Boat racing, botanic gardens, the zoo, interactive art and plenty of wide open spaces to frolic: Central Park is a dream come true for parents looking to keep the children entertained for the day. But children get hungry—and so will you. Here’s where to eat with the kids when in Central Park.
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The Alice in Wonderland sculpture is one of Central Park’s most beloved treasures. Keep the magic alive by visiting Alice’s Tea Cup, “New York City’s most whimsical tea house.” The eatery serves a generous amount of scones, sandwiches, cakes alongside hundreds of teas. There are two locations, the original near the west side of the park and the other near the east side.
Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter I: 102 West 73rd Street (at Columbus Ave)
Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II: 156 East 64th Street (at Lexington Ave)
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There’s no better way to top off the day than a trip to an all-American bakery. Situated east of the park, Two Little Red Hens is a cozy and cute bake shop specializing in classic cakes, cheesecake, pies and cupcakes. The midday sugar hit is exactly what you’ll need for more park exploration.
Two Little Red Hens: 1652 2nd Ave.
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Taking the kids out for a bite can be a real stress: will there be enough seats? Will they actually eat the food? The Upper East Side’s Shake Shack guarantees both. Unique garden plaza seating in addition to their famous burgers and fries makes perfect dining for families.
Shake Shake: 154 East 86th St.
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Aside from being one of the most picturesque parts of Central Park, the Loeb Boathouse is also a fantastic place to relax lakeside and eat a hearty family meal—complete with a dedicated children’s menu. The recently redesigned boathouse beautifully coexists with the surrounding nature—so keep an eye out for the park’s indigenous birds or the scores of butterflies that flutter around while the kids enjoy chicken strips or penne pasta and you sample seared scallops or grilled petit filets.
The Loeb Boathouse; Park Drive North, E 72nd St.
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Just a hopscotch jump away from the park sits Serafina Fabulous Pizza. The pizza and pasta giant now has restaurants all around the globe, with the Madison Ave spot—and its gorgeous rooftop terrace—being a favorite among families in the Upper East Side.
Serafina Fabulous Pizza: 1022 Madison Ave.