1. Alice's Tea Cup
102 W 73rd St at Columbus Ave (212-799-3006, alicesteacup.com). Weekends at the Lewis Carroll–inspired eatery bring treats like design-your-own crêpes (think marshmallow fluff and blackberries or bananas and caramel sauce). Don't worry, afternoon cuppa lovers—you can still get your favorite tea service, too.
2. Bouchon Bakery
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-9363, bouchonbakery.com). The café menu is packed with brunch-suitable light bites like quiche, cashew butter and jam on a brioche, and plenty of pastries.
3. Ed's Chowder House
Empire Hotel, 44 W 63rd St at Broadway (212-956-1288, chinagrillmgt.com). At conveniently located Ed's, parents can sample the raw bar or dig into poached eggs with spinach and crabmeat while kids enjoy yogurt parfait with berries and granola.
4. EJ's Luncheonette
447 Amsterdam Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts (212-873-3444). Scores of families head to the bustling throwback diner for old-school favorites like eggs any style and challah French toast with butter and syrup.
5. Landmarc at the Time Warner Center
Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway, third floor (212-823-6123, landmarc-restaurant.com). Kids are bound to find something they like on the 18-item children's menu here. Options range from the sophisticated (petite filet mignon) and the tried-and-true (English-muffin pizza or PB&J,) to the classic-with-a-twist (PB & Nutella) and the downright whimsical (green eggs and ham).
6. Rosa Mexicano
61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St (212-977-7700, rosamexicano.com). On the “young amigos” menu, kids will find tasty bites like corn-crusted chicken fingers, and cheese, chicken or shredded-beef tortillas served with sweet potato fries and buttered corn. The festive, two-level restaurant has plenty to keep kids entertained, like the blue-tiled waterfall on one wall.
7. Route 66
858 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-977-7600). Like the famed highway that inspired its name and decor, this diner is all-American, with a menu to match: The California omelet is made with mushrooms, avocado, tomato and onion, while the Denver incorporates ham, onions and peppers. (Make that all–North American, as Canadian bacon is a popular side order.)
8. Sarabeth's West
423 Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-496-6280, sarabethswest.com). Charming Sarabeth's serves a homestyle brunch, with little-house-in-the-woods menu items to match: Try the Baby Bear—porridge with milk and honey—or the Goldie Lox, a plate of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and cream cheese.