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OK, we're heading to the Big Apple from little ol' Durham, NC for 3 days in the end of June. Any great recs for family friendly places- we have a wild 3 year old and a well behaved 7 year old! We'll be on the UWS and Midtown mostly, but would like to eat with real NYers. Thanks for the help!

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  1. Shake Shack

    NYers dont love "wild 3 year olds" when they are eating.

    Shake Shack
    Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

    1. Give Serendipity a try for dinner/dessert. My kids loved it when they were younger and still talk about it. Dylan's Candy Bar is on the same block in case they don't get enough sugar!!

      Dylan's Candy Bar
      1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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      1. re: nyctripper

        "...would like to eat with real NYers"

        Oh yeah, we eat at Serendipity and Dylan's all the time!

        UWS has a lot of child friendly options, if you search.

        1. re: kathryn

          Thank you kathryn- I had searched before Memorial Day, but this new thread will be very helpful. And I understand no one likes wild 3 year olds-some days even I don't like him!- but I just put that in so no one would think we were looking for fancy places.

        2. take the subway to chinatown in manhattan its easy, and go eat at Great NY Noodletown. The kids can eat fried rice, whatever you think is appropriate and will get a blast as will you out of the hong kong (couldnt be more english friendly) atmosphere. you should get a ton of roast duck

          1. Chinatown- Nha Trang Centre for Vietnamese, Try the Chinatown Ice cream Factory.
            Lanskys On Columbus Between 70 & 71 (UWS)- great deli & very child friendly
            Shake Shack

            Nha Trang
            148 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

            Lansky's Old World Deli
            235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

            Shake Shack
            366 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

            1. Dean's Pizza on the UWS. All the kids are wild there, so you'll have nothing to worry about. Avoid Shake Shack UWS unless you don't mind waiting. Rigoletto Pizza on 69th and Columbus is one of the best slices on the UWS and it's next to Magnolia Bakery, for a nice one-two kid punch.

              Shake Shack
              Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

              Magnolia Bakery
              200 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                I've never waited more than 15 minutes at Shake Shack UWS. Go 1) shortly after it opens 2) after lunch but before dinner (3 p.m. - 5 p.m. ish) on a weekday and wait won't be bad. Sometimes I don't wait at all. I think it's a perfect option for kids, especially before/after American Museum of Natural History!

                Also some other kid-friendly dessert options: Levain Bakery's chocolate-chip walnut cookie (it's huge, have them share one,) gelato from Grom, Rita's water ice, Magnolia's banana pudding, Jacques Torres' chocolates and cookies.