When it comes to travelling with the kids and eating, I’m a big fan of quirky and gimmicky, along with any place that has stuff to entertain and keep the kids busy while we wait. I trust and believe that there will always be something kind-of healthy to order. It’s not fine dining but it is fun dining! It’s my family travel mantra.
In New York City, family travellers are in for a treat. Just be sure to bring the bucks as eating out is not cheap. Or choose to visit the top two or three on your wish list and fill up the rest of the holiday with delicious take-out yumminess from one of the four Whole Foods Market stores across NYC.
Our Top Five Fun Kid Friendly Restaurants in NYC for Dinner
Fancy Mexican? How about Mexican with a speciality kids menu? Olé!
Cowgirl’s “Kidtown menu” is available all day and features Tex-Mex favorites, chicken tenders, all quaintly named for added points. Kids can try a “fiesta quesadilla” or a “Get along, little corn doggie”and quench thirst with drinks like sarsparilla and lemonade. The carrot sticks inclusion with every meal seals the deal for parents everywhere.
The western decor and country music is a hit with the littlies who suspect there’s a cowboy hiding somewhere around. There’s a toy chest filled with fun things to do while you wait too.
And you can’t leave without stopping by the ‘General Store’ where you can buy inexpensive cowboy hats and penny candy for a treat on the way home.
Located at 519 Hudson Street in the West Village; Tel: 212-633-1133
If you are feeling the pull for a bit of homemade comfort food, you’ll adore this spot. Bubby’s, Yiddish for Grandma, is a family favourite of NYC locals who come regularly for a spot of their favourite childhood memories- meatloaf, mac and cheese, ribs, brisket (oh yum!) pulled pork and gravy-covered ‘biscuits’.
Delicious food and toys for the kids to play with. You can’t ask for more.
Located at 120 Hudson Street; Tel: 212-219-0666
Web site: http://www.bubbys.com
Some say THIS is the best pizza in NYC. Coal-fired in the Brick Oven with a thin crust- my mouth is watering. Fact is, it has been around since 1997 all that expertise in dough making is their special ingredient. No matter, pizza is a must-do when travelling with kids in NYC. It’s an institution so its kind of fitting to eat it here, in a gorgeous if unusual setting of an old deconsecrated church filled with stained-glass windows, religious sconces, and a lovely stained-glass rosette on the ceiling.
There’s plenty of kids out there who will vouch for the pizza in this place too. I’m thinking, trust them. Kids know stuff. Especially about pizza.
Located at Times Square, 260 W 44th St., at 8th Ave.; 212- 391-7560
Ellen’s Stardust Diner
If you like kitsch, and a throw back to the 1950’s as much as I do, put this diner at the top of your hit list. It’s just so much fun! It’s so not about the food, but who cares, with the hilarity of waiters bursting into show tunes or latest hits when you least expect it.
The talk around town is that the food isn’t bad either. Expect long lines but worth it. Hot tip: Go as early as you can!
Located at 1650 Broadway, at 51st St.; 212- 956-5151
American Girl Café
Why should the girls have all the fun? We like dolls in our house too. My boys love ‘being Daddy’.
This place is perfect for kids of all ages- (including big kids like me and you!) It’s targeted right to them and while eating every meal surrounded by other people’s children might not be high on the everyday to-do list, on holiday, it sure takes the stress away! There’s a fair chance they won’t be the loudest, or the bounciest here.
If you don’t yet have your own American Doll, you can borrow one for the day to join you at the table. There’s little high chairs so doll children can sit next to their mummy or daddy. The pink-and-white décor of the place is charming and the food menu not bad either. At dinner time, you might find a choice of Tic-Tac-Toe pizza (play a delicious game with the tomato X’s and pepperoni O’s), spaghetti and meatballs, salmon florentine, eggplant parmesan, or grilled chicken and beet salad, among others. There’s something even for the fussiest child., including a bribe of pink lemonade. Oh, don’t forget dessert. How does Chocolate Mousse Flowerpot sound?
The biggest challenge? Getting out alive without a new American Doll in tow.
Offering patrons options for brunch, lunch, dinner, and even afternoon tea, this experience is sure to be a hit with the girls in your family.
In New York, dinner is served at 5.30 and 7.30 pm but if you miss out on these seatings, there’s always brunch, lunch or afternoon tea too.
Located at 609 Fifth Avenue
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