If you venture across the East River to take a trip to the Brooklyn Museum the next time you are in the city, your family probably isn’t going to want to go all the way back to Manhattan to eat after working up an appetite. Although it might have somewhat of a rough reputation, there are plenty of family places to eat in Brooklyn; here are a few suggestions.
The sister location of the restaurant’s famous East Village location, Two Boots Brooklyn in Park Slope is one of the most family-friendly restaurants you will ever encounter. Located at 514 2nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, Two Boots Brooklyn is a combination pizza place, Cajun
restaurant and world music venue. With a menu that boasts Po’Boys and sandwiches, a wide variety of freshly-made pizzas and entrees like Crescent City Jambalaya, Louisiana Fish Fry, Bubba’s BBQ Ribs and Big Daddy’s Chicken-Fried Steak, there’s no doubt that even the most picky eater will be leaving Two Boots Brooklyn with a fully belly and a smile on their face. And, as the Ultimate Review Guide puts it, “It’s hard not to love a restaurant that lets children roam the premises.”
For a taste of Buffalo, NY all the way down in Brooklyn, head to Bonnie’s Grill at 278 Fifth Avenue near Union Street (also in Park Slope). Run by chefs who grew up in Upstate New York and learned a thing or two about chicken wings in the process, Bonnie’s Grill is one of the best places in all of New York City to chow down on wings, burgers and vegetarian-friendly burgers and sandwiches. With its chromed-out tables and classic-looking counter, Bonnie’s Grill has the
relaxed atmosphere of a college diner but, according to the Brooklyn paper, still manages to put out the “kind of warmth that surrounds a place that has clearly been conceived with boundless energy and a passion for good, simple food.” (Note: If you try the “Hotter” wings, make sure you have plenty of water nearby.)
If you find yourself near the brand-new Barclays Center you could go to Applebee’s or Buffalo Wild Wings, but why not bring the family to take in some local flavor at The Smoke Joint. Located in Fort Greene, The Smoke Joint offers finger-licking good BBQ spare ribs, baby back ribs, pulled pork and hot links in a casual, comfortable urban-roadhouse setting. In addition to the selection of Dr. Brown’s sodas and sweet teas, kids also might enjoy “the joint dog,” a delicious Brooklyn style hot dog that can be topped with pulled pork, beef or chicken.
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