5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in NYC Where You’ll Still Feel Like an Adult
What do you do when you feel like going out but every single babysitter is booked? There’s no need to stay in when you can have an excellent meal with the kids in tow. These five spots will keep both you and your offspring happy.
In addition to its French fare for adults, this photogenic café chain has an adorable kids’ menu, featuring dishes like a scaled-down avocado toast, a grilled Comté cheese and a kid-size version of the café’s famous chocolate-chip cookie with a glass of milk. There’s even a section that teaches kids French phrases like “j’ai faim” (“I’m hungry”).
Multiple locations; mamannyc.com
All the chic city mamas frequent Vic’s on the weekends to enjoy chef Hillary Sterling’s soft scrambled eggs, borsa (“little purse”) ricotta pasta and refreshing spritzes while the kids nosh on pancakes and pizza. The sun-drenched open space leaves lots of room for maneuvering strollers and enjoying family time without stress.
31 Great Jones St.; vicsnewyork.com
Doughnut grilled cheese with tomato soup? Both adults and kids love this modern beer hall that has oversize games and an outrageous menu. Each of the five locations (in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx) features communal tables, flat-screen TVs for game-day viewing and huge versions of Jenga and Connect 4. Then there are the fun and Instagrammable foods that older kids will love, including a fondue burger on a pretzel bun and over-the-top “W.T.F. waffles” (layered with scoops of ice cream and topped with a slice of cake).
Multiple locations; clintonhallny.com
Famous for its homemade pies, biscuits and burgers, Bubby’s has long been a go-to for city families (including a few of the celebrity variety). The welcoming and spacious dining room is decorated with fun paintings by chef/owner Ron Silver, and the comfort-food menu features big portions ideal for sharing, like a pancake flight (banana-walnut, blueberry and Nutella), fried chicken and homemade pigs in a blanket.
Two locations; bubbys.com
A pizza parlor sounds like a no-brainer choice for the kids, right? You’ll want to go to Oath Pizza even if you don’t have kids, thanks to elevated thin-crust pizzas seared in avocado oil. Choose from signature combos like the Bella (roasted garlic, balsamic drizzle and Grana Padano) or the Spicy Mother Clucker (chili-spiced chicken, sriracha drizzle and pickled onions). For the pickiest eaters, you can customize your pie from top to bottom, including a gluten-free crust if needed.
Two locations; oathpizza.com