Who says nothing is for free anymore? Not these kid-friendly, Long Island restaurants, where kids get to eat free and you get to relax. It's ideal for families with picky—or not-so-picky—eaters who want to enjoy a nice meal without the aggravation of paying for food that goes untouched.
From pizza to pasta, fast food to waitress service, pub fare to ethnic dishes, check out these locations the next time your family is looking for a stress-free dinner. Promotions do change often so be sure to check first before you go.
Boulder Creek — Hicksville
200 N. Broadway (Broadway Mall)
Kids 10 and younger eat free on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree at this relaxed, family-friendly restaurant.
Corner Galley — Massapequa
5411 Merrick Road
On Tuesdays, this popular local spot offers a free kids meal for children 12 and younger with the purchase of an adult entree. The menu includes burgers, pasta, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and more.
Ikea — Hicksville
1100 Broadway (Broadway Mall)
Head to this well-known Scandinavian furniture store on Tuesdays and you can get up to two free kids' meals with the purchase of one adult entree at the on-site restaurant. For kids 12 and younger. The menu includes chicken, Swedish meatballs, chicken tenders, or pasta.
Miller’s Ale House — Levittown
3026 Hempstead Turnpike
Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of any adult entree. Kids can choose from spaghetti and meatballs, mini burgers, hot dogs, cheese quesadillas, and more.
Minado — Carle Place
219 Glen Cove Road
This Japanese seafood and buffet restaurant offers free meals to children 3 feet and under. Menu items include ribs, beef or chicken teriyaki, seafood, sushi, soup, salad, and more.
Moe’s Southwest Grill — Oceanside
14-A Atlantic Avenue
On Tuesdays, kids 12 and younger can enjoy a free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are on the menu. Available at other Moe’s locations around Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Kids can enjoy pasta and other Italian specialties at Pappardelle's.
Pappardelle’s — Bethpage
554 Stewart Avenue
Pizza, pasta, and other Italian specialties are served at this family-friendly establishment. Kids eat free on Sundays with the purchase of any adult meal.
Runyon’s — Seaford
3928 Merrick Road
Kids 10 and younger eat free seven days a week with the purchase of an adult entree ($14.95 or more) at this casual dining spot specializing in American comfort food, including burgers, pastas, and more. Promotion not valid on holidays.
The 3rd Rail — Bellmore
216 Petitt Avenue
Kids eat free on Mondays and Wednesdays with the purchase of each adult meal. Menu includes mac and cheese, chicken fingers, pasta, burgers, and more.
Your Mothers House Kitchen & Bar — Garden City Park
2349 Jericho Turnpike
Every Tuesday, kids younger than 10 eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids' menu items include grilled cheese, corn dogs, popcorn shrimp, pizza, mac and cheese, mini burgers, chicken tenders, and more.
Zim Zari California Coastal Grill — Massapequa
4964 Merrick Road
Children 12 and younger eat free on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entree at this Baja-style surf shack that features a menu with Mexican flare.
Kids 10 and younger can choose from ribs, burgers, mac and cheese, and more at Bobbique.
Bobbique — Patchogue
70 West Main Street
This southern barbeque restaurant serves up free meals to children 10 and younger on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal. Kids can choose from ribs, burgers, mac and cheese, and more.
Brownstone Brewing Company — Ronkonkoma
200 Portion Road
Head to this casual eatery on a Saturday afternoon when kids 10 and younger eat free with the purchase of one adult meal.
Bulldog Grille — Amityville
292 Merrick Road
Every Monday night two kids can eat free with the purchase on one adult entree. An added bonus: A face painter is on hand to keep kids entertained.
Cooper Street — Babylon
217 East Main Street
From Sundays through Thursdays, enjoy one free kids meal (12 and younger) with the purchase of a regular-priced adult entree.
Elijah Churchill’s Public House — Northport
1031 Fort Salonga Road
At this classic, casual pub, kids 10 and younger eat free on Wednesdays and Thursdays with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids' meals comes with a choice of fries, mashed potatoes, fruit platter or steamed veggies, unlimited soft drinks or Shirley Temples, and dessert.
A kid-sized fire hat come with all kids’ meals at Firehouse Subs in Centereach.
Firehouse Subs — Centereach
17 Centereach Mall
Kids younger than 12 eat free on Sundays and Mondays with the purchase of any adult combo. The menu includes grilled cheese, meatballs, and other hot sandwiches. Included with each meal is a kid-sized fire hat.
Gasho of Japan — Hauppauge
356 Motor Parkway
On Mondays, children 12 and younger can eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids' meals include the choice of hibachi chicken, steak or shrimp, plus soup, vegetables, white rice, and dessert.
Hurricane Grill & Wings — Manorville
496 County Road 111
Kids 12 and younger eat free on Saturdays with the purchase of an adult meal. The Florida-based chain boasts more than 30 sauces and rubs for its famous wings. Check other Long Island locations for their specific promotions.
Kids will flip for the Junior Cupcake Pancake Combo at IHOP.
International House of Pancakes — Commack
2159 Jericho Turnpike
Kids eat free every Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 10pm. The promotion runs for limited times so confirm before you go. Check other IHOP locations on Long Island for similar promotions.
The Village Idiot Pub — Patchogue
8 East Main Street
At this popular sports bar in the heart of Patchogue, kids 12 and younger eat free every Monday through Wednesday with the purchase of an adult entree. The menu boasts dishes with fresh ingredients from local producers.
Top photo by Mike Mozart/CC BY 2.0. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants.