Beautiful weather practically begs for heading to one of these local kid-friendly dining spots with outdoor seating. We’ve got a roundup of 15 restaurants worth trying—with varying price points, atmospheres, and cuisines—where Westchester families can get their alfresco dining fix.
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A full-on kids' menu and outdoor seating make Bartaco a perfect restaurant for families.
Bartaco – Port Chester
Bartaco has an outdoor seating area overlooking the water, plus a full kids’ menu (with items like a “kids-a-dilla” 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.
Birdsall House – Peekskill
At this “craft beer gastropub” in Peekskill, families can hang out in the large, 2,000-square-foot beer garden, which includes both patio seating and picnic tables. Most of the beers hail from New York, 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.
Try the Toll House Pancakes at the Brazen Fox for an extra special treat.
The Brazen Fox – White Plains
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 mac & cheese bites.
Captain Lawrence Brewery – Elmsford
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 very kid-friendly food menu (grilled cheese, pretzels, and French fries are all on the menu). The brewery has an excellent selection of craft beers on tap (for the parents, of course).
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Kids can dig into mac n' cheese or delicious fresh seafood at Half Moon.
Half Moon – Dobbs Ferry
Half Moon is close to the Dobbs Ferry waterfront park, and it has beautiful views of the Hudson River. It’s a bit upscale and makes a good choice for a special occasion. Seafood lovers will especially appreciate the menu. Not big on fish? The restaurant also has a menu of American favorites with many ingredients sourced locally. The restaurant and outdoor area are both quite spacious—a plus for family gatherings.
Harvest on Hudson – Hastings-on-Hudson
Harvest on Hudson is the sister restaurant of Half Moon and also overlooks the Hudson River. The menu has a number of Italian dishes, with enough variety to suit many tastes. Although they don’t have a kids menu, the staff is happy to accommodate children with dishes like pasta, pizza, or chicken fingers. Diners can walk around a little outdoor garden with fresh veggies and plants. Best of all, it’s right next to a jungle gym, making it easy for kids to run and play before or after a meal.
Kids will love these cute little tostones at Havana Central.
Havana Central – Yonkers
After hitting Legoland Discovery Center or Rockin’ Jump, or doing some shopping at Ridge Hill, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, including several with outdoor dining. Havana Central stands out from the crowd with its menu of Cuban classics, served in a fun and lively atmosphere. Rice and beans, empanadas, sweet potato fries, and plantains are a few items that kids might especially enjoy. Grown-ups might want to try the Cuban sandwiches and cafe con leche.
Hudson Social – Dobbs Ferry
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, PB&J, and grilled cheese. Grown-ups can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and cocktails. Insider tip: Visitors must have a pass to park at the Dobbs Ferry waterfront park, and the restaurant is happy to give one to customers.
Larchmont Tavern – Larchmont
A local favorite for younger families, the Larchmont Tavern features a courtyard cafe. They've got everything from salads to grilled items and pastas, and an extensive burger and sandwich menu. Bonus: They supply Etch-a-Sketches while kids (or kids at heart) wait for their food.
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Brace yourself for a sugar high with an over-the-top milkshake at the Lazy Boy Saloon.
Lazy Boy Saloon – White Plains
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 burgers, pizzas, and French fries.
Louie & Johnnie's – Yonkers
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 best kept secret of this Yonkers restaurant is the Monday-Saturday lunch menu. Dine outdoors in nice weather, in the Pizza Café or in the main dining room. Louie and Johnnie's is conveniently located across from the Yonkers Raceway--perfect for summer evening concerts. Take-out is available.
Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar – Rye
Spend the day riding, splashing, and playing at Rye Playland, then grab a bite at this kitschy-cute spot on the boardwalk overlooking the Long Island Sound. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with fireworks on Friday nights.
Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen – Tarrytown
Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen is another of our favorites near the Hudson River, and it features a large outdoor patio. The vibe (and the price point) leans toward the higher end of casual. Try the wood-fired pizzas for a gourmet take on the humble pizza pie. Rivermarket is conveniently close to Lighthouse Ice Cream Co., as well as Pierson Park and its splash pad, making it a lovely stop on a warm day.
Sam’s of Gedney Way – White Plains
A longtime favorite of White Plains residents, Sam’s of Gedney Way bills itself as a “classic American bistro.” Sam’s offers a seasonal BBQ menu, available in the restaurant or out on the patio. There’s also a gluten-free menu.
Yonkers Brewing Co. – Yonkers
The outdoor beer garden is great for kids. Weekend brunch is a popular time for families to visit, and 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, chicken tenders and other kids-will-definitely-eat-it fare. Once they’re done eating, older kids can check out the foosball table or play Connect Four.
Looking for more dining options? Check out our Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide.
Originally published May 22, 2017
Photos courtesy of the restaurants.