Guest Carla Sullivan,

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Lower Manhattan Restaurants

June 11, 2013
Carla Sullivan of shares some great Lower Manhattan kid-friendly restaurant ideas.

Downtown is teeming with fabulous kid-friendly restaurants. From fancy to just plain good, the options are endless! From Sushi to Thai, pizza and ice cream, there are plenty of GREAT and INTERESTING places to keep your child (and you) happy. Picking a "top 5" is not an easy task- so let's just say I picked give that are tops in MY family. 

1. Gigino at Wagner Park 

20 Battery Place 212.528.2228

Hands down one of the best outdoor places we have discovered as a family. Not only is there a beautiful view of the Hudson River from Gigino's patio but there is a large lawn (yes, grass NYC!) that the kids are encouraged to run around on while waiting for their food. With ambiance like this, who cares what's on the menu (but in case you were wondering, it's good!)

2. The Palm Tribeca

206 West Street 646.395.6391

Mahogany bar, steaks big enough for two, businessmen drinking martinis, lobsters served by the pound, kids at the bar, which one of these things do not belong? Actually, at The Palm TriBeCa it is a winning formula! Kids are welcomed and are regulars at this tried and true NY steakhouse. Being that TriBeCa has become the newest kid-friendly neighborhood it only seems fit that this award-winning steakhouse should welcome kids - and welcome they are. The prices and portions are on the large side but it is a nice alternative when looking for an upscale dining option with the minis. 

3. Ideya

349 Broadway 212.625.1441

One Sunday a month, this Latin bistro in SoHo hosts a SalsaBaby brunch. Kids are encouraged to get up and shake their groove thang to the live tunes of the Jose Conde band with maracas on each table. Minis who don't like to dance will enjoy decorating the table with stickers and crayons and for adults, the margaritas are heavenly!

4. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

65 Bayard Street 212.608.4170

This pick is totally out of the box - but when looking for an adventure, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is a great option. The minis may not be interested in the Lychee or Taro flavors but the experience in and of itself is worth visiting at this NYC institution. 

5. Cowgirl SeaHorse

259 Front Street 212.608.7873

Cowgirl Seahorse is tucked away on a little corner in the Seaport. With the same kitchy decor as the original Cowgirl in the West Village, but with seahorses everywhere. There is plenty to look at and explore on the walls and the music, as well as sea-themed coloring pages, keep the kids occupied while waiting for their meals. My Minis enjoyed the carrots and cucumbers that accompany each entree (as well as french fries, OF COURSE) and the little store at the front is a great diversion if the kids get a little antsy. BONUS: The two bathrooms in the back are unisex and have changing tables for either mommy or daddy to do diaper duty.


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