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Mar 29, 2010 07:51 AM

kid friendly restaurants

Wife and I taking our grandchildren (girl 12 and boy 9) to the circus and would like referral for reasonably priced, kid friendly restaurants in Manhattan for early dinner (around 4:00 P.M.). Thank you.

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  1. California Pizza Kitchen on 30th and Park.

    California Pizza Kitchen
    440 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

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    1. re: LMP2010

      With so much excellent pizza to be had in NYC, why are you suggesting a chain?

    2. alcaplan,

      Since there are many child-friendly restaurants in Manhattan, you need to help us narrow things down.

      Do you want to eat near Madison Square Garden, or are you willing to travel to other neighborhoods? What are your cuisine preferences? Are your grandchildren picky eaters? What are their favorite foods?

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      1. re: RGR

        I would appreciate guidance as well. My inlaws are taking my 4 kids to see 101 Dalmations in NYC at the Garden. Having trouble finding a kid-friendly restaurant. Prefer somewhere "close" to the Garden...Italian, American, or steak house would be preferred. Thanks

        1. re: suzq323

          A steakhouse? Definitely Keens, on 36th St., just east of 6th Av. Superb steaks, chops, etc., and excellent service. You don't say how old your children are, but regardless, I think they'll get a kick out of the Old NY ambiance -- walls covered with American memorabilia and rows of old clay smoking pipes lining all the ceilings, plus pipes belonging to famous people dating back to the 19th century in display cases in the vestibule.

          Photos of our most recent dinner at Keens:

          1. re: RGR

            Sorry I should have added their ages...youngest is 5 oldest is 12. I am going to look into Keens...any thoughts on Italian? I tried to get into Carmines and Becco's (sp?) know it is a subway ride to get to, but thought they were "kid friendly" but unfortunately they are booked.

            355 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: suzq323

              Re: Carmine's. We've never been there, but from what I've heard, the food, served family-style, is just o.k.

              Re: Becco (no apostrophe "s"). Imo, no great loss. There's far better pasta to be had elsewhere, they've jammed so many tables into all the rooms that seating is extremely cramped, and the noise level is insanely high, making normal conversation impossible. In its early days, the food was far better, and the atmospherics were quite pleasant. But since Lidia Bastianich has become a famous t.v. personality, Becco has become what I consider to be a tourist trap.

              Trattoria Trecolori is in the same vicinity (Theater District) as Becco & Carmines, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av. It's a favorite of mine and many other Hounds. Family-friendly, the homestyle Italian food is delicious, service is excellent, tables are nicely spaced, and the decor is attractive.


              Biricchino is much closer to MSG, on 29th St., just east of 8th Av. We've never eaten there, but Hounds who have say the food's good. They are known for their homemade salumi. It's a casual place, so I would suspect it's family-friendly. To be sure, call and ask.


      2. Carmine's is great for kids. Ruby Foos in Timesquare is also very good. Food is pretty decent, they move you along quickly and they give the kids pudding filled with gummy worms for dessert. "44X & Hell's Kitchen" is also an interesting choice. It's a bit more upscale and the crowd is a bit more "eclectic" but they welcome kids and the food is good.

        Ruby Foo's
        2182 Broadway, New York, NY 10024