American Girl Diner

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

Years ago, before I had my son, I thought it was very cool that you had to make a special trip to New York City to go to an American Girl store or restaurant.  Now there are a few others around the country, but I still think making a special trip to New York is worth it.  It’s a great time to bond with your little princess and will be the highlight of her trip.  And the food isn’t bad for you either!

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

This restaurant has so many kid friendly factors.  I think the real question is…  do the have an adult menu?  You can do Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, or Parties.  There are treat seats, cups and saucers provided for your little girl’s dolls.  And, your girl will get to take home a special memento of her special day.

Sample Menu

Brunch menu includes Cinnamon Rolls, Fancy French Toast, Perfect Pancakes, Old Fashioned Oat Meal, Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Quesadillas and more.

Lunch includes a special first course, Bitty Bites, Tic Tac Toe Pizza, Baked Chicken Tenders, Bleu Cheese Burger, Cranberry Holiday Salad and more.

Tea includes Cinnamon Buns, Kaya’s Mini Blueberry Scone, Ivy’s Mini BLT Sandwich, Kit’s Mini Pig in a Blanket, Rebecca’s New York Tea Sandwich, Ruthie’s Peanutbutter PB & Apples, Addy’s All American Chocolate Mousse Flowerpot and more.

Dinner includes a warm welcome, special first course, Spaghetti with Meatballs, Turkey Potpie, Herb-Crusted Tilapia, Chicken with Spaghetti Squash and more.

Kid Friendly Attractions

American Girl Store, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, Empire State Building

Info

  • Location: 609 5th Ave, New York, NY 11217, (877) 247-5223
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Sat, 9am-9pm, Sunday, 9am-7pm
  • Website: http://americangirlplace.com

 

Blue Smoke Café

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

I’m normally not the type of person to even go to a BBQ restaurant, but besides being one of the most kid friendly restaurants in New York City, Blue Smoke Café as also won best BBQ in New York City.  There are two restaurants, one in the Flatiron District and one in Battery Park.  They have a great kids menu including mac & cheese, grilled cheese, veggies and desserts.  And the highlight is a cookie “pig” that the kids decorate which is baked while you eat!

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

As mentioned above, they do have a great kids menu.  My favorite kid friendly factor though is the cookie “Pig” that kids can decorate which is baked while you eat!

Kids Menu

Kids can choose a main dish, a side dish, dessert and a drink.  The main dishes at Flatiron are; Applewood-Smoked Chicken Breast, Memphis Baby Backs,  Macaroni & Cheese, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Sides include Market Vegetable, Mixed Greens Salad, Pit Beans with Pork, and French Fries. Desserts feature a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, and Double Chocolate Brownie. Drinks include Milk, OJ, Cranberry or Apple Juice.

Adult Menu

Oyster on the Half Shell, Deviled Eggs, St Louis Toasted Ravioli, PEI Mussels with Chorizo, Fennel, White Wine and Grilled Crouton, Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, cornbread, spicy cheese fries, Smoked Duck Gumbo with Homemade Tasso Ham, Andouille and Rice, Fried Chicken with Cheddar-Black Pepper Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Chicken Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy and Mashed Potatoes, Blue Smoke Burger on Brioche with Fries (add cheese or house-smoked bacon, $1 each), Hickory Smoked Vegetable Burger with Quinoa, Lentils, Tomato Chutney and Mixed Green Salad, BARBECUE Smoked “Low and Slow” over Hickory and Apple Woods North Carolina Pulled Pork Platter with Pit Beans and Sesame Slaw, Creekstone Farms Texas Beef Brisket (Lean or Marbled) and Mashed Potatoes topped with Crispy Onions, Applewood-Smoked Chicken and Mashed Potatoes topped with Crispy Onions, Kansas City Spareribs Big, Juicy, Spicy and Sweet, Slathered with our KC Sauce, Memphis Baby Back Ribs Our Leanest Rib, with Magic Dust and Original Sauce, Texas Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs Dry-Rubbed and Full of Smoky Flavor, No Sauce Necessary, Rib Sampler Memphis Baby Backs, Kansas City Spareribs and Texas Beef Ribs, For One Two Memphis, Two Kansas City and One Texas, For Two Four Memphis, Four Kansas City and Two Texas and more!

Note: This is from the Flatiron menu.

Kid Friendly Attractions

Grammercy, Madison Square Park and Union Square

Info

  • Location: 116 E 27th St, New York, NY, (212) 447-7733
  • Cuisine: American BBQ
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Sunday-Monday, 11:30 am – 10:00 pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Friday-Saturday, 11:30 am – 1:00 am
  • Website: http://www.bluesmoke.com

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

When we are in Chicago, we love to go to Wildberry Café for breakfast.  Last time, we got lucky and were seated right away.  Our waitress told us that the line is usually out the door, but we got there early enough to avoid that.  They have a lot of cool breakfast creations.  My husband had pancakes with wild berries, I had waffles with bananas and caramel and walnuts, and my son had a smores pancake creation, talk about a sugar high!  Another time I was there, I had an awesome spinach & feta cheese omelette! They also had really creative coffee drinks.  The service was great, we didn’t have to wait too long even though the place was packed.  There were also a lot of kids eating around us.  I definitely can’t wait to go back!

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

They do have a pretty cool kids menu, but there regular menu is so filled with sugar and deliciousness that I think the food is pretty great for kids.  During the nicer months, you can sit outside and let the kids have a little space to play.  They also gave us crayons and a fun menu to color for our little one.

Kids Menu

Eggs, Fruity Pebbles French Toast, Fruity Pebbles Pancakes, Silver Dollar Pancakes, Oreo S’mores Pancakes, Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Grilled Cheese, Chicken Tenders

Adult Menu

Two Eggs Any Style, Signature Omelettes (so many varieties), Biscuits & Gravy, Breakfast Burrito, Specialty Benedicts, Sizzlin Skillets, French Toast including Bliss Berry French Toasts, Red Velvet French Toast, Caramel Apple Pecan French Toast, Banana Bread French Toast, Stuffed Strawberry Cheese French Toast, Cranberry Pecan Pancakes, Oreo S’mores Pancakes, Berry Bliss Pancakes, Chocolate Pancakes, Tiramisu Pancakes, Belgian Waffles, Bliss Berry Crepes, Rocky Mountain Crepes, Succulent Fruits, Oatmeal and more!

Kid Friendly Attractions

Millenium Park, Children’s Museum, AMC River East 21, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan

Info

  • Location: 30 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 938-9777
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:30am – 2:30pm
  • Website: http://www.wildberrycafe.com

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

Ellen’s Stardust Diner is a 1950′s-themed restaurant located in the theater It is a great restaurant for kids where the wait staff sings which your kids will love!  They will also love the kids menu complete with hot dogs and mac & cheese.

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

The singing waitstaff makes for a fun interactive experience for all, but especially for your little ones. They also have a great kids menu.

Kids Menu

Mozz triangles & fries, P’sghetti with butter or marinara, Dino’s Chicken nuggets & fries, hot dogs, Rachael’s Mac & Cheese

Adult Menu

Chocolate Croissant, Canal Street Bagels, Hazels Nutella Fench Toast, Aunt Bee’s Biscuits & Gravy, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, New Yorker Omelette, Fried Mozzy Triangles, Empanada Sampler, Long Beach Fish Tacos, Stuffed Deli Sandwich, Brooklyn Brisket, The Walter Conkrite (Burger), Norman Rockwell Turkey Dinner, NY Sirloin, and so much more!

Kid Friendly Attractions

Radio City Music Hall, Bryant Park, Times Square, Central Park

Info

  • Location: 1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am – 12:00 am, Sunday, 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.ellensstardustdiner.com

Eggy’s

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

When we are in Chicago, we love to go to breakfast across the park by our hotel to a restaurant called Eggy’s.  It is delicious, but a little spendy.  The crowd seemed very low-key and it wasn’t too crowded, but it we have only gone on week days.  They had delicious malts, my husband and toddler both had one.

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

They do have a kids menu, and of course the malts and desserts. There were also plenty of other kids around, so I felt comfortable having a long breakfast

Kids Menu

Pancakes, French Toast, Eggy Scramble, Eggy Baskets

Adult Menu

Two Eggs Your Way, Biscuits and Gravy, Eggy’s Breakfast Sandwich, Eggys Florentine, Seasonal Pancakes, French Toast, Belgian Style Waffles, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Omelets, Breakfast Poutine, Green Eggs & Ham, classic and fancy sandwiches, soups, snacks, salads, thick shakes including chocolate peanutbutter and cookies and cream, ice cream floats, Cake, Sundae’s and more!

Kid Friendly Attractions

Millenium Park, Children’s Museum, AMC River East 21, Navy Pier

Info

  • Location: 333 E Benton Pl #103, Chicago, IL 60601, (773) 234-3449
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 8:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 7:30am-3pm
  • Website: http://www.eggysdiner.com

Ideya (for Sunday Brunch)

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

If you are in Brooklyn, check out Ideya, which is a latin restaurant that is kid friendly.  On Sundays, they have a SalsaBaby Brunch in which music is played by Jose Conde and his band, Ola Fresca.  Kids go and dance and play toy maracas while parents enjoy mojitos or mimosas.  How fun is that!

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

I love the idea of kid friendly in more just a kids menu, so this restaurant is one of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants.  I love the idea that kids can dance and play maracas and that it is encouraged!

Brunch Menu

Brunch menu includes Spicy Grilled Chorizo, Banana Frita, Maduros, Pancakes, Huevos Fritos, Huevos Ideya, Salmon, Camerones, Ensalada De Pollo, Croquetas, Ensalada Caribena, and a lot more!

Kid Friendly Attractions

Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn’s Children Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Info

  • Location: 636 Carlton Ave, New York, NY 11217, (718) 636-6770
  • Cuisine: Latin
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 5 – 10pm; Thursday – Friday, 5-11pm; Sat, 10:30am-11pm, Sunday, 10:30am-10pm
  • Website: http://www.ideya.net

5-8 Club

Kid Friendly Restaurant Overview

There are three 508 Club restaurants in the Minneapolis area.  We ate at the one in the north metro, there was great patio seating, and they are known to have the best Juicy Lucy’s which I can certainly vouch for!  The deep fried pickles are pretty cool too.  They do have a kids menu.

Kid Friendly Restaurant Factor

The restaurant was pretty loud since it’s a bar, and the outdoor patio was nice because it gave our little one some space to play – in our own area of course.  They did have a pretty decent kids menu too.

Adult Menu

Home of the Juicy Lucy but also a HUGE menu including: Nachos Supreme, Cheese Curds, Deep Fried Pickle Chips (DFPC), Pig-Pen Wontons, The Saucy Sally, 5-8 Gobbler, Speakeasy Burger, Roadhouse Burger, specialty sandwiches, wings, BBQ Pork Ribs, Broasted Chicken and so much more!

Kids Menu

They had a pretty decent kids menu.  Unfortunately, I can’t find it online and cannot remember it!

Kid Friendly Attractions

Coon Rapids Dam, Mississippi River, Mann Theaters in Champlin

Info

  • Location: 6251 Douglas Ct N, Champlin, MN 55316, (763) 425-5858
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: $$$$
  • Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 12am
  • Website: http://www.5-8club.com/champlin.html