the Little Lumberjack and the Kiddie Colada and though the adult menu is more conventional, Sugar and Plumm’s unique interpretation of classic brunch food is anything but. Be sure to grab some cookies, chocolates, or macarons on the way out, all of which are made in-house.
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