The uncharted territory of baby and toddler life is best explored with a buddy. Not just for your child, but for you too. Get to know other parents better over coffee or cocktails at places that have a little something for everyone on the menu. Following are a few Brooklyn spots that welcome the kiddy chaos. Remember, there is safety in numbers.
Offering more than just a kid-friendly menu, the sunny (really, this eco-eatery is solar powered) Habana Outpost in Fort Greene has a kid’s corner with events every week. Come for the tacos and margaritas, stay for the free arts and crafts projects on weekends (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm). Stop by Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for the Baby Breakfast when the courtyard transforms into a toddler zone complete with toys, water tables and art projects to keep the little ones busy while you kick back and actually enjoy your coffee. 757 Fulton Street (Fort Greene), 718-858-9500
Franklin Park, with both indoor seating and a roomy outdoor beer garden, is a relaxed Crown Heights hang is where a late afternoon beer meet-up could easily roll into dinner. There is pop-a-shot, skee-ball and a dance floor for impromptu booty shaking to entertain the kids. Plus, you can order from the full menu of excellent burgers and milk shakes from attached restaurant Dutch Boy Burger. 618 St. John’s Place (Crown Heights), 718-975-0196
You won’t find kid-specific amusements, but the giant wood-burning oven firing up pizzas and in-house radio station cranking out tunes keep patrons of all ages happy at Roberta’s. Cheekily named pizzas—like Crispy Glover and W.T.F.––are as tasty as they are clever. Many of the pizzas are topped and the salads tossed with ingredients plucked right from their Bushwick backyard garden. Pair it all with a craft ale or one of their well-selected wines and you’ve got yourself the ultimate playdate. This place is always happening, so it’s best for a late afternoon or early evening visit. 261 Moore Street (Bushwick), 718-417-1118
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Radegast Hall & Biergarten is a corner block of Austro-Hungarian old-world beer hall spirit in Williamsburg. The spacious heated beer garden with large communal tables of people hoisting mostly imported German brews adds to the neighborly vibe. There is a full dinner menu, and the grill menu with savory sausages like venison and bratwurst offers a step up from the usual hot dog fare for the kids (and you too). 113 N. 3rd Street (Williamsburg), 718-963-3973
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
It is almost impossible to not be instantly charmed by this promise: “Keep your fork; there’s pie!” Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Park Slope makes very good on their promise with handmade, seasonal pies like salted caramel apple, chamomile buttermilk custard, and mint, chocolate and bourbon derby pie. This light-filled, storefront space is a comforting destination for a cup of quality coffee for you and a sweet treat for all. 439 3rd Avenue (Park Slope), 718-499-2917
Ted and Honey
Ted and Honey is a cozy café in Cobble Hill with a menu that covers every meal from breakfast to dinner and coffee or wine breaks in between. There is lots of local love for this spot; the chefs keep their kitchen local too by serving New York raised beef, Brooklyn beer and coffee, Caputo’s bread and house-made pickles. For those in the mood for a more adventurous meet-up, they just opened a second location at BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 264 Clinton Street (Cobble Hill), 718-852-2212
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— Laura House