ok, so...i have a serious obsession with new york. i had always dreamed about moving there as a college grad, but fell in love at 22, got married at 24 and had a little family at 26! ;) everything happens the way it's supposed to, doesn't it! now, since we have a 7 and 8 year old, new york is an awesome destination for our fall vacations. my kids and husband are hooked too!
we are vegetarian, and looking for kid friendly, but still want to eat at the trendiest spots in town. cool pizza bars and places with veggie friendly entrees are always a hit for us. we love the farm to table movement, but snout to tail is not our bag.
my tips are:
stay / stay on the upper east side, you'll save on cabs and have a place to rest in the afternoon and you'll never have to worry if your husband has to run out for some necessity late night. plus you can valet and forget driving for the week.
transport / cabs cost the same as the subway or the bus with 4 people and are a quick and fun way to get around town. you can see landmarks and rest your weary legs at the same time. if you go gypsy cab, make sure you ask the price of the fare up front and have cash.
kids / let your kids carry a backpack, complete with a water bottle, snacks, a change of clothes, large zip lock bags, their allowance, rain gear, a hat and gloves, and whatever entertains them.
tote / i bring a tote style purse (mine is the lv neverfull). i stock it with the following: a marc by marc jacobs umbrella, ray ban jackie ohh sunglasses, a map, sunscreen, a patagonia rain jacket, a packable puff jacket, dyptique solid perfume, gel shoe inserts, nutribiotic defense plus, burt's bees hand sanitizer, wipes, marcona almonds, phone charger, mint tea and stevia packets, sugar free gum, goldfish, organic apple juice boxes, voss water, a note book, sharpies and an iphone with my kids favorite apps.
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upper east itinerary (day one)
remote control sailboats at central park / www.sailthepark.com / 11:00 / seriously fun for everyone in the family.
the loeb boathouse / www.thecentralparkboathouse.com / east 72nd street and park drive north / veggie burger and chardonnay / rowing boats in the afternoon sunshine. so perfect.
plaza food hall / www.theplazany.com/dining/foodhall / fifth avenue at central park south / veggie burgers / francois payard macarons / what a great way to experience a little bit of luxury in the everyday. with choices to suit everyone's tastes.
central park zoo / www.centralparkzoo.com / near the southeast corner of central park / sea lion show @ 2:00 / penguin feeding @ 2:30 / don't miss the tropic zone for amazing birds and insects / delacorte musical clock on the half hour.
now that you've had a kid friendly day, you need some "me" time. drop the kids off at the hotel with daddy, a sitter or your old college roommate itching for her kid fix and get your shop on.
uniqlo / www.uniqlo.com / 666 5th avenue at 53rd street / fabulous $39 cashmere / stock up, this is not worth passing up, plus it wears well and keeps you toasty!
bergdorf goodman / www.bergdorfgoodman.com / 5th avenue at 58th street / have the personal shopper email your husband about the monogrammed goyard bags / relax and enjoy the inspiring decor and old world charm.
saks / www.saksfifthavenue.com / fragrance and classic menswear / my husband and his grandmother are suckers for saks. they love the service, the gift wrap and the classic appeal. my husband reaches for acqua di parma and the merino shawl collared sweaters and ginny loves all things pendleton.
upper east side itinerary (day two)
the guggenheim / www.guggenheim.org / 1071 5th avenue at 89th street /
we saw picasso black and white and it was amazing / kandinsky will be there jan 25th through april 17th / go! go! go!
serafina / www.serafinarestaurant.com / 79th and madison / san pellegrino / carciofi e parmigiano salad - fresh sliced artichoke hearts with shredded parmigiano, lemon and extra virgin olive oil / al caprino pizza - goat cheese, mozzarella, arugula, red peppers and roasted eggplant. a fun, bustling lunch spot with great salads and pizzas.
laduree / www.laduree.fr / 864 madison avenue / pistachio and rose macarons / paris has never been so close.
jonathan adler / www.jonathanadler.com / 1097 madison avenue / the go to store for happy chic decor.
diptyque / www.diptyqueparis.com / 971 madison avenue / we all know about the candles, but the perfumes are heavenly and the solid is a super chic addition to your evening bag.
barney's / www.barneys.com / 660 madison avenue / love the lower level for beauty and the top floor for browsing chic decor and the hippest kid's clothes around.
isle of capri / http://www.isleofcapriny.com / 1028 third avenue / rigatoni alla vodka / authentic italian and a respite from the crowds.
dylan's candy bar / www.dylanscandybar.com / 1011 third ave at 60th st. / every candy that has ever been made is available here and if your kids made it through barney's they deserve it!
upper west itinerary
bouchon bakery / www.bouchonbakery.com / time warner center - ten columbus circle - third floor / autumn garden salad of mixed greens with dried cranberries & apricots, sliced almonds & roasted pears with goat cheese / chocolate tart / to go/ picnic in central park.
american museum of natural history / www.amnh.org / central park west at 79th street / this museum is a classic you can't miss. our favorite exhibits are the dinosaurs and oceans.
bar boloud / www.danielnyc.com/barboulud / 1900 broadway / clos julien 2009 cabernet / sit on the sidewalk and enjoy a wonderful view of lincoln center.
macy's thanksgiving day parade / www.macys.com/parade / various viewing locations / the parade is a wonderful and exciting event for the whole family. dress warm and get there early if you are outside. bleacher seats are hard to come by, but my husband and i are scheming to get a hotel room or restaurant table overlooking the parade route.
window displays / my favorite this year was bergdorf goodman hands down. saks fifth avenue and henri bendel were great too. my kids adored barney's electric holiday. other great ones for kids are macy's, bloomingdales and lord & taylor.
the rockettes / www.radiocitychristmas.com / 1260 avenue of the americas / this show will get you in the holiday spirit like nothing else can and the venue is amazing.
fao schwarz / www.fao.com / 767 5th avenue @ 58th st / this landmark toy store is open on thanksgiving. get your picture taken with the toy soldiers; have your fortune told by the zoltar and play on the piano like in "big."
benoit / http://www.benoitny.com / 60 west 55th street / prix fee with piper heidsieck / comte cheese souffle / pumpkin sage ravioli / creamed spinach / chocolate torte/ thanksgiving dinner at benoit is beyond heavenly. the food is amazing and the decor is gorgeous.
carriage ride through central park / http://www.centralpark.com/guide/activities/horse-drawn-carriages.htm / you can reserve a carriage and take a ride through central park end enjoy beautiful views of the city.
atrium / www.atriumnyc.com /644 broadway / snakeskin hunters, montcler puffers and cool shoes.
pearl river / www.pearlriver.com / 477 broadway / all things chinese. great paper goods and kitchen supplies. love the foo dogs at the door!
dean and deluca / www.deandeluca.com / 560 broadway / browse the wonderful array of gourmet goodies and grab a mash grapefruit drink or cappuccino.
bloomingdales soho / www.bloomingdales.com / 504 broadway / i love this bloomingdales because it is easy to navigate and cozy. you still have a cool, well edited selection.
i tre merli / www.itremerli.com / 463 west broadway / 2005 barbaresco / insalata di carciofi e zucchini - raw artichokes and zucchini, e.v. olive oil, lemon, parmigiano / penne alla vodka / pizza robiolina - robiola cheese, sauteed spinach, pinenuts / yummy and classic soho.
the mercer kitchen / www.themercerkitchen.com / 99 prince street / 2010 accuro malbec / vodka thyme lemonade skyy citrus, thyme-infused lemonade / chilled artichoke mustard mayonnaise, chervil and lemon /black truffle and fontina cheese pizza with truffle oil / great food and cool interior.
the shake shack / www.shakeshack.com / southeast corner of madison square park
near madison ave. and e. 23rd t. / mushroom burger - crisp fried portobello stuffed with muenster and cheddar and topped with lettuce tomato onion and shake sauce / pinot grigio served in a shake shack go vino glass / so bad never tasted this good.
abc carpet and home / www.abchome.com / 888 & 881 broadway / home goods on a whole other level. the lighting and carpet selection is insane and the accessories are completely different than what you've seen elsewhere.
joe fresh / www.joefresh.com / 110 5th avenue at 16th street / inexpensive classic basics / the perfect place to stock up on cute pants, skinny belts, and merino v necks (a girl can never have too many).
eataly / www.eataly.com / 200 5th avenue / la pizza & pasta / verduretta pizza -mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini, red and yellow peppers and tomato sauce / eataly is a shopping mecca. love the variety of products. cute aprons too.
the high line / http://www.thehighline.org/ the highline runs between 10th and 11th ave. it can be entered from any of 9 access points between gansevoort street and west 30th street. / the highline is an old elevated rail line, which has been repurposed into a community green space and park. it is a great place to walk and take in great views of the city. / grab a great coffee from blue bottle coffee, which regularly has a pop up there.
chelsea market/ www.chelseamarket.com / 75 9th avenue/ the national biscuit company complex has been transformed into a wonderful complex offering restaurants, specialty gourmet shops and boutiques. we love having some many cool choices in one place.
friedman's lunch / www.friedmanslunch.com / chelsea market / mint iced tea / house-made veggie burger with spicy tomato fennel jam, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, herbed fries / yummy lunch spot with seating and table service, which is in short supply at noon in chelsea market.
eleni's new york / www.elenis.com / chelsea market / the cookies here are precious. they have ones iced for just about any occasion. the thin and crispy chocolate chip are also not to be missed.
jaques torres / www.mrchocolate.com / chelsea market / these quintessential nyc treats are the real deal.
pastis / www.pastisny.com / 9 ninth avenue / tremblement de terre - latourelle cognac & absinthe / mixed green salad with goat cheese / omelette aux fines herbes with french fries / homemade mushroom ravioli with walnuts & baby spinach in butter sage / my kids love the omelets and i love the ambiance, so parisian.
pulino's / www.pulinosny.com / 282 bowery / orvieto classico superiore salviano, umbria 2011/ whole artichoke aioli and lemon / eggplant parmigiana tomato sauce, mozzarella, grana, fettunta /cavolo nero - black kale, smoked mozzarella, squash and walnut pesto / black forest cake chocolate layer cake with kirsch-soaked cherries + mascarpone cream / the coolest pizza place we've been to in nyc yet. yum.
jay kos / www.jaykos.com / 293 mott street / beyond cool. rocker chic menswear. you'll want to steal it from your husband.
lower east side
schillers liquor bar / www.schillersny.com / 131 rivington street / decent red wine / pumpkin salad with arugula, ricotta and walnuts / veggie burger / hip interior and vibe
because in the city you can try out new classes that won't hit your city for a year or so. make time for it first thing in the morning and book a reservation.
organic avenue / www.organicavenue.com / grapefruit juice / a delicious post workout treat
soul cycle / http://www.soul-cycle.com / various locations / for a good spin class and cool workout gear