Category Archives: family restaurants

Don’t Just Sit There, Go to Taste of Tribeca!

If you are going to do ANYTHING ANYTHING this Saturday the 13th, its to go to Taste of Tribeca!  This downtown culinary festival was founded in 1994 by the parents of children in Tribeca’s two public elementary schools, PS 150 and PS 234 (O’s school!!!).  This festival brings together Tribeca’s best restaurants in an amazing delicious experience!  

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Picture courtesy of http://www.tasteoftribeca.com

A ticket ($40 in advance) or $45 day of the event gets your 6 delicious tastes from some of downtown’s finest chefs. Just a taste of who will be there: Bouley, City Hall, Chanterelle, Marc Forgione (my latest obsession).

Picture courtesy of www.tasteoftribeca.org

Picture courtesy of http://www.tasteoftribeca.org

Seriously Go! Run! Eat! 100% the money donated will be to raise money for Tribeca’s public elementary schools!

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It’s 8 a.m. Do You Know Where to Eat Breakfast?

You’ve been there before:  it’s Saturday and it’s 8 a.m., you’ve been up since 6:30, the kids have eaten the last frozen waffle, and the kids are already itching to get out. Where do you go at this god-awful hour?  Luckily for us in the Diaper District (fka the Financial District), we’ve got a ton of places to go that are great for the whole family.  Here’s the round-up:

1.  Jack’s Stir Brew on Front Street:  Their coffee, latte’s, apple cider are delicious and everything is organic, fair trade, shade grown – all the right buzzwords.  I don’t know how they do it but they also perfectly toast bagel and give you the right amount of cream cheese.  The only thing is that it’s a bit tough with a stroller because there are stairs.  But its worth it.  We go almost every weekend with the girls.  

Jack's Stir Brew Front Street.  Photo courtesy of Aracia Project

Jack's Stir Brew Front Street. Photo courtesy of Aracia Project

 2.  Financier on Cedar Street:  They serve Illy coffee, there’s outdoor seating, enough room for the kids to run around, and a fountain to distract them…and there’s a ramp for strollers.  What more can you ask for??

Illy Coffee at Financier.  Photo courtesy of Arancia Project

Illy Coffee at Financier. Photo courtesy of Arancia Project

3. Dunkin’ Donuts: OK, I know its not a place where you could actually sit, but face it, the kids love it. Once it starts getting warm, you pack the kids in the stroller, get a nice tall iced coffee, a toasted bagel with cream cheese (it’s not so bad, the bagels have actually gotten better) and you can get 4 muchkins for a dollar. Tell the kids its their treat for drinking all their milk at breakfast. And seriously, a Dunkin D is at almost every corner so it’s just easy.

Dunkin Donuts on Fulton.  Photo courtesy of Laser Burners  (flickr)

Dunkin Donuts on Fulton. Photo courtesy of Laser Burners (flickr)

4. Le Pain Quotidien: Ok, if you want to go totally out, head over to W. Broadway and Warren. The coffee is delicious (you get your own little pot of coffee), and the yummy soft boiled eggs bring me back to childhood when my mom made them for me every weekend morning. It’s super-family-friendly and there are good food options for kids. The only thing is that my husband left kind of hungry, and we were $50 down by 9:30 that morning.

Soft Boiled Eggs at Le Pain Quotidien.  Photo Courtesy of ajshrimpkins (flickr)

Soft Boiled Eggs at Le Pain Quotidien. Photo Courtesy of ajshrimpkins (flickr)

And after breakfast, you can work off all that you ate at one of the nearby playgrounds.  By then of course, you’ll have to figure out what to do for lunch.

Date Night: Restaurant MARC FORGIONE fka FORGE

Our last true date night (just by ourselves) was spent at a fabulous neighborhood restaurant called Forge and it was truly amazing.  Laid back yet absolutely delicious, the $68 Seasonal Tasting Menu was SO tasty – every course was a complete surprise in terms of the combination of flavors.  

The atmosphere, like I said, was laid back, yet elegant.  Our server was so friendly, yet not overbearing.  We are definitely coming back, and probably having The Hubby’s birthday here.  Plus, they are a supporter of The Taste of Tribeca, which is the benefit that ends all benefits, that supports PS 234 and PS 150 here in Tribeca.  Which makes Forge even better in my book!

p.s. Starting in May, they’ll have a family-friendly brunch menu, which will make this date night restaurant to a family-friendly restaurant on the weekends!