The Essential Guide To Kid-Friendly New York City Restaurants

  • Ellen’s Stardust Diner
    • Location: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY
    • Short Description: A multi-level ‘50s themed diner with singing servers & an extensive menu of America classics.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: It’s immensely interactive and fun for the whole family, with each server putting on a spirited and soulful performance. With a menu as large as Ellen’s, it has something for just about everybody—even your pickiest eaters… And did we mention they make some of the best milkshakes on Broadway?
  • Alice’s Tea Cup: Chapter I, II, & III
    • Location: This tea house has three residence homes—Chapter I at 102 West 73rd Street, New York, New York, Chapter II at 156 East 64th Street New York, New York & Chapter III at 220 East 81st Street New York, New York – so you can go to whichever is at your closest convenience
    • Short Description: An “Alice in Wonderland” themed teahouse with a delicious variety of tea blends, sandwiches, and scones.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: The whimsical ambiance will automatically appeal to any family. Mismatched dinnerware and all– you’ll think you’ve followed Alice down the rabbit hole. Has a little something for everyone in the family—even a kid’s themed menu, just for the little ones. And who could say no to a warm scone dessert?
  • Eataly
    • Location: 200 5th Avenue, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Scenic rooftop setting for elevated Italian cuisine.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: A perfect choice for a more “formal” night out. This casual, relaxed ambience is welcoming to all your little ones and offers every variety of Italian for all taste buds with an equal splendor factor for parents. Especially wonderful on a nice summer night.
  • Max Brenner
    • Location: 841 Broadway, New York, NY
    • Short Description: A chocolate confections retailer with a café at your service with fresh & unique dishes.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: This place is all about chocolate! Besides chocolate, Max Brenner’s offers an extensive selection of eatery—from a Panini menu to Salmon, there’s just about everything. With all assortments of chocolate at your disposal, the kids won’t be able to wait until dessert!
  • Rosa Mexicano
    • Location: 61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Modern Mexican eatery known for tableside guacamole and fantastic ambience.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Yet another noteworthy pick for a more “formal” night out with the kids—featuring an extensive menu of traditional to more “modern” dishes. Delicious food with wonderful customer service, your kids will have some great, friendly, and attentive care.
  • Dizzy’s on 5th
    • Location: 230 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
    • Short Description: Funky eatery catering to families with gourmet takes on diner fare.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: The menu quite literally caters to all from traditional old school diner comfort food to finer dining options, that include vegetarian and gluten free options. They also feature special family friendly live music events with Jazz musicians on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday nights. Guaranteeing a swinging good time for the whole crew!
  • Serendipity 3
    • Location: 225 East 60th Street, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Frozen hot chocolate stars on the ice cream and sweets menu of this old school dessert destination.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: This one is for after dinner treats! Treat the kids to a wonderful array of desserts for every sweet tooth. Frozen hot chocolate happens to be their unique specialty, but the entire menu just oozes with delicious surprises.
  • Motorino
    • Location: 349 East 12th Street #A, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Know for incredible brick oven pizzas with specialty topping options— can’t help but draw phenomenal parallels to the title, “New York City’s Best Pizza.”
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Who doesn’t love a good pizza? This East Village hot spot offers not only incredible taste but also an amazing variety of toppings. You can pick just about anything! — You’re guaranteed a delightful slice.
  • Rosemary’s
    • Location: 18 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Seasonal antipasti & pasta accompany air space and a rooftop garden.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Not only does the restaurant feature absolutely delicious dishes, but fresh ones—taking ingredients straight from the garden. Also features a special kid’s menu with all your children’s favorites from focaccia with home made mozzarella to the simpler penne with marinara sauce—they cover every spectrum. With a light and welcoming atmosphere, the kids will love the friendly service and open plan give a scenic atmosphere that will intrigue those of all ages.
  • S’mac
    • Location: 345 East 12th Street, New York, NY
    • Short Description: Customizable mac n’ cheese, vegan, and gluten free options are the specialty of this storefront café.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: A common staple for children in undeniably mac n’ cheese. So why not expose them to a new twist on their favorite dish? Push out the usual Kraft for a new old school, homemade twists. Offering a delicious array of favorites from classic to specialty orders—you won’t be able to get enough of this one!

The Essential Guide To Kid-Friendly Live Entertainment

  • The Lion King
    • Location: Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: Based on the award winning Disney film of the same name, this musical follows Simba and his zany friends of the jungle as he goes on a journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Not only is it a familiar and wonderful story, but the puppetry and theatrics are just breathtaking. It is quite literally a production that utilizes the full immersion of the senses. Enrapturing the entire family.
  • School of Rock: The Musical
    • Location: Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: Based on the film of the same name, this musical follows the story of wannabe rocker, Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Not only is it fun and heartwarming, but it features a cast of kids just about their age. These kids do it all—play instruments, act, dance, sing, you name it! It will be not only relatable for the children, but touch the hearts of every parent with them. This one is non-stop fun!
  • Aladdin
    • Location: New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: In Agrabah, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father’s desire to find her a royal groom. Meanwhile, the Sultan’s right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. When Jasmine sneaks out of the palace incognito, she forms an instant connection with Aladdin, a charming street urchin and reformed thief. After being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death, but Jafar saves him by ordering him to fetch a lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Where there’s a lamp, there’s a Genie, and once Aladdin unwittingly lets this one out, anything can happen!
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Not only is it an adaption of one of the most beloved Disney classics, it tells a very important story of self-acceptance and friendship. This musical is not only filled with magical spectacle, but inspires kids to love themselves for who they are—and that magic is something that lives within them.
  • Wicked
    • Location: Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: This musical explores the tale of “The Wizard Of Oz” from a whole new perspective. Looking through the lens of the “Wicked” Witch of the West, living through her experiences in school through to her friendship with Glinda the Good. Not all stories are exactly what they seem!
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: It tells a familiar story from a whole new lens. The scenery, costuming, choreography, and music are absolutely magical. This one comes with a very crucial lesson—never judge a book by its cover… Because you never know the whole story if you only ever read it from one end.
  • Cats
    • Location: Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: Based on T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to the “Heaviside Up.”
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: It’s colorful, eccentric, and magical. This musical calls upon the childlike imagination in all of us in order to explore universal themes of life.
  • Anastasia
    • Location: Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run Starting On March 23rd, 2017
    • Short Description: From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, this new musical is the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of the new century.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Based not only upon the true history behind the tale of the “missing princess,” but the beloved animated film of the same name—this musical follows the story of a young woman trying to piece together her past and find where she belongs. This story follows one’s true understanding of belonging and what it means to be brave. With a whimsical score and an enchanting setting—you can’t miss this tale of kindness and resilience.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    • Location: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run Starting On March 28th, 2017
    • Short Description: When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: Based upon the beloved Children’s tale by renowned author, Roald Dahl—the kids will be taken on a magical journey of astonishment. Thrust into the world of Wonka’s magic chocolate factory, they will follow the five winners, as each learns their own valuable lesson through ironically “un-sweet” means. This colorful musical will enrapture the whole family as Wonka takes your “lucky winners” on their own musical trip of a lifetime.
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
    • Location: New World Stages- Stage Two, 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: World renowned “bubble artists” Fan Yang and wife, Ana, have perfected their “bubble artistry” in order to treat your family to a filmy, floating spectacle.
    • Why Will The Kids Love It: It is all about bubbles and the wonderful art of combining them with the variety of arts, like that of music and lights. Kids will love seeing these giant bubbles float right through the sky—inspiring interactive entertainment and setting a new pace for kid friendly entertainment Off-Broadway.
  • The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
    • Location: St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run, Playing Every Saturday at 11am
    • Short Description: In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that’s sure to delight children and adults alike.   Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas.   See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia.  Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all.
    • Why The Kids Will Love It: Based upon the C.S. Lewis classic, your children will be immersed into a land of fantasy, being pulled through a quest to combat evil. The world of Narnia is a mystical and inviting, as the kids become immersed in Susan, Lucy, Peter, and Edmund’s quest. Hanging on the edge of their seats to the very last minute, this is an adventure that they won’t soon forget!
  • The Fantasticks
    • Location: Snapple Theatre Center, 1627 Broadway, New York, NY
    • Closing Date: Open Run
    • Short Description: A musical allegory about a young couple, Matt and Luisa, who find their relationship tested by their meddling fathers and a bandit narrator, El Gallo.
    • Why The Kids Will Love It: Children who enjoy playing make-believe and using their imaginations while love the whimsical, fairy tale style that runs through the vein of this story of star-crossed lovers.