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Best lunch/brunch near Natural History Museum?

What are some great places for lunch/brunch near the Natural History Museum? We are looking for casual & kid-friendly.

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  1. My favorite is Ocean Grill, behind the Museum on Columbus: great food and service, reasonably priced and loaded with families.

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    Ocean Grill
    384 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

    1. Nice Matin on Amsterdam @ 79th
      Good Enough to Eat on Amsterdam btw 83/84th

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      Good Enough to Eat
      483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

      Nice Matin
      201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

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      1. re: boredough

        Good Enough to Eat is very good. I wouldn't go on a weekend, though, it's a zoo.

        Nice Matin is also good; a little less casual. I wouldn't go there with a baby/little kid but it's fine for a kid who can sit through a reasonable length meal

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        Good Enough to Eat
        483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        Nice Matin
        201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

        1. re: plf515

          If responses to the OP are delayed enough, they should talk about places friendly to those with walkers, not those in baby carriages.

            1. re: plf515

              My one experience with brunch at Good Enough to Eat was that the food was pretty mediocre and that the place was so packed you could barely move. I think it would have been maddening with a young child and stroller.

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              Good Enough to Eat
              483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

          1. There is always Shake Shack right there, it certainly is both casual and kid-friendly, albeit a little crowded :)

            Patsy's Pizza on 74th just east of Columbus is also very kid friendly and casual.

            1. 5 Napkin Burger on 84 and Bway is good; not much traditional brunch stuff, but they have some things. Mostly burgers and a very nice beer list.

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              Five Napkin Burger
              2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

              1. The traditional response has always been Sarabeths. It's a little up-scale for 'kid-friendly', but it's the classic AMNH-area brunch. Read some reviews and make a call, but it's delicious.

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                Sarabeth's
                423 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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                1. re: pastaguy

                  Take a look at calle ocho, i've always had a nice experience and its sort of slim pickings up there.

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                  Calle Ocho
                  45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

                  1. re: MsAlyp

                    I think of Calle Ocho as more of a boozy brunch spot (probably because of their "bottomless sangria" deal) rather than kid-friendly.

                    I actually think UWS isn't half bad as far as brunch goes. Sarabeth's, Nice Matin, Good Enough To Eat are all pretty good for brunch, as well as Popover Cafe (86th & Amsterdam.) I'd also add Cafe at Fairway Market and Barney Greengrass for something different. If you are a tourist, I think Barney Greengrass would be a great choice, very NYC. Other than that, I can't really say which one is my favorite (used to be the Neptune Room, RIP) but I like all of them for different reasons/dishes and I'd say all of them are pretty kid-friendly. There are an awful lot of stroller-pushing moms in UWS, and most of them like brunch!

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                    Barney Greengrass
                    541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                    Good Enough to Eat
                    483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                    Sarabeth's
                    423 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                    Nice Matin
                    201 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024

                    Popover Cafe
                    551 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                    Fairway Cafe
                    2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023