New York Family Friendly Restaurants

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Your Family’s Culinary Guide To Dining Out In NYC

Whether you’re a New York City or visiting MavenMomma.  If you want everyone happy with their meal without too sugary, kiddie, or cantankerous of a culinary experience-this list is for you.

Buttermilk Channel 

524 Court Street Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY 

Buttermilk Channel is the American Bistro du jour in Carroll Gardens.  Just check out Instagram for photos of people and plates gives you a taste of what is in store for you at this hot spot.    At brunch, the specialties include Short Rib Hash and Pecan Pie French Toast.  Signature dinner dishes are Fried Chicken with Cheddar waffles and the Duck Meatloaf. 

The full bar serves seasonal signature and classic cocktails, American and French wine, beer and cider. 

A reservation here is a must and for extra busy times, roll with an umbrella stroller or leave the stroller at home.  Request outdoor seating, weather permitted.

Dinosaur Barbecue Harlem

790 W. 125 St. Harlem, NY 

When I lived in the New York area Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, was one of my spots for gatherings with friends and kids.  As a momma with southern roots the traditional barbecue, sides, and fresh lemonade were a taste of home.  Good food, southern hospitality, and ample space, plus various locations throughout the New York Area. Add this one to your list of Family Friendly Faves.

Serendipity 3

225 East 60th Street NY, NY

Go for the Frozen Hot Chocolate and the classic New York feel. It gets crowded so leave the stroller elsewhere if possible.  

Sushi Yasaka

251 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023

I introduced my kids to Japanese cuisine at Sushi Yasaka.  After an afternoon at the Natural History Museum, it became our go-to dinner spot with the agreement that they try something new on each visit.  While they always fall back to their faves of miso and tuna rolls, momma could order the Omakase and let the girls taste their “something new” from my selection. Great staff who offered friendly suggestions knowing I wanted my babies exposed different foods.  Make a reservation and go early to avoid the crowds. Then sit back and enjoy excellent sushi in zen, until your kids are anxiously ready to go.

Alice’s Tea Cup

102 West 73rd Street NY, NY

After a morning at the Met and walking like an Egyptian, my girls and I typically have tea at this neighborhood and comfortable tea house. My kids and I like to point out all the storybook references we find as we dine on delicious scones, flavorful tea and a variety of finger sandwiches. For Tea, go with the Madhatter Tea for a full breadth of what they offer.


Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY

A quintessential part of any NYC family dining experience. It is New York tourist nirvana.  Located at Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park on a rooftop, so it boasts an incredible view of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  It gets crowded, and there will be plenty of families around you (local and tourist), which is excellent as the kids tend to cross-play in this communal dining setting.  Amazing views, check. Family friendly, check. Delicious pizza, mangia!    Open seasonally, May through October, if gets chilly in the evening so bring a sweater for those babies!  

Jack’s Wife Freda

50 Carmine Street NY, NY

The Carmine Street location of Jack’s Wife Freda is the perfect New York Neighborhood bistro where you will find American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Chill food in a chill environment with delicious cocktails on mix this is a great staple for any MavenMomma and her family to enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days a week.


10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Fl NY, NY 

Bistro Fair in a kid-friendly yet not overtly kiddie environment is my favorite way to dine with my girls. I also love that Landmarc is located in the Time Warner Center between the view of Central Park South and momma’s bag of tricks my kids never get antsy during a meal. Also, the front of Landmarc has been the scene of a couple of impromptu ballet as we are awaiting dessert.

Imperial Palace

13613 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 

My fondest family-friendly meals were at Imperial Palace where, early on, my little ones would gum on pancakes while the adults enjoyed our Cantonese favorites. Their deep fried pig skin reminded us of granny’s chicharron.  Our main order was always the Dungeness crab rice which was the reason we went, and we typically finished with Peking duck.  We tended to over order so that we can try specialties in addition to our favorites-made the best leftovers. Lunch the next day was always spectacular.  Tip: the bathrooms are insanely small (2 stalls) for the restaurant’s size. Make the kids go before they are screaming how bad they have to pee.

The Palm Court

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
212-759-3000 or 888-850-0909

Alright, I know we already have tea on our list of spots in New York, but that is one is neighborhood tea.  This selection is quintessential HIGH tea!  When in New York one of my favorite things to with my girls is High Tea at Palm Court (in New York’s Plaza Hotel. Part of the fun of having little girls is getting fancy with them, and High Tea is one of the ways we get fancy. Go, sit, and let the good times and goodies be served.  Daily from 12pm – 4:45pm (last seating is at 4:30pm).  Choose from The New Yorker, The Champagne or the Children’s Eloise (peanut butter and jelly on the menu) Tea.

What are some of your favorite family restaurants in NYC?  Share with other momma’s below to inspire!  Also, check out MavenMomma tips for Vacationing with Kids.


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