Between visiting museums, zoos and other attractions in NYC with the family, you have to take a break to eat! There’s always a diner or burger joint around the corner(and plenty of snacks in our clubrooms!), but there are also options that offer adults a bit more variety. We’ve already recommended Hotel Giraffe’s family-friendly Italian restaurant, Bread & Tulips, but the list doesn’t stop there! Emily, the Sales & Events Manager at Hotel Giraffe, has the best insights into the perfect family dining experience! Here are her favorite places to recommend to our guests:
116 E. 27th Street (bet. Lexington & Park Avenue South) / www.bluesmoke.com
What kid (and adult!) doesn’t love to eat with their hands?! With an $11 kid’s meal that includes finger licking baby back ribs, a drink and dessert, Blue Smoke is a great choice for the little ones! A casual, atmosphere in a large restaurant also gives parents the peace of mind if their little ones are a bit more outgoing during the outing.
EXTRA TIP: For each kid’s meal that is purchased, Blue Smoke donates $1 to a local, child centered, non-profit organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of NYC youth. One of the most recent organizations they have worked with is ESNYC – Edible Schoolyard NYC.
519 Hudson Street / (212) 633-1133 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Southwestern spot that allows kids to eat out of a Frito Bag! Sign me up! This kids’ menu offers an extensive selection from the famous Frito Pie ($7 – Mentioned above) to old favorites like “Corndoggies” ($6) & a pulled pork sandwich ($6). After all that, the kids better have room for dessert (not that they would skip something sweet!)
EXTRA TIP: The Baked Potato ice cream sundae looks like a baked potato but tastes like a hot fudge sundae and it is great for sharing!
Multiple locations in NYC / www.wichcraft.com
With 10 locations in Manhattan alone, this is a great stop for picky and more adventurous eaters looking for familiar comfort food in an NYC neighborhood of their parents’ choosing. Grab a unique sandwich for the adults (Tuna Sandwich with preserved lemon-olive tapenade, & aioli on ciabatta roll for less than $10) and one for the kids (chunky PB&J ($4) or traditional grilled cheese ($4)).
EXTRA TIP: The Flatiron location (11 East 20th Street) features a Rooftop Deck! Enjoy your sandwich, quality family time and some fresh air while surrounded by spectacular NYC views!
Bell Book & Candle
141 West 10th Street (between Greenwich Ave & Waverly Place) / 212-414-2355 /email@example.com
The West Village eatery doesn’t have a traditional children’s menu, but with a menu that features a burger with a “rooftop pickle” ($14) & warm pretzel sticks ($7), who needs a “Kid’s Menu”!
EXTRA TIP: Children can ask for a sneak peek of the rooftop garden, where most of the produce is grown – hence “Rooftop Pickle”. This exclusive trip may just convince the kids to eat their veggies.
Want more ideas of what to do when traveling with the family? Feel welcome to contact the concierge at Hotel Elysee, Casablanca Hotel, Library Hotel, or Hotel Giraffe. Enjoy your stay and let us know if you went to any of the places we recommended. We would love to hear your feedback!