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The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants on The Upper West Side

August 28 2023

The Hotel Beacon is nestled in the heart of the Upper West Side – one of New York’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with your loved ones in the city. Whether you’ve got a fussy eater, allergies in the family, or simply don’t all enjoy the same foods - finding the perfect place to please the family (especially in a new city) is no easy feat. But it’s not impossible.

With so many families in the area, there’s a family-friendly restaurant for everyone – whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Here is our list of favorites for pleasing the whole brood throughout your stay on the Upper West Side.

Big Daddy's

What is better than a traditional 1950s New York diner? Not much. Big Daddy’s is a step back in time – and a favorite with local families. Boasting fun décor, vibrant neon signs, and nostalgic memorabilia – this classic American diner is a hit with kids and parents alike. Offering an endless menu of American comfort food, from milkshakes to oversized burgers and mac and cheese to amazing hot dogs – there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Child picking up a fry from a plate with a burger and fries

Good Enough to Eat

Looking for something homemade and heartwarming? Sometimes homemade food is the best – perhaps because “love” is a main ingredient. If you’re looking for homecooked food while on vacation, Good Enough to Eat is a farmhouse-style restaurant offering good, homecooked food that will make you and your family feel at home right away. Whether you’re looking for an amazing breakfast or a filling lunch – Good Enough to Eat is a local gem for a reason and well worth the visit for a brunch you won’t forget.

Shake Shack

Who doesn’t like burgers? Located just a stone’s throw from the Hotel Beacon, Shake Shack is a family favorite and thrills-free go-to for a simple meal to feed the family. With burgers, fries, shakes, and an impressive kid’s menu– there is something to please even the pickiest of eaters. If you’ve had a long day and the kids are feeling tired, book the meal to take away and enjoy in front of the TV in the comfort of your hotel room.

young girl smiles over a plate of food

Jacob's Pickles

After big portions at low prices? Southern comfort food is a great way to fill up the family – without breaking the bank. While southern food might not be first on your list of things to try in New York – Jacob’s Pickles is the real thing. With rustic décor and an extensive menu offering waffles, chicken, biscuits, and – of course – pickles – Jacob’s is the perfect place to enjoy a real southern experience in the heart of New York.

The Hotel Beacon

Taking kids out every night doesn’t have to be a part of your vacation. If mealtimes = meltdowns, you might be happier sticking to homecooked meals. The Hotel Beacon offers apartment-style suites, complete with mini-kitchen – meaning you can keep your kids routine, cook their favorite meals, and make sure the whole family is happy and comfortable at mealtimes.

If you’re visiting New York City with kids in tow this fall, the Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the family-friendly Upper West Side and offers suites with a small kitchen where you can cater for everyone’s needs.