Lunch at Ditch Plains on the Upper West Side

What a terrific find in Ditch Plains. It’s kid friendly, cool looking, and, best of all, the food is great. It really was a perfect fit for lunch after our morning at the museum.

My curry mussels and frites, above. Delishy. More food and photos, after the jump.

Walking over from the museum, Mae counted yellow taxis.

Greg and Sam:

The restaurant:

We knew we were in the right spot when we saw there was parking for strollers.

There’s a big bar in the front room. Mae headed for the bar stools. We said no, though we admitted we would prefer to sit there!

The kids menus have a picture to color on the back. And crayons are provided.

There’s also a TV at the table, showing surfer movies. A kid’s dream come true.

Here’s Wilson:

For lunch, the girls share a hot dog:

I got those mussels with curry and fries. Really good, plump, fresh mussels and the sauce was terrific for fry-dunking.

Sarah had the seafood Cobb salad with shrimp and salmon:

Greg and Wilson both got fish and chips:

And a fine time was had by all.

The 411 on Ditch Plains: Named for a surf spot on Montauk and has a menu of tasty beach food to match: mussels, fish and chips, seafood salads and a legendary lobster roll. Bare wood tables, brick walls and a big bar make for an urban chic setting, but stroller parking and a kids menu with crayons firmly reminds you you’re on the Upper West Side. Oh, if only every restaurant could do both so well. 100 West 82nd Street (at Columbus Avenue), Manhattan. 212-362-4815.


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