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 Diana Ross Playground in Central Park, Eat at Hampton Chutney</h3> Baby and tire swings, a sprinkler and a sandbox make for long lasting enjoyment, but Diana Ross playground’s winning feature is a huge wooden jungle gym with low and high level confidence boosters for budding climbers. When yours need sustenance, head two blocks west to Amsterdam and 82<sup>nd</sup>, where Hampton Chutney awaits. They have a kids menu featuring their famous (and large) dosas, plenty of room for strollers, and even a shelf full of kid’s books. <strong>Go:</strong> Diana Ross Playground, 81st St. at Central Park West; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hamptonchutney.com/&quot; target="_blank">Hampton Chutney</a>, 464 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Sidefuck

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All images by Anna Knoebel

–Anna Knoebel