Next Saturday, April 27th, a massive kiddy street fair known as the annual Tribeca Family Festival takes over Greenwich Street from Chambers to Hubert, with live music and performances, free screenings, and fun demos for aspiring mini filmmakers and chefs.
In a neighborhood where kids practically outnumber the adults, many local restaurants wisely welcome these little gourmands with open arms. Here is a round up of some of our favorite family-friendly brunch spots in the area:
- Locanda Verde: This restaurant in the Greenwich Hotel has a solid brunch menu, with both hearty options like their shaved porchetta sandwich with grilled onions and provolone, and the fluffiest lemon ricotta pancakes in town, topped with blueberries and meyer lemon curd.
- Bubby’s: Tables are set with placemats and crayons to keep kids occupied while they wait for their homestyle plates of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage to arrive. Leave room for a piece of one of their famous pies — apple whiskey crumble and sour cherry are especially delicious.
- Cercle Rouge: There’s usually not a long wait at this French bistro that hosts a magic brunch for families every weekend from 11am-1pm — a clown makes animal balloons for the kids, while parents can order up a dozen oysters and fancy French wines by the glass.
- Blue Smoke BPC: Blue Smoke has family-friendly down — with wikki-stix on arrival and personal pig cookies that kids get to decorate with colored sprinkles and take home as party favors. Their burger is one of the best around, and our son loves to sprinkle their famous Magic Dust on every menu item.
- All Good Things: If the weather cooperates, grab some gourmet picnic supplies at Franklin Street’s new-ish European-style market, All Good Things. You can make your own sandwiches for the whole family with a loaf of craft ale bread from Orwashers, salty tasso ham from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, and some asiago from Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop. To drink, try a New Orleans iced coffee from Blue Bottle, and for dessert, a box of indulgent ganaches from Brooklyn’s Nunu Chocolates.
If you’re in town for the whole weekend, the Tribeca Grand Hotel hosts a fantastic Family Brunch on Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm. The huge buffet spread includes everything from local favorites like Barney Greengrass lox and Doughnut Plant doughnuts to Waldorf salad and made-to-order Belgian waffles. Kiddos dance to the live dixieland band and head downstairs afterwards to the in-house Cinema, where animated classics like Totoro and Toy Story are screened.
For more details, check out the Tribeca Family Festival’s official website here
Address: 377 Greenwich St, New York
Phone: (212) 925-3797
Address: 120 Hudson St, New York
Phone: (212) 219-0666
Address: 241 West Broadway, New York
Phone: (212) 226-6252
Blue Smoke BPC
Address: 255 Vesey Street, New York
Phone: (212) 889-2005
All Good Things
Address: 102 Franklin Street, New York
Phone: (212) 966-3663
Tribeca Grand Hotel
Address: 2 6th Ave New York
Phone: (212) 965-3565