On Saturday and Sunday mornings (and, often, in the afternoon), restaurants in New York City become flooded for brunch. At some restaurants, people can wait hours for a table. As warmer weather approaches and more outdoor seating options become available, the ritual becomes even more enticing. If you're in NYC with kids, these are the best spots on the west side:
Sarabeth's West (423 Amsterdam Ave and West 80th Street, Upper West Side): Located on the Upper West Side, near the kid-friendly Hotel Beacon, is the local pastry heaven and eatery, Sarabeth's West. Everything is fresh, the ambiance is friendly, and the signature jams and pumpkin waffles are a must try. You might want to leave the stroller outside, however, and just use it to walk off the calories in Central Park or at the American Museum of Natural History (both nearby).
Popover Cafe (551 Amsterdam Ave and West 86th Street, Upper West Side): This kid-favorite is best known for its pop overs, a sort of flaky, puffy roll. Despite its long list of menu items throughout the day, the Popover Cafe is best for brunch. But get here early -- The teddybears along its windows aren't the only ones lining up in this place!
Bubby's Pie Co. (120 Hudson St, TriBeCa): Farther downtown but still on the west side (one block from The Greenwich Hotel), Buddy's is my all time favorite. Not only is it known for its exquisite pies (yes, even for breakfast), but the banana walnut pancakes are sure to leave a sweet smile on your kids' faces.
- Carol Cain of NYCityMama.com