Find a balance between grown-up sophistication and kid-friendly fun at Barton G. the Restaurant, where you’ll find a David Burke-like penchant for over-the-top culinary showmanship. Try the whimsical but delicious Sashimi Snowcone ($21) and order the agreeable fried chicken ($24) to please younger taste buds. Reservations are a must for groups.
Placate picky eaters with a simple margherita pie ($14) at Pizza Rustica, which locals consider to be the city’s best pizzeria. Foodie parents can choose from two dozen more-adventurous pies, but skip the chocolate dessert pizza and instead go to the Frieze Ice Cream Factory for cones of the kid-favorite flavor, Get Down Boogie Oogie Cookie ($3).
Book in advance for a meal at Michy’s, celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein’s buzz-worthy bistro that serves luxurious takes on comfort food in the scruffy Upper East Side neighborhood. Tuck into a plate of chupe de mariscos ($32), a heady assortment of locally caught fish, clams, scallops, and shrimp with crispy rice cakes. Kids are welcome, but if you’re looking for one great local meal out alone, this may be the night to get a sitter.