SideBAR(118 E. 15th St.) believes that birthday parties were never better than when we were kids. But being legal drinking age means you’ll get free drinks from 7 p.m. to midnight, along with face painting and balloon animals for all.

Thrills are not easy to come by in this city, unless you count near-misses with cars and bikes. Well, you can be the one behind the wheel atPole Position Racewayin Jersey City and Farmingdale, where birthday babies can put the pedal down on an electric go-kart that reaches speeds of 45mph for a free race. Because Leap Day falls on a Monday, the course’s usual quarter-mile tracks can be combined into a Super G half-mile race.

Sprinkles Cupcakes(225 Liberty St., 780 Lexington Ave) understands that when your birthday comes around only once every four years, when it does happen it’s all “Treat yo’self” all day long. That’s why they’re giving not one but four cupcakes. Later in the week on March 5, the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM at the Lexington location is having its fourth anniversary, and one of the treats inside will come with a $400 gift card.

Hard Rock Cafe New Yorkhas a whole menu of free entrees for Leap Day babies to choose from: Legendary Burger, Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese, Veggie Leggie, Hickory-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken & Ham Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.


Because having a birthday on Monday means a whole birthday-themed weekend, Times Square Italian kitchenBuca di Beppois giving out free orders of spaghetti and meatballs all weekend beginning Feb. 26 through the 29th.

Looking for a quick fuel-up during the day-long birthday crawl? Stop by any ofVilla Italian Kitchen’s locations to score a free slice of pizza.

E2 Hospitality is throwing Leap Day babies a T-bone, with half off the bill for parties of two or singles, or 25 percent off the tab for three or more at four of its restaurants:BLT Steak NY,BLT Prime NY, casual Roman-Tuscan spotCasa Nonnaand American seafood grillThe Wayfarer.