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Christine Knight

Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Public: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, SoHo, New York

Hipster babies rejoice – they, too, can brunch in trendy SoHo at Public. While not a hugely family-friendly venue, they do have high chairs and are very accommodating to babies. Great food (lamingtons!) and atmosphere – a perfect choice for brunch with friends who aren’t into the regular family-restaurant scene. No reservations for brunch, so arrive when they open to be seated first.

Lamingtons! Oh, and other tasty food.
Cool, industrial space.
Breakfast, Aussie-style.
Baby and boys check out the self-serve treats.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Minimal. Bring a fold-up stroller or carrier.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.
Kid-friendly rating: ♥♥♥–

Public
210 Elizabeth St, New York 10012
(Btwn Prince & Spring St)
Phone: (212) 343 7011

Dinner
Mon-Thu: 6pm-11pm
Fri-Sat: 6pm-12am
Sun: 6pm-10:30pm
Brunch
Sat-Sun: 11am-3:30pm

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Colonie: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn

Colonie is a known date-night favourite. On the weekends however, it’s a brunch mecca for families. While the restaurant doesn’t feature a lot of baby-friendly amenities, it makes up for it with truly fine food and friendly staff who welcome kids of all ages. No reservations for brunch. Get there when it opens to avoid the queues.

Colonie

Colonie

Colonie

Colonie

Colonie

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: No. Bring a fold-up stroller or carrier.
Easy access: Yes (one step).
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.

Colonie
127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn 11201
(Btwn Henry & Clinton St)
Phone: (718) 855 7500
Prices: $$
Mon-Thu: 6pm-10:30pm
Fri: 6pm-11:30pm
Sat: 11am-11:30pm
Sun: 11am-10:30pm
Get directions.

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Images thanks to Yelp.

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Ted & Honey: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

This little neighbourhood cafe is frequented by local families for a very good reason – despite having no room for strollers, it’s right next door to Cobble Hill Park. Their breakfast and lunch sandwiches are the perfect thing to chow down on while sitting in the pretty park with your offspring. The breakfast sandwiches are delicious – large, full of egg, fresh tomato and cheese. Just the thing to kickstart your day.

On cold days, snuggle up inside with your little one on your lap and let them play with some of the books and toys that are in the cafe just for this purpose, while you indulge in a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

Ted & Honey

Ted & Honey

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: No.
Easy access: Yes (one step).
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: Yes.

Ted & Honey
264 Clinton St, Brooklyn 11201
(At Verandah Pl)
Phone: (718) 852 2212
Prices: $$
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-7pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm
Get directions.

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

The National

This chic little eatery is part of The National Hotel. No-fuss breakfast and brunch are their speciality. Babies are more than welcome, with staff especially friendly towards the young diners.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes.
Easy access: Yes (there is a special entrance for wheelchairs and strollers).
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.
Kid-friendly rating: ♥♥♥–

The National
557 Lexington Ave (at 50th st)
New York, NY 10022
Reservations: (212) 715 2400

Hours:
Open daily: 7am – 12am

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Artisanal Bistro: Kid-friendly Restaurants, New York

Enjoy French cuisine with your kids at this Midtown bistro and fromagerie. Friendly staff make the babies and kids feel welcome. Fast service and delicious food keep the adults happy.

Little monkey across the table.
Baby’s lunch – parfait.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes. They can store small, folding strollers.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.

Artisanal Bistro
2 Park Ave (At 32nd St),
New York 10016
Phone: (212) 725 8585
Reservations

Hours:
Mon-Wed 11:30am–2:45pm, 5pm–9:45pm, Thur-Fri 11:30am–2:45pm, 5pm–10:45pm, Sat 10:30am–3:45pm, 5pm–10:45pm, Sun 10:30am–3:45pm, 5pm–8:45pm

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Bubby's Tribeca

You don’t get more family friendly than the Bubby’s restaurants. The TriBeCa branch is a bit more upmarket than its Brooklyn sibling, but also has less space. Tables are a bit crowded together, making for a squished dining experience. A bright, rowdy atmosphere makes it fab for families. Take the kids to the nearby Hudson River Greenway afterwards to run around.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes. Stroller parking is outside the restaurant – be prepared to leave it on the street.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: Yes.
Kids-friendly rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Bubby’s TriBeCa
120 Hudson St, New York 10013
(At N Moore St)
Phone: (212) 219 0666

Hours:
Mon: 7am-12am
Tue-Sun: 24hr
Brunch
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Bubby’s Brooklyn

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You don’t get more family friendly than the Bubby’s restaurants. This Brooklyn branch is particularly great for kids. Lots of space, room for older kids to stretch their legs if they get bored and a photobooth to capture some silly family shots before you leave. The food is solid, standard fare. Afterwards, head to the park and playground across the road.

Hugs!

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: Yes.

Bubby’s Brooklyn
1 Main St, Brooklyn 11201
(Btwn Water & Washington St)
Phone: (718) 222 0666
Prices: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri: 11am-11pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-11pm

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Bar Tabac: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Cobble Hill, New York

Bar Tabac is a French bistro in Cobble Hill. Plenty of outdoor tables you can park a stroller at as well as indoor tables. Kids’ meals run large – the grilled cheese sandwich we were served was adult-sized. This is a brunch fave for locals – their omelettes are devine.

Food! Bring it!
Food, glorious food.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes (minimal however – stroller must fold up or fit near the bar).
Easy access: Yes (no stairs).
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: Yes.

Bar Tabac
128 Smith St
Brooklyn (at Dean st)
NY 11231
Phone: (718) 923 0918
Pries: $$
Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11:30am-1am
Wed-Thu: 11:30am-2am
Fri: 11:30am-3am
Sat: 10am-3am
Sun: 10am-1am
Get directions.

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel

Elegant dining  – with kids? Absolutely possible at Maialino; kids and babies are made to feel very welcome. Despite not having a kids’ menu, the staff offered several suggestions for meals they could make for the 11-month-old babies we had dining with us. We chose the pasta with a butter sauce – and no-one even batted an eye at the piles of pasta thrown on the floor. Sorry about that, Maialino – next time perhaps spaghetti noodles are not the best idea for babies with minimal hand-eye coordination.

Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
Cheese loves the specially-made pasta.
Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
Alexis and Baby J multi-tasking.
Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel
We made it!

 

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes, for strollers that fold up.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No, but the restrooms are in the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel, which are large and have space for diaper changes.
Kids’ menu: No, but they will cook custom dishes for kids on request.
Kids-friendly rating: ♥♥♥–

Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel
2 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10010
Tel. 212 920 3300
Reservations: (212) 777 2410

Hours:
Breakfast: Mon–Fri 7:30am–10am, Lunch: Mon–Fri 12pm–2pm
Brunch: Sat–Sun 10am–2pm
Dinner: Sun–Th 5:30pm–10:30pm / Fri–Sat 5:30pm–11pm

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Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.

Landmarc (at the Time Warner Center)

Landmarc at Time Warner Center - kid-friendly restaurants, New York
Cheese!

For Alec’s first Father’s Day, we wanted to try a restaurant near Central Park. Landmarc at the Time Warner Center is right on the edge of Central Park, at Columbus Circle, so it’s the perfect location if you want to dine and then stroll or play.

Landmarc at Time Warner Center - kid-friendly restaurants, New York
With Dad and the spoon.

Landmarc features standard breakfast and brunch food, like omelettes, pancakes and egg dishes. I found them to be a bit over priced (a basic omelette starts at $18), you do get to eat lunch with a killer view of the park and Columbus Circle.

A real family restaurant, there are always lots of kids dining at Landmarc – which will be obvious as soon as you arrive and see all of the strollers parked outside. Be sure to reserve your table in advance via Open Table.

Last bite: Solid food, great view, and you’re right on Central Park!

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Yes. Stroller parking outside the front of the restaurant (inside the Time Warner Center), or you can bring in small foldable strollers with you.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: Yes.

Landmarc
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 823 6123

Hours:
Open 7 days a week from 7am-2am

Christine Knight
Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby! She loves cake, her tolerant husband and her busy preschooler.