Kid-Friendly Restaurants in New York City

Yummy, affordable eateries your kids will love

Looking for kid-friendly places to eat in New York City? These family-dining favorites promise a yummy and affordable meal out, where you'll find a casual atmosphere and dishes to tempt even your pickiest eater.

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    ••• Fogo de Chao

    Midtown West: Right across from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Fogo de Chao is a massive Brazilian steakhouse where families get a show along with their meal. Brazilian trained gaucho chefs cook meat over an open flame, then parade around the dining room with meats that they carve table-side. There's also an unlimited salad bar, and kids ages 6 and under eat free, while children ages 7-12 eat for half-price. Awesome desserts, too. (40 W. 53rd St.; 212/969-9980)

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    ••• Westway Diner

    Times Square: If your family loves a good ol' no-frills diner, head to the Westway, whose all-day breakfast menu and a vast array of burgers, sandwiches, and milkshakes mean kids can always find something they like. Bonus points: there's rarely a wait and the get-it-done staff gets you in and out in a flash, plus they'll even deliver--an affordable alternative to room service. (614 Ninth Ave. btwn. 43rd and 44th Sts; 212/582-7661)

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    ••• Carmine's

    Times Square: A legendary Italian restaurant in New York City, Carmine's is known for its huge family-style portions and kid-friendly atmosphere. The menu features favorites such as meatballs over pasta, ravioli, and chicken parmigiana. Due to the large portions, you can easily feed a family of four for under $50. (200 W. 44th St.; 212/221-3800 and on the Upper West Side at 2450 Broadway; 212/362-2200)

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    ••• Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Times Square: A southern barbecue joint with a relaxed atmosphere, Virgil's is an easy-going eatery for families with children. The menu will appeal to the pickiest of eaters with choices such as mac and cheese, flat dogs and cheeseburgers. Virgil’s also offers crayons and coloring books to help keep children busy while they wait for their food. (152 W. 44th St.; 212/921-9494)

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    ••• Papaya King

    Upper East Side: Plan to bring the kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art? The iconic Papaya King can be a welcome antidote to a morning of museum-going. This beloved spot has been dishing up hot dogs and papaya juice since 1932, and kids can get their dogs anyway they want 'em: with toppings like sauerkraut, onions, and chili or just plain. Kids will also love the smoothies and curly fries. This place is small, so be prepared to get your dogs to go. (179 East 86th St.; 212/369-0648 and in the East Village at 3 St. Marks Place; 646/692-8482)

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    ••• A.G. Kitchen

    Upper West Side: Perfect for parents looking for a nice dinner out with kids, A.G. Kitchen offers a regular menu plus a kids' menu that includes items such as crispy pork tacos, cheese quesadillas, and grilled cheese. (269 Columbus Ave.; 212873-9400)

     

  • 07 of 09

    Bubby's

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    ••• Bubby's

    Tribeca: A beloved neighborhood favorite, Bubby's used to be a pie company and is still a great place for desserts. But the menu also features lots of yummy comfort food, from fried chicken to meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The kids' menu includes spaghetti, burgers, and hot dogs with a choice of sides. This is a noisy, fun place that's perfect for kids who can't always manage to use their inside voices. (120 Hudson St.; 212/219-0666)

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    ••• Eight Turn Crepe

    SoHo: Tiny Eight Turn Crepe specializes in Japanese-style rice-flour crepes, which come wrapped, cone-style around your choice of savory or sweet fillings. Get your fruit for the day with the Harajuku Fruit Cocktail Crepe or opt for the decadent Fuji Apple Pie Crepe after dinner. There are very few seats, so plan on getting it to go. (55 Spring St.; 212/334-3408)

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  • 09 of 09

    Custom Fuel Pizza & Salads

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    ••• Custom Fuel Pizza

    Harlem: For families concerned about healthy eating, this family-friendly pizzeria is definitely a place to check out. Kids can design their own pizzas from a wide selection of specialty ingredients, starting with a white, whole wheat, or gluten-free crust. Kids can choose their sauce and up to four toppings. (2288 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 646/524-5636)