For some, moving away from home means proving to your parents that you really can make it on your own. While certain families thrive in the Big City, others wish their beloved children had stayed in their cozy home towns. Luckily for both parties, New York City has one of the widest varieties of cuisines in the world, so no matter where your parents are visiting from, they will be sure to leave with a full stomach and cherished memories. We’ve made a list of the restaurants that will be sure to dazzle your folks.

Root & Bone 

This one is a shout out to parents traveling from down south. Root and Bone is known for its southern comfort food that will immediately warm both your stomach and heart. Whether you’re sipping sweet tea in the summertime or a hot toddy in the fall, Root and Bone is a wholesome, adorable venue to take the fam. Enjoy thick, sausage-filled biscuits and gravy with a side of fried chicken drizzled with honey…and then meander over to the East River to walk off the decadent meal.

Loring Place

Most families find it difficult to agree––what one child might love, their sibling intentionally despises. The perfect place to put any family bickering to rest is Loring Place, an American restaurant in a modern Greenwich Village space. With vegetarian, glutenfree, and meat-centric dishes, Loring Place has a little something to satisfy everyone in the family.

The Dutch

Nestled in Soho, The Dutch is surrounded by some of the best shopping in the entire city. Let Mom treat you at the adjacent stores before ending the day with a quality meal. Unassumingly large, the restaurant has more space than one would expect, making it easy to squeeze in the whole family despite the restaurant’s extensive popularity. Make sure to order one of their freshly baked pies, a surprising yet delectable offering.

La Mela

For those in search of the classic familystyle experience, look no further than La Mela. This Little Italy joint is perfect for large, even rowdy groups who are up for a good time. With the red wine flowing, piles of pasta, and heaps of chicken parm, La Mela is a guaranteed meal to remember. After dinner, stroll through the historical neighborhood––you might even get a serenade from a local street musician.

Electric Lemon

Part of the brand new Equinox Hotel at Hudson Yards, Electric Lemon is the epitome of luxe-casual, a polished yet edgy restaurant attached to a gorgeous rooftop bar. From the floor to ceiling windows, you can gaze down at the famous Vessel structure––a two-in-one sightseeing deal. It doesn’t hurt that the newly opened restaurant has state of the art outdoor furniture, gorgeous views of the Hudson River, and a large sculpture perfect for a family photo op. Plus, if your parents are fitness-minded and willing to splurge, the hotel itself is perfect for a weekend stay.


Upland is nothing if not classy and classic. Their upscale American food is stately and delicious––even the Caesar salad is notably piquant. With Art Deco interior design, leather booths, and a gorgeous, back-lit wall of wine, Upland is perfect for parents who want to dress up and celebrate their visit with some bubbly.

Russ and Daughters

For a dose of traditional New York culture featuring proud Jewish heritage, head to Russ & Daughters. This classic Lower East Side spot is known for its amazing brunch, though the line can often be out the door. If you’re in a rush to sightsee, opt for the nearby Russ & Daughters deli to get some bagels on the go––it will make your parents feel like locals!

BONUS: While exploring the city with your parents, don’t forget to grab a slice from Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village. The renowned joint, which has photo evidence of its celebrity customers lining the walls, is the perfect place to show your parents classic New York.

No matter where you end up taking your folks, New York is sure to impress. From the most upscale of bistros to boisterous local joints, NYC has options that cater to all types of families. In a place as vibrant as New York, it’s hard for anyone on a quick trip not to immediately fall in love with the city.