What are the best kid-friendly restaurants in New York City?

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Jessica Colley

Many restaurants in New York City are not kid friendly—the tables are too close together, the ambiance too refined and romantic. It pays to know where to bring the little ones. Here are five favorites.

Otto This casual Mario Batali spot is big and bustling enough to be appropriate for kids, with quality food that will appeal to the adults. It is especially a good match early in the evening.

Shake Shack  With locations throughout the city, Shake Shack is sure to keep the kids happy. Some locations (Battery Park City, Madison Square Park) also have outdoor space where the kids can run around.

Arturo’s  A classic pizza joint on Houston Street, Arturo’s has three packed rooms that can accommodate families. Parents will love the live jazz and exquisite pizza. During the warm season, tables are available outdoors too.

Joe’s Shanghai  Kids love Chinese food, and this bustling spot is a fun place for families. Big tables fill the space. Parents can tuck into some of the city’s best soup dumplings while kids can order their favorites.

Brooklyn Diner  With two Manhattan locations, Brooklyn Diner is a great match for families whether it’s time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They offer a great execution of diner classics.

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