The 10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants In NYC

Ice-cream_sandwich | © Sweet Flour Bake Shop/Flickr
Ice-cream_sandwich | © Sweet Flour Bake Shop/Flickr
Photo of Elena Calvo
27 October 2017

New York City offers a plethora of family-friendly events, activities, and restaurants and we’ve got our top 10 right here.

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Alice's Tea Cup

Tea Room, Tea , $$$
Image | Courtesy of Alice's Tea Cup
One of the city’s most charming veues, complete with a variety of freshly-prepared dishes and indulgent desserts, Alice’s Tea Cup is the perfect place for a real life fairy-tale afternoon. Teatime packages are even named after Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters, but it’s not all about tea; choose from a selection of grilled sandwiches, soups, salads, sweets, and treats.

Melt Shop

Diner, Restaurant, American
Melt Shop, 50th Street
Melt Shop, 50th Street | Image Courtesy of Melt Shop
Offering your favorite, melty comfort food, Melt Shop specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches. The space is reminiscent of a 1950s restaurant and the menu follows suit with milkshakes and other diner favorites.

El Vez

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
El Vez Philadelphia
Quirky seating area. | ©El Vez
Casual and contemporary Mexican-American eatery El Vez specializes in authentic, traditional cuisine, from enchiladas to ceviche, and some very popular tacos. They also serve a selection of 150 mezcals and tequilas. For the young ones who enjoy trying new fare, the crunchy beef tacos are a perfect choice. Otherwise, the margarita pizza and hotdog selection should suffice.


Bar, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Image | Courtesy of Rubirosa
After 56 years, Rubirosa continues to serve their tried-and-true family recipe for thin-crust pizza. Fusing classic American grub with traditional Italian flavors, it’s hard to go wrong at Rubirosa. While they don’t have a specific kids menu, it’s impossible not to love their pizzas. Paired with a cozy ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, this is a great place for a dinner out.


Restaurant, Bakery, American, $$$
Image | Courtesy of Junior's
Junior’s is famous for their signature New York cheesecake, and this place is a must. With several locations in the city, there’s no excuse to miss out. Their original branch is located on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, so stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or cheesecake.


Restaurant, Bakery, Italian, $$$
Boasting a charming rooftop in the heart of Greenwich Village, Rosemary’s Executive Chef Wade Moises serves seasonal Italian dishes, garnished with fresh herbs grown in their rooftop garden. Their kids’ menu offers favorites like half grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, crispy chick peas, gelato and sorbet for dessert.

Don Antonio

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Pizza Vegtariana KCI_1375
Pizza Vegtariana KCI_1375 | © PROKurman Communications, Inc./Flickr
With more than 60 traditional and wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas crafted from the highest-quality ingredients, Don Antonio Pizzeria is a place to share traditional Italian fare with your family. Order several large dishes to share and sample the best of Italian cuisine.

Blue Smoke

Restaurant, BBQ, $$$
Specializing in the comforting flavors of the American South, Blue Smoke offers a selection of smoked meats and fresh ingredients. Kids aged 10 and under can enjoy a main dish, side, dessert, and drink for around $14 dollars. Come for their southern brunch of deviled eggs, a blue smoke burger, or the breakfast burrito.

Oliver Bistro

Bistro, French, American, $$$
Mashed potatoes with a pad of butter
Mashed potatoes with a pad of butter | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr
While you may think that American children and French food wouldn’t mix, dishes of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes may be just delicious enough to win them over. If your little ones are extra picky, Oliver Bistro does offer a kids’ menu with mini burgers, chicken nuggets, and pasta with butter.


Restaurant, South American, American, $$$
Since 1989, Cowgirl has brought the taste of Texas to New York City. Beef brisket chili topped with Fritos, farmer’s chicken strips, and quesadillas should easily appeal to the whole family, and each dish boasts some intense southern flavors.

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