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goldie Jul 6, 2006 10:57 PM

We are coming up to NYC from Washington D.C area with three adults and three young children (all 6 or younger). Any brilliant ideas for lunches and brunches especially. We want chowish food but are realistic about the options available. Willing to travel anywhere in Manhattan. Thanks.

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    rachelfran Jul 10, 2006 12:15 AM

    urban baby has the following info on restaurants w/kids in nyc:

    Upper East Side

    California Pizza Kitchen
    201 East 60th Street
    (212) 755-7773
    What child wouldn't love this menu that features pizza, brownies and sundaes? Kids are provided with high chairs and booster seats, a coloring book and puzzles to keep them amused and can drink their sodas from sip cups. There is space in the restrooms to nurse or change Junior's diaper, and plenty of room in the restaurant to maneuver your stroller (or you can leave it at the coat check).

    EJ's Luncheonette
    1271 Third Avenue at 73rd Street, (212) 472-0600
    477 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, (212) 873-3444
    432 Sixth Avenue between Ninth and 10th Streets, (212) 473-5555
    While you chow on your favorite diner grub, order up a kid favorite like "Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets" for Junior. High chairs, booster seats, and sassy seats for booths are available and you'll find crayons for coloring on the paper placemats to keep your tot entertained. There's space reserved for strollers, too.

    Jackson Hole
    521 Third Avenue at 35th Street, (212) 679-3264
    69-35 Astoria Boulevard at the corner of 70th Street, (718) 204-7070
    1611 Second Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets, (212) 737-8788
    1270 Madison Avenue at the corner of 91st Street, (212) 427-2820
    517 Columbus Avenue at the corner of 85th Street, (212) 362-5177
    232 East 64th Street between Second and Third Avenues, (212) 371-7187
    The classic American eaterie is a great place to bring the whole family any time of day. Offers a standard kids' menu, crayons that can be used to color on paper menus, booster seats and high chairs and sippy cups. An easy place to wheel in your stroller and settle in for a burger and fries.

    Mary Ann's
    2454 Broadway at 91st Street, (212) 877-0132
    1503 Second Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets, (212) 245-6165
    80 Second Avenue at Fifth Street, (212) 475-5939
    116 Eighth Avenue at 16th Street, (212) 633-0877
    Get spicey with your kiddies and the Mexican fare at Mary Ann's. The child's menu offers chicken tacos, quesadillas, and the "Chihuahua," a quarter pound beef frank wrapped in a tortilla. High chairs are available and it's stroller accessible. Most locations have outdoor seating and are great spots on weekend afternoons.

    Miss Saigon
    1425 Third Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets
    (212) 988-8828
    Even if your tot isn't a fan of opera, he'll enjoy the Asian fare at Miss Saigon. Though they don't have a special kid's menu, you will find high chairs, plenty of room for strollers and a changing table in the restroom.

    Park View at the Boathouse
    Central Park Lake at East Park Drive and 72nd Street
    (212) 517-2233
    Spend the day in the park, but forget the picnic, dine at Park View instead. Although there is no specific child's menu, the chef will accommodate with special kid's items. On occasion, balloons and crayons are provided. Find high chairs and booster seats, as well as plenty of room for strollers (or you can check them at the coat check). Families welcome anytime, but weekend brunch is particularly popular.

    Patsy's Pizza
    2287-91 First Avenue, (212) 534-9783
    1312 Second Avenue at 69th Street, (212) 639-1000
    61 West 74th Street, (212) 579-3000
    509 Third Avenue, (212) 689-7500
    67 University Place, (212) 533-3500
    Feast on pizza pie with the kids at Patsy's. Families may feel more comfortable dining at lunchtime and early evening. Find high chairs, booster seats, and easy stroller access and storage.

    Payard Patisserie
    1032 Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets
    (212) 717-5252
    This charming French restaurant is a favorite kid spot for breakfast, lunch and dainty desserts and boasts a special children's menu that caters to younger palates. Your best seating bets are in the front area or upstairs (check your stroller at the coat check). Stay clear of the main dining room that offers an authentic bistro ambiance.

    Pig Heaven
    1540 Second Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets
    (212) 744-4333
    If your tot has the taste for sweet and sour pork, she'll certainly be welcome at this Chinese restaurant. They'll accommodate with high chairs and booster seats, and have a space to keep strollers. Kids' entertainment available for parties by request only.

    Pizzeria Uno
    55 Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, (212) 995-9668
    89 South Street, Pier 17, (212) 791-7999
    391 Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-5230
    432 Columbus Avenue, (212) 595-4700
    220 East 86th Street, (212) 472-5656
    You can't go wrong with pizza. And this pizzeria chain makes special accommodations for families with a kids' menu for ages 12 and under that offers bargain meals with 99? sodas and ice cream, along with crayons, coloring sheets and balloons. High chairs and booster seats are available and you'll find a changing table in the restroom and plenty of stroller storage.

    Rafina
    1481 York Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets
    (212) 327-0950
    A wonderful little Greek café, Rafina is an especially good pick during the summer when you can eat and play in the backyard. Although there is no child's menu per se, the chef will accommodate Junior's palate, or the wait staff will bring an extra plate so he can eat off of mom and pop's entr?e. Find high chairs and booster seats as well as plenty of room for strollers (you can also leave them at the coat check) and a sparkling glass aquarium that kids love to look at. There's a space for diaper changing in the restroom and the owner has been known to open his private office to nursing mothers. For a quieter meal, (or the freedom to make as much noise as you want without other patron complaints) it's best to come Sunday through Thursday.

    Serendipity 3
    225 East 60th Street
    (212) 838-3531
    While this restaurant is geared towards kids five years old and up, anyone will love their menu famous for indulgent desserts (try the frozen hot chocolate). Find booster seats, balloons for sale during private parties and a menu that features yummy breakfast foods all day long. The wait staff will fold your stroller for you and place it behind the counter, as strollers are discouraged from the interior of the restaurant.

    Tony's Di Napoli
    1606 Second Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
    (212) 861-8686
    With its family style dishes, Tony's is always a great place to bring the kids. If your little one is particularly picky, order the special kid's pasta with butter and marinara sauce on the side. Tie a napkin around your toddler's neck, secure him in a high chair or booster seat, and settle in for filling feast. They'll keep your strollers in the bar area and they're in the process of installing a changing table in the restroom.

    Viand Restaurant
    300 East 86th Street at Second Avenue, (212) 879-9425
    1011 Madison Avenue at 78th Street, (212) 249-8250
    673 Madison Avenue at 61st Street, (212) 751-6622
    The entire family can feast on Turkish Delight at this family-friendly restaurant. Kids are welcome anytime, and Viand will ensure your comfort with high chairs, booster seats and stroller accommodation.

    Upper West Side

    Carmine's
    2450 Broadway between 90th and 91st Streets, (212) 362-2200
    200 West 44th Street, (212) 221-3800
    People flock to Carmine's for authentic Italian fare in family style portions, which is especially good for families with children (you can dole out appropriate child portions). Find high chairs and booster seats, crayons and coloring pads for the tots, as well as a roomy restroom with a counter that can double as a changing table. Strollers are discouraged, as both locations tend to get crowded, and the earlier you come for dinner, the better.

    City Diner
    2441 Broadway at 90th Street
    (212) 877-2720
    You can't go wrong with the standard diner. Though City Diner doesn't have a children's menu, you're bound to find something to please. Find high chairs and plenty of room for strollers.

    EJ's Luncheonette
    1271 Third Avenue at 73rd Street, (212) 472-0600
    477 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, (212) 873-3444
    432 Sixth Avenue between Ninth and 10th Streets, (212) 473-5555
    While you chow on your favorite diner grub, order up a kid favorite like "Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets" for Junior. High chairs, booster seats, and sassy seats for booths are available and you'll find crayons for coloring on the paper placemats to keep your tot entertained. There's space reserved for strollers, too.

    French Roast
    2340 Broadway at 85th Street
    (212) 799-1533
    While you won't find a special kids' menu at French Roast, they do offer high chairs and booster seats, sippy cups with lids, and plenty of space for bringing in and storing your stroller. Families are welcome anytime, but it's particularly popular at brunch.

    Gabriela's
    685 Amsterdam Avenue at 93rd Street
    (212) 961-0574
    Spice up your toddler's palate with tasty Mexican treats at Gabriela's. Kids eat off a special child's menu that features mini-quesadilla and fajitas, as well as a small soda in a sip cup. There is a changing table in the restroom where there's room to nurse as well. Strollers are not allowed, as the space is rather small, but families are welcome any time.

    Good Enough To Eat
    483 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
    (212) 496-0163
    This trendy American café boasts a special child's menu with all the usual kid favorites. Offers high chairs and booster seats, and the friendly wait staff hands out cookies to neighborhood children. There is plenty of room for strollers in the restaurant, or you can leave them at the coat check. The best time for a family visit is during the day, or for weekend brunch.

    Jackson Hole
    521 Third Avenue at 35th Street, (212) 679-3264
    69-35 Astoria Boulevard at the corner of 70th Street, (718) 204-7070
    1611 Second Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets, (212) 737-8788
    1270 Madison Avenue at the corner of 91st Street, (212) 427-2820
    517 Columbus Avenue at the corner of 85th Street, (212) 362-5177
    232 East 64th Street between Second and Third Avenues, (212) 371-7187
    The classic American eaterie is a great place to bring the whole family any time of day. Offers a standard kids' menu, crayons that can be used to color on paper menus, booster seats and high chairs and sippy cups. An easy place to wheel in your stroller and settle in for a burger and fries.

    Louie's Westside Café
    441 Amsterdam Avenue at 81st Street
    (212) 877-1900
    This family-oriented restaurant is a great place for toddlers. Find easy stroller access and high chairs for use, plus they'll give your little one Wickysticks at the table to play with. Best for lunch and early dinner.

    Mary Ann's
    2454 Broadway at 91st Street, (212) 877-0132
    1503 Second Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets, (212) 245-6165
    80 Second Avenue at Fifth Street, (212) 475-5939
    116 Eighth Avenue at 16th Street, (212) 633-0877
    Get spicey with your kiddies and the Mexican fare at Mary Ann's. The child's menu offers chicken tacos, quesadillas, and the "Chihuahua," a quarter pound beef frank wrapped in a tortilla. High chairs are available and it's stroller accessible. Most locations have outdoor seating and are great spots on weekend afternoons.

    Miss Elle's Homesick Bar & Grill
    226 West 79th Street
    (212) 595-4350
    The main kid attraction of this American grill is the toy closet that keeps the tots occupied while mom and pop eat their burgers. Although there is no specific child's menu per se, there's plenty on the menu (mac and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) to please Junior. The wait staff offers booster seats and serves kid drinks in to-go cups with straws. You can easily maneuver your stroller about the restaurant and leave it at the coat check.

    Ollie's Noodle Shop
    2957 Broadway at 116th Street, (212) 932-3330
    2315 Broadway at 84th Street, (212) 362-3712
    1991 Broadway at 67th Street, (212) 595-8181
    You'll find more than noodles at Ollie's - like the Teppanyaki Dinner made especially for kids. Also find easy stroller access, high chairs and booster seats.

    O'Neals'
    49 West 64th Street between Broadway and Central Park West
    (212) 787-4663
    You can't go wrong with the traditional kids' menu here, complete with hamburgers and chicken fingers. Crayons will entertain, and they offer high chairs, a coat check for strollers and sippy cups. Try to avoid the pre-theater rush.

    Patsy's Pizza
    2287-91 First Avenue, (212) 534-9783
    1312 Second Avenue at 69th Street, (212) 639-1000
    61 West 74th Street, (212) 579-3000
    509 Third Avenue, (212) 689-7500
    67 University Place, (212) 533-3500
    Feast on pizza pie with the kids at Patsy's. Families may feel more comfortable dining at lunchtime and early evening. Find high chairs, booster seats, and easy stroller access and storage.

    Pizzeria Uno
    55 Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, (212) 995-9668
    89 South Street, Pier 17 (212) 791-7999
    391 Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-5230
    432 Columbus Avenue, (212) 595-4700
    220 East 86th Street, (212) 472-5656
    You can't go wrong with pizza. And this pizzeria chain makes special accommodations for families with a kids' menu for ages 12 and under that offers bargain meals with 99? sodas and ice cream, along with crayons, coloring sheets and balloons. High chairs and booster seats are available and you'll find a changing table in the restroom and plenty of stroller storage.

    Ruby Foo's
    2182 Broadway at 77th Street
    (212) 724-6700
    Kids will love the Asian-inspired cuisine where they can order smaller portions for to fill their bellies. Find high chairs and booster seats and crayons to keep Junior busy at the table. Bringing a stroller is no problem, and you can check it with the waitstaff. The best time to pop on over is before the bar crowd rolls in around 7 PM.

    Saigon Grill
    620 Amsterdam at 90th Street
    (212) 875-9072
    Though they don't have a menu specifically for children, this Asian eaterie does offer appetizers that can double as a great kid's meal. Booster seats and high chairs are available, and while it may be tough to bring a stroller in, they do have a place to keep them out of the way for you. Aim for late afternoon and early evening, between 2:30 and 6 PM if you don't want to be self-conscious about toting along the kids.

    Tavern on the Green
    Central Park West at 67th Street - in the park
    (212) 873-3200
    Your tots will certainly remember their trip to this delectable Central Park restaurant. Offers a special child's menu, balloons and high chairs for the little ones. In the banquet room restroom , find a small lounge area ideal for nursing or diaper changing. There is plenty of room to maneuver strollers or you may check them at the coat check. While families are welcome any time, holidays are the best time to visit the restaurant. After 5 PM on holidays, children under 12 eat free, and if that isn't incentive enough, Tavern on the Green often organizes festive events, games and entertainment that cater to families and children.

    Time Cafe
    2330 Broadway at 85th Street
    (212) 579-5100
    This American café offers their pint-sized patrons balloons, crayons and coloring books to accompany their meals. Find high chairs and booster seats, plenty of space to maneuver your stroller, a coat check to keep it out of your way while you eat and a private area in the restroom for nursing and diaper changing. Families are welcome any time, but Sunday brunch outside is a real treat.

    Midtown

    Benihana of Tokyo
    120 East 56th Street
    (212) 593-1627
    Order the sushi deluxe for yourself and pick up the special child's entr?e for Junior. With the choice of chicken, beef or shrimp, it's perfect for kids ages 10 and under. High chairs and booster seats are available, though you won't find too much stroller space in this small restaurant.

    Brooklyn Diner USA
    212 West 57th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue
    (212) 581-8900
    Stop by this midtown theme restaurant in the early evenings after a day in Central Park. You're sure to find something suitable for kids on the regular menu, and they offer sippy cups for your littlest ones. Booster seats are available and there's a place to check your stroller while you dine.

    Cafe Un Deux Trois
    123 West 44th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue
    (212) 354-4148
    Teach your child to count as you dine at this French cafe. Find hamburgers and other kid-friendly fare, as well as crayons for coloring on the white paper tablecloths. Booster seats are available and the ladies' room is equipped with a changing area. A coat check will keep your stroller for you, too. Best to come early.

    Churrascaria Plataforma
    316 West 49th Street -Belvedere Hotel
    (212) 245-0505
    Add a Brazilian flare to your toddler's diet with a trip to Churrascaria Plataforma. Although there is no child's menu, the chef will serve special child's portions at adjusted prices. Find high chairs and booster seats, balloons on special occasions and a spacious lounge area by the restroom for diaper changing and nursing. There's plenty of room to maneuver your stroller, and you can check it at the coat check as well. The best time for a family outing is on Sundays, for lunch and dinner.

    Comfort Diner
    214 East 45th Street
    (212) 867-4555
    Swing by for some comfort food where kids get to choose from a special child's menu featuring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hot dogs and mac and cheese. The wait staff hands out crayons and color-on place mats to pint-sized patrons and provides high chairs and booster seats. Strollers are welcome, but must stay folded up by your table. Avoid the weekday lunch crowd, when there is too much of a wait for antsy toddlers.

    Ellen's Stardust Diner
    1650 Broadway at 51st Street
    (212) 956-5151
    Kids will be so wowed by the atmosphere at this 1950s style diner that they may forget about eating altogether (though there is a special child's menu). A singing waitstaff will take your order and Ե0s movies play on a huge screen in the dining area. The restaurant is equipped with a changing table in the restroom, high chairs, booster seats, sippy cups and easy stroller access. Families are welcome any time of day, and kids under 12 eat free on Mother's Day.

    Fifty-Seven Fifty-Seven
    57 East 57th Street
    (212) 758-5757
    A great choice for East side kids, Fifty-Seven Fifty-Seven offers a special kids menu, high chairs and booster seats and crayons, coloring books and sip cups for the pint-sized patrons. You can maneuver your stroller with ease around the restaurant, and check it at the coat check. Families are welcome any time.

    Hamburger Harry's
    145 West 45th Street
    (212) 840-2756
    Stop by Hamburger Harry's for kid-sized burgers and hot dogs. The wait staff hands out crayons at the table to keep toddlers amused, and high chairs and booster seats are provided. Strollers are welcome around the restaurant and at the coat check. Best for lunch or dinner.

    Hard Rock Café
    221 West 57th Street
    (212) 489-6565
    Tourists and New Yorkers alike will find the Hard Rock café a choice place for a family outing. Kids eat from a special child's menu that even features sip cups to minimize spills. Find high chairs and booster seats, plenty of room to maneuver your stroller and a private, spacious area in the restroom that is ideal for diaper changing and nursing. Day time is best for a visit, but the crowd can get a little rowdy during the evening hours.

    Jackson Hole
    521 Third Avenue at 35th Street, (212) 679-3264
    69-35 Astoria Boulevard at the corner of 70th Street, (718) 204-7070
    1611 Second Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets, (212) 737-8788
    1270 Madison Avenue at the corner of 91st Street, (212) 427-2820
    517 Columbus Avenue at the corner of 85th Street, (212) 362-5177
    232 East 64th Street between Second and Third Avenues, (212) 371-7187
    The classic American eaterie is a great place to bring the whole family any time of day. Offers a standard kids' menu, crayons that can be used to color on paper menus, booster seats and high chairs and sippy cups. An easy place to wheel in your stroller and settle in for a burger and fries.

    The Belmont
    112 Central Park South - In the Intercontinental Hotel
    (212) 664-7700
    The Library is a small space that seats only 15 tables, so it might be difficult to maneuver your stroller, though you can check it at the coat check. While there is no specific children's menu, the chef does accommodate with child-sized portions. Find high chairs and boosters seats, and a roomy lounge area in the restroom where you are welcome to breastfeed or change Junior's diaper. Families welcome any time.

    Mars 2112
    1633 Broadway at 51st Street
    (212) 582-2112
    Think space-age theme park crossed with Chili's. Guests must enter the restaurant through a spaceship ride that simulates your journey to the red planet. Servers dress up as Martian creatures and explain the customs of their home planet. Both younger and older kids will love the galactic atmosphere, and a kids' menu, plus crayons and activity books, will keep children entertained throughout the meal. High chairs, booster seats, sippy cups and room to store strollers available.

    Manhattan Chili Company
    1500 Broadway at the corner of 43rd Street
    (212)730-8666
    Spice up your toddler's palate with a bowl of chili at this tex-mex favorite spot. Offers a special child's menu, beverages are served in sip cups and crayons and coloring posters are handed out at the table. Find high chairs and booster seats, plenty of room to maneuver your stroller (or you can leave it at the coat check) and a changing table in the restroom. Kids are welcome any time, but you won't want to miss the Saturday cartoon brunch from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

    Mickey Mantle's
    42 Central Park South
    (212) 688-7777
    A super kid friendly restaurant, Mickey Mantle's offers a special child's menu that comes with a puzzle to keep Junior occupied. Find high chairs and booster seats, plenty of room for strollers (or you can check them at the coat check) and a nursing area and space for diaper changing. Families welcome any time.

    Rosa Mexicano
    1063 First Avenue at the corner of 58th Street
    (212) 753-7407
    Spice up your toddler's palate with a meal at Rosa Mexicano. Although there is no child's menu, there are plenty of sides (rice and beans, salads) that will suffice (not to mention the chips and mild salsa). The restaurant only has two high chairs, so you will need to reserve one in advance. There is a coat check for strollers, but it's best to make reservations so you will be seated right away and don't have to maneuver the stroller around the restaurant. The earlier the better for dinner, as the bar tends to get crowded with margarita-sipping hipsters.

    Stage Deli
    834 Seventh Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets
    (212) 245-7850
    Find a special kids' menu, high chairs and room for strollers at this popular spot for families. It may be a good idea to avoid weekend lunch when it's overly crowded with theater-going tourists.

    Tennessee Mountain
    121 West 45th Street, (212) 869-4545
    143 Spring Street at Wooster Street, (212) 431-3993
    Baby will fit right in with barbecue all over her face here. Tennessee Mountain offers a special kids' menu, as well as crayons, hats and finger puppets for the little ones. Booster seats and sassy seats to clip on to booths are available and there's plenty of room to store your stroller.

    T.G.I. Friday's
    47 East 42nd Street, (212) 922-5671
    1680 Broadway at 53rd Street, (212) 767-8326
    21 West 21st Street, (212) 767-8352
    1450 Broadway at 41st Street, (212) 626-7399
    484 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street, (212) 630-0308
    47 Broadway at Trinity Place, (212) 483-8322
    604 Fifth Avenue between 48th and 49th, (212) 767-8335
    761 Seventh Avenue at 50th Street, (212) 767-8350
    This American franchise restaurant does everything it can to create a wacky, fun-loving atmosphere - including offersing a special children's menu, coloring mats, crayons and balloons to keep your little ones happy. Also find high chairs, booster seats and plenty of room to keep your stroller.

    Virgil's Real BBQ
    152 West 44th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
    (212) 921-9494
    The whole family can get their fingers good and messy with barbecue sauce. Virgil's has a child's menu with kid favorites like chicken fingers, hot dogs and shakes, and they'll serve crayons with Loony Toons coloring books, too. Booster seats and high chairs are available and there's plenty of room to keep strollers at your table. Avoid the pre-theater rush.

    Wylie's Ribs & Steak Joint
    891 First Avenue at 50th Street
    (212) 751-0700
    Wylie's is popular with families all the time, especially for weekend dinners. This large restaurant with its fun atmosphere provides crayons so kids can doodle while they wait and can easily accommodate strollers. High chairs and booster seats are available.

    Chelsea

    Empire Diner
    210 10th Avenue at 22nd Street
    (212) 243-2736
    Well known for being child-friendly, the Empire Diner's huge outdoor seating area allows plenty of room for family antics. They always have a few trinkets and toys on hand to distract and entertain the little ones, too. Booster seats available.

    Mary Ann's
    2454 Broadway at 91st Street, (212) 877-0132
    1503 Second Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets, (212) 245-6165
    80 Second Avenue at Fifth Street, (212) 475-5939
    116 Eighth Avenue at 16th Street, (212) 633-0877
    Get spicey with your kiddies and the Mexican fare at Mary Ann's. The child's menu offers chicken tacos, quesadillas, and the "Chihuahua," a quarter pound beef frank wrapped in a tortilla. High chairs are available and it's stroller accessible. Most locations have outdoor seating and are great spots on weekend afternoons.

    Mayrose
    920 Broadway at 21st Street
    (212) 533-3663
    The regular menu at this American diner is very kid-friendly. Find sippy cups, high chairs and booster seats, and a coat check for storing your stroller. The best time for families to come in is after lunch and on weekends.

    T.G.I. Friday's
    47 East 42nd Street, (212) 922-5671
    1680 Broadway at 53rd Street, (212) 767-8326
    21 West 21st Street, (212) 767-8352
    1450 Broadway at 41st Street, (212) 626-7399
    484 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street, (212) 630-0308
    47 Broadway at Trinity Place, (212) 483-8322
    604 Fifth Avenue between 48th and 49th, (212) 767-8335
    761 Seventh Avenue at 50th Street, (212) 767-8350
    This American franchise restaurant does everything it can to create a wacky, fun-loving atmosphere - including offersing a special children's menu, coloring mats, crayons and balloons to keep your little ones happy. Also find high chairs, booster seats and plenty of room to keep your stroller.

    Gramercy Park

    City Crab and Seafood Company
    235 Park Avenue South at the corner of 19th Street
    (212) 529-3800
    Little ones will feel right at home at this Gramercy Park seafood restaurant when they see everyone wearing bibs just like them. The restaurant supplies a changing table in the restroom, high chairs, booster seats, easy stroller access and a coat check for storage. Lunch and early dinners (before 7:30 PM) will ensure lots of room for the family.

    Lamarca
    161 East 22nd Street at Third Avenue
    (212) 674-6363
    Stop by this Gramercy Park eaterie early evenings (between 4 PM and 7 PM) to enjoy hearty Italian classics. Kids can mangia on half orders and special milder pastas. Find booster seats and room to store your stroller.

    Rodeo Bar and Grill
    375 Third Avenue at 27th Street
    (212) 683-6500
    Saddle up and mosey on down to the Rodeo Bar and Grill where kids eat from a special child's menu that offers all of the usual favorites (burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers). The friendly wait staff provides crayons, color-on place mats and balloons. Find high chairs and booster seats, and plenty of room to maneuver your stroller (though there is no coat check). The most family friendly times to head on over are from Sunday through Wednesday, but the best time to plan a visit is on Monday evenings, when all kids under 12 years old eat for free!

    Union Square

    America
    9 East 18th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue
    (212) 505-2110
    Weekend dining at America is like a trip to an amusement park. This famously kid-friendly spot serves up magicians and balloon artists on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and they hold story time on Saturdays at noon. (The crayons on the table will seem pretty dull in comparison.) High chairs, booster seats, and a changing table in the restroom are available, as well as easy stroller access and a coat check for storage.

    Chat 'n Chew
    10 East 16th Street between Fifth Avenue and Union Square West
    (212) 243-1616
    The chatting may not go too far beyond "ma ma" but little ones will have plenty to chew on with the special children's menu here, which includes free ice cream with every meal. Crayons will entertain your tot and high chairs and booster seats are available. A popular family destination for weekend brunch, it's easy to bring in a stroller and they'll keep them out of the way for you.

    Greenwich Village

    Cowgirl Hall of Fame
    519 Hudson Street at the corner of 10th Street
    (212) 633-1133
    Get along with your little pardners at this Southwestern theme restaurant. The kid menu features Old West favorites like the Kiddie Corn Dog and the placemats, which can be colored on with crayons provided have cut-out paper dolls of an old-fashioned cowboy and cowgirl. There's a special area reserved for stroller storage and high chairs are available.

    Dallas BBQ
    21 University Place at the corner of Eighth Street
    (212) 674-4450
    Let the tots chow on traditional mac and cheese from the kids' menu while you chow on ribs at Dallas BBQ. High chairs and booster seats are available and it's easy to wheel your stroller in with you. Lunch and early evenings are the best times to come with the family - before the crowds pile in for oversized margaritas.

    EJ's Luncheonette
    1271 Third Avenue at 73rd Street, (212) 472-0600
    477 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, (212) 873-3444
    432 Sixth Avenue between Ninth and 10th Streets, (212) 473-5555
    While you chow on your favorite diner grub, order up a kid favorite like "Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets" for Junior. High chairs, booster seats, and sassy seats for booths are available and you'll find crayons for coloring on the paper placemats to keep your tot entertained. There's space reserved for strollers, too.

    Hog Pit
    22 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street
    (212) 604-0092
    A popular family spot on weekends, the Hog Pit accommodates with high chairs and stroller space.

    Patsy's Pizza
    2287-91 First Avenue, (212) 534-9783
    1312 Second Avenue at 69th Street, (212) 639-1000
    61 West 74th Street, (212) 579-3000
    509 Third Avenue, (212) 689-7500
    67 University Place, (212) 533-3500
    Feast on pizza pie with the kids at Patsy's. Families may feel more comfortable dining at lunchtime and early evening. Find high chairs, booster seats, and easy stroller access and storage.

    Pizzeria Uno
    55 Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, (212) 995-9668
    89 South Street, Pier 17 (212) 791-7999
    391 Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-5230
    432 Columbus Avenue, (212) 595-4700
    220 East 86th Street, (212) 472-5656
    You can't go wrong with pizza. And this pizzeria chain makes special accommodations for families with a kids' menu for ages 12 and under that offers bargain meals with 99? sodas and ice cream, along with crayons, coloring sheets and balloons. High chairs and booster seats are available and you'll find a changing table in the restroom and plenty of stroller storage.

    Sammy's Noodle Shop
    453 Sixth Avenue at 11th Street
    (212) 924-6688
    Though there isn't a children's menu available, Sammy's is still quite popular with families. One high chair and room for strollers available.

    Tortilla Flats
    767 Washington Street at the corner of 12th Street
    (212) 243-1053
    This wacky Tex-Mex restaurant offers a special kids' menu with typical cheese quesadillas and tacos. If the gaudy d?cor isn't entertainment enough, find crayons on the table to play with. High chairs and booster seats are available, and it's easy to wheel your stroller inside (though you may have a tough time finding a place to stow it). Best to dine early as this restaurant can get crowded for dinner and happy hour drinking.

    East Village

    Katz's Diner
    205 East Houston Street at Ludlow Street
    (212) 254-2246
    For the best knishes in town, and lots of kids' favorites (hot dogs, sandwiches, cole slaw) you can't go wrong at Katz's. The cafeteria seating offers no frills or fuss, though it can get busy during peak lunch hours. Find high chairs and booster seats and a safe space for you to check your stroller.

    Miracle Grill
    112 First Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets
    (212) 254-2353
    The friendly staff at this East Village hot spot makes the Miracle Grill a choice eatery for kids. Find a special child's menu during weekend brunch, (usually the best time for a family visit, in addition to early evenings) high chairs and booster seats. There's plenty of room for you to tote around your stroller, but the staff will also take it and hold it for you.

    Pizzeria Uno
    55 Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, (212) 995-9668 89 South Street, Pier 17 (212) 791-7999
    391 Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-5230
    432 Columbus Avenue, (212) 595-4700
    220 East 86th Street, (212) 472-5656
    You can't go wrong with pizza. And this pizzeria chain makes special accommodations for families with a kids' menu for ages 12 and under that offers bargain meals with 99? sodas and ice cream, along with crayons, coloring sheets and balloons. High chairs and booster seats are available and you'll find a changing table in the restroom and plenty of stroller storage.

    Ratner's
    138 Delancey between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets
    (212) 677-5588
    Get your child noshing on matzo ball soup and potato latkes right away at this kosher dairy restaurant. A casual spot, Ratner's brings in families all the time. Booster seats are available and there's room to store strollers, plus you'll find a changing table in the restroom.

    Telephone Bar & Grill
    145 Second Avenue between Ninth and 10th Streets
    (212) 529-5000
    Kids will love the red British phone booths lining the outside of this restaurant and they can sit right by them in warm months when the sidewalk seating is open. The child's menu offers mini portions of the full-size menu, and includes a fish and chips special "Heirs to the Throne," which comes in a little bag. Find crayons to keep little ones occupied and high chairs, booster seats and sippy cups. Stop by any time before 9 PM when the East Village locals start pouring in.

    Two Boots
    514 Second Street at Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 499-3253
    37 Avenue A between Second and Third Streets, (212) 505-2276
    Two Boots was made for families. An open window with carpeted steps allows kids a view of the pizza-making process, and they'll even get a piece of dough to play with. The child's menu offers specialties like Pizza Face, a small pizza with veggies arranged to look like a smiley face, and fun kids' drinks like Peaches & Creamsicle, which comes served in a boot-shaped glass. Crayons and coloring books are available, as well as plenty of high chairs and booster seats. Two Boots is also available for pizza-making parties for kids.

    Soho

    Kelley and Ping
    127 Greene Street
    (212) 228-1212
    A SoHo staple, Kelley and Ping adds flavorful fare to your toddler's diet. Although there is no child's menu per se, kids can munch on a variety of sides or finger food appetizers (spring rolls, sticky buns, dumplings). High chairs and booster seats are provided, as well as makeshift sip cups upon request. There's plenty of room for strollers during off-peak hours (avoid the lunch scene and evenings when local hipsters stop by for cocktails) and a coat check that welcomes strollers. The earlier you arrive for lunch, the better (less crowds and popular items sell out quickly).

    Tennessee Mountain
    143 Spring Street at Wooster Street, (212) 431-3993
    121 West 45th Street, (212) 869-4545
    Baby will fit right in with barbecue all over her face here. Tennessee Mountain offers a special kids' menu, as well as crayons, hats and finger puppets for the little ones. Booster seats and sassy seats to clip on to booths are available and there's plenty of room to store your stroller.

    Tribeca

    Bubby's
    120 Hudson Street at North Moore Street
    (212) 219-0666
    A quintessential kid friendly restaurant, Bubby's is a favorite with children and local hipsters alike. Kids eat off a special child's menu, (featuring home style American cuisine). In addition, the pint-sized patrons are served their beverages with "crazy" straws and are kept busy at the table with balloons, crayons and a color-on menu. The restrooms provide a changing table and a quiet place to nurse, and families with strollers are definitely accommodated. While weekend brunch is a good bet, you can't go wrong on Saturday and Sunday evenings when kids eat free!

    City Hall
    131 Duane Street
    (212) 227-7777
    >From its gorgeous interior, you might not think that City Hall is kid friendly, but it certainly is. Not only are kids welcome, but they are given their own menu, (a pared down version of the meat and potato fare) crayons to keep them busy at the table and high chairs or boosters to sit comfortably. The staff is very accommodating to families, will check your stroller for you so you can roam the open interior if your toddler feels like taking a table break.

    Gigino Trattoria
    323 Greenwich Street between Duane and Reade Streets
    (212) 431-1112
    This Italian eatery offers mouth-watering brick oven pizza that both you and your toddler will gobble up. Find high chairs and booster seats and plenty of room for your stroller (though you can only check it during winter months when the Trattoria offers a coat check). Families welcome any time.

    Gloria's
    108 West Broadway at Reade Street
    (212) 766-0911
    Join in the festivities at this Tribeca Mexican restaurant, where Junior will be excited by the colorful d?cor and spicy fare. A child's menu and crayons with coloring paper aim to satisfy their littlest customers. High chairs and booster seats are available and they've got kid-size cups with lids. Strollers are welcome. Families may want to be the happy hour craze by dining between 4 PM and 7 PM.

    Kitchenette
    80 West Broadway at Warren Street
    (212) 267-6740
    When you want Mom's cooking but Mom is too tired to cook, try this modest, family-friendly diner, which offers a special children's menu, high chairs and booster seats. It may be tough to squeeze a stroller in, but they'll accommodate as best as they can. For weekend brunch, it's best to come early as the diners crowd in for the homemade American fare.

    Odeon
    145 West Broadway at the corner of Thomas Street
    (212) 233-0507
    A favorite with families and urban hipsters alike, Odeon offers a special children's menu, crayons to keep youngsters amused and high chairs and booster seats. Find plenty of room to maneuver your stroller or during the winter months you can check it at the coat check. The restroom has a special area for nursing and diaper changing.

    Tribeca Grill
    375 Greenwich Street at the corner of Franklin Street
    (212) 941-3900
    This trendy Tribeca eatery is a favorite with both families and New York socialites. Although there is no special child's menu, the friendly wait staff and chef will work with you to accommodate Junior's tastes. Offers high chairs and booster seats, and will provide special "distractions" to antsy patrons. The roomy restroom provides a place for diaper changing and nursing (and a collection of posters from your favorite DeNiro films). There's plenty of space for strollers and a coat check to get them out of your way. Families are welcome any time, but Sunday brunch is most popular with Tribeca tots.

    Little Italy

    Ferrara
    195 Grand Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets
    (212) 226-6150
    What could be more enticing to your toddler than an entire restaurant devoted to dessert? With everything from canolli to tiramisu to gelato to choose from at this Italian pasticceria, your toughest decision will be deciding what not to order. Special children's portions of ice cream keep the sugar rush at a minimum. Also find booster seats, a family-friendly atmosphere, and more than enough room to accommodate strollers.

    Chinatown

    New York Noodle Town
    28 1-2 Bowery at Bayard Street
    (212) 349-0923
    With as much activity indoors as out on the streets, most Chinatown restaurants are safe spots for rowdy families. New York Noodle Town brings in its fair share of kids and offers booster seats and easy stroller access.

    Lower Manhattan

    Pizzeria Uno
    89 South Street, Pier 17 (212) 791-7999
    55 Third Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, (212) 995-9668
    391 Sixth Avenue, (212) 242-5230
    432 Columbus Avenue, (212) 595-4700
    220 East 86th Street, (212) 472-5656
    You can't go wrong with pizza. And this pizzeria chain makes special accommodations for families with a kids' menu for ages 12 and under that offers bargain meals with 99? sodas and ice cream, along with crayons, coloring sheets and balloons. High chairs and booster seats are available and you'll find a changing table in the restroom and plenty of stroller storage.

    T.G.I. Friday's
    47 Broadway at Trinity Place, (212) 483-8322
    47 East 42nd Street, (212) 922-5671
    1680 Broadway at 53rd Street, (212) 767-8326
    21 West 21st Street, (212) 767-8352
    1450 Broadway at 41st Street, (212) 626-7399
    484 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street, (212) 630-0308
    604 Fifth Avenue between 48th and 49th, (212) 767-8335
    761 Seventh Avenue at 50th Street, (212) 767-8350
    This American franchise restaurant does everything it can to create a wacky, fun-loving atmosphere - including offersing a special children's menu, coloring mats, crayons and balloons to keep your little ones happy. Also find high chairs, booster seats and plenty of room to keep your stroller.

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      ellenlovesny Jul 9, 2006 10:15 PM

      I second John's Pizza (Midtown outlet is a little more comfortable) and of course Seredipity
      Bubby's in Tribeca

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        sailorbuoys Jul 9, 2006 04:04 PM

        I had a great experience at Florent just the other day traveling with a 3 and a 1.5 year old. the staff is prepared with crayons and coloring pages and understands getting food to the table yesterday. it helped that we were there in the in between hour of before dinner after lunch.

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          goldie Jul 6, 2006 11:37 PM

          I did a control-f search for kids/children but nothing came up. Maybe it's not working?

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            carcrash Jul 7, 2006 04:41 AM

            Control-f won't do much with the new design, use the basic search on the top of the page.

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              eeee Jul 7, 2006 02:26 PM

              yep - just to experiment I put in "kids" and then "children" and came up with tons of results. I would also say that if you like pastrami Katz's is always fine w/young kids.

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            calypsogirl Jul 6, 2006 11:18 PM

            here are a few of my suggestions that would be great for kids and adults. all delicious! you can view their menus on www.menupages.com

            shake shack
            madison square park
            (e. 23rd st at madison ave

            )

            good enough to eat
            483 amsterdam btwn 83rd and 84th

            ej's luncheonette
            447 amsterdam btwn 81st and 82nd
            1271 3rd ave at 73rd

            duke's
            99 e. 19th st at park ave south

            westville
            210 w. 10th st at bleecker

            chat 'n' chew
            10 e. 16th st btwn union sq and 5th ave

            city bakery
            3 w. 18th st btwn 5th and 6th ave

            popover cafe
            551 amsterdam at 86th st

            acme
            9 great jones st btwn bway and lafayette

            cupcake cafe
            18 w. 18th st btwn 5th and 6th ave

            virgil's real bbq
            152 w. 44th st at 7th ave

            great jones cafe
            54 great jones st btwn lafayette and bway

            cowgirl hall of fame
            519 hudson at w. 10th

            serendipity 3
            225 e. 60th st btwn 2nd and 3rd ave

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              JoanN Jul 6, 2006 11:29 PM

              Wow! I'm impressed. I think maybe the boards need an FAQ section and I nominate this for the first post.

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                PJK Jul 7, 2006 03:59 PM

                We must add the perennial fave of all NYC parents: PIZZA!

                Just a few:

                * Two Boots: 2 locations - Grand Central and 37 Ave. A (skip the 7th Ave S. and Bleecker St locations...too small).

                * John's on Bleecker between Sixth and Seventh Aves.

                * DeMarco's, 146 Houston near MacDougal.

                And many many others.

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                  Tom M of Durham NC Jul 9, 2006 04:06 PM

                  Seconding the Two Boots recommendation. Two Boots prides itself on being kid-friendly--white paper on the tables, crayons, coloring books available, etc. Good pizza, too--try the New Orleans-influenced stuff (the 'two boots' are Italy and Louisiana).

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