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Lunch near Metropolitan Museum or NYU including a 3 and 6 yr. old

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Looking for ideas for a fun lunch place (excluding the cafeteria in the Met museum itself) for lunch on Saturday - 3 women and two boys - 3 and 6 yrs. old. Kid-friendly menu being key.

We are also heading into the NYU area after the museum so if there's somewhere around there you recommend instead, we're open to that, too!

Thanks in advance!

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  1. What does "kid-friendly" menu mean to you? I have taken young children to Cafe Sabarsky, and they are happy with spaetzle and wurst.

    Cafe Sabarsky
    1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

    1. depends on how casual you want. in the NYU area, there are tons of options--mamoun's falafel, artichoke pizza, arturo's pizza, otto (in approximate casual to fancy order) come to mind. people also like risotteria (but i've never been).

      1. Too bad it's not 30 years ago or I'd recommend the AutoPub or the place that sent hamburgers out on a train...

        Maybe the Central Park Boathouse?

        Central Park Boathouse
        Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021

        1. I like Serafina on Madison and 79th for a casual lunch near the Met. It's Italian, enough quality choices to be a nice lunch for adults but they also have a kids menu with simpler items like pizza.

          1. Thanks everyone - All good suggestions - sounds most likely we'll go for either Serafina near the Met (would love to do Cafe Sabarsky but there's always quite a wait on Saturdays) or Otto or Arturo's near NYU...Thanks again!

            Cafe Sabarsky
            1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

            1. For the NYU area, Peanut Butter & Co. (Sullivan St. at W. 3rd Street) is a can't-miss for little kids. My picky son still talks about The Elvis. If you want to walk north a bit, go to Max Brenner's on Broadway and 14th Street. Ignore the naysayers. Get sugared up and go to the costume shop down the street or get lost in Forbidden Planet. If you want to be closer to SoHo, go to Silver Spurs burgers (LaGuardia Pl. and Houston). You'll get juicy burgers the size of your kid's head topped with almost anything you can think of.

              Max Brenner
              841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

              Silver Spurs
              490 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012