"kIds menu" at better restaurants
location doesnt really matter. Took the family to Blue Smoke( the kids are generally well behaved) this weekend and very much enjoyed it - obviously loud atmosphere but with a very nice kids menu- entree(grilled cheese/macaroni/smaller bbq dishes etc)+side +drink+cookie you design+ small dessert=9.50 , Great place for kids & adults. Had a similar nice meal which the kids liked at Ruby Foos awhile ago also with a well priced kids menu. Anyway was looking into other places (dinosaur bbq among many others...) which did not have an actual kids menu and know the portions would be too much. Other places that came too mind did not neccesarily have food my kids would eat (pizza , fries, plain pasta, grilled cheese...come to think of it that may be it!). Not interested in chains (fridays etc) but solid good (or preferably excellent) places- this leaves out the tourist traps Mars2112 etc. In a nutshell- great food for adults with a kids menu.....
Most of the "better" places don't have "kids menus" -- just order a starter or split something between them if you want to got to really nice places.
Landmarc is a fairly good "better restaurant." They have an extensive children's menu:
Kid's Landmarc Burger or Chicken Burger french fries
English Muffin Pizza
Pigs In a Blanket
Grilled Cheese with or without ham. whole wheat or white bread, french fries
PB & J whole wheat or white bread, french fries
PB & Nutella whole wheat or white bread, french fries
Chicken Fingers french fries
Fish Sticks french fries
Orecchiette butter or tomato sauce
Celery & Carrot Sticks peanut butter
Hard Boiled Eggs aioli
Green Eggs & Ham Pesto
Bowl of Cereal lucky charms, cheerios or captain crunch
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I don't know how old the kids are but if they are over 9 I would suggest Compass. I was there Saturday evening and although they don't have a kids's menu (that I know of) they do try to accommodate a child with simple foods. I've taken my grandkids there and they were very kind to them.
Most better restaurants are very accomodating and if you ask they will be able to fix something up for you at cheap prices...
I actually hope that restaurants don't have a kid's menu which usually ends up being mac n'cheese, chicken and fries, pasta with sauce (red or cheese) and pizza (in non-pizza places). Kids like adults should get to expand their horizons enjoy the restaurant experience. IMHO. We eat out with our now 5 year frequently and his adaptability on food is really helpful when traveling. I just don't know what kid's menus don't offer soup and vegetables! or fruit and cold meats or charcuterie (not standard coldcuts). If you want to read what I have to say about dining out with kids in restaurants there's more here:
My friend and her husband just took their 5 year old to Cafe Gray (in the Time Warner Center) last night. They went at 5:30 and had a fabulous time. The kid loved the food, loved the view, had a ball and the place treated them really well too. I don't think it was a "kid's menu" type thing but just that they ordered enough for the child to have what the adults were eating. She actually ate the venison and liked it; my friend couldn't bring herself to tell the child it was bambi! :)