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Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Broadway’s Theatre District

One of the most common questions families ask before a night out at a Broadway show is “What are your favorite kid-friendly restaurants?” We’ve rounded up several places the whole family can enjoy. And to make things even easier, we included links to the menus and what theatres are in close proximity. Plus, all these restaurants (except Junior’s) take reservations!


 

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Sardi’s

Sardi’s is as Broadway as you can get when it comes to preshow dining. “Lunch at Sardi’s every day,” as Leo Bloom sings in The Producers. Located on 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, it’s close to so many shows, including The Lion King playing at the Minskoff Theatre. Some kid-friendly options include the quesadillas or perhaps the beef Bolognese over pasta. Caricatures of Broadway’s greatest stars line the walls on both floors of the restaurant. If you’re lucky you might spot a celebrity or two eating there before a show.


Friedmans

This is the perfect casual diner-themed restaurant to bring kids to. The restaurant is located inside the Edison Hotel on West 47th Street and 8th Avenue. It’s right next door to the Lena Horne Theatre, where SIX is currently playing, and across from the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Fun kid-friendly menu items include French toast, pancakes, mac ’n’ cheese, and milkshakes! Plus, there are some hearty salads, sandwiches, and soups for the adults.


 

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Toloache

Who doesn’t love chips, salsa, and guac? This two-story restaurant is located on 50th Street and 8th Avenue — a short two-block walk to MJ: The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre, and a block from Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. The first level boasts an open-concept kitchen where diners can watch the tableside guacamole bowls be made. Toloache is known for its unique quesadillas. They also have queso fondue on the menu, which could be fun for everyone, including picky eaters.


Cafe Un Deux Trois

There are crayons and paper on the table as soon as you sit down at Cafe Un Deux Trois, an iconic French brasserie. The kids’ menu isn’t online, so you’ll have to ask for it upon arriving at the restaurant, located on 44th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, right next to two Broadway theatres. Merrily We Roll Along is at the Hudson and How to Dance in Ohio is at the Belasco. For $20, kids can order a hamburger, chicken strips with french fries, Croque Monsieur, or spaghetti bolognese. The entrees all come with a choice of dessert and a soft drink.


 

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Mermaid Oyster Bar Times Square

The Mermaid Oyster Bar Times Square, on 43rd Street and Broadway, has a fun coloring book and crayons at the ready for kids. The kids’ menu boasts chicken fingers, fish sticks, smoked gouda mac ’n’ cheese, and grilled chicken breast. Broccoli, fruit, or French fries come as side dishes with the $14 meal. Insider tip: If you have plans for a 7 p.m curtain Tuesday through Sunday, there’s a happy hour from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. offering discounted bites and drinks. It’s a good spot if you’re seeing & Juliet at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, which is across the street, or Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre, which is one block north on 44th Street.


Don Giovanni

If you’re looking for a no-fuss Italian restaurant for the family, this is it. Located on 44th Street and 9th Avenue, Don Giovanni is close to so many shows, including Moulin Rouge! The Musical on 45th Street, and Spamalot, Some Like It Hot, and A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical on 44th Street. Order some brick-oven pizza and call it a day. Or opt for more traditional Italian fare that’s on the menu, like pasta and meatballs, or Parmigiana, Francese, and marsala dishes. Insider tip: Get dessert here or go up one block north to Schmackary’s on 45th Street for a cookie.


Junior’s

The epitome of family-friendly dining. Junior’s is so popular among theatergoers that it opened a second location in Midtown to serve more customers. The iconic Broadway location sits in Shubert Alley between 44th and 45th Streets, right at the heart of so many Broadway theatres. In warmer weather, opt to sit outside and you never know which celebrity you might see strolling by. Junior’s offers big portions on its menu, so don’t be afraid to share. Get the matzoh ball soup (matzoh balls on the side if you want more broth), potato pancakes, or cheese blintzes for the kids. Order ice cream sodas, shakes, and cheesecake for dessert. The only downside is they don’t take reservations.


 

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Havana Central

Enjoy a taste of Cuba on West 46th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The restaurant is walking distance to SIX at the Lena Horne or Hadestown at the Walter Kerr on 48th Street. The kids’ menu boasts sliders, chicken tenders, grilled cheese, arroz con pollo, and empanadas, with prices ranging from $8 to $15. Entrees come with a choice of side, including rice and beans, salad, French fries, sweet potato fries, applesauce, apple slices, steamed broccoli, or corn.


 

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5 Napkin Burger

This sit-down American restaurant is a popular preshow dining spot. Located on 9th Avenue and 45th Street, the restaurant is conveniently on the same street as Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and a block away from Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The cheeseburger is clearly the star entree for kids. There are also some epic comfort food options on the menu, like mac ’n’ cheese, onion rings, loaded French fries, guacamole, and cauliflower bites. Dessert is endless here as well, with ice cream, brownie sundaes, and a root beer float to wash it down.


 

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Brooklyn Diner

The classic Brooklyn Diner (which has a location on 57th Street) is relatively new in the Theatre District. If you’re seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this restaurant is on the same block of 43rd Street, just across the street. Aladdin is one block south. If you’re going before a matinee, there are eggs and omelets on the menu, along with pancakes and waffles. Pigs in a blanket are always a crowd-pleaser on the dinner menu — there’s even an option with mac ’n’ cheese. Joel Gray loves the matzoh ball soup! The chicken pot pie apparently sells out daily.