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13 Affordable NYC Restaurants to Feed the Family

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With many of us working from home these days and school schedules up in the air, it’s never been harder to carve out the time to feed a family three times a day — and even harder still to do it well. Fortunately, a fleet of restaurants across the city are serving up family dishes worthy of your dinner table. There’s something for every palate, whether it’s a kid who only eats French fries (don’t worry, they’ll grow out of it) or a spouse who craves spicy fare. Here’s the lowdown on where to go and what to order at our favorite family-friend spots.

Be sure to check each of these spots before you go, as the state continues to adapt to new guidelines and regulations. A number of NYC’s restaurants have resumed (or pared down) dine-in service, and this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit health.ny.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Bigoi Venezia

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There are almost too many pastas to choose from at this Venetian-inspired spot. Almost. Highlights include the “in salsa antica” pasta, which combines anchovies, cinnamon, and fresh parsley (trust us, the combo works); the delicate “piselli e prosciutto,” with peas, hams, and a bit of cream; and the classic pork Bolognese. Pro tip: Select the “extra cheese” option when you order, and cap off your meal with a. Coke.

Angel Indian Restaurant

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This veggie-forward Indian spot is all about Punjabi specialities, which just so happen to be great for sharing. Don’t sleep on the dum biryani: The saffron-scented rice dish, run through with an assortment of carrots, potatoes, peas, cauliflower, onions, fresh paneer cheese, and ginger, is baked in a casserole covered with a thin crust of orb-like naan. Save room for a few stuffed kulchas (only $5), a type of sweet roll overflowing with a flavorful chicken or minced mutton.

Hill Country Barbecue Market - NoMad

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For a crowd with seemingly bottomless appetites, turn to Hill Country. Here, you’ll need a game plan, though, because you can choose between half-pounds of BBQ essentials like spare ribs, pulled pork, and chicken, then finish your meal with sides like Campfire Baked Beans, cheddar mac and cheese, or “confetti coleslaw.” Be sure to grab a few Cokes to finish your feast.

Xi'an Famous Foods

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Yes, you CAN make real-deal Chinese noodles at home. Xi’an sets you up for success with its trio of meal kits, which walk you through making fresh, hand-ripped biang-biang noodles in your own kitchen. Don’t be nervous about mucking it up — the popular mini-chain assures that the noodles are ready-to-pull and take only 10-15 minutes to prepare. Each kit comes with a flavor-packed topping or sauce, plus fresh herbs and veggies. All options run $30 or less and serve four.

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A Salt & Battery

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On family night, opt for a few of the large-sized fried fish filets at this restaurant, the closest thing New York City has to a British fish and chip shop. One portion will run you between $13 and $15, depending if you go for cod, sole, haddock, or whiting. Get a couple of sides of French fries — oops, sorry, we mean chips — and call it a meal. 

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Junzi Kitchen

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Healthy, home-style Chinese food made with seasonal ingredients is the name of the game at Junzi Kitchen, making it the perfect weeknight affair. That’s no matter the size of your brood: Junzi’s Family Meals come in three sizes (case in point: 3 to 4 servings for just $35) and are infinitely customizable, which helps ensure that everyone will walk away from the dinner table satisfied. Just choose a base (like wide “knife” noodles), a sauce (such as furu sesame sauce), a protein (we’re fans of lion’s head meatballs), plenty of veggies, and toppings like soy sauce eggs and frizzled shallots. In addition to this spot, check out Junzi’s new NYC pop-up, Nice Day.

Fried rice from the restaurant Junzi Kitchen.
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Emmy Squared

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If a picky eater runs in your crew, don’t overthink it: The answer is pizza. Go for Emmy Squared’s Detroit-style pies, which flaunt crispy, focaccia-like crusts and pleasingly doughy centers. The mini-empire offers a Weekend Family Meal that gets you a choice of three pizzas — we’re partial to the Colony, drizzled with honey and studded with pickled jalapeños, and the Good Paulie, which swaps out mozzarella for smoked gouda and piles on caramelized onions and sausage. In addition to the pies, the meal comes with cheese-studded garlic sticks, broccoli salad tossed with blue cheese and a tangy miso sauce, and a Caesar salad draped in dressing. 

A table full of pizzas and salad from the NYC restaurant Emmy Squared.
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Thai Diner

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This Lower East Side favorite offers outdoor dining or pickup of its full menu. Families will appreciate the all-day menu, with kid-friendly diner classics like breakfast egg sandwiches and a great burger. Or choose from their house specialties like Khao Soi Kaa Kai, a dish of egg noodles and tender stewed chicken smothered in golden curry sauce, and Som Tum, a tasty green papaya salad.

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Harry's Italian Murray Street

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When you’re craving a sprawling supper at Nonna’s house, the Family Dinner package from red-sauce joint Harry’s Italian might be the next best thing. If you’re feeling like less of an all-out feast, try the “Old Fashioned Pie” or chicken parmesan. You can even get more veggies with a family-sized Caesar salad for just $20.

Imani Caribbean Kitchen & Bar

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This neighborhood Caribbean joint now offers its catering menu to regular patrons, which means that tray-fulls of unctuous oxtail stew are officially within your family’s grasp. So are half trays, which each serve about 10 people, with dishes like richly-hued curry chicken, jerk pasta, crispy Caribbean chicken legs and thighs, curry goat, and plenty more. Pro-tip: Order a half tray the beginning of the week and chip away at it.

Saint Julivert

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This beloved Cobble Hill seafood restaurant Saint Julivert is inspired by “ports of call near and far” — meaning you’ll find a globally-inspired menu of family-friendly fare that includes classic New England lobster rolls, ceviche made with local market-fresh fish, and Baja-style beach tacos (2 for $14). For any kids (or grown-ups) going through a “no fish” phase, the jumbo jerk chicken wings with coconut rice or Isla Verde burger are sure to please.

A lobster roll in a takeout container from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
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Lowerline

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Nothing satisfies a crowd quite like a table overflowing with po’ boys. This petite New Orleans-by-way-of-Brooklyn spot churns out stellar ones, which come packed with everything from gravy-laden roast beef to fried shrimp to fried oysters to fried catfish. Sandwiches come in half or whole-sized portions, but we advise going big if you’ve got a hungry horde waiting for you at home. Don’t forget to round things out with some hearty Creole-style red beans and rice.

King Souvlaki

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The brick-and-mortar Bay Ridge location of this popular fleet of souvlaki food trucks has a menu designed to satisfy everyone. Plenty of pita sandwiches under $10, tasty appetizers like halloumi cheese and spanakopita, plus “King’s” gyro platters served with a house salad, pita bread, a side, and dip.

A platter meal with meat, fries, salad, pita slices, and dip from the Brooklyn restaurant King Souvlaki.
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Bigoi Venezia

There are almost too many pastas to choose from at this Venetian-inspired spot. Almost. Highlights include the “in salsa antica” pasta, which combines anchovies, cinnamon, and fresh parsley (trust us, the combo works); the delicate “piselli e prosciutto,” with peas, hams, and a bit of cream; and the classic pork Bolognese. Pro tip: Select the “extra cheese” option when you order, and cap off your meal with a. Coke.

Angel Indian Restaurant

This veggie-forward Indian spot is all about Punjabi specialities, which just so happen to be great for sharing. Don’t sleep on the dum biryani: The saffron-scented rice dish, run through with an assortment of carrots, potatoes, peas, cauliflower, onions, fresh paneer cheese, and ginger, is baked in a casserole covered with a thin crust of orb-like naan. Save room for a few stuffed kulchas (only $5), a type of sweet roll overflowing with a flavorful chicken or minced mutton.

Hill Country Barbecue Market - NoMad

For a crowd with seemingly bottomless appetites, turn to Hill Country. Here, you’ll need a game plan, though, because you can choose between half-pounds of BBQ essentials like spare ribs, pulled pork, and chicken, then finish your meal with sides like Campfire Baked Beans, cheddar mac and cheese, or “confetti coleslaw.” Be sure to grab a few Cokes to finish your feast.

Xi'an Famous Foods

A bun from the restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods in New York.
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Yes, you CAN make real-deal Chinese noodles at home. Xi’an sets you up for success with its trio of meal kits, which walk you through making fresh, hand-ripped biang-biang noodles in your own kitchen. Don’t be nervous about mucking it up — the popular mini-chain assures that the noodles are ready-to-pull and take only 10-15 minutes to prepare. Each kit comes with a flavor-packed topping or sauce, plus fresh herbs and veggies. All options run $30 or less and serve four.

A bun from the restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods in New York.
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A Salt & Battery

A basket of fried fish from the New York restaurant A Salt & Battery.
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On family night, opt for a few of the large-sized fried fish filets at this restaurant, the closest thing New York City has to a British fish and chip shop. One portion will run you between $13 and $15, depending if you go for cod, sole, haddock, or whiting. Get a couple of sides of French fries — oops, sorry, we mean chips — and call it a meal. 

A basket of fried fish from the New York restaurant A Salt & Battery.
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Junzi Kitchen

Fried rice from the restaurant Junzi Kitchen.
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Healthy, home-style Chinese food made with seasonal ingredients is the name of the game at Junzi Kitchen, making it the perfect weeknight affair. That’s no matter the size of your brood: Junzi’s Family Meals come in three sizes (case in point: 3 to 4 servings for just $35) and are infinitely customizable, which helps ensure that everyone will walk away from the dinner table satisfied. Just choose a base (like wide “knife” noodles), a sauce (such as furu sesame sauce), a protein (we’re fans of lion’s head meatballs), plenty of veggies, and toppings like soy sauce eggs and frizzled shallots. In addition to this spot, check out Junzi’s new NYC pop-up, Nice Day.

Fried rice from the restaurant Junzi Kitchen.
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Emmy Squared

A table full of pizzas and salad from the NYC restaurant Emmy Squared.
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Coke Fooding

If a picky eater runs in your crew, don’t overthink it: The answer is pizza. Go for Emmy Squared’s Detroit-style pies, which flaunt crispy, focaccia-like crusts and pleasingly doughy centers. The mini-empire offers a Weekend Family Meal that gets you a choice of three pizzas — we’re partial to the Colony, drizzled with honey and studded with pickled jalapeños, and the Good Paulie, which swaps out mozzarella for smoked gouda and piles on caramelized onions and sausage. In addition to the pies, the meal comes with cheese-studded garlic sticks, broccoli salad tossed with blue cheese and a tangy miso sauce, and a Caesar salad draped in dressing. 

A table full of pizzas and salad from the NYC restaurant Emmy Squared.
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Coke Fooding

Thai Diner

A variety of dishes from the New York restaurant Thai Diner.
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Alex Muccilli

This Lower East Side favorite offers outdoor dining or pickup of its full menu. Families will appreciate the all-day menu, with kid-friendly diner classics like breakfast egg sandwiches and a great burger. Or choose from their house specialties like Khao Soi Kaa Kai, a dish of egg noodles and tender stewed chicken smothered in golden curry sauce, and Som Tum, a tasty green papaya salad.

A variety of dishes from the New York restaurant Thai Diner.
Courtesy of Thai Diner
Alex Muccilli

Harry's Italian Murray Street

When you’re craving a sprawling supper at Nonna’s house, the Family Dinner package from red-sauce joint Harry’s Italian might be the next best thing. If you’re feeling like less of an all-out feast, try the “Old Fashioned Pie” or chicken parmesan. You can even get more veggies with a family-sized Caesar salad for just $20.

Imani Caribbean Kitchen & Bar

This neighborhood Caribbean joint now offers its catering menu to regular patrons, which means that tray-fulls of unctuous oxtail stew are officially within your family’s grasp. So are half trays, which each serve about 10 people, with dishes like richly-hued curry chicken, jerk pasta, crispy Caribbean chicken legs and thighs, curry goat, and plenty more. Pro-tip: Order a half tray the beginning of the week and chip away at it.

Saint Julivert

Read Review |
A lobster roll in a takeout container from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
Courtesy of Saint Julivert
Melanie Landsman

This beloved Cobble Hill seafood restaurant Saint Julivert is inspired by “ports of call near and far” — meaning you’ll find a globally-inspired menu of family-friendly fare that includes classic New England lobster rolls, ceviche made with local market-fresh fish, and Baja-style beach tacos (2 for $14). For any kids (or grown-ups) going through a “no fish” phase, the jumbo jerk chicken wings with coconut rice or Isla Verde burger are sure to please.

A lobster roll in a takeout container from the NYC restaurant Saint Julivert.
Courtesy of Saint Julivert
Melanie Landsman

Lowerline

Nothing satisfies a crowd quite like a table overflowing with po’ boys. This petite New Orleans-by-way-of-Brooklyn spot churns out stellar ones, which come packed with everything from gravy-laden roast beef to fried shrimp to fried oysters to fried catfish. Sandwiches come in half or whole-sized portions, but we advise going big if you’ve got a hungry horde waiting for you at home. Don’t forget to round things out with some hearty Creole-style red beans and rice.

King Souvlaki

A platter meal with meat, fries, salad, pita slices, and dip from the Brooklyn restaurant King Souvlaki.
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The brick-and-mortar Bay Ridge location of this popular fleet of souvlaki food trucks has a menu designed to satisfy everyone. Plenty of pita sandwiches under $10, tasty appetizers like halloumi cheese and spanakopita, plus “King’s” gyro platters served with a house salad, pita bread, a side, and dip.

A platter meal with meat, fries, salad, pita slices, and dip from the Brooklyn restaurant King Souvlaki.
Courtesy of King Souvlaki

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