Brownstone-lined Park Slope has long been known for its family-friendly vibe, boasting plenty of fun indoor play spots, playgrounds, kid events—and great Brooklyn eats. Need to find a child-friendly restaurant after an energy-burning romp in Prospect Park? No problem.
We've eagerly rounded up and taste-tested a top 10 list of our favorite family restaurants in Park Slope. Our curated list includes the best dining spots to find kid staples like pizza, burritos and gelato but also plenty of more exotic fare for adventurous NYC eaters. Plus we tell you who has highchairs and where the baby changing tables are (and are not). Read on and you might just discover your new go-to Brooklyn eatery.
Kids pause to mug for the camera as fresh ramen is prepared at Naruto Ramen.
276 5th Avenue (between 1st Street and Garfield Place)
Ramen is a staple in our household and Naruto offers delicious options for our vegetarian family as well as our meat-loving friends. Diners have five broths to choose from, including our favorite spicy miso option. Teriyaki chicken, salads and homemade gyoza are all great kid options here, too. This small restaurant has seating around an open kitchen, which children find enthralling as they wait for their noodles. A handful of tables and highchairs are also available in the back. An early dinner is the best option for patrons with children as Naruto’s fresh noodles are in high demand and the tiny Slope restaurant is known to get packed. There's no dedicated stroller parking, though the accommodating staff will help you find a safe spot to stow away your carriage. Moms to babes: There's no infant changing table here, so pack your changing pad or hustle home in an emergency.
278 5th Avenue (between 1st Street and Garfield Place)
Days before Calexico opened its Park Slope location in 2014, a friend and I walked by and were ushered in with four children in tow to enjoy some free, delicious Mexican food. If that doesn’t scream family-friendly, what does? The Calexico brothers started with a single NYC food cart, but they now possess a fleet of carts and several very popular restaurant locations. The food is fresh and incredibly satisfying food in a truly family-friendly environment. The menu is refreshingly basic and delicious: burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas and salads. But you'll often find a few surprises like the grilled pineapple salsa and Calexico's own spin on chipotle sauce. Highchairs and changing tables are available. Bonus: Calexico offers secure stroller parking out front with locks!
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L’Albero dei Gelati
341 5th Avenue (between 4th and 5th Streets)
Last summer we were so eager to discover the latest wild gelato flavor (eggplant, beets and lavender), it took months for us to realize that behind this takeout window was a cafe. L’Albero dei Gelati serves an array of mouth-watering pastries, soups and cheesy panini. The family-run business relies on organic ingredients and personal relationships with suppliers to serve up super fresh food. With ample space for strollers, plus highchairs and changing table accommodations, L’Albero dei Gelati quickly became a staple in our family. From meetups with friends for a glass of wine and a platter of scrumptious local artisanal cheeses to yummy Sunday brunches as a family and our constant drooling over the gelato, this gem is not to be missed.
Can't get enough gelato? Learn to make your own at L’Albero's gelato-making workshops for kids.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
280 5th Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
If one member of your family loves raw clams and another will eat nothing but penne, Blue Ribbon is the restaurant for you. Blue Ribbon is a meat-lover's paradise offering a wide selection from pulled pork to brisket to paella and fresh seafood. The children’s menu has significantly more variety than most, even if it isn’t cheap. This is our go-to spot when carnivorous relatives come to visit, though we vegetarians have no problem filling up. The kale salad and black bean burger are satisfying, especially when followed by a hot fudge sundae. You'll also find a large restroom with a changing table, plus high chairs and a friendly staff who will assist with stroller storing. Blue Ribbon opens at 5pm, so lunch is not an option; however, when our family walks into this bustling scene, we always feel at home.
Bogota Latin Bistro
141 5th Avenue (between Lincoln and St. Johns Streets)
The entire staff at this lively Central and South American restaurant seem determined to deliver a delicious and fun experience for the whole family. The food is fresh and satisfying and the children’s menu extends beyond the requisite cheese quesadilla. Our kids love the black bean empanadas, arepas (yummy cornmeal cakes) and fried yucca. If strollers, high chairs and picky eaters are part of your existence, the folks at Bogota will take care of everything. It does get crowded on weekends, so plan on dining early.
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Amazing sushi! Photo provided by Yamato.
168 7th Avenue (between Garfield Place and 1st Street)
Yamato specializes in sushi and dim dum and does both very well. While there is no children’s menu, the dim sum portions are perfect for little ones, as well as the large variety of classic and inventive sushi rolls. Yamato also offers plenty of noodles, soups and appetizers that my kids go crazy for each time we visit this Slope staple. The staff here are part of the appeal for a parent, too. A while back, my then-toddler yanked a fistful of wasabi from my plate and stuffed it into her mouth! The attentive staff had our stroller, diaper bag and settled bill ready to go in minutes so we could attend to our howling tot. Yamato gets crowded but it's always helpful to parents, finding room for your stroller. There's no changing table here, though. Better bonus? This cozy restaurant has a lovely outdoor space perfect when the sun is shining (and the kids are rowdy).
170 7th Avenue (at 1st Street)
No restaurant list would be complete without a burger joint. Yes, we are including a chain, but if your family loves burgers, Bareburger’s are the best (and organic to boot!). The concept is simple and the menu offers something for everyone: pick a patty (bison, beef, boar or black bean to name a few) and pick your bun (or heck, wrap it in a collard green leaf if someone is gluten-free). Bareburger also has delicious and large salads and the onion rings are to die for. The children’s menu is a lot of fun as little ones get to pick their own meal, side and drink. Outdoor seating feels a bit cramped with strollers, but there is plenty of room inside for families needing more space. Changing tables and high chairs are available.
195 5th Avenue (between Berkley Place and Union Street)
Since opening in late August 2015, our family has been compelled to go back every other week to experience some of the most delicious Indian food in the neighborhood. Namaste doesn’t have a dedicated children’s menu, but that's not a problem as most main dishes are meant to be shared. Our go-to starter is the Samosa Chaat—picture four forks greedily clanking for more. The menu includes cheesy naan bread, delectable dal (lentils), rice dishes and grilled chicken for less adventuresome eaters. The food is truly outstanding, as is the consistently welcoming, helpful staff. Namaste has an outdoor space with plenty of umbrellas, as well as highchairs but no baby changing table.
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261 5th Avenue (at Garfield Place)
La Villa’s tagline is “Family Friendly Italian Restaurant” and they really mean it. The pizzas are made in a wood-burning stove and the toppings range from traditional to the unexpected (our favorites are fried eggplant and sautéed broccoli rabe). This family-owned business prides itself on the freshest ingredients, organic sauces and homemade mozzarella. La Villa also offers sandwiches, calzones, salad and pasta dishes, making it easy to please everyone in the family. The restaurant is large and the staff is accommodating, but La Villa does get crowded and waits can be a bit long. Our solution: dine early! Though there is no changing table, staff will help stow the stroller and highchairs are available.
230 5th Avenue (at President Street)
Is someone craving comfort food and an egg cream? Dizzy’s is your diner. Your experience will begin with a paper placemat and box of crayons. The kid’s menu has no surprises: grilled cheese, chicken fingers, mac and cheese. However, when asked where my children want to eat, the first answer is always Dizzy’s. Sometimes we pop in to one of the two locations (also at 511 9th Street) for milkshakes and a side of fries at the counter. The weekend brunch is outstanding (biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros are a favorite with the grandparents). The food is abundant and incredibly satisfying and even accommodates vegans and gluten-free diets. Highchairs and changing tables are available. Note: Cash only.
Read about other family-friendly restaurants in NYC or check out our entire series of Park Slope posts.
Top photo courtesy of Calexico.