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NYC kid menus adults will want to bite into

Little New Yorkers can still have big tastes. The New York Times treated a very lucky group of second graders to a $220 tasting menu at Daniel last week, to the envy of many, many adults. While not all young ones are going to want a multi-course menu of Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi or foie gras torchons, there's no reason the younger set needs to only stick to grilled cheese and buttered noodles. Visit family-friendly New York City restaurants that offer a kids menu beyond food designed to be dipped in ketchup.

Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn

The second outpost of this classic restaurant
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The second outpost of this classic restaurant is a lot more family-friendly. And yes, we're going to attribute that to the new Grand Central Oyster Bar being in Park Slope. The kids menu features freshly caught house-made fish sticks ($6.95), and a kid's pasta of the day ($7.95), but the real special here is the 25-cent oysters. While some kids may not be thrilled about slurping the bivalves right out a shell, others may be intrigued with the new food, and the low price helps introduce young ones to a healthy and sustainable food, prepping them for a lifetime of cocktail parties. Plus, cocktail sauce is basically ketchup anyway, so kids should be quick to catch on.

254 5th Ave., Brooklyn, oysterbarbrooklyn.com

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen

For kids who love to slurp, Dassara makes
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For kids who love to slurp, Dassara makes basic chicken or mushroom kids' ramen for $5, using a half portion of noodles with a little extra broth. Sensitive to kids' taste buds, the ramen for the younger set doesn't come with toppings but more adventurous young ones can add on a boiled egg, matzo ball, greens or meat for half the price of adult toppings. For $9, kids can enjoy a bowl of ramen, a steamed bun and juice. 271 Smith St., Brooklyn, dassara.com

ChipShop

If little New Yorkers are going to insist
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If little New Yorkers are going to insist on fish sticks and fries they may as well go for the slightly more cultured British fish and chips. ChipShop in both Downtown Brooklyn and Park Slope offers a kids menu perfect for anyone who appreciates a few deep fried treats, and yes, deep fried Twinkies and Mars bars are also an option. In addition to teaching kids Cockney slang, the menu offers kids $6 fish and chips or $7 plaice (another type of white fish) and chips in addition to a $6 bangers and mash. 129 Atlantic Ave. & 383 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, chipshopnyc.com

Sushi Samba

The kids menu at Sushi Samba offers
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The kids menu at Sushi Samba offers an adult-style entree and dessert (seasonal fruit and ice cream mochi) for $12. Options include the "Baby Bento" with grilled organic chicken, steak or salmon, purple potato mash, and a veggie roll or the sushi bites which are rice balls topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon and cucumber. Kiddy cocktails include the Watermelon Mojo made with watermelon, lime and guava juice. and are available to chase down all that yummy Japanese food. The menu is for kids 12 and younger, but we're guessing Sushi Samba won't deny a kid-adult a mocktail.

87 Seventh Ave. South, sushisamba.com

Landmarc

While Marc Murphy's Landmarc offers some of
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While Marc Murphy's Landmarc offers some of your typical kids offerings like orecchiette with butter and pigs in a blanket, a new healthy MyPlate initiative serves well-balanced meals to meet USDA guidelines on kids' health. The $14 meals are served with sliced apples and bananas and include options like lemon and herb roasted chicken legs with steamed broccoli and brown rice and sliced skirt steak with steamed broccoli and cheesy brown rice.

179 W. Broadway & 10 Columbus Circle, landmarc-restaurant.com

Baby Adults Menu at Han Dynasty

The kids menu at Han Dynasty features
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The kids menu at Han Dynasty features items for those who may not be comfortable with a menu offering chilled beef tendon in chili oil and ginger shredded duck. Han Dynasty's kids options include scallion pancakes, fried dumplings, fried rice, lo mein or rice noodles with a choice of protein.

90 Third Ave., handynasty.net

Kelley & Ping

The children's menu at SoHo Asian fusion
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The children's menu at SoHo Asian fusion restaurant Kelley and Ping offers six fantastic options for little ones. All the kid's menu items are $5 or under, but kids eat free with an adult from 5:30 - 7 p.m. -- baby happy hour! Options include the Bowl Of Sunshine (broth with noodles and roast chicken), Thai Silly Salad (bean sprouts, carrot slices, tomatoes and cucumber with a side of peanut sauce), The Yin Yang (spring Roll, chicken satay, veggie dumpling and edamame) as well as a small pad thai with choice of tofu, chicken, shrimp or veggies.

127 Greene St., kelleyandping.com

Serafina Osteria

Uptown Italian restaurant Serafina Osteria serves excellent
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Uptown Italian restaurant Serafina Osteria serves excellent pastas with kid-friendly ingredients. $10 kids options include mini penne with organic chicken breast and Italian Parmesan or homemade tomato sauce as well as pizza margherita with fresh mozzarella bocconcini.

38 E. 58th St., serafinarestaurant.com

Fig & Olive

The gourmet Mediterranean cuisine at Fig and
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The gourmet Mediterranean cuisine at Fig and Olive is perfect for young palates. Luxe kids items include a quarter roasted chicken marinated with Herbs de Provence, lemon and mashed potato ($14) as well as fish croquette made from lemon sole fried with fried crumbs ($11). With other options like pizza made on puff pastry and penne pasta with pesto and shrimp, this is a kids menu that will definitely leave adults jealous.

808 Lexington Ave., 10 E. 52nd St. and 420 W. 13th St., figandolive.com

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