NEW YORK CITY PARENTS: EATS & DRINKS (QUEENS) a cluster of places

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Nick's Pizza

Thin-crust pizzaPhoto (c) John Roleke
Just steps from the Forest Hills LIRR platform, Nick's Pizza is a family restaurant that serves excellent thin-crust brick-oven pizza (you have to buy it by the pie) and great salads to patrons at tables and circular booths. The service is quick, so there's time to check out the shops on Austin Street. (108-26 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, 718-263-1126)

Pio Pio

Pio Pio Restaurant in Jackson HeightsPhoto (c) J. Roleke
At the lively Pio Pio, which specializes in delicious rotisserie chicken, the service is quick and the vibe is positive. Look around and you'll see mostly families. And it's gunning for the Bennigan's record for most birthday celebrations per minute. (84-13 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights, 718-426-1010)

Green Field Churrascaria

Convenient to Citi Field and the highways, Green Field Churrascaria is a big Brazilian BBQ place, where the meat is wheeled to you on carts and carved at your table. And sometimes people just get up and dance on the dance floor. Kids eat for free Tuesday to Thursday.

Jackson Hole

Jackson HolePhoto (c) John Roleke
The Jackson Hole -- with branches in East Elmhurst/Jackson Heights and Bayside -- is a great-looking '50s-retro diner with good food and a friendly staff. Call it a "special occasion" diner.

More to Kid-Friendly and Family-Friendly Restaurants to Try

Here are some restaurants I want to check out with the family:
Sunway Cafe in Flushing
Little Lamb/Happy Family hot-pot restaurant in Flushing
De Mole Mexican restaurant in Sunnyside
Seva Indian Cuisine in Astoria
Carosello Restaurant in Howard Beach

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