Angela's Answers: Family Friendly Dining
Photograph by William Taufic
Looking for a family restaurant that serves up great food at an affordable price but doesn’t come with tokens for games in the back? Here are five favorites you should be sure not to overlook.
The old Landmark Diner is no longer. In its place is the Cos Cobber, a great little family spot. Extensive renovations gave the restaurant a complete overhaul and the menu is a far cry from the greasy spoon you may remember. Kid-friendly fare for sure. But there is plenty of “grown-up” food to make mom and dad happy too. You and your kids will enjoy a welcoming vibe and well-prepared meal. 31 East Putnam Avenue; thecoscobber.com
Walking on the cobblestones, alongside a brook, leads you to a lovely buffet brunch within the Greenwich Hyatt’s s tree-lined atrium. The service is friendly and there’s plenty of space to feel as if you’re dining alfresco and it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the avenue. 1800 East Putnam Avenue; greenwich.hyatt.com
Not only does Boxcar Cantina offer authentic southwestern fare but it’s also organic, which is something that’s important to me. They also support local farmers and vendors. The walls are peppered with cow skulls and other interesting Southwestern décor, which just ups the fun-factor for kids. 44 Old Field Road; boxcarcantina.com
I love Meli Melo’s vibrant color palette and the fact that it now has more than a few small tables (due to a generous renovation) is a huge draw to families looking for a good meal. Keeping with its French flair, this créperie and patisserie offers an atypical menu along with delectable fresh veggie and fruit juices blended right at the counter. Fun, healthy selections at an affordable price will keep you coming back. 363 Greenwich Avenue; melimelogreenwich.com
A relaxing girls’ tea at The Drawing Room in Cos Cob is a wonderful treat. I actually almost didn’t share this find because I consider it my little hideaway. Tucked away, adjacent to the Cos Cob Library and through the wisteria is a little tea room with a charming outdoor garden area. Springtime is the nicest time of year to sit outside, listen to a little Ella Fitzgerald, chat with my girls, nibble on a warm scone and enjoy freshly brewed, full bloom chamomile tea. Can life get better? 5 Suburban Avenue; thedrawingroom.cc