For New York City parents, the prospect of going out to eat with the kids can get pretty pricey, especially when you have one child who has officially graduated from the kids’ menu. Solution?: head to a restaurant where the kids eat free. From pubs, to cozy Italian, BBQ and spirited hibachi, we’ve found NYC spots where your kids can eat for free — all you have to do is order and entree. (But you were going to do that anyway, right?)
For a fun-filled BBQ experience: Brother Jimmy's BBQ
At the two Brother Jimmy's barbecue joints in town, kids are not only welcome but they’re greeted with a smile. Best of all, at Brother Jimmy’s, kids 10 and under eat free any time and any day of the week. They’ll select from a kids’ menu featuring chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, hot dogs and a kids burger plus one side (baked beans or collard greens anyone?) with the purchase of an adult meal. And parents rest assured: You’re going to be pretty psyched to tuck into the restaurant’s renowned southern-style slow-smokin’ BBQ (we recommend the sliced brisket—it’s smoked for up to 14 hours—and the fried Brussels sprouts can’t be beat).
416 8th Ave.
181 Lexington Ave.
For a Scoop of Homemade Gelato in Park Slope: Scottadito Osteria Toscana
At the ever-so-cozy Scottadito Osteria Toscana in Park Slope, Tuesday from 5-9:30 p.m. is kids eat free night. Best of all kids get to select from a kids’ menu featuring pesto pasta and spaghetti with fresh plum tomatoes and meatballs and bonus: The meal also includes a drink and homemade gelato so long as mom or dad are ordering dinner. Yum!
788 A Union St.
For a Bronx Restaurant That Loves Kids: Lucca Restaurant
Head straight to Lucca, a favorite Bronx pizza and pasta spot serving the flavors of Tuscany, on Tuesdays. That’s when kids under 12 eat free from four PM to eight PM provided again, that an adult orders an entree. Go for the tried and true pizza, chicken fingers with fries, or spaghetti and meatballs, or branch out with options like chicken parmigiana or Milanese.
3019 Westchester Ave.
For a Night of Hibachi Hilarity: Arirang Hibachi
For 20 years, locals have flocked to Arirang Hibachi in Staten Island (they also have a location in Bay Ridge) for
serious hibachi artistry, whether it’s seafood, chicken or steak that’s sizzling right before your eyes. And on Monday and Tuesday nights kids 10 and under eat a hearty (free) meal featuring soup or salad, white rice, hibachi shrimp, chicken, steak or chicken fingers plus ice cream for dessert.
23A Nelson Ave.
8812-14 Fourth Ave.
For a family-friendly Pub in Tribeca: Woodrow's
At Woodrow’s, a delightful American/Irish tavern, Sunday after 5 p.m. is kids’ night. That’s because kids 10 and under get one free kids’ meal, which includes interesting choices such as sliced steak with fries, at this neighborhood fave with the purchase of an adult entrée.
43 Murray St.
For a not-in-the-least-bit stuffy steakhouse: Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
It’s no exaggeration to say that Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse is a place you’ll wish you could dine in regularly. Not only is the staff super welcoming to families but this traditional steakhouse offers a once-a-week deal that will really help your wallet. Dine here on Sunday night and your kids will eat free from four PM to closing. The only caveats: Kids have to be 12 and under and, natch, have to be accompanied by adults. Now let’s get to what’s even better: Kids have a choice of a USDA Prime kids burger, free range kids chicken tenders and a few other mains along with a side, including, delectable garlic mashed potatoes. Bonus: this yummy kids meal includes a vanilla ice cream sundae—all free for the little cutie in your life.
440 Ninth Ave.
44 West 56th St.
To Kill Two Birds with One Stone: IKEA
Tuesday’s the day to visit Ikea’s Red Hook location since kids get a free meal with offerings that include mac-n-cheese mashed potatoes and, of course, Swedish meatballs (plus a drink). Just think of how happy your kids will be to stop for supper after playing in Smaland and you’ll finally be able to measure for those much-needed Billy bookcases without any interruptions.
1 Beard St.