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Restaurants for moms and kids alike

New Yorkers are known for their educated palates and dedication to dining out—and with such gourmand parents, city kids learn it all at a young age. Here are a number of places that aim to please both adults and children with fine food, efficient service and a kid-friendly atmosphere, on Mother’s Day and all year long.

Buttermilk Channel
524 Court St., Brooklyn,
718-852-8490
The fried chicken at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens is revered citywide; and it appears on the kids menu, too. Added bonus: It’s served from a wait staff is welcoming to all ages. The clown sundae (cone-topped Van Leeuwen with M&Ms for eyes) turns the under 10 set into regulars.
Why mama will like it: All sorts of good stuff in the $10 kids special: veggies are included, the hot dog is organic and the chicken free-range.
Why kids will like it: Extensive kids’ choices and crayons delivered promptly for mid-meal coloring.

City Bakery
3 W. 18th St.,
212-366-1414, thecitybakery.com
City Bakery’s outrageously flavorful sweet and savory eats make for a quick and easy midday meal with kids. Head straight back to the serve-yourself, by-the-pound buffets; Greenmarket salads and heartier fare like mac and cheese and flaky single-serve pizzas change frequently throughout the day.
Why mama will like it: A play-area nook is equipped with toddler-size tables and a handful of toys; all the food is fresh and easy for young ones and parents to love.
Why kids will like it: The double chocolate cookie pretty much speaks for itself, but the peanut butter and classic chocolate chips are also dynamite.

Lodge
318 Grand St., Brooklyn,
718-486-9400, lodgenyc.com
Williamsburg gets more family friendly all the time, and Lodge is a go-to for neighborhood parents. A cheeky rustic-Americana theme works equally well for hipsters and youngsters; everyone collectively digs the warm artichoke dip, burgers and the popular brunch.
Why mama will like it: The place is bustling and friendly, and besides a $8 kids deal, there’s a full bar and good cocktails too.
Why kids will like it: Cool details abound: wooden stumps as tables, antler light fixtures, big picture windows of the street scene outside all work to keep kids entertained.

Dim Sum Go-Go
5 E. Broadway,
212-732-0796
The pleasures of dumplings transcend age, but the bumper-cart maelstrom of most dim sum palaces can be confusing. Dim Sum Go-Go, is casual and straightforward; there’s no wheeling the food around the restaurant so tables order by ticking the appropriate boxes (sesame balls! jade dumplings! roast pork buns!) on a paper menu.
Why mama will like it: A wide variety of dumpling fillings, soups and main courses means everyone is satisfied, including vegetarians; food arrives quickly.
Why kids will like it: The enjoyment of scribbling on the menu is not to be discounted—let the little ones be in command of marking up the menu.

Prime Burger
5 E. 51st St., 212-759-4729, primeburger.com
Apparently unchanged since its 1938 opening, Prime Burger is a classic midtown lunch counter that kids will get a kick out of. The waiters are gruff but winning, delivering pared-down burgers and diner classics to New Yorkers hungry for a nostalgic experience.
Why mama will like it: Inexpensive, appealing diner fare (kid's meal, $5.95) and expedited service means everyone is happy.
Why kids will like it: Much of the seating in the room is made up of old school desks, so that every place setting has its own tray; family groups can get a whole section of desks facing each other.

Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel
113 Jane St., 212-255-4113
Where the original SoHo Cafe Gitane is cramped and sceney, the newer West Village outpost is airy and relaxed. The sunny space and retro-chic decor includes a foosball table and other games for the easily impatient. The avocado toast, a staple snack of Gitane's menu, is perfect for picky palates.
Why mama will like it: It’s right across from Hudson River Park and just blocks from the Highline. Not to mention the famous couscous with harissa.
Why kids will like it: Fun places to sit include green swervy stools at the counter. And did we mention foosball?

Klee
200 Ninth Ave., 212-633-8033, kleebrasserie.com
Breakfast for dinner is one of life’s great treats, and the cornflake French toast is a must-have at this Austrian bistro. The owners are new parents themselves (earning a spot of notoriety for making breast-milk cheese) who’ve updated the kids menu to include simplified versions of the otherwise grown-up fare—everyone loves spaztel!
Why mama will like it: The restaurant recently installed a changing table in the restroom and are actively encouraging a family-positive atmosphere.
Why kids will like it: Not only is there French toast for dinner, but scrambled eggs, pancakes and a peanut-butter banana sandwich.

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