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Christine Knight

Christine is the editor of Adventure, Baby!

Bien Cuit: Pastries And Coffee, Brooklyn, New York

Bien Cuit

The smell of caramelised sugar wafting out of this cafe makes it near impossible to pass on by. A thoughtful ramp at the entrance makes it easy to roll up with your stroller and order treats that were definitely not on your daily diet plan. While there aren’t high chairs, there is enough space to stop by with your babe in their stroller as long as it’s not too busy. Their white blossom hot chocolate is a speciality that’s hard to say no to.

Highchairs: No.
Stroller storage: No.
Easy access: Yes.
Change tables: No.
Kids’ menu: No.

Bien Cuit
120 Smith St
(between Pacific St & Dean St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 852 0200
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 7am-8pm Sun 8am-8pm
Get directions.

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Image thanks to Yelp.

The Plaza Food Hall

The new food hall under The Plaza has more than 20 bright kiosks and stalls including Billy’s Bakery, La Maison du Chocolat, Tartinery, Sant Ambroeus desserts, Lady M Cake Boutique, Luke’s Lobster and Sushi of Gari. The cheerful environment is perfect for families to stop by for brunch, lunch or an early dinner. Little girls will love playing in the Eloise store, and your toddler can happily charge around the seating area without drawing disapproving glances from other diners.

Highchairs: Yes.
Stroller storage: Lots of space for strollers.
Easy access: Yes – there is elevator access to the food hall level.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: No.
Kid-friendly rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Plaza Food Hall
1 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019
Phone (212) 986 9260

Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm

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Alice’s Tea Cup

A little girl’s dream come true, this cafe chain is heaven for kids and adults alike. Delightful scones, a large menu of tea and whimsical decor make this a fun place to eat. While it’s definitely kid-friendly, it’s not so great for young toddlers and babies. On weekends there is a long wait (usually an hour), no reservations, and slow service.

Give me!
Three tiers of awesome.

Highchairs: Yes – a limited amount however. We were told during one visit that if wanted a table with a high chair it would be an additional wait time.
Stroller storage: Limited space. Bring a stroller that folds up if possible.
Easy access: No – lots of steps.
Change tables: Yes.
Kids’ menu: Yes.
Kid-friendly rating: ♥♥♥–

Alice’s Tea Cup
102 West 73rd St
New York
Phone (212) 799 3006

156 East 64th Street
Manhattan
Phone (212) 486 9200

220 East 81st Street
New York
Phone (212) 734 4832

Hours:
Daily: 8am-8pm

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The Sweet Little Cafe: Crepes and Coffee, Brooklyn, New York

Sweet Little Cafe

The Sweet Little Cafe recently re-opened with new management. It’s a cute little cafe that serves crepes, sandwiches, pastries and coffee. While the food is good, it’s sadly not baby-friendly in the least. Housed in a very small space, there are few tables, definitely no room for strollers, and the wait on the crepes has been an hour each of the two times that we have dropped by. Stop by with older kids only!

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

The Sweet Little Cafe
73 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 858 8998
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-3pm
Get directions.

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Image thanks to Yelp.

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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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.

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.

Ted and Honey on Urbanspoon

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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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

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

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