Kid-friendly diner / $$
239 Park Ave. South between E. 19th-20th Sts.
6 train to 23rd & Park Ave. South
(212) 477-1500, fax (212) 598-5834
Mon-Thur 8 AM-12 midnight, Fri-Sat 24 hrs, Sun 8 AM-11 PM
1454 Broadway at 91st St.
1 train to 86th & Broadway
7 days, 11 AM-10 PM
1596 Second Ave. at E. 83rd St.
6 train to 86th & Lexington
Mon-Thur 8 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat 24 hrs, Sun 8 AM-10 PM
Reservations accepted but not needed
Takeout & delivery available
Visa, MC, AmEx
Kid-friendly restaurants are hard to find in Manhattan but Big Daddy's offers relief to parents at three locations. The menu is basic diner stuff. You can't go wrong with the burgers and milkshakes, especially the bacon cheeseburger, which is well lined with thick smoked bacon. The staff was even kind enough to substitute a ciabatta roll when we objected to sesame seeds. Tater tots offer an alternative to fries. Cold drinks are served in giant red plastic Coke glasses. Decor is bright and colorful, with impressive decorative use of lunchboxes. The noise level can be high, with lots of piping voices, but that's part of the child-friendly diner experience.
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