Gone are the days when dining out was an adult-only activity; now, more families than ever before are choosing to share the restaurant experience with their children, and eating out has become an opportunity to bond, share favorite flavors, and discover something new together. Indeed, finding the right restaurant, and great food, can be the catalyst for a great vacation, while a delicious meal can stay with you for a lifetime. Are you ready to find out more?
New York, New York, so good you’d eat there twice
New York has long been known as a center of fine dining. Indeed, some of the world’s best chefs have cooked there, and many of the most extravagant restaurants have held residence over the years. However, as our dining habits have changed so have New York’s restaurants; it’s now a fantastic place to find a wealth of great, lower priced, family-friendly, and even focused, restaurants. These aren’t just eateries that tolerate families with children, but those that cater to them almost exclusively.
Take Roberta’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for example; you can’t visit New York and NOT have pizza, and this family-friendly restaurant is a great joint for doing just that. Parents will adore the healthy, freshly grown ingredients, and kids will love the garden tour that they can embark upon before sitting down to eat. This is family dining at its finest, and a great way to involve even the littlest diners in every aspect of the experience.
For the young ladies in your life the American Girl Café, in Midtown East, is a great place to visit. The American Girl dolls range is world famous, and so a visit to the megastore’s café is a real treat; with an afternoon tea set-up, fixed pricing, and doll-sized seats for your little girl’s best friend, it won’t just be your children leaving happy.
Perhaps one for the boys now, although girls of all ages will get a kick out of it too… Ninja New York, located in Tribeca, Lower Manhattan, is one of those restaurants that does exactly as it promises. It’s dinner, it’s a show; it’s all-encompassing entertainment, and the whole family will love it. Some of the establishment’s most famous dishes come complete with dry ice, knives, or fire, and it’s a great introduction to Japanese culture and cuisine for your Mini-Mes.
Of course, there are numerous family-friendly eateries in New York, just as there are many high-end establishments where adults can escape to when they need a little peace and quiet. Via Quadronno, which has restaurants at 25 East 73rd. Street and 1228 Madison Avenue, New York City, and is owned by prolific restaurateur Louis Ceruzzi, is one such place. Traditionally Italian, and effortlessly chic, Via Quadronno will be a treat for the whole family, and a wonderful way to introduce fine dining to children. Bar Roma, also owned by Ceruzzi and nestled on East 92nd. Street is yet another, while Sfoglia, which takes up residence at 1402 Lexington Avenue, completes the restaurateur’s New York family. The city is rather well thought upon for its links to Italian cuisine, and each of Ceruzzi’s restaurants is a wonderful celebration of the food and heritage of this gorgeous country; your family may have discovered its inspiration for next year’s vacation…
Whether you’re passing through, spending the weekend, or making a real vacation of it, New York City will charm your whole family with everything it has to offer. Regardless of its reputation for extravagance and fine dining you will find so many opportunities that the whole family with enjoy – just remember to leave room for dessert.