The New York City Kids Guide
It may have a reputation as being a concrete jungle, but New York City is packed with incredible, kid-friendly delights and adventures. These are the crowd pleasing spots for little ones.
Shake Shack215 Murray St., Financial District | 646.545.4600
Danny Meyer does a lot right at his burger chain, evidenced be the long lines at all the outposts. While we'll always prefer the original kiosk in Madison Square Park, there's a convenient location across from the Natural History Museum on the Upper West Side, as well as one near all the Pier 25 action in Battery Park City. We're big fans because the meat in Meyer’s burgers and dogs is completely antibiotic- and hormone-free, as is the dairy in the shakes and custards. It's also reliably delicious.
Cones272 Bleecker St., West Village | 212.414.1795
This Argentinian ice-cream and sorbet shop offers a vast array of flavors—both traditional and less so. They have all the standards, plus flavors like corn and yerba mate. There's limited seating, so grab a cone and walk around the neighborhood.
Gasoline Alley Coffee154 Grand St., Nolita
They brew Intelligentsia coffee here, and make a mean macchiato, though it's their work with a chai (and alternative milks) that is really winning hearts across the city. They also serve insane donuts. There are two outposts very close to each other (Noho and Nolita).
L’Arte del Gelato75 Ninth Ave., Chelsea
There’s no lack of gelato shops in NYC, though this one is probably the best of the bunch. Handmade the Italian way, using strictly natural, seasonal ingredients, the gelato here is just sweet and creamy enough that it doesn’t feel overly heavy. The permanent location inside Chelsea Market is always a good bet, while the summer pop-up by the High Line is ideally located for grabbing a scoop or three before a stroll.