Category Archives: food

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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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).

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


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!

Things that Make My Life Easier Awards

I would just like to thank those below who have clearly made my life easier:

1. Century 21:  I live down the block from Century 21 and for quick gifts, the best deals on housewares and kids shoes, you can’t beat it. Anytime O has a birthday party, I know that Century will have something that her friends would like: From Disney, Hannah Montana, High School Musical to Melissa and Doug – they’ve got it all at great prices. If for some reason, I have a spare moment, I always do a drive-by of the shoe department, especially the downstairs European section where you can get great finds from Chloe, Marc Jacobs to LAMB.

Century 21

Century 21

2. Max Delivery For those late nights when you just realize, “I just ran out of O’s frozen pancakes” or “S has a fever and we have no Infant’s Motrin” or if you’re the only parent home and can’t get outside – Max Delivery always…delivers. Anything you order gets to your door in under an hour.

3. Costco’s wipes and a jumbo pack of diapers delivered to your door within 3 days. Enough said.

4. Whole Foods TriBeCa’s Delivery Service I know that the food is fresh, organic and well-edited. I don’t have to think when I walk into a Whole Foods. I can go and pick out a huge cart-full of product, take what I need for today’s lunch home with me, and the rest will get delivered to me within 4 hours.


Whole Foods Tribeca

Whole Foods Tribeca



5. If there is a mom out there who ISN’T a member of HRP Mamas, sign up now! HRP Mamas is a Yahoo group of over 1000 downtown moms who use the listserve for tips, questions, and as a sounding board. Topics span everything from CIO, the best family vacations to what one does for one’s nanny’s birthday. They even have playgroups set up for every age group. I’ve found some wonderful mamas out there through HRP Mamas. I don’t know what I would do without it!


HRP Mamas

HRP Mamas


6. Barnes and Noble / Bed, Bath & Beyond / Whole Foods The fact that all three are within one block just takes one-stop-shopping to the next level!

I am sure there are more, but those are the top things that make living downtown easy!