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Best family-friendly restaurants in New York

Last updated 9th August 2022
Heading to New York with the kids? Samantha Berit shares her guide to some of the yummiest, family friendly restaurants in NYC that will satisfy the whole clan.

10/10 Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 is an iconic restaurant in NYC and the perfect spot for a sweet treat. More specifically, a frozen hot chocolate in a soda-fountain styled glass and garnished with whipped cream and chocolate. Definitely make a reservation because the walk-in wait at this spot is brutal.

Location: 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

9/10 Alice’s Tea Cup

Enter into a world of whimsy at Alice’s Tea Cup. Plucked from the Mad Hatter’s dream, this place is brimming with tea, cakes, and so much more. Enjoy a variety of brunch-suited foods and take in a sweet moment with the kids.

Location: (Multiple) 102 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

8/10 American Girl Café

Bring your doll, and bring your appetite to the American Girl Café. Make a reservation for brunch, afternoon tea, or lunch and dinner at the store’s restaurant. Explore the famous store and then sit down for a meal and some quality time with the family. They even have seating for dolls!

Location: 75 Rockefeller Plaza

7/10 Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Pop into Ellen’s Stardust Diner for dinner and show. This diner features singing waiters with a passion for theatre. Get classic American diner food and listen to some show tunes. They even take requests!

Location: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

6/10 S’Mac

Pasta and cheese is an essential pairing. No matter the age, people love mac n’ cheese. S’Mac’s menu is comprised of a variety of mac n ‘cheese dishes ranging from Indian-inspired Masala Mac to a classic 4 Cheese. Finally, a place where the kids will actually enjoy everything on the menu.

Location: 197 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

5/10 Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

Larger families will love Carmine’s. Yummy Italian food? Check. Family-styled portions? Check. Dine on these delicious dishes and be ready to share (and have leftovers!)

Location: (Multiple) 200 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

4/10 Sarabeth’s

Start your day the right way with fluffy French toast and pancakes at Sarabeth’s. They serve food throughout the day and there are numerous locations scattered in the city. It’s a favourite among locals and it’s convenient for families on-the-go.

Location: 40 Central Park S, New York, NY 10021

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3/10 Max Brenner’s

Chocolate lovers rejoice. Visit Max Brenner’s if you’re a sweet-toothed family. They have a menu a delicious selection of savory and sweet treats. But definitely be sure to try out their chocolate-themed items such as Sharing Fondue and the Urban S’mores. You can’t go wrong when chocolate’s the main ingredient!

Location: 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

2/10 By CHLOE.

Veggie families deserve the best of plant-based food. If you want to grab a quick (but ridiculously delicious) bite for your vegetarian/vegan family, then head to By CHLOE. They offer up yummy salads, bowls, and juices. But, if you want a more traditional fast food taste, then get The Guac Burger, Mac n’ Cheese, or the Pesto Meatball (this one is perfection).

Location: (Multiple) 1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

1/10 Melt Shop

Comfort food is what Melt Shop is all about. Choose from a variety of toasties, tater tots, and thick shakes for a cosy meal. The kids will love the menu, and you’ll all enjoy the relaxed feel of the place.

Location: (Multiple) 111 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038