NYC's 7 Best Restaurants For Bringing the Kids

By Zagat Staff  |  November 27, 2012

Some NYC restaurants are more child-friendly than others - we can't exactly imagine rolling into a hipster-centric eatery in Williamsburg with a stroller in tow. With the holiday season approaching, it's likely that you're going to bring the kiddies out more often than usual, and to have a good experience, you want to hit a restaurant that's both welcoming and fun. We've rounded up the best child-friendly eateries from our 2013 New York City Restaurants guide, so click through the slide show below if you want to avoid stroller-related sneers, and let us know which NYC options your children enjoy.

  • No. 7: Ruby Foo's

    “Lots of tourists” with “kids” in tow “love every cheesy inch” of this “sprawling” Times Square Asian with its “broad menu” and “Grauman’s Chinese Theater” decor; while the “Westernized” chow’s “surprisingly” “decent”, those unmoved by the “gimmicky” “appeal” say “you can do better.”

    1626 Broadway; 212-489-5600

  • No. 6: Ninja

    With “jumping ninjas and a roaming magic act”, they really “go all out” at this “gimmicky” TriBeCa theme joint done up “like a Japanese village” in feudal times; it’s “fun for kids”, but grown-ups’ opinions vary (“naff” vs. “a blast”) – most agree you’ll “shell out” for only “so-so” eats.

    25 Hudson Street; 212-274-8500

  • No. 5: Serendipity 3

    The “ultimate” East Side “dessert spot” and “après-Bloomingdale’s pick-me-up”, this circa-1954 “institution” still lures “kids of all ages”; waits are “crazy-long”, service “s-l-o-w” and prices “high”, but it’s “open late” – and that frozen hot chocolate is “famous for a reason.”

    225 East 60th St.; 212-838-3531

  • No. 4: Landmarc

    Relatively “upscale” yet “easygoing”, Marc Murphy’s “bustling”, no-rez, open-till-2-AM French standbys are “landmarks” for “well-done” basics, “extensive” kids’ choices and “low-markup” wines; the “understated” TriBeCa original is outshined by the “spacious” TWC spin-off and its “surprisingly affordable” (for the location) tabs and “family-friendly” appeal.

    Multiple locations

  • No. 3: Blue Smoke

    Danny Meyer’s “enjoyable” rib joints sling “finger-lickin’”, “four-napkin” BBQ washed down with an “extensive” range of beers and bourbons, all for “down-home” dough; while the “waits can be a pain” and there’s debate about authenticity (“respectful” vs. “commercialized”), the hallmark “hospitality” keeps the mood “effervescent”; P.S. the Murray Hill original is set atop a “smoking” live jazz cellar.

    Multiple locations

  • No. 2: L&B; Spumoni Gardens

    “Legendary” Sicilian square pizzas and “spectacular” spumoni deliver the “one-two knockout punch” at this circa-1939 Bensonhurst trip down “memory lane”; despite “long waits”, “no decor” and “lackadaisical” service, it remains a “true taste” of old Brooklyn.

    2725 86th St..; 718-449-6921

  • No. 1: Buttermilk Channel

    This “refreshing” Carroll Gardens American “hits the spot” with “addictive” brunches featuring “unique spins” on comfort-food classics, delivered by an “aim-to-please” team; “limited” space and a “no-reservations” rule can make for “exhausting” waits, but once you’re in, it’s “always a good experience.”

    524 Court Street; 718-852-8490