13 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Restaurants in Westchester
Venturing to Westchester's outdoor restaurants is an annual right of passage, marking the turning of the seasons. But, in 2020, diners are coming out of the woodwork, flocking to these popular family-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating because, right now, it's the only option for a sit-down meal with the county firmly in Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan.
We've updated our list of kid-friendly outdoor restaurants to note each restaurant's safety protocols. Things may look a little different, with restaurants limiting seating capacity to allow for social distancing; single-use menus or online ordering are the new norm, and contact-free payment may be preferred. Some of the perks we've come to enjoy at these restaurants, like family-friendly games and entertainment, have been put on hold, too. You'll also be expected to wear a mask any time you're not seated at your table. Increased demand means making a reservation in advance might be required to snag a coveted seat.
Read on for our list of 13 family-friendly outdoor restaurants in Westchester—there's a mix of price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where families can get their alfresco fix. Looking for more family-friendly dining options? Check out our Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide.
1. Birdsall House – Peekskill
Outdoor tables are spaced six feet apart, and the restaurant now has a hands-free payment process.
At this "craft beer gastropub" in Peekskill, families can hang out in the large beer garden, which includes both patio seating and picnic tables. Lots of the draft beers hail from the East Coast, and the weekday happy hour goes until 7pm if you're looking for a mid-week break from cooking. The pub serves lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, with a kids menu that features favorites like mac and cheese and mini burgers. For the youngest visitors, there are highchairs available, too. Kids getting restless? Let them try out the bocce ball court.
2. Traditions 118 – Granite Springs
This Somers establishment has an abundance of outdoor seating, with front and back patios, backyard picnic tables, sidewalk seating, and even more tables under small tents in the front parking area.
Traditions 118 combines Italian and American cuisine, with selections ranging from pasta and meatballs to burgers, steak, pizza, and lobster rolls. Enjoy dining on the outdoor patio surrounded by lovely foliage. For an added perk, enjoy a family game on the bocce court.
Try the Toll House Pancakes at the Brazen Fox for an extra special treat.
3. The Brazen Fox – White Plains
Service is now available on the back patio, with tables spaced six feet apart. Group sizes are limited to four people, high chairs not included. Reservations are recommended, and guests are asked to limit their visit to 90 minutes to allow turnover for other guests.
This casual American eatery and craft beer bar on Mamaroneck Avenue offers patio seating in the nice weather. There isn't a dedicated kids menu, but there are plenty of kid-friendly favorites on offer, including quesadillas, chicken tenders, flatbread pizza, and nachos.
4. Captain Lawrence Brewery – Elmsford
The beer garden is now open, and reservations are required. Patrons are asked to limit their visit to two hours to allow for table turnover. Before arriving, download the Arryved app for contactless ordering and payment. Currently, outdoor games are not available to encourage social distancing. Currently, Captain Lawrence isn't serving from its kids menu, but still welcomes families saying the best time to dine with kids is weekends from noon-4pm. See the website for up to date safety protocols and ordering procedures.
While a brewery might not seem like an obvious choice for outdoor dining with kids, Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford has an outdoor eating area (with games like cornhole) as well as a kids menu, with options like hot dogs, pasta, and fruit. The brewery has an excellent selection of craft beers on tap (for the parents, of course).
5. Harvest on Hudson – Hastings-on-Hudson
Outdoor dining has resumed from 2-9pm. Reservations not required.
Harvest on Hudson overlooks the Hudson River. The menu has several Italian dishes, with enough variety to suit many tastes. Although it doesn't have a kids menu, there are options to satisfy little eaters, like pizza and pasta. Diners can walk around a small outdoor garden to view veggies and other flora. Best of all, it's right next to a playground, making it easy for kids to run and play before or after a meal.
A full kids menu and outdoor seating by the water make Bartaco a perfect restaurant for families.
6. Bartaco – Port Chester
A nearly no-touch set-up, the picnic-style dining at Bartaco allows for ordering via your phone, and food is served in disposable containers. Use the restaurant's app to reserve a table or call the restaurant to be added to the list.
Bartaco has an outdoor seating area overlooking the water, plus a full kids menu (with items like quesadillas and fun fruit skewers). The food is yummy, the prices are reasonable, and the service is fast and friendly. It can get a little loud and crowded—the place is popular for good reason—so we suggest heading over on the early side to avoid crowds and lines. If there is a wait, the restaurant will take your cell phone number and let you know when your table is ready. Use the time to take a walk by the water and look at the boats.
7. Hudson Social – Dobbs Ferry
Outdoor dining is now open. Reservations can be made online, by phone, or via the Hudson Social app.
Hudson Social is located on the Dobbs Ferry waterfront, near the train station and a large park (with a jungle gym and lots of space to run and play). The kids menu has classic favorites like sliders, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, and PB&J. Grown-ups can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and cocktails.
8. Larchmont Tavern – Larchmont
Outdoor dining is now available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A local favorite for younger families, the Larchmont Tavern features a courtyard cafe. Its menu is packed with everything from salads to grilled items and pastas, as well as a massive burger and sandwich menu. Bonus: It supplies Etch-a-Sketches while kids (or kids at heart) wait for their food.
9. Yonkers Brewing Co. – Yonkers
The patio at Yonkers Brewing Co. has reopened, with dining offered from noon to 8pm daily.
This outdoor beer garden is great for kids, especially during its weekend brunch. Kids can dig into Nutella French toast, churro waffles, omelets, and even wings and tacos. The regular lunch and dinner menu also features grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and other kid favorites.
Brace yourself for a sugar high with an over-the-top milkshake at the Lazy Boy Saloon.
10. The Lazy Boy Saloon – White Plains
Outdoor dining is now available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parents can treat the kids to a social media-worthy milkshake-on-steroids at the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains. The restaurant has outdoor seating right on busy Mamaroneck Avenue, which means there should be plenty of good people-watching. In addition to milkshakes, there's a menu full of kid-friendly meals like wings, burgers, pizzas, and french fries.
11. Louie & Johnnie's – Yonkers
Louie & Johnnie's reopened its large patio for outdoor dining and offers its full menu. Reservations are not required.
Louie and Johnnie's is the kind of casual family restaurant that makes kids feel like they've gone out for a fancy meal. The children's menu at this traditional Italian restaurant features kid-sized portions of cultural favorites and the Monday-Saturday lunch menu.
12. Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen – Tarrytown
Snag a table on the patio between noon and 8pm daily.
Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen is another of our favorites near the Hudson River, offering a large outdoor patio. The vibe (and the price point) leans toward the higher end. Try the wood-fired pizzas for a gourmet take on the humble pie. Rivermarket is conveniently near Lighthouse Ice Cream Co., as well as Pierson Park and its splash pad, making it a lovely stop on a warm day.
13. Sam's of Gedney Way – White Plains
Outdoor dining is in full swing evenings six days a week. Call ahead to make a reservation and wait in your car until your table is ready. Menus are viewed online via the restaurant's website or app.
A longtime favorite of White Plains residents, Sam's of Gedney Way bills itself as a "classic American bistro." Sam's offers lunch, dinner, and brunch—as well as a gluten-free menu.
Originally published in 2017, this post is updated annually.
Photos courtesy of the restaurants.