The Upper West Side neighborhood is known as a family-centric, kid-friendly area. So it should be no surprise that there are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants on the Upper West Side. Whether your kid has sophisticated tastes and wants a steak, or prefers a meal in a fun atmosphere, you’ll find plenty of options on the UWS.
Kids Eat Free
Dining out can be pricey enough when it’s just two people — add a few kids to the mix, and the bill increases considerably. That’s why it can pay to take advantage of restaurants that let kids eat for free, as long as an adult is buying a meal. One popular pick for free eats is Brother Jimmy’s, which has several locations in Manhattan and which serves classic BBQ.
On Sundays, you can bring the kids to Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, so that they can enjoy a free meal featuring chicken tenders, a 5 oz prime filet, or pasta. Bring the family to Schiller’s Liquor Bar on weeknights from 5pm until 7pm so that your kids can enjoy a meal on the house. Although its name makes it sound like an adults-only place, Schiller’s Liquor Bar is actually a casual, family-friendly restaurant that serves French-inspired comfort food.
Weekend brunch might be the ideal meal to enjoy with your kids. It’s not so early in the morning that everyone is sleepy, nor is it so late that the kids are cranky. If your family has a sweet tooth, it’s worth checking out Sugar & Plumm for weekend brunch. The restaurant offers a special kid-sized menu, featuring favorites such as mini-waffles and silver dollar pancakes. The printed menu also doubles as an activity board and features space for your child to draw or color while he or she waits for the food to arrive.
Focus on Fun
The “tots” in Big Daddy’s NYC catchphrase “burgers, shakes, and tots” refers to the restaurant’s famous tater tots, but it could also reference the fact that the NYC institution is a kid-friendly place to be. It has a kids menu for those under age eight that features classics such as grilled cheese, hot dogs, and “chicken love me tenders,” which are available in either crispy or grilled form. The restaurant also has a selection of kid-centric cocktails, such as the Shirley Temple and the Roy Rogers. The atmosphere of Big Daddy’s, which has locations on the UWS, Upper East Side, and in Gramercy Park, is meant to appeal to kids and to kids-at-heart, thanks to its 1980s neon diner vibe.
Being kid-friendly doesn’t mean that a restaurant has to cater to the assumed tastes of kids. Landmarc, in the Time Warner Center, has a sophisticated menu for adults and a kid-focused menu that also includes some appealing options. You’ll find the standard mac and cheese, chicken tenders, and even PB&J on the kid’s menu. But there’s also a special “My Plate” section, created with the USDA’s dietary guidelines in mind. It features kid-sized portions of sliced skirt steak and lemon and herb roasted chicken legs, both of which are rare finds on a kid’s menu.
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