12 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York City

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Finding somewhere great to eat in the Big Apple with kids can be daunting if you're unfamiliar with the City, but OpenTable has you covered. The world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations unveiled the 12 best kid-friendly restaurants in New York City to help parents find a great dining spot in a flash.

The list was generated from more than 1.4 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for a full year. Here are the dozen top vote-getters in alphabetical order.

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    Blue Smoke - Kid-Friendly Dining in NYC
    Blue Smoke

    Neighborhood: Gramercy/Flatiron
    Cuisine: Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under
    Inspired by the many regions of the South, from the Carolina coast to the hills of central Texas, Blue Smoke celebrates the evolving American South and honors its culinary traditions. There's a great ​kids menu, too. (116 E. 27th St.)

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    Carmine's - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC

    Neighborhoods: Times Sq. & Upper W. Side
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price: $30 and under
    Like Italian food? These sister family-style restaurants are NYC institutions known for delicious food, big portions, and scrumptious desserts. (200 W. 44th St, & 2450 B'way at 91st St.)​

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    Dinosaur Bar-B-Q - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Dinosaur Bar-B-Q

    Neighborhood: Upper West Side
    Cuisine: Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under
    This Syracuse-based BBQ phenomenon has a family-friendly outpost in Harlem, where signature pork ribs and Texas brisket feature on the menu. The kid's ​menu is fab, too. (700 W. 125th St. at 12th Ave.)

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    Lamdmarc Restaurant - Kid-Friendly in NYC

    Neighborhood: Columbus Circle
    Cuisine: Contemporary French
    Price: $31-$50
    Known for delicious contemporary bistro dishes, this is a place for sophisticated palates and might be more popular with older kids. Children still in the picky lane will be relieved to see the kids menu.  (10 Columbus Cir., 3rd Fl.)

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    Max Brenner - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Max Brenner

    Neighborhood: Union Square
    Cuisine: Comfort Food
    Price: $30 and under
    Known as a chocolate lover's haven, Max Brenner is a fun place to grab a sandwich or burger with waffle fries. Be sure to save room for a luscious dessert, where chocolate is always at the forefront. (841 B'way at 14th St.)

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    Ninja New York - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Ninja New York

    Neighborhood: TriBeCa
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Price: $31-$50
    Kids will love the theatrically spooky medieval decor and roaming magicians. You'll love the sushi, nigiri, and teriyaki. The less adventurous are made welcome with ribs, lamb, steak, and chicken. May not be suitable for very young kids. (25 Hudson St.)

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    The Palm Court - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    The Plaza Hotel

    Neighborhood: Midtown East
    Cuisine: American
    Price: $31-$50
    This glamorous eatery at the famed Plaza Hotel is known for its plush afternoon tea and perfect for any family special occasion. Expect soups, sandwiches, and other light fare. (Fifth Ave. at Central Park S.)

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    Rock Center Cafe - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Rock Center Cafe

    Neighborhood: Midtown
    Cuisine: Contemporary American
    Price: $31-$50
    Come to this cafe in Rockefeller Center for a light meal. Depending on when you visit, the dining room overlooks the ice rink or the summer garden. There's a kids menu for ages 9 and under. (20 W. 50th St.)

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    sarabeth's nyc

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    Neighborhood: TriBeCa
    Cuisine: America
    Price: $30 and under
    This popular spot in TriBeCa is always buzzing. The menu is inventive, with plenty of choices to keep everyone in the family happy. Book a table for an early mealtime when it's less busy. (339 Greenwich St.)

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    Sugar Factory - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Sugar Factory

    Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
    Cuisine: Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under
    Once you pass the candy store up front, this kid-pleasing place offers pancakes, waffles, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, steaks, and desserts including ice cream sandwiches and fondues. (835 Washington St.)

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    Tony's Di Napoli - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Tony's Di Napoli

    Neighborhoods: Times Sq. & Upper E. Side
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price: $30 and under
    Authentic Southern Neapolitan cuisine with huge portions that are designed to serve two to three people. Arrive before 6 p.m. to avoid a long wait. (147 W. 43rd St. & 1081 Third Ave. at E. 64th St.)

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    Virgil's Real BBQ - Kid-Friendly Restaurant in NYC
    Virgil's Real BBQ

    Neighborhood: Times Square/Theater District
    Cuisine: Barbecue
    Price: $30 and under
    When your family feels like delicious Southern comfort food, head to Virgil's. Wings, nachos, hush puppies, cornbread, and grits share the menu with BBQ ribs, chicken, and brisket. Good desserts, too. (152 W 44th St.)