New York Kid-Friendly Restaurants
10 Tables for Tots

In the movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, 10-year-old Kevin McCallister cruises around the Big Apple in a limo while dining on his very own cheese pizza. If he had only asked around, he would have found that NYC’s dining scene offers far more to suit the grade-school palate than just take-out. The city’s scope of restaurants finds middle ground between the flavors that kids crave and the nutrition that they need, starting with Kevin’s beloved pizza and extending to tacos, healthy smoothies, and gourmet peanut butter sandwiches. Even sweeter: the menus—and, often, the atmospheres—leave adults satisfied, too.
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Authentic Mexican

Gabriela’s menu taps into what families like to eat because former chef Gabriela Hernandez’s own family helped her create the recipes for the restaurant’s tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Made from scratch daily, the dishes incorporate local ingredients whenever possible and can even be made with vegan cheese upon request.

Laid-Back Atmosphere, Upscale Eats

With both London pubs and French bistros in mind, Jack the Horse Tavern’s owners Tim and Micki created a cozy atmosphere for guests of varying tastes and ages. Dishes such as gouda mac n’ cheese and brioche French toast are familiar enough for kids, yet refined enough for grown-up palates.

Brick-Oven Pizzas

While parents will appreciate the distinct, crisp flavors of brick-oven pizzas topped with prosciutto, broccoli rabe, and beef tenderloin, kids will see their favorite cheesy dinner. Further incentive for cleared plates comes in the form of homemade gelato and a nutella-and-strawberry-topped pizza pie.

West-Coast-Inspired Burgers and Malteds

It’s hard to know what kids will like best: the painted surfboards that adorn the walls or the creamy milkshakes, malts, and ice cream floats. While the signature spicy burgers and chicken sandwiches might be too hot for tiny tastebuds, there are plenty of mild, kid-friendly options without the kick.

Crowd-Pleasing Italian

An “intimate café” lauded by TimeOut New York, Noi Due disguises completely kosher fare under the guise of hearty, authentic Italian. Little ones and their parents will both grab for mozzarella sticks and cheese ravioli or share one of eight types of pizzas, including one without sauce.

Kosher Kids

Everything on chef and James Beard Nominee Jeff Nathan’s menu is kosher, from the Latin-American fusion entrees in the dining room, to the sushi served in the upstairs lounge. While there is a kid’s menu, adventurous appetites may be swayed by grown-up selections such as lemon and herb popcorn chicken.

Crust Optional

Though they may appear to be just like mom’s—arriving with chips, carrots, and optional crust—Peanut Butter & Co.’s lunches are far beyond the brown bag. Super-sweet sandwiches, such as the cookie dough surprise––peanut butter, vanilla cream cheese, and chocolate chips––juxtapose those that lean slightly savory such as maple peanut butter with bacon.

Not Your Average Juice Box

Nectar’s selection of freshly pressed juices—apples, cucumbers, orange, pear, and spinach to name a few—may inspire kids to leave their sippy cups behind. Little ones and their parents will also agree on the kids’ menu, which offers sized-down smoothies, peanut butter sandwiches, and mini wraps.