Where to eat with children in New York

Where to eat with children in New York

Where to eat with children in New York? There are many restaurants in New York that cater to kids. It is very common to only order a starter or to ask for an extra plate and cutlery, so you can share your meal. The pizzas, in particular, tend to be large enough to share. These are in my opinion the best restaurant in New York for families.

Where to eat with children in New York

You can find a lot of restaurants throughout the city and there are also some family restaurants in New York. They have menu items for kids and special chairs as well, if needed.

Things to Consider

There are a few things to consider at some restaurants in New York: Making a reservation, for example is not always possible. This means that you might to have to wait outside before you can be seated. Maybe that’s not too much of a problem for you, but does your child still fancy a nice dinner after waiting half an hour or longer?

Restaurant chains sometimes have chairs outside, but smaller restaurants don’t. The only tip I can give to help prevent you from waiting; make sure that you are at the restaurant before the clock strikes six. This way you are ahead of the musical-visiting crowds, who, especially in Midtown, flood the restaurants from 18:00 onwards.

To indicate which restaurants are most suitable for children, I have listed them by age:

Babies and Toddlers

Being a parent, I would not quickly recommend going to fancy restaurants with a baby. Formal restaurants in Manhattan are small, cramped and often don’t have space for a pram. If your baby is old enough to sit on your knee, or a highchair is available (which is rather unusual), it might be possible to arrange something. Bear in mind though, how you would feel when your child (of course, this never usually happens) starts screaming hysterically. Also be aware that in this kind of restaurant, they almost never have space to change nappies.

In this case, the bigger chain restaurants are definitely a better option. They are often spacious, have room to have your pram next to the table and make you and your kids feel welcome; with highchairs and children’s menus. Examples of these chains are Friday’s, Dallas BBQ, Applebee’s, Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Where to eat with children in New York - Applebees Where to eat with children in New York - Red Lobster

Primary Schoolers (between 5-11)

Children within this age group especially like eating out at places where there’s a fun experience involved. At Dave & Buster’s (42nd Street), they can go wild in the game zone. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co (a Forrest Gump themed restaurant) on Times Square, is quite an experience in itself, particularly fun if the kids have seen the movie.

Teenagers (between 12-16)

This age group tend to be really happy with burgers and pizza for dinner! Luckily, there is an abundance of these in New York. Great places to eat with adolescents are, for example, 5 Napkin Burger, John’s Pizzeria and Lombardi’s Pizza. Does your teen crave Pizza again but you’d like more variety? Try Carmine’s: an Italian family restaurant serving seafood platters, meat dishes and of course, Antipasto. Everything is made to share. This way, your youngster can explore new flavours they might not have discovered yet, without immediately leaving a whole plate untouched if they don’t like it.

Where to eat with children in New York - Burger at Fridays Where to eat with children in New York - Pizza at Johns

Young Adults (16+)

Is your child a young adult already? Then it’s nice for them to experience one of the ‘fancier’ restaurants in town. However, contrary to what they might be accustomed to in England, in New York young adults (under 21) can’t go out, or even enter a bar without being accompanied by an adult (someone over 21).

Peak NYC, on the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards, is an impressive spot, with great views of Manhattan. The restaurant is located above Edge Observation Deck, so when you dine at Peak you can use the opportunity to pay a visit to Edge as well. Other restaurants that could be a good option are steakhouse The Standard Grill and Robert NYC.

Eric’s Tip: “Be inspired by the tips above, but do go and explore on your own. It is marvellous to discover new restaurants by yourself. Each week in Manhattan, ten new ones pop up!”

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