Brooklyn Crab Before dinner (there’s always a wait), parents can belly up to the bar while their kids play minigolf, shoot basketball, clamber around on the restaurant’s playground, and generally have a ball. The food is seafood with some kid-friendly options (like mac n’ cheese), and to get here from Manhattan you take a boat! What could be more fun?
Gyu Kaku At this Times Square–area Japanese BBQ joint, the food is simple enough for even the most picky kid to like, and all kids enjoying cooking it themselves (though with hot grills set in the tables, this is only recommended for kids over the age of 6).
Landmarc The kids' menu features pigs in a blanket, PB and Nutella, and green eggs and ham pesto, not to mention cotton candy for dessert. For the grown-ups, there’s more sophisticated fare and fine wines. A win-win place for families.
Norma’s Half-a-dozen types of pancakes (many with ice cream) make breakfast the most fun meal of the day. An over-the-top exercise in gluttony . . . but fun.
Robataya This is my daughters’ favorite restaurant. They love the ritual of watching a kneeling chef cook dinner, love the food, and love heading to the Japanese toilet here.
Serendipity 3 It's hard to resist this whimsical restaurant and ice-cream shop (no matter your age), which serves up a huge menu of American favorites, followed up by colossal ice-cream treats.
Shake Shack Burgers and shakes, consumed outdoors (perhaps in the playground that shares this park)—what could be more tyke-pleasing?
John's Times Square The pizza here is first rate, the location right off Times Square and the tables well-spaced enough that no matter what type of a fuss your kid kicks up, nobody will be disturbed.
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