Dinner with a Side of Crayons


No one would ever call you an easy dinner companion.

And now with Junior on the side, your requirements have gotten even more demanding.

Let MiniMunchers, a new website for families on the go, take the guesswork out of finding the best kid-friendly dining options in Manhattan. The Mommy Muncher, a.k.a. Carla Sullivan, points you to restaurants with children’s menus and timely service. Reviews and ratings — four crayons being the gold standard and a lonely piece of broccoli denoting a dud — are searchable by price, cuisine, neighborhood, and destination.

Each rating evaluates family friendliness vs. kid satisfaction (remember, all chicken nuggets are not created equal) and includes the full children’s menu. You’ll also find advice from regular moms and dads on dining out and inside scoop from food industry experts (chefs from Klee and Landmarc are on the calendar).

So eat, drink, and be merry. Your kids are welcome here.

Available online at minimunchers.com.

this week in new york!

What: An interactive haunted house for kids from the fabulously funny Story Pirates.
Why: Mini spooks get to call the shots and write their own story lines.
When: Oct. 15-31. Preview shows on Mon., 3 p.m.
Where: Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St., b/t Greenwich & West Sts. Tickets online at hallowhoa.com. Adults and children, $40.

The Orchestra: A Happy Family

What: The Little Orchestra Society’s Lolli-Pops are back to introduce Bang, Buzz, Bow, Toot, and Mr. Maestro to kids ages 3 and up.
Why: Sweet musical fare such as Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy will delight.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m. & noon; Sun., 1 & 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th St., b/t Park & Lexington Aves. Tickets at 212-772-4448 or online at littleorchestra.org. Adults and children, $12-$40.

Baby Loves Disco

What: A dance party for the whole fam with a DJ spinning tunes from the ’70s and ’80s.
Why: Relive your glory days without the hangover.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (212-505-3474). Tickets online at babylovesdisco.com. Adults and children, $20; babies, free; family four-pack, $60.

Photo: Courtesy of Landmarc

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158 Bleecker St
bt Thompson & Sullivan Sts
New York, NY 10012
120 Warren St
bt Greenwich & West Sts
New York, NY 10007
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
E 68th St
bt Park & Lexington Aves
New York, NY 10021