Alice’s Tea Cup
Multiple Locations in Manhattan
Tea can be a very stuffy affair but at Alice’s Tea Cup whimsy is served along side the delectable scones and yummy finger sandwiches. Kids can slip on a pair of wings and get a dusting of fairy dust before entering the cozy main room where mismatched chairs and quotes from Alice in Wonderland fill the space. There is a special Wee Tea for kids and a tremendous selection of herbal, fruity and sweet teas sure to convert the most wary tea sipper. A full menu of salads, soups and other savory items allow you to have more than just the everyday tea.
Blue Smoke/Jazz Standard
116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
Upstairs at this midtown BBQ restaurant you’ll find a kid menu that lets kids choose and entrée, side dish, dessert and a drink for one set price. Classics like mac n cheese, mashed potatoes and ribs make up the kid menu but there are other options like grilled salmon and mixed veggies as well. On Sundays, make your reservation downstairs at the Jazz Standard for Kids Jazz Brunch. Not only will you get the lip smacking BBQ menu but also they’ll groove with the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, a jazz band made up entirely of NYC youth. Instead of a cover charge your donation goes directly to benefit the orchestra.
Two Boots Pizzeria
Kids love this pizza place that combines the “Two Boots” of Italy and Louisiana – so you get the traditional thin crust pizza with a little kick New Orleans style. There are multitudes of toppings, and of course the good old plain pie. With many locations throughout Manhattan and in Brooklyn Two Boots is an easy find when you have kids in tow -downtown, uptown or even in Grand Central Station.
The Original Crab Shanty
361 City Island Avenue
Bronx, NY 10464
City Island is a fun-filled day for the family no matter what, but topping it off with dinner or lunch at this old-fashioned seafood shack makes the beach day complete. Kids will love the funky neon lit Crab Shanty and the myriad of fried seafood choices served with delicious garlic bread. It’s as close to a real New England experience as you can get within the five boroughs.
108-01 Northern Blvd. (at 108th Street)
Queens, NY 11368
This all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue restaurant in Queens is a ton of fun for the whole family. There’s no menu just keep signaling to the waiters to bring you more meat. Plus a salad bar runs the entire length of the room, and a massive selection of shrimp (on weekends), sushi, and other fruits of the sea is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. No waiting for food? A loud boisterous room? What more could a kid want?
Rebecca Levey blogs at Beccarama