8 Great Kid Friendly Restaurants in Times Square

8 Great Kid Friendly Restaurants in Times Square

Updated January 2018

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A recent trip to NYC to see a Broadway musical prompted me to do a search for kid friendly restaurants in Times Square, after discovering that our favorite go-to restaurant in Times Square had closed is doors. When you think of all the restaurants in the theatre district, there surprisingly aren’t that many kid friendly restaurants in Times Square, or at least not the kind we typically like. There are a lot of upscale and fine dining restaurants in Mid-town, and then there are a lot of big chains and theme-style restaurants. But if you’re like us and don’t want to head to Applebee’s or Olive Garden, and certainly aren’t taking your wild childs with you to fancy Le Bernardin, what are you left with? There is a lot of sifting to be done in the mighty Times Square area to find the right place to eat for you and your family.

Here are 8 great kid friendly restaurants in Times Square to help you plan a pre- or post- theatre meal if you’re visiting the city or seeing a show.

8 Great Kid Friendly Restaurants in Times Square


This always-popular Italian is a NYC institution and is great for big groups. It’s all about family-style sharing, so bring your appetite along with friends and the kids, and get down to business. Antipasto platters, garlic bread, any pasta you desire and their delicious chicken parm will leave you fully satiated and ready to take on a Broadway show! 200 West 44th Street, New York 10036/ 212.221.3800


Shake Shack

Times Square would certainly not be complete without a Shake Shack! Considered by many to be the best “fast” burger in the city, eating at this Danny Myer chain is a win-win for kids and adults alike. Apart from their mouth-watering burgers and fries, their shakes are insanely good as well, especially the caramel and malted vanilla flavors. 691 8th Avenue, New York 10036/ 646.435.0135

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Virgil’s Real BBQ

For years Virgil’s has been a well-known NYC BBQ joint. And after dealing with the masses of Times Square you just might be in a little need of some comfort food! Think pulled pork, bbq chicken, hush puppies and mac ‘n cheese. Make sure to book a res, and come hungry. 152 West 44th Street, New York 10036/ 212.921.9494

Havana Central

Who knew that this lively Cuban night spot had a kids menu? I certainly didn’t – last time I was there was over mojitos before a Dead show! But they do, and with lots of games to keep the young ones occupied. My older daughter had chicken fingers while my younger one had a heaping plate of rice and beans, followed by brownies and chocolate filled empanadas with whipped cream and ice cream. It’s their new favorite place to eat before a show. 151 West 46th Street, New York 10036/ 212.398.7440

Patzeria Family & Friends

If you’re looking for pizza, try this low-key family-run restaurant. A bit of a hole in the wall, but Broadway posters all around make it fun. And sometimes a slice of pizza is just what you need. Pastas and other dishes on the menu as well. 311 West 48th Street, New York 10036/ 212.245.4343

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Junior’s Restaurant

This famed Brooklyn restaurant – serving the “best cheesecake in New York” – has an outpost in Times Square and has a full menu beyond cheesecake, including things like wings, hummus, potato pancakes, salads and soups. And my favorite kind too – split pea soup. 1515 Broadway, New York 10019/ 212.302.2000


Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Ok, so the food may be overpriced for what it is – diner food – but how can one resist the singing waiters at this swinging retro 1950’s style diner? Known as the Stardusters, the singing wait staff, many who continue onto Broadway, are sure to entertain the kids and keep them at bay – half the battle while eating out as a family. People come back to this hopping diner again and again for a reason – it’s just so much fun. 1650 Broadway, New York 10019/ 212.956.5151


For a more upscale experience, but not necessarily so that you can’t bring the kids, try this popular Italian restaurant. With items such as lasagna and spaghetti on the menu, as well as paillard and pan-seared salmon, there’s something for everyone. A nice little retreat from the Times Square chaos outside.

35 West 46th Street, New York, 10036/ 212.397.7597

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  1. November 4, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    When you’re a tourist Times Square is brilliant, but brilliantly overwhelming so a guide like this is so useful and saves so much time. Thanks.

    • November 4, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks so much – I created it for myself as much as for everyone else. Times Square is indeed overwhelming ;).

  2. Melinda Chopra
    November 4, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    I have always struggled with where to eat with kids in Times Square – thanks!

  3. November 4, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Great suggestions, we’ve always struggled with where to eat in Times Square on our trips to NYC so it definitely helps to have some insider advice. We’ve tried Ellen’s – stumbled upon it years and years ago when my husband and I had our first trip together to New York and gone back every time we’ve been to the city – I love it!

    • November 4, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      It’s a trip that’s for sure! Navigating Times Square is such a struggle so thought I should just make my own list for people!

  4. November 4, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Great list. I’ve been to the Stardust and it was a lot of fun.

    • November 4, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks Jay – it’s so New York isn’t it. And glad to hear that some of these folks actually do make it to Broadway 😉

  5. November 5, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Wonderful post Corey! There is nothing worse than wandering around looking for food with hungry kids. Bookmarking for our next trip to New York!

    • November 5, 2016 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks Katy! Enjoy the weekend!

  6. Jackie
    November 15, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Been to Ellen’s and Junior’s, great spots!

    • fifi + hop
      November 15, 2016 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks for reading Jackie!

  7. November 15, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Of these we only did shake shack which was really good. Haven’t dared try the one in Doha in case it doesn’t live up to my memories #citytripping

    • fifi + hop
      November 15, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Ha – though I bet Shake Shack is good anywhere. Dangerous!

  8. November 15, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    I’ve heard so much about shake shack! I can’t believe I didn’t think to go when I was in NY! Kicking myself. #citytripping

    • fifi + hop
      November 15, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Just means you have to come back! Thanks for reading:).

  9. December 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Another great round up of places to visit if I ever get to New York – some day! 🙂

    • December 5, 2016 / 3:05 am

      Yes, some day – hope you make it!!

  10. October 23, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Great post! When we travel to New York (hopefully soon), we’ll be referring to this one again. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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