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NYC’s 5 Best Family-Friendly Outdoor Restaurants

June 28, 2011 12:30 PM



While bringing youngsters out to a nice dinner can sometimes present its challenges, it doesn’t mean the family shouldn’t enjoy the warm weather together. Here are our picks for the best family-friendly outdoor restaurants across New York City. By Lesley Thompson.

First Oasis Restaurant

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9218 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209
(718) 238-4505

With an unassuming exterior, this neighborhood favorite offers up some great food at even greater prices. The staff is accommodating, and they have a quaint garden out back. There are many options that even the little ones will find enticing. Try the homus ($5.95), or babaghanuj ($6.95), the chicken skewers ($5) or the lamb skewers ($6).

Marina Cafe

154 Mansion Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10308
(718) 967-3077
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Overlooking the Great Kills Harbor, this restaurant offers amazing views. During the summer months make a visit to their Dock Side Patio Bar, which offers more casual fare than the main café. The café is noted for its seafood and a raw bar but also offers great burgers, sandwiches and a kid’s menu. Try the crab cakes ($14) or the linguine with clams ($17).

Shake Shack

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11 Madison Ave (Madison Square Park, S. E. Corner)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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Nestled in Madison Square Park near 23rd Street and Madison Ave., is Danny Meyer’s burger oasis. Arguably the best burger in town, Shake Shack offers up some good grub that will leave everyone satisfied. Sit under the trees, surrounded by various art installations, and enjoy every morsel. And don’t forget to stop by the playground on your way out to burn off the sugar from the shakes. The single hamburgers ($3.50) are the perfect size for kids, for vegetarians try the shroom burger ($6.50) and don’t forget a famous hand-spun shake ($5).

City Island Lobster House

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691 Bridge Street, Ste. 1
Bronx, NY 10464
(718) 885-1459
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City Island Lobster House lives up to its name offering fresh lobster and seafood dishes. They also take care of their non-sea fare customers with plenty of beef and chicken options. Grab a seat on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Long Island Sound. Try the steamed lobster (market price) or the shrimp scampi.

Boat Basin Cafe

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W. 79th Street & the Hudson River
New York, NY 10024
(212) 496-5542
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This relaxed outdoor cafe overlooks the marina and offers beautiful views of the Hudson River and New Jersey. Try the grilled north Atlantic salmon ($18.95) or steak sandwich ($16.50). Kids can enjoy classic favorites like peanut butter and jelly ($3.50) from the affordable childrens menu. There is a thriving bar scene later in the evening, so come early. No reservations are accepted.

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Lesley Thompson s a blogger with Mom in the City.

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