Family-friendly NYC Restaurants by Area

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While planning our NYC Family Vacation, I was a bit stumped by all of the different areas and how to get to all of the restaurants on my NYC bucket list. After spending way too much time figuring all of it out, I wanted to share with you the fruit of my labour: 50+ Family Friendly NYC Restaurants organized by area – so you can narrow down what to eat, where!

The best NYC restaurants for families, if you are planning a NYC family vacation we have all of your foodie picks for breakfast, supper - and dessert!

Where to Eat in NYC with Kids

Being in a big city with kids can be unpredictable and difficult, so I’ve set out to try to make your NYC travel plans a little easier.

Whether you are just in the planning stages and looking for solid family & foodie-friendly recommendations, or you’re actually in NYC right now and stumped where to bring the kids for lunch – we’ve got you covered.

This is the first of two Family-friendly NYC Restaurant Posts. The next will contain detailed descriptions about each restaurant, including pictures of some of the dishes that we ordered at each. (I thought it would be information overload to include both in the same piece.)

I also have to highly recommend checking out a local food tour if your kids are seasoned travellers – we tried Food Tours of NY which was super family-friendly. It incorporated equal parts history, tastings, and sight-seeing. Plus, you work off a bit of the food as you eat it! It wasn’t a ton of walking, but you also don’t want to hold up the tour if your children are likely to run off or whine about moving on the next location.

Dominique Ansel

Trying to understand NYC’s neighbourhoods and their distinctions can be super complicated, so be sure to look at the NYC Restaurants Google Map that I made for all of these locations and make a copy for your own use. (Make sure you’re signed in with your Google account to access.)

Several of the restaurants I recommend have multiple locations throughout the city, so I’ve included all of them (as of this writing). I’ve linked the first instance and noted beside it what kind of food it offers and how many locations throughout New York and Brooklyn it has. (I’ve also indicated which restaurants offer delivery – sometimes through a third party.)

I’ve also included several restaurants that came highly recommended to me by two or more foodie friends and I checked the menus to ensure there were offerings my foodie daughter would enjoy. (Because as much as our kids can be “foodies” there are some things that are just not going to go over as well, and you also don’t want to spend a fortune on a meal your kid won’t eat.)

Please add any recommendations you might have in the comments below!

The Bagel Store

Where to Eat with Kids in Brooklyn

Shake Shack (burgers, 26 locations) *delivers

The Bagel Store (breakfast, 2 locations)

Ignazio’s (pizza) *delivers

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (ice cream, 2 locations)

River Cafe (gourmet – with kids, go for lunch or brunch)

Mister Dips (Burgers and ice cream)

Brooklyn Ice Cream Company / The River Cafe

Ample Hills Creamery (Ice cream, 5 locations plus 2 seasonal)

The Meatball Shop (Subs and salads, 6 locations) *delivers

Doughnut Plant (doughnuts, 3 locations) *delivers

Wafles & Dinges  (7 locations and truck) *delivers

10 Below Ice Cream (4 locations)

Emack & Bolio’s (Ice Cream, 3 locations)

Russ & Daughters (Deli, 4 locations) *delivers


Where to Eat in Greenwich Village

Takashi (Japanese yakinuki)

Big Gay Ice Cream (ice cream, 3 locations)

Mimi (French)

Shake Shack *delivers

Alice’s Tea Cup

Where to Eat with Kids in the Upper West Side/Lincoln Square/NoMad

Alice’s Tea Cup (3 locations)

Cafe Lalo (French Patisserie) *delivers

Papaya King (hot dogs, 2 locations)

Lexington Candy Shop & Luncheonette (traditional diner fare)

Shake Shack *delivers

The Smith (4 locations) *delivers

Levian Bakery (3 locations)

Wafels & Dinges *delivers

Bagels & Co. (Breakfast, Deli & Pizza, 2 locations) *delivers


Bagels and Co

Where to Eat with Kids in Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton

Friedman’s (5 locations) *delivers

Larb Ubol (Thai)

Mercato (Italian)

Rustic Table (Breakfast, Sandwiches & Salads)  *delivers

Tabata Noodle (ramen)  *delivers

Big Gay Ice Cream

Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine

Gotham West Market 

Dizengoff (Israeli)

Ample Hill’s Creamery

The Meatball Shop *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Where to Eat with Kids in the Upper East Side

Magnolia (dessert, 6 locations)

Serendipity 3

American Girl Cafe

The Meatball Shop *delivers


Sprinkles * deliver

Emack & Bolio’s

Bagels & Co. *delivers

Russ & Daughters *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Osteria Morini

Where to Eat with Kids in Soho and Tribeca

Osteria Morini (Italian) *delivers

Dominique Ansel Bakery (Cafe)

Maman (Cafe, 5 locations plus Greenpoint)

Bubby’s (Breakfast, Lunch and Pie, 2 locations) *delivers

The Dutch

Wafels & Dinges *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers



Where to Eat with Kids in Midtown NYC

Sarabeth’s (7 locations) *delivers

Black Tap (Burgers and Shakes, 4 locations) *delivers

Her Name is Han (Korean)

Made Nice (casual gourmet) *delivers

Her Name is Han

Momofuku Ma Peche

Momofuku Fuku+

The Smith  *delivers

Wafels & Dinges *deliversShake Shack *delivers


Where to Eat with Kids in the Flatiron District

Eataly (Italian, 2 locations)

Shake Shack *delivers

The only picture I took at Becco

Where to Eat with Kids in the Theatre District

Becco (Italian)

Friedman’s *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers


Where to Eat with Kids in East Village/South Street Seaport

Momofuku Noodle Bar (Korean, 7 different locations)

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Fuku

Big Gay Ice Cream (1 in East Village, 1 is South Street Seaport)

Magnolia Banana Cupcake

The Smith  *delivers

Wafels & Dinges *delivers

10 Below Ice Cream

Russ & Daughters *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Food Offerings from Chelsea Market

Where to Eat with Kids in Chelsea/Meatpacking District/Highline

Chelsea Market – so many good options here, check out Cappone’s, Creamline, Tuck Shop, Green Table

Empire Diner

The Red Cat

High Street on Hudson *delivers

Doughnut Plant  *delivers

Friedman’s *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hill’s Creamery

The Meatball Shop *delivers

Bubby’s *delivers

Momofuku Nishi

Sprinkles * deliver

Where to Eat with Kids in Harlem (NYC)

Friedman’s *delivers

Levian’s Bakery

Sprinkles * deliver

Shake Shack *delivers

Papaya King

Where to Eat with Kids in Union Square

Max Brenner (Chocolate emporium) *delivers

Maialino (Italian) *delivers

The Bagel Store

Shake Shack *delivers

Where to Eat with Kids in Herald Square

Friedman’s *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Dominique Ansel

Lower East Side

The Meatball Shop *delivers

Doughnut Plant  *delivers

10 Below Ice Cream

Russ & Daughters *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

Every restaurant that you need to check out our on your NYC family vacation, organized by area!

West Village

The Meatball Shop *delivers

Shake Shack *delivers




Momofuku Ko

Shake Shack *delivers

Cafe Lalo’s


Space Market (to-go breakfast) *delivers

Baohaus (Taiwanese sandwiches) *delivers


Sprinkles * delivers

Shake Shack *delivers

WHEW! Be sure to pin this collection of Family-friendly NYC Restaurants by Area, and please let me know if you try any of these out – or if you have another suggestion for readers!

The ultimate NYC restaurant bucket list for families, with breakfast, supper and dessert selections the whole foodie family will love

For more awesome NYC Family Vacation Planning Ideas, please check out our Self-Guided NYC Ice Cream Tour or our 100 Things to do in NYC with Kids.

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