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10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Prospect Heights

10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Prospect Heights

For me, living in NYC is all about the food. After having kids, I was a bit worried that my dining out days were behind me. Thankfully in Brooklyn, having little ones doesn’t mean that dinner has to be a choice between cooking and take-out. As a result of my neighborhood’s large (and growing!) family population, more and more restaurants are gladly accommodating guests with kids. According to my family, these are the top ten best places for kids to eat in our ‘hood.

Tom’s Restaurant
782 Washington Ave.

Local residents famously formed a protective ring around this neighborhood gem in 1968 after conflict broke out following the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These days, you’ll see a long line snaking out the front door made up of local hipsters and sleepy parents with excited kids in tow. If you get there before 9am, you probably won’t need to wait long for a coveted booth. (There’s also another kid-friendly location on the boardwalk in Coney Island.)

635 Vanderbilt Ave.

This casual restaurant was a welcome addition to a street with lots of bars and a few more formal restaurants. The food is deliciously homemade with fresh, local ingredients (the fried chicken sandwich is my favorite), and there’s a tasty kids menu as well. There’s also a cute play area in the back with toys and a play kitchen to occupy the little ones, and a sweet garden with picnic tables for warmer days.

Amorina Cucina Rustica
624 Vanderbilt Ave.

This cheerful, homey restaurant complete with checkered tablecloths and tasty Italian comfort food, has a friendly, warm ambiance and good meal options for kids including spaghetti al pomodoro, baked ziti, and cheese calzones.

Geido Sushi
331 Flatbush Ave.

The bustling atmosphere and friendly staff make this an easy destination with kids. Plus, it consistently has the freshest fish around. Try to arrive when the restaurant opens, as it starts to get busy soon after that.

Maya Taqueria
637 Vanderbilt Ave.

Probably best known for its San Francisco-style burritos, this is a great place for tasty, reasonably priced and reliable Mexican food. Although this is a smaller space (it’s a popular place to order take-out), there is some casual seating inside.

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Burrito Bar
307 Flatbush Ave.
718-230 -8646

Kids will love the food (expect all the standard Tex-Mex fare) and the festive, boisterous atmosphere at this family favorite, and parents will love that their noisy toddler isn’t disrupting anyone’s meal. It’s also a very popular place to throw a birthday party.

Morgan’s Barbeque
267 Flatbush Ave.

This spacious spot has the most scrumptious barbeque and plenty of dishes to keep the kids happy including mac n’ cheese, corn, and my daughters favorite, brownie in a cup. There’s rarely a wait, plenty of roomy booths to choose from, and lots of outdoor seating as well.

594 Vanderbilt Avenue

This small chain (one of 3 locations in Brooklyn), serves up tasty-and kid-friendly- Middle-Eastern food. The leafy, spacious garden is the real draw here, offering some welcome outdoor space for wriggly toddlers to move around while their parents finish up their dinner.

554 Vanderbilt Ave. # 1

The large wood-fired pizza oven is the focal point of this cozy family-run pizzeria. With super friendly staff and the perennial kid-favorite pizza on the menu, you can’t go wrong. This is our go-to spot for Sunday family dinners.

Dean Street
755 Dean Street

Enjoy the casual, local vibe at this popular (but not crowded) neighborhood spot. Lots of families head here for the brunch, which has a decidedly southern feel including dishes like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and crawfish omelets. There’s also a sing-along every weekday morning featuring local kids entertainers and lunch specials.

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Rosalind Muggeridge

Author: Rosalind Muggeridge is a freelance writer who lives in Prospect Heights with her husband and two young children. Formerly the Brooklyn calendar editor for, she writes about all the best things for families to do in New York City. See More

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