Eat & Run: 14 Playgrounds with Kid-Friendly Lunch Spots Nearby

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New York City parents need playgrounds as much as they need air: to stave off the tedium of our apartments and give kids a chance to roam. But when your closest playground starts to feel like your backyard and your neighborhood starts to feel like your living room, its time to cross some borders. With this handy guide, a visit to a new playground comes complete with a great bite to eat because after all of that running, swinging, sliding and climbing, your kid is sure to work up an appetite.

<h3>Play at Augustus Saint-Gaudens Playground, Eat at Ess-a-Bagel</h3> This Gramercy playground features one large and one small jungle gym, big kid and baby swings, and a sprinkler, but its the large open space for biking and scooting that give the playground its edge. What better nosh to replenish your mini Tom Dugan than a bagel and schmear from Ess-a-Bagel, one of New York City’s finest bagel establishments. Try the chicken salad, arguably the world's best. <strong>Go:</strong> Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 2nd Ave., btw 19th and 20th St.; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ess-a-bagel.com/&quot; target="_blank">Ess-a-Bagel</a>, 359 1st Ave., Gramercy Parkfuck

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All images by Anna Knoebel

–Anna Knoebel