Who says nothing is for free anymore? Not these kid-friendly Long Island restaurants, where kids occasionally can eat FREE and you can 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, and pub fare to ethnic dishes, check out these locations the next time your family is looking for a stress-free dinner. Promotions change, 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. Kids can chow down on burgers, sandwiches, or grown-up steaks.
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 from 4:30pm until closing time. The menu includes burgers, pasta, chicken fingers, hot dogs, and desserts such as brownie pie and rice pudding.
Dickey's Barbeque Pit— Lawrence
305 Rockaway Turnpike
Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree on Sundays. Dickey's offers mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and tacos.
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.
Kids can enjoy pasta and other Italian specialties at Pappardelle's in Bethpage.
Pappardelle’s — Bethpage
554 Stewart Avenue
Pizza, pasta, and other Italian specialties are served at this family-friendly establishment. Kids eat free all day on Sundays with the purchase of any adult meal.
Runyon’s — Seaford
3928 Merrick Road
Kids eat free seven days a week from 4 to 7 pm 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 Pettit Avenue
Kids eat free all day 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
All day on Tuesdays, kids younger than 12 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 barbecue specialties and more at Bobbique in Patchogue.
Bobbique — Patchogue
70 West Main Street
This southern barbeque restaurant serves up free meals to children 12 and younger all day on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal. Kids can choose from ribs, burgers, mac and cheese, and more.
Bulldog Grille — Amityville
292 Merrick Road
Every Monday night, two kids can eat free with the purchase of one adult entree. An added bonus: A balloon artist and face painter are on hand to keep kids entertained.
Cooper Street — Babylon
217 East Main Street
From Sundays through Thursdays, enjoy one free kids (12 and younger) meal 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 eat free on Wednesdays and Thursdays with each paid adult entree. Kids' meals come with a choice of fries, mashed potatoes, fruit platter or steamed veggies, unlimited soft drinks or Shirley Temples, and dessert.
Gasho of Japan — Hauppauge
356 Motor Parkway
On Mondays, children 12 and younger can eat free during dinnertime 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.
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.
International House of Pancakes — Commack, Lindenhurst, Manhasset, Oceanside, Valley Stream, Westbury, Williston Park
Kids eat free from 4 to 10pm every day in Commack; on Mondays and Wednesdays in Williston Park; on Wednesdays and Fridays in Valley Stream; and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays in Oceanside. The promotion runs for limited times so confirm before you go. Promotions vary by location.
Hurricane Grill & Wings — Hauppauge, Levittown, Lindenhurst, Manorville, Port Jefferson Station, Syosset
The Florida-based chain boasts more than 30 sauces and rubs for its famous wings. In Hauppauge, Manorville, Lindenhurst, and Syosset, kids 12 and younger eat free on Saturdays with the purchase of an adult meal. At the Levittown location, the promotion is offered on Mondays. In Port Jefferson Station, kids eat free on Tuesdays.
Miller’s Ale House — Deer Park, Lake Grove, Levittown
Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult entree. Kids can choose from spaghetti and meatballs, fried shrimp, mini burgers, hot dogs, cheese quesadillas, and more.
Moe’s Southwest Grill — Five Nassau locations, 10 in Suffolk
On Tuesdays, kids 12 and younger can enjoy a free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult meal from 5 to 9 pm in the dining room.. Tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are on the menu. Available at most Moe’s locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Photos courtesy of the restaurants
A version of this article was posted in 2017. It was updated by writer Rebekah Yahoves in January 2019.