Best Places to Eat with Kids

At The Meatball Shop, there are options for adults as well as kids
By Alizah Salario

Fun places for discerning young New Yorkers

Jack's Wife Freda
10 Carmine St., 646-669-9888
224 Lafayette St., 212-510-8550
What this kid-friendly brunch spot lacks in space, it makes up for with the food. The friendly staff keeps the little ones occupied with kid puzzles, crayons and stickers. Order off the Granny Freda's Grandkids menu — the mac and cheese is a crowd favorite — and parents will love the green shakshuka and fresh cantaloupe juice. Make the latter a mimosa, if you can drive the stroller straight.

The Meatball Shop
1462 Second Ave.
When dining out with kids, the first rule of thumb is keep it simple. At The Meatball Shop, meals are blissfully uncomplicated. Just pick a ball (there's even a vegetarian option), a sauce, a side, and enjoy. Kids order from the “Baller in Training” menu, while the adult options include sauces from pesto to creamy parmesan. And save room for dessert. Guests say the ice cream sandwiches made with freshly baked cookies are worth the extra calories.

2745 Broadway
There's something for everyone at Henry's, where the spacious dining room and accommodating wait staff is perfect for the stroller traffic and the stroller crowd. This neighborhood favorite serves classic American with a French twist; kids will enjoy the grilled chicken with green beans and fries, adults will love the calamari and grilled sirloin burger, and everyone can take a bite of the warm chocolate cake for dessert.