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.
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: ♥♥♥♥♥
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.
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: ♥♥♥–
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: ♥♥♥♥♥
120 Hudson St, New York 10013
(At N Moore St)
Phone: (212) 219 0666