Steer away from the traditional children’s meals and overly themed restaurants and instead visit these friendly, family-oriented eateries set in the heart of Brooklyn.
ZuriLee Pizza Bar
ZuriLee is the first authentic Caribbean wood-fired pizza restaurant in the city, which emphasizes on scratch cooking. The main attraction is the roster of one-of-a-kind wood-fired pizzas. A top choice is the oxtail — a blistered, airy crust topped with mozzarella, shaved Grana Padano cheese and flavorful oxtail ragu, made in-house. New at ZuriLee is the MangoLee brunch menu that features a dedicated waffle section with toppings like jerk salmon, jerk chicken and fried chicken.
755 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, zurileepizza.com
Orwashers Bakery’s outpost in Fort Greene’s Whole Foods 365, is a veteran bakeryfor Jewish-style breads and a selection of gourmet foods. Orwashers has a counter on the upper level offering sandwiches, salads, jam-filled jelly donuts, bagels and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, among many other breads and delicacies that families love.There is open seating on a first-come, first-serve basis that is perfect to visit on the weekends in between exploring area attractions such as the New York Transit Museum and Barclays Center.
292 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, orwashers.com
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Take your family back almost one hundred years while reveling in 1920s nostalgia at Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain located in Carroll Gardens. You and your family could sit at the counter and dive into creamy milkshakes, root beer floats and egg creams made with artisanal sodas and syrups. This is a favorite neighborhood hangout with plenty of photo opportunities.
513 Henry St, Brooklyn, brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com
An eclectic and fun dining spot for the family is The Regal in Williamsburg. Dubbed a cocktail bar and elevated diner experience, the menu takes on familiar favorites like black truffle mac n’ cheese, fried burrata, chicken & waffles, and more. It’s a great neighborhood stop for late night dining (kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday) and a great spot for brunch.
163 Hope St, Brooklyn, theregal.nyc
This seafood-centric, family-friendly spot is located on the cobblestone-lined Water Street in DUMBO. The restaurant features crave-worthy dishes like tuna pokewith ponzu, peanuts and avocado; the Maine style lobster salad, coleslaw & cottage fries;and seared fish tacoswith molé, avocado, and jalapeño mayo. There is also a separate ‘Guppies’ children’s menu featuring guacamole tacos.
66 Water St (between Main St & Dock St), Brooklyn, seamores.com