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Melissa Elders' Guide to Kid-Friendly NY

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on November 06, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Whitney Museum

Never thought a museum restaurant could be the perfect place to bring your kids to dinner? Think again. Melissa Elders knows a thing or two about the best kid-friendly places New York has to offer. After becoming a parent herself, the food entrepreneur launched Nibble+squeak, a service helping parents who wouldn't otherwise leave the house for a Friday night dinner to go out. From Williamsburg beer halls to chic Flatiron eateries, this guide is chock-full of places Melissa frequents when she's not working on Nibble+squeak—places that promise enough room for the family and, should your child throw a tantrum between the main course and desert, won't disrupt your fellow diners. Grab your tot and set out for a night on the town—you both deserve it.

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Want a taste of Crown Heights in Williamsburg? If you don't feel like taking the train for your Caribbean fix, head to Pearl's for Caribbean flavors in a laid-back setting with Rihanna lyrics on the walls. Don't miss the patio or the bake and shark.

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Bake and Shark, Stuffed Crab, Bloody Mary

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Inspired by a venerable but tired Southern dining tradition of the same name, Harold's Meat and Three serves hearty American staples, just dressed up a bit. From mac and cheese to beer can chicken, this is the spot for a down-home meal in Manhattan.

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Prime rib, Beer can chicken, Mac and cheese

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If you love all things German (with a Slovak twist), order up some wursts, pretzels, and spicy mustard to round out your time here. Just know that your clinking steins may be drowned out by the folk songs performed at this lively beer garden.

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Smoked Polish kielbasa, Munich pretzel, La Trappe Dubbel

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A wide selection of brews and cocktails will draw you to this airy beer hall that overlooking McCarren Park. Pair a venison sausage and pretzel - the space's take on classic Bavarian fare - with a seasonal ale. Prost!

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Flaco's Fury, Fire Island Sea Salt, biala kielbasa

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LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy might be the owner, but what makes this minimalist, cozy wine bar special is a thoughtful selection of wines by the glass and ambitious, well-balanced dishes designed to go with them. And yeah, the playlist's good, too.

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Most dishes change seasonally, but you should try the crispy potatoes and the beef tartare.

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Warm wood paneling and unpretentious digs make this a prime spot for cozying up to a lot of craft beer. A massive list of brews and Danish-centric food menu will appeal to any beer aficionado looking to pair a strong stout with a hot dog or burger.

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Freudian Slip, Even More Jesus, Tørst burger

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Union Square Cafe has been a NYC dining institution since its inception in 1985 thanks to its market-driven menu and impeccable service. Now open in a larger space, this iconic spot serves seasonal American cuisine with an Italian influence.

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Braised lamb shank, USC Burger, USC banana tart

Untitled at the Whitney serves a vibrant, vegetable-forward menu perfect for everything from an afternoon snack to a celebratory dinner. These dishes are sophisticated but humble, presented as handsomely as the art on the walls of Whitney Museum.

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Grilled Arctic char, lettuce wrap, Untitled Burger, peanut butter & jelly dessert

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Cosme serves much-buzzed-about Mexican fine dining from one of Mexico City's most prominent chefs through the lens of Manhattan. Expect to throw down here, but know that it'll be worth it.

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Uni tostada, chiccharon, cobia al pastor, duck carnitas, husk meringue

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