Breakfast with Santa in NYC: 9 Holiday Brunches for Kids & Families
We've already told you about the best places to take photos with Santa in New York City. But what if your kid wants a heartier visit with the big red guy? In that case, a tasty breakfast with Santa (or brunch or tea) may be in order.
We've found nine spots where families can enjoy a special holiday meal with old St. Nick—or his better half—from inexpensive pancake brunches hosted by local organizations to lavish spreads at Rockefeller Center and the Plaza Hotel. There's even a Santa dining cruise! All require advance reservations and are selling out fast. Regardless of which one you choose, be sure to bring your camera—and your appetite. For more seasonal family fun, check out our Holiday Guide.
Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center – Midtown West
The Sea Grill at 19 West 49th Street and the Rock Center Café at 20 West 50th Street
Dates and times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
The Sea Grill: $110-$140 for adults, $75-$95 for children under age 10
Rock Center Café: $80-$125 for adults, $50-$85 for children under age 10
Gaze at Rock Center's sparkling Christmas tree and the skaters twirling on the rink as you dig into breakfast with Santa and his elves at the Sea Grill or the Rock Center Café. All kids receive a special gift from Santa and families enjoy VIP admission to the skating rink, which means no waiting! Advance reservations are required and they are going fast.
Tea with Santa – Midtown East
The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17; Fridays, December 5, 12 and 19; two seatings each day: 2-3pm and 4-5pm
$100 per child, $50 per adult
Got a little one who's been really nice? Then consider indulging in this sumptuous tea at the Eloise at the Plaza shop where you get to snack with Santa in high style. Enjoy tea sandwiches, dessert treats and fruit, Santa stoytime, pics with the big red guy and an Eloise goody bag to take home. Reservations required. Call 212-546-5460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea with Mrs. Claus – Staten Island
La Tea Da, 7485 Amboy Road between Yetman and Main Streets
Fridays, December 5, 12, 19 at 7pm; Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20 at 1 and 4pm; Sundays, December 7, 14, 21 at noon and 3pm
$30 per person
If you can't make it to one of Santa's special meals, snacking with Mrs. Claus is the next best thing. Join her for tea and storytime at this Staten Island parlor, which is usually only open for group parties. Advance reservations required. Call 718-303-7074.
Santa Brunch – Greenpoint
t.b.d. Brooklyn, 224 Franklin Street at Green Street
Saturday, December 6 at 1pm
$10 per person, free for infants under six months
Community org Town Square Inc. is behind this annual holiday meal. Munch on pancakes, sausages and bacon, make holiday-themed arts and crafts, sing carols with Santa and then pose for pics. Buying advance tickets is encouraged as the event always sells out, in fact the 10:30am seating is already completely booked! Revelers are also encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts to donate to a toy drive.
Breakfast with Santa at Masso – Long Island City
47-25 Vernon Boulevard at 47th Road
Saturday, December 6 at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am
$30 for adults, $20 for children under age 10
Enjoy a prix-fixe brunch at this Queens eatery, and pose for complimentary digital pics with Kris Kringle. All kids receive a free small gift. Bring in a new unwrapped plaything for the restaurant's Toys for Tots drive and you'll snag a voucher for a free drink at your next visit. Reservations are required. Call 718-482-8151.
Breakfast with Santa – Midtown West
Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 9:30-11:30am
$25 per person but save $10 with the code walter101
Breakfast and a show! Pose for pics with Santa and then enjoy a continental breakfast. Afterward, the jolly red guy hosts Elfprov, an improvised family musical comedy, which ends with sing-along caroling. Buying advance tickets is a must.
Breakfast with Santa at Macy's – Midtown West
Stella 34 Trattoria, 151 West 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, 6th floor
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20; Sundays, December 7, 14, 21; Monday, December 22; Tuesday, December 23 and Wednesday, December 24, times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.
$55 for adults, $40 for children ages 3-10
We're always raving about the magic of Macy's Santaland, but this in-store breakfast at Stella 34 Trattoria provides a more edifying experience with St. Nick. Chow down on a traditional Italian breakfast, which includes kid-pleasing ricotta pancakes or breakfast pizza. Candy canes, takeaway treats and a keepsake photo on Santa's knee are all included. Reservations are a must.
Breakfast with Santa Aboard the Zephyr Yacht – South Street Seaport
Pier 16 at South Street Seaport
Saturdays, December 13 and 20 at 9am
$45 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12, $130 for a family of four (must call 212-742-1969 for this price special)
This 90-minute holiday cruise includes a breakfast buffet, a live deejay, dancing, screenings of Christmas movies, games and, of course, face time with the big red guy. The December 13 outing includes storytime with the grouchy green guy from How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, while the December 20 voyage promises a "surprise visit from a childhood favorite." Advance tickets required.
Brunch with Santa at Aviator Sports & Events Center – Marine Park
Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Avenue
Sunday, December 14 at 9 and noon
$22 for adults, $20 for children ages 4-12
Hit the popular Brooklyn athletics complex for pancakes, eggs and other breakfast goodies, plus one Bloody Mary or mimosa per adult. Kids can also pose for a free photo with Santa, and enjoy cupcake decorating and crafts. Bring unwrapped items for the spot's Toys for Tots drive and receive a free gift for each toy you donate. Must RSVP by Monday, December 8.
And in case you're wondering, the annual Beastly Breakfast with Santa at the Staten Island Zoo is totally sold out.
Originally published in December 2012