9 Jones St., near W. 4th St.
While there’s no children’s menu at Anne Rosenzweig’s
newest outpost, the casual Greenwich Village restaurant offers
kid-pleasers like crispy rock shrimp served in fun paper cones.
They’ll also do simple stuff like pasta with butter,
or try the awesome baking-powder biscuits with strawberry
butter or matzo brei on the brunch menu. (M)
Burgers & Shakes
766 Ninth Ave., near 51st St.
This Hell’s Kitchen storefront with a SoCal vibe specializes
in burgers and churascos (grilled-chicken sandwiches) in countless
combinations, served on delicious bread with eclectic toppings
(pesto, peanut sauce, roasted peppers). It’s also got
an entire menu devoted to shakes and malteds. (I)
232 E. 64th St., near Second Ave.
1611 Second Ave., near 84th St.
521 Third Ave., near 35th St.
The definition of a burger joint, Jackson Hole makes children
comfortable with high chairs, booster seats, crayons, and
fountain treats for the older set. Kids get a kick out of
the short-order cooks’ novel way of cooking larger-than-life
burgers under glass cups on the griddle. (I–M)
1409 Sixth Ave., near 57th St.
91 Seventh Ave. So., near Barrow St.
For weird, kid-pleasing themed entertainment, this is the
place: Creepy hosts and scary animatronics are hallmarks.
Food is an afterthought, but there’s kids’ fare
like pizza and pasta. (M)
278 Bleecker St., near Seventh Ave. So.
408 E. 64 St., near First Ave.
260 W. 44th St., near Eighth Ave.
The granddaddy of Manhattan pizza parlors, John’s has
arguably the best thin-crust pizza in the city. Add wonderful
salad for the table, a side of pasta, a Shirley Temple, some
beers, and everybody’s happy. (M)
205 E. Houston St., at Ludlow St.
Send a salami to a soldier or your son at college while you
take a number and order oversize deli sandwiches in an oversize
cafeteria setting. The current owner of this family-run business
personally visits each table to make sure that you’re
eating the garlic pickles. (I–M)
455 Madison Ave. (in the Palace Hotel), near 50th St.
Even though they’re not really allowed to sit in the
Bar Lounge, sneak the kids in for a quick peak at the way-cool
clocks and Flintstones-esque décor. Then sashay
over to the circusy dining rooms, which mesmerize “mature”
kids as they feast on myriad pasta dishes, roasted chicken,
or chateaubriand. The new $25 prix fixe lunch is especially
1226 Lexington Ave., at 83rd St.
It’s easy to imagine Donna Reed and June Cleaver sipping
cherry Cokes and swapping Bundt-cake recipes in one of the
booths at this time-warp luncheonette. Burgers, fries, and
shakes can be consumed on-the- twirl atop swiveling counter