Kid-Friendly Restaurants

    How often do we long to take our kids somewhere where the food is as good for us as it is for them? I have experienced one too many gut bombs while my kids happily munch away on their themed pizza. I have almost lost it trying to make them sit still while I partake in something more grown-up. Below you will find a few real finds, restaurants that are good for them and delish for us. Bring the mini-pack of colored pencils and order a real drink.

    Here’s to togetherness.


    New York

    179 West Broadway (Tribeca)
    New York, NY 10013
    (212) 343-3883
    10 Columbus Circle, Third floor (at the Time Warner Center)
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 823-6123

    Landmarc is a great, casual place for families. Oysters, salads, steaks and sides with a perfect kids’ menu that includes mini ice cream cones.

    Alice’s Tea Cup
    102 West 73rd Street
    New York, NY
    (212) 799-3006

    Although I have never been here myself, my fellow mothers love the friendly atmosphere, delicious lunches and yummy cakes.

    Los Angeles

    8401 Santa Monica Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90069
    (323) 654-3993
    12851 Riverside Drive
    Studio City, CA 91607
    (818) 761-8985

    Hugo’s is an L.A. staple. A perfect combo of organic, healthy food, an expansive kids’ menu and a relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal family outing. They always bring crayons and paper to the table too.

    John’s Garden
    3835 Cross Creek Road #1
    Malibu, CA 90265
    (310) 456-8377

    John’s Garden is a low-key shop that serves delicious sandwiches/veggie burgers/smoothies/fries. You can sit outside on the benches, which are right next to the playground so kids can play while you’re waiting for your food.

    11941 Ventura Boulevard
    Studio City, CA 91604
    (818) 760-3348

    This excellent Japanese in the valley deserves its 28 food rating on Zagat. What more can you say except that they have highchairs and mini sushi rolls. Finally!

    Giorgio Baldi
    114 West Channel Road
    Santa Monica, CA 90402
    (310) 573-1660

    Giorgio’s is one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. I swoon over the polenta, the tuna carpaccio and the fresh handmade ravioli, not to mention the Dover sole and langoustine pasta. It is owned and run by an Italian family, so children are always on the scene. Bring your own crayons.


    La Famiglia
    7 Langton Street
    London SW10 0JL
    +44 (0)20 7351 0761

    The quiet, charming street in Chelsea completely belies the feeling inside this joyous, boisterous, family-run restaurant. There’s also a beautiful outside patio where kids can enjoy the trees. The food is simple Italian done just right. Kids love the pasta and fried zucchini and so do I.

    The Wolseley
    160 Piccadilly London
    W1J 9EB
    +44 (0)20 7499 6996

    The Wolseley is great to take kids to for brunch, lunch or tea. The food is Anglo-Euro and fit for a discerning grown-up, but also wonderful for kids. It is housed in an old-fashioned marble-clad car showroom and is cavernous and noisy (you won’t be worried about additional noise emanating from your table). They bake delicious sweets and are welcoming of your beloved wee ones.

    The River Café
    Rainville Road
    London W6
    +44 (0)20 7386 4200

    I realize that I am shouting out The River Café for the second time in goop, but it has to be done. This place loves children, and on a summer Sunday, children can be seen running around the massive garden and exploring their organic vegetable patch. The food is perfect. This is a flawless day out with the family in London (unless it’s raining).

    Tom’s Kitchen
    27 Cale Street
    Chelsea SW3 3QP
    +44 (0)20 7349 0202

    Tom’s Kitchen is a great place to take the family for Sunday brunch. They have the best eggs Benedict and the spongiest pancakes.


    Table Fifty-Two
    52 West Elm Street
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 573-4000

    This intimate restaurant is considered a new gem in Chicago. It serves home-cooked food with a Southern bent. Perfect for a family Sunday brunch.

    The Athenian Room
    807 West Webster Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 348-5155

    The Athenian Room is fantastic, super kid-friendly, and casual. It attracts a nice family crowd and has the most outrageous Greek food – spanakopita, Greek salads, tzatziki and the best cheeseburger in town. It also has outdoor tables on the street in summer. My friend Julia goes all the time and it is definitely her favorite kid spot.

    Uncommon Ground
    3800 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60613
    (773) 929-3680

    Situated near Wrigley Field, Uncommon Ground serves mostly organic and local fare. Their other location on West Devon Avenue has a rooftop organic garden where kids can take classes on urban agriculture.

    Brasserie Jo
    59 West Hubbard Street
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 595-0800

    This French restaurant serves delicious food, while remaining unpretentious (often an oxymoron!). Instead of the usual crayons kids are given an Etch A Sketch to play with that has a cute menu attached. They often do crepe-making parties and special desserts for kids.

    25 East Delaware Place
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 337-4001

    With a new Gold Coast location, Feast is the perfect place for a neighborhood lunch. Accommodating of kids and big strollers, this place can turn into an addiction. It opens at 7:30AM so it’s also ideal for breakfast.

    800 North Michigan Avenue, Seventh floor (at the Park Hyatt Chicago)
    Chicago, IL 60611

    This restaurant in the Park Hyatt is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It serves delicious Asian-fusion cuisine and the terrace is surprisingly great for families.

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