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Looking for an NYC restaurant that really brings the cheer during the holidays? There are plenty of restaurants in NYC that do Christmas decorations with extra flair, from elegant to over-the-top. Whether you want a quick bite or a big Christmas dinner, this is where you can enjoy the most festive Christmas decorations in NYC while you dine.

(Looking for more to do in NYC during the holidays? Check out our Bucket List here!)

photo: Credit Giada Paoloni on behalf of the Howard Hughes Corporation

For Your Own Personal Cabin with a Killer View: The Greens

Get cozy in one of the 28 rooftop cabins at the Seaport District's The Greens. With floor-to-ceiling views, virtual fireplaces, room for 10 and real heat, the cabins aim to offer a little bit of "Upstate downtown." Beyond fondue, cocktails by Dante are available, and you can even get a candy apple for the kids. Reservations open every Monday at 10 a.m., with a portion of proceeds going to charity.

Pier 17
89 South St.
Seaport District 
Online: thegreens.pier17ny.com

photo: Lilie's Victorian Establishment

For Over-the-Top Decor Near Times Square or Union Square: Lillie's Victorian Establishment

At Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square, you’ll feel like you walked onto the Love, Actually set. It’s so festive in this Victorian-inspired restaurant tucked right in the same block as two Broadway theaters, you won’t want to leave. The place is decorated to the max with thousands of sparkling garlands tinsel-bright baubles, life-sized Nutcracker soldiers and bedecked Christmas trees. And your kids will love the chicken fingers (they’re some of the tastiest in the city) or try the buttermilk pancakes (available without gluten, FYI) if brunch is more your scene. We love Lillie's year-round—it's one of our favorite places for brunch with kids in NYC

249 West 49th St. 
212-957-4530
Times Square 
Online: lilliesnyc.com

13 E. 17th St. 
Union Square
212-337-1970

For the Most Dazzling Ceiling Decor: Rolf's Bar & Restaurant

The reigning champion of NYC restaurant Christmas decorations, Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant features such awe-inspiring Christmas décor that this German eatery has achieved bucket-list status for most New Yorkers. Order up some potato pancakes with applesauce (hamburgers and meatloaf are other family-friendly faves) and spend the rest of the meal marveling at the 150,000 antique glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling, and the ancient looking dolls in-between.

281 Third Ave.
212-473-8718
Gramercy
Online: rolfsnyc.com

La Grande Boucherie

For holiday decor with a Parisian flair and a side of pommes frites, head to the elegant La Grande Boucherie. Celebrated for its authentic French cuisine, the restaurant is decorated in an Art Nouveau style and features slim, twinkling trees and a large evergreen decked out for the holidays. It's big—designed to accommodate as many as 400 guests, and includes a large open arcade topped with an arched glass roof. (Heated floors in this area keep things toasty.) If you're going to MoMa or Radio City, this is a good place to land nearby. 

145 W. 53rd St. 
212-510-7714
Midtown
Online: boucherie.nyc

photo: Serra Alpina

For a Rooftop Winter Wonderland: Serra Alpina

Serra Alpina, which takes over Eataly’s entire 14th floor enclosed rooftop, is a "Winter Greenhouse" dining space that changes with the seasons.  Previous years featured the winter wonderland look pictured above, with the restaurant’s ceiling covered with sparkling lights, and a decorated trellis surrounded by snow-covered Christmas trees that would make the best holiday card backdrop. Meanwhile, the menu, featuring the cuisine of the Italian Alps region, offers some tried-and-true kid-approved faves, like risotto with butter and cheese, fried rice balls. and mocktails —our favorite is the Arancia Rossa, with blood orange juice, Meyer lemon puree, cranberry juice and soda spritz. Desserts are worth saving room for, too. 

200 fifth Avenue at 23rd St.
Flatiron District
212-229-2560 x311
eataly.com

The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall

That's right, it's an outdoor beer garden that hangs tough during the winter. (They've even got their own tree lighting here, happening December 3 in 2021.) Bundle up and head to this family-friendly Astoria, Quens spot to feast on traditional Czech and Slovak fare, as well as bites like crab cakes, quinoa salad and chicken tacos. Of course, the beer list is extensive and diverse! 

29-19 24th Ave. 
718-274-4925
Astoria
Online: bohemianhall.com

photo: Tavern on the Green

For Classic New York Cheer: Tavern On the Green

For the quintessential Christmas in New York, head to this Central Park landmark. Tavern on The Green brings the Yuletide cheer with glistening décor including its very own 20-foot Christmas tree with over 2,000 ornaments and 10,000 lights. The bar room is full of greenery, a Christmas tree and lights, and boughs and lights adorn the exterior of the restaurant as well.  Adding to the scene is the frequent live jazz, and you and the kids can warm up after a jaunt in the park with spiced cider or hot chocolate. 

Tavern on the Green
67th Street and Central Park West
212-877-8684
Upper West Side 
Online: tavernonthegreen.com

photo: Industry Kitchen

For a Waterfront Chalet Feel: Industry Kitchen

Forget heading to a ski chalet. Instead, head downtown to Industry Kitchen, an industrial chic space located at the South Street Seaport, for some of the most extensive holiday decorations in town. We’re talking 5,000 square feet of sparkling lights, Christmas greenery, giant reindeer families on the terrace, snow-flocked Christmas trees and wreaths along with two tall nutcrackers at the entryway. And then there are the tasty treats your kids will go love such as Gingernut Pizza with a ginger crust, eggnog frosting, spicy pecans, candy canes and sprinkles or Pop Candy Land pizza, featuring a rainbow crust, cream cheese frosting, pop rocks and cotton candy. Yum!

70 South St.
Seaport District
212-487-9600
Online: industry-kitchen.com

For Old School Brooklyn Cheer: Tom's Restaurant

To be fair, it's kind of always Christmas (and 4th of July) at this Prospect Heights, Brooklyn institution, which has been serving up breakfast all day since 1936. (Many of the decorations, from twinkling lights and tinsel to American flags stay up year-round.) Still, Tom's busts out some extra decorations for the holidays and the perpetual good cheer and good will of the joint gets turned up to 11. (FYI: Tom's is close to the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden if you go and need a place to nosh before or after.) 

782 Washington Ave. 
718-636-9738
Prospect Heights
Online: tomsbrooklyn.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

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Shop Local: Our 2021 NYC Holiday Gift Guide

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Our annual gift list is back and shopping locally and from New York makers is just as important as ever. (Also: circumvent those supply chain issues!). We found gifts for New Yorkers of all kinds—food-lovers, puzzle players, new parents and more. Show and share your Big Apple pride by shopping these NYC businesses for unique gifts this holiday season! 

photo: ClassBento

For the Perpetual Student: ClassBento

Should the person you’re gifting have everything, meet ClassBento, a workshop booking platform designed specifically for artisans who want to share their craft. They just launched with a highly-curated catalog of virtual and in-person experiences, from making a leather tote bag in Brooklyn to learning the ins and outs of street photography in the city. You’ll feel so good knowing you’re supporting the craftiest of New Yorkers and giving your loved ones an experience to remember.

Online: classbento; prices start at $30

photo: Top Trumps USA

For Kings County Gamers: Monopoly Brooklyn Edition

For those old-school gamers who can't get enough Brooklyn love, this special edition of the board game classic dedicated to the borough is a no-brainer. Many of Brooklyn's major sites and landmarks are represented, including Coney Island, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Green-wood Cemetery, numerous parks and even Junior's Cheesecake! Buy it locally at locations including Wegmans, Awoke Vintage, Junior’s, Jewish Children’s Museum, Park Slope Toys, St. Mark’s Comics, Toys4u, Woods Grove, City Chemist, and more. 

Price: $39.99

 

photo: Literie Lifestyle

For the Hard Core New Yorkers

Literie candles, the brainchild of Erica Werber, a born and raised New Yorker, evokes the (delicious) sounds and smells of New York City. From Hot Roasted Nut Cart to Bodega Coffee, your home will smell delish—and just like the city you love.

$35 each

Online: literiecandle.com

photo: Maps By Marquee

For a Personalized Wall Piece

Maps become beautiful pieces of artwork when created by Marquee Design Studio, the first and only place for hand-drawn and customizable map prints. Graphic designer and founder Marti Reiff was looking for unique yet meaningful artwork for her new apartment and when couldn't find any she drew her own. She posted her map creations to social media and with that, her business was born. FYI: New York City maps are ready-to-order or you can pick a custom location of your choice that means a lot to you and yours.

Prices start at $57

Online: Marquee Design Studio

photo: Uncommon Goods

For Aspiring Artists

With the NYC Adventure Painting Kit from Uncommon Goods, you can choose from 18 prints of hand-sketched scenes of the Big Apple’s most famous landmarks and streets ready to be rendered in your choice of colors. Everything else you need is included too, like watercolor pebble paints, a sponge, brushes, and more—all you need to contribute is a little bit of water for the eyedropper. Happily, these kits are made in New York, too!

$45

Online: Uncommon Goods

photo: Dopple

For the New, New York Parents

Dopple, a chic clothing subscription service for kids newborn to age 14 based in NYC, has introduced Dopple Gift Drops for effortless and elegant gifting. These gift sets can be customized according to the recipient's style and your budget (from $60 up to $750). Choose from The Luxury Lover, The Boho Babe, The Preppy Parent and The Hypebeast. Gift sets are available for girls, boys and unisex with pieces from brands such as Bonpoint, Dôen, Petit Bateau, Stella McCartney Kids, Rylee + Cru, Monica & Andy, Chloé. 

$60 and up

Online: thedopple.com

photo: Kadoo

For Gourmet Grub

The founders of Kadoo, based in Forest Hills, know a thing or two about creating memorable gift boxes. Our favorite: The Gourmet Pancake Gift ($85), which features buttermilk pancake and waffle mix, raspberry jam and maple syrup, sourced from Finding Home Farms in Middletown, New York. Note: All Kadoo boxes are wrapped in reusable materials a la the Furoshiki art of sustainable gift wrapping. 

$85

Online: kadoonyc.com

photo: Major Food Group

For a Superior Sauce

If you love Sunday sauce but don’t want to take the time to make it, skip that step and order a gift box of four Carbone sauces, including marinara, arrabbiata, tomato basil and roasted garlic. Developed by Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi—chefs and co-founders of the NYC-based restaurant group Major Food Group—Carbone’s sauces are crafted in small batches using premium ingredients to create a Carbone at-home experience for you!

$40

Online: carbonefinefood.com

photo: Lockwood

To Shop Local for Locally Inspired Gifts

At Lockwood, a boutique with three locations in Queens and one in Brooklyn, fun local treasures await—right down the block. Local favorites include an NYC Pizza Slice mug ($18) and a New York Forever pillow ($42) designed by the shop. (It's a kid's room favorite!) 

Online: lockwoodshop.com

photo: Workman Publishing

For Lovers of NYC's Unofficial Bird

Love them? Love to hate them? Regardless, New York wouldn't be New York without these omnipresent feathered friends. The Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird, written by renowned bird lover Rosemary Mosco, is a funny and fascinating look at the bird. 

$15

Online: bookshop.org

photo: ROAR

For a Foodie Deck That Does Good

The limited-edition Gourmand 52 deck, a new initiative being supported by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, aims to support ROAR (Restaurants Organizing, Advocating & Rebuilding) and the New York restaurant industry. Designed by three University of Pennsylvania students, the decks feature original, hand-drawn illustrations of New York City’s most iconic restaurant dishes, including Joe’s Pizza, Estela and Gramercy Tavern with 15% of proceeds directly benefiting ROAR. We think this may just be this year’s most perfect holiday stocking stuffers for foodies.

$27

Online: gourmandcommunity.com

photo: New York Magazine

For the Puzzle Master

New York magazine has issued a spiral-bound collection of 50 recently published crosswords from master puzzle creator Cathy Allis. The collection also features a puzzle created by beloved American composer Stephen Sondheim, who was actually the magazine’s puzzle writer for its first issue in 1968. 

$14

Online: amazon.com

photo: Kibou

For a Stylish & Small Diaper "Bag"

Fanny backs are so…back, especially when they come with a built-in waterproof pocket that holds wipes and a built-in detachable changing pad. Kibou, a New York City-based company, which is short for ‘Keep it By You’ donates 1% of every sale to mothers and children affected by incarceration via Hour Children. PS-These can be worn as a fanny pack or crossbody if you prefer.

$89 (vegan leather); $79 (nylon canvas)

Online: kiboubag

photo: Maman

For Sweet Treats & Recipes From a Chic Spot

NYC cafe and bakery Maman is known for its delicious baked goods and effortlessly-chic atmosphere. This Cookies & Cookbook Box contains six of Maman’s famous Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies, alongside the brand new cookbook, Maman: The Cookbook, All Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart.  Owners Elisa Marshall and Benjamin Sormonte share the recipes of some of Maman’s best-selling baked goods and dishes alongside some brand new ones, and even give you tips on how to bring that Maman flair to your entertaining and decor. 

$70

Online: mamannyc.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

Feature image: Lockwood

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Flippin’ Delicious! We Found The Best Pancakes in NYC

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Looking for the best pancakes in NYC? We checked out skillets all over town to serve up this list of NYC’s best, kid-worthy flapjacks. From decadent and diner classics to refined and weird, this is where to eat to find NYC’s best pancakes. Want more ideas on where to eat with kids in NYC? Try these brunch spots, favorite restaurants of local foodie parents, or our top spots for eating outdoors with kids here! Special occasion? Try one of these fun theme restaurants

For a Malted Twist in Hipster Central: Sunday in Brooklyn

Don't even think about trying to head here without a reservation. (We stopped by one weekend afternoon and the wait was about two hours.) But clearly, Sunday in Brooklyn—not too far from the brand new Domino Park—is doing something right. In addition to elevated breakfast and lunch foods, the restaurant serves its famous malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline, and brown butter. They're rich, an unexpected but delicious taste sensation, and super fluffy. 

Sunday in Brooklyn
348 Wythe Ave. 
347-222-6722
Williamsburg
Online: sundayinbrooklyn.com

For a Gluten-Free Pancake in Times Square: Friedman's at The Edison

You heard us right. Friedman's at The Edison Hotel will prepare its celebrated pancakes gluten-free. (In fact, they can do the same for 99 percent of their menu, and they even mark them with a little sign saying so!) Choose from blueberry, lemon ricotta, or buckwheat banana walnut. Good to know: Friedman's serves breakfast all day, and has also mastered kid faves like mac and cheese. 

Friedman’s at The Edison Hotel
228 West 47th St.
646-876-1232
Online: friedmansrestaurant.com

For Over-the-Top Pancakes in Midtown or Astoria

If you like your pancakes a little extra with a side of kitsch, head to Mom's Kitchen and Bar. You can get brunch all day here, including the Bedrock Pancakes (with Fruity Pebbles, mixed berries, berry syrup and whipped cream, shown here), mac and cheese pancakes or apple cobbler pancakes. Come for the comfort food, stay for the impressive collection of vintage lunchboxes! 

Mom's Kitchen & Bar Midtown
701 Ninth Ave. 
Midtown
646-657-00809
Online: momsmidtown.com

Mom's Kitchen & Bar Astoria
33-01 31st Ave. at 33rd St.
Astoria
718-267-0142
Online: momsastoria.com

For the Fluffiest Pancake: Bubby's

If you like your pancakes light and fluffy, you will love Bubby’s. Adapted from a James Beard recipe, Bubby’s uses sour cream instead of milk to get the perfect amount of fluffiness. They also serve sourdough and buckwheat versions and sometimes offer Johnny cakes, pancakes made from cornmeal. Little ones have the option of ordering silver dollar pancakes off the kid’s menu, but most eat right off the regular menu, usually opting for blueberry.

120 Hudson St. Tribeca
212-219-0666
Online: bubbys.com

photo: Simmer Group

For The Organic Pancake Served at Chelsea Market: Creamline

At this fast casual eatery tucked into the hustle and bustle of Chelsea Market, you can indulge in any menu item guilt-free thanks to the commitment to using sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients in every dish. Take the Buttermilk pancakes: They’re made with fresh Farmer Ground Flour and griddled to crispy and fluffy fabulousness. They’re served with Catskills Provisions maple syrup and a choice of organic banana, blueberries or chocolate chips. Farm to Tray? Count us in.

Two Manhattan locations:

Creamline
Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave.
Chelsea
646-410-2040
Online: creamlinenyc.com

180 7th Avenue
Chelsea
212-727-2315

For the Almond Milk Pancake served in a grown-up setting: Dante

Since 1915, Dante has delighted guests with its sophisticated European ambience and feeling that you could linger all day over a delicious latte. The food at this Italian-Australian café that’s a quintessential part of the West Village is equally appealing and the almond milk pancake with seasonal berries and cinnamon maple syrup—served in its own cast-iron skillet—is sure to please any discerning kiddie taster. Best of all weekend brunch starts here at 10 AM when most locals are still sleeping so grab an outdoor table!

Dante
79-81 Macdougal St.
West Village
212-982-5275
Online: dante-nyc.com

For the Pancake Like Grandma Makes: Good Enough To Eat

A popular spot on the Upper West Side, Good Enough to Eat serves pancakes just like Grandma makes, and they're so pretty, they are good enough to eat. Made from their four grain oatmeal pancake mixture, flavors include: apple, banana walnut, Belgium chocolate and coconut, fruit, and traditional. Oh, they also serve an amazing strawberry butter on the side to add a little more yumminess to the mix.

Good Enough to Eat
520 Columbus Ave. & 85th St. Upper West Side
212-496-0163
Online: goodenoughtoeat.com

For the Mac & Cheese Pancake: Shopsin's

Pancakes get all kinds of crazy at this Essex Market outpost of the legendary Greenwich Village diner, now no longer. The variations run from enticing (peach melba, and lemon ricotta blueberry) to pushing the envelope, such as the iconic "slutty cakes", which come stuffed with peanut butter. And yes, another fan favorite is the Mac & Cheese pancake, which you can get solo or mashed up with some other brunchy item. (Be forewarned, the restaurant's menu is famously very, very extensive and they're closed Monday and Tuesday.) 

Shopsin's 
Essex Market stall #8
Lower East Side 
Online: shopsins.com

photo: Sugar Factory

For an Uber Decadent Pancake: Sugar Factory

Sugar Factory, which has two locations in Manhattan, offers a whole lot of pancakes including Red Velvet Pancakes—three fluffy pancakes, white chocolate chunks, orange zest topped with whipped cream and Warm Maple Syrup, buttermilk with candied pecans, banana walnut and Nutella chocolate chip (all come with white, milk or dark chocolate sauce, too). At this sugar emporium, the menu is literally 36 pages long and the mood is energetic. Best of all: Breakfast is served at 10 a.m. and all day—until 4 p.m.—and your kids may just want to stay for hours sipping insanely decadent milkshakes or dipping fondue, too.

Sugar Factory
1991 Broadway
Upper West Side
212-414-8700
Online: sugarfactory.com

photo: Michael Harlan Turkell

For the Award-Winning Blueberry Pancake: Clinton Street Baking Company

Famous for blueberry pancakes and long lines, Clinton St. Baking Company is definitely worth the wait. Still, pancakes are served in the evening as well, so consider stopping in right at 5 p.m. when they open for dinner. Made with a whole lot of love and even more butter, these pancakes are more than a meal – they’re a work of art. Topped with their addictive signature maple butter, besides blueberry, they offer banana-walnut and chocolate chunk, and during pancake month in February, they offer a different flavor every day. And if your little ones can’t get enough at the restaurant, you can make them at home as the recipe is featured in the Clinton St. Baking Company's award-winning cookbook.

Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton St.
Lower East Side
646-602-6263
Online: clintonstreetbaking.com

photo: Olio E Piu

For the Italian Pancake Served Among Flowers and Trees: Olio e Piu

At this West Village trattoria, your mood will lift as soon as you see the space, filled as it is with flowers and plants bedecking both the interior and exterior patio. Your kids will thrill at the sight of the café’s variety of Frittella Di Olio, an Italian staple of olive oil pancakes, that are rich but not too sweet. Our fave: the Fritella Botanica served with blueberry compote, lemon ricotta, maple syrup and lemon olive oil, though the Fritella Banana, with candied walnuts and bananas, doesn’t disappoint either. PS: Pancakes are available daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so you don’t even have to wait ‘til the weekend to indulge!

Olio E Piu
3 Greenwich Ave.
Greenwich Village
212.243.6546
Online: olioepiu.nyc

For a Local Favorite and Tons of Charm: Tom's

Helping give Brooklyn the title of best pancakes in New York City, Tom’s is a popular joint with many locals claiming the pancakes are not only the best in the city, but also the best on the planet. Offerings include: lemon ricotta, silver dollar and chocolate chip. Like any Saturday or Sunday, the lines are long, but you won’t go hungry as they keep you fed while waiting. Don’t eat too much as you need to save room for the pancakes. This is another cash only spot, so don’t forget to hit the ATM. Can't deal with long lines? Make a special mid-week pancake date with your kids.

Tom’s
782 Washington Ave.
Crown Heights
718-636-9738

For The Donut Pancake: Cafe Luluc

In a little French bistro on a crowded street in Cobble Hill you will find some of the best pancakes in Brooklyn. More like a donut than a pancake, these round, floppy circles of perfection sprinkled with powdered sugar are only served with real maple syrup. During the weekend brunch hours there’s obviously a reason you’ll see a plate of pancakes on every table – they’re that good. This cash-only spot can get packed, so go pre-10 a.m. before the traditional brunch crowd gets there. You're up early anyway, right? If your kids are on the louder side, never fear, they have outdoor seating in a lovely back garden as well.

Café Luluc
214 Smith St. (between Butler and Baltic St.)
Cobble Hill
718-625-3815
Online: cafeluluc.com

— Lambeth Hochwald

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Serenity Now: Babymoon Ideas for NYC Parents-to-Be

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Expecting? Congrats! Also: you might want to think about one last trip as a couple before the bundle of joy arrives, AKA, a “babymoon.” We’ve scouted the best babymoon destinations near NYC, many of which offer babymoon packages and are a short car or train ride away! Here’s where you can get away from it all and rest up for the big day (and nights).

photo: Walker Greenwich Village

For Art Deco Details in Greenwich Village

Book a room with a deep soaking tub and balcony to retreat from every single thing on your to-do list. Best of all, the Walker Greenwich Village is just a quick subway ride away. Tucked on 13th Street, this art deco-inspired boutique hotel exudes peace, calm and tranquility. Plan to dine at the hotel’s Society Café and be sure to ask for a banquette table near the skylights and relish in an oh-so-peaceful meal.

Room rates start at $295/night

52 W. 13th St. 
Greenwich Village 
212-375-1300
Online: walkerhotels.com

photo: Delamar Greenwich Harbor

For a Waterside Retreat in Connecticut

In less than an hour on Metro North, you can be whisked away to the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut, tucked right on the picturesque Greenwich Harbor and a quick walk from the train. The deluxe property offers full spa services and a gorgeous marina to stroll. While you’re in town, don’t miss shopping along Greenwich Avenue or a fascinating visit to the nearby Bruce Museum, both of which are within walking distance from the front desk.

Room rates start at  $239/night

500 Steamboat Rd.
Greenwich, CT
203-661-9800
Online: delamar.com

photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

For a Deluxe Spot in DUMBO

The minute you inhale 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge’s delish pumped-in scent in this greenery-filled lobby, you’ll immediately exhale the stresses you’ve been under lately. Be sure take a long stroll around the waterfront and save room for pizza (Juliana’s, Grimaldi’s and L&B Spumoni Gardens is opening soon) and ice cream (Ample Hills and Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory) as every one of these epic local faves are located within a few blocks of the front desk. And, sure, the rooftop pool is full of micro bikini-wearing singles but, if you head up to the roof early for a dip—since let’s face it you probably can’t reset your mom clock just because you’re not sleeping in your own bed—you may just end up having the infinity pool and breathtaking views of the downtown skyline—pretty much all to yourself.

Room rates start at $399/night

60 Furman St.
347-696-2500
DUMBO
Online: 1hotels.com

For Vintage Chic in Hudson

Hop aboard Amtrak for a gorgeous two-hour trip along the mighty Hudson before pulling into Hudson, the ultra-chic river town boasting eight blocks of antiquing, boutique-ing, and excellent coffee along Warren Street. At the Hudson Whaler, you’re steps from the funkiest shops around (just be sure to visit later in the week as many shops are closed mid-week). Once you check in, you’ll feel right at home—and you might never want to leave—thanks to original details from local artists, a super-luxe spa tub and a bed you will sink right into.

Tip: While you’re in town, be sure to stop in for books (or an ale) at Spotty Dog and have dinner at Wunder Bar Bistro, just a few blocks away from the hotel’s front door.

Room rates start at $169/night weekdays, $349/night on weekends

542 Warren St. 
Hudson, NY
518-217-4334
Online: hudsonwhaler.com

photo: The William Vale

For the Busy Babymoon

Not everyone wants to lounge the days away, even during the last "solo" trip. The William Vale is another hyper-local option, and there is always something going on here, from fun rooftop programming to art installations and more. (The neighborhood is also, obviously, a place where it's hard to run out of things to do and see.) When you are ready to chill, take advantage of the heavenly-scented Le Labo amenities, your private balcony with prime city views and breakfast from the hotel's Leuca — which, of course, you can enjoy in bed if you like!

Room rates start at $320/night

111 N. 12th St.
Williamsburg
718-631-8400
Online: thewilliamvale.com

photo: MC Hotel

To Scope Out Montclair in Style

Some people will tell you you're going to end up here eventually, so why not hop aboard New Jersey Transit and check in 45 minutes later at the MC Hotel in Montclair, located right in the heart of this buzzing village. The hotel boasts an impressive on-site art collection and is home to the town’s only rooftop bar with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Don’t forget to pop into Allegory, the hotel’s ground-level restaurant, for "clean, healthy cooking" featuring locally sourced ingredients from the Montclair Farmers’ Market. 

Room rates start at $149/night

690 Bloomfield Ave. 
Montclair, NJ
973-329-5500
Online: marriott.com

photo: Mohonk Mountain House

For a Classic Option Upstate

Hop a train or car ride to the Hudson Valley for rest and relaxation at this NYC-area favorite getaway. In under two hours, you could be relaxing and taking in breathtaking views from the Mohonk Mountain House. (The resort offers specials during the fall for people making the most of the incredible foliage displays.) This Victorian castle surrounded by 40,000 acres of forest is the place to recharge in nature, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and get a treatment or two at the award-winning spa.  

Room rates start at $700

1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, NY 
845-765-3286
Online: www.mohonk.com

photo: Oheka Castle

For a Historic Mansion on Long Island's Gold Coast

Nestled between New York City and the Hamptons, you will find Oheka Castle. This historic property is a romantic venue that is popular for weddings, but it's also a deluxe spot for a getaway. Oheka is a quick train or car ride from NYC, but feels like a world away! (Or at least a French chateau.) Inquire about their “Last Night of Sleep” package ($975) which features a three-course dinner, an in-room massage, tour of the castle and more.

Room rates start at $250 for a weekday rate

135 West Gate Dr.
Huntington, NY 
631-659-1400
Online: www.oheka.com

photo: Garden City Hotel

For a Quick & Convenient Country Visit

If you feel like you need some fresh air, a speedy LIRR train ride to the Garden City Hotel, located across the street from the Garden City LIRR station, doesn’t disappoint. After an afternoon spent reading a book on an Adirondack chair on the property’s seven-acre lawn, a stroll through the quaint village, dinner at David Burke’s Red Salt Room and a night of deep sleep in a luxurious room, you’ll feel restored for whatever your new babe may bring.

Room rates start at $359/night

45 Seventh St. 
Garden City, NY 
516-747-3000
Online: gardencityhotel.com

— Lambeth Hochwald

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The heat is on for summer 2021, and that means it’s time for a trip to the beach, a dip in a free pool and sampling the many (many!) ice cream shops in New York City. We’ve rounded up the best ice cream shops in NYC for kids, including tops in Brooklyn, Instagram-worthy spots, shops for gelato lovers and more. Read on for the scoop!

For Delectable Flavors in Harlem: Sugar Hill Creamery

A family affair established by Nick Larsen and Petrushka Bazin Larsen, a neighborhood couple with three kids, this Harlem-based business scoops out handmade, seasonal, small batch ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts in flavors both classic and inspired—with names to match. (It’s vanilla is dubbed “Andy Griffith”.) Made with thoughtfully-curated and sourced ingredients (chocolate from Madagascar, vanilla from Ile Bourbon, produce from the local farmer’s market) Sugar Hill Creamery has kid-friendly staples, as well as delectable flavors for grown-ups. Other very good options: build-your-own ice cream sandwich, ice cream floats, and locally-roasted coffee for you. 

184 Lenox Ave.
Harlem
212-634-9004
Online: sugarhillcreamery.com

3629 Broadway 
Hamilton Heights 

55 Water St. (Closed Mon. & Tues.)
Time Out New York Market
DUMBO

For Xtreme Ice Cream Creations: Stuffed Ice Cream

Everything about Stuffed Ice Cream is a little extra. For starters, it’s signature “cruff” is a toasted glazed donut stuffed with ice cream and finished off with sugar toppings of your choice. Flavors include traditional and nuanced, such as Rocky Road, Rice Krispies, Vanilla, White Chocolate Lavender, and Black Sesame. Signature cruffs in pre-designed combos include the “Unicorn Poop” and “Cookie Road.” If a cruff is not your thing, you can get a cone—which is available as a seven- or 21-scoop creation if you so choose. (Like we said, extra.) Got a birthday party coming up? Stuffed has an over-the-top ice cream ball cake that must be seen to be believed. #whatthecruff

139 First Ave.
East Village 
917-261-4904
Online: stuffedicecreamnyc.com

For Classics Done Right: Davey’s Ice Cream

One of Davey’s Ice Cream locations is in the East Village (ice cream Insta-bait HQ) but you won’t find too many crazy flavors here. Instead, expect classics like “Chocolate chocolate”, “Fresh Strawberry”, and a celebrated “Cookies & Cream” crafted from fresh ingredients and Hudson Valley milk. You can also go for a traditional but “supreme” banana split, brownie sundae, or milkshake. In Greenpoint, Davey’s serves gluten-free pastries. Davey’s makes cakes, too, including the incredibly fun “Megawich”, a giant ice cream sandwich! 

Davey’s Ice Cream
137 First Ave.
East Village
212-228-8032
Online: daveysicecream.com

74 Meserole Ave.
Greenpoint
718-609-6066

For Organic Ice Cream and Good Will: Blue Marble Ice Cream

Blue Marble, the first certified organic artisanal ice cream maker in New York, serves sweet-tasting treats with minimal added sugar and maximum goodness provided by Mother Nature herself. Featuring classics like strawberry and cookies and cream made from farm-fresh New York State dairy, its flavors are straightforward and pure. Blue Marble's Prospect Heights location has a kid's play space and outdoor garden, and is steps from Prospect Park. Take note: With each scoop you buy, you and your family are supporting Blue Marble’s not-for-profit organization, Blue Marble Dreams, the mission of which is to use ice cream to inspire joy, spur economic growth and employ and empower women in places like Rwanda and Haiti.

Blue Marble Ice Cream
186 Underhill Ave.
Prospect Heights
718-399-6926

2578 Broadway at 97th St. 
Upper West Side
646-609-1900

220 36th St. (Open Sat. & Sun.)
Ground Floor
Industry City
Sunset Park
718-399-6926

Online: bluemarbleicecream.com

For a NYC Institution: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

This family-run business has been around for more than 40 years, serving up flavors like green tea and mango long before everybody else had the idea. You can be adventurous and go for Red Bean, Taro, etc. or opt for the "exotic" flavors like vanilla, chocolate or Oreo cookie. Check out all the flavors here. In addition to the OG Chinatown shop, you'll find newer locations in the Essex Market on Delancy and in Flushing.

65 Bayar St. 
Chinatown
212-608-4170
Online: chinatownicecreamfactory.com

For Tons of Choices & a Retro Vibe: Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

With fifteen varieties of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and caramel (and a massive menu!) there’s something for everyone at this Soho “new American” ice cream parlor in classic black and white design. Order up one of the classics or experiment with flavor mash ups like cardamom lemon jam, salt and pepper pine nut or banana curry. Kids will love their own menu with special cup and cone sizes and sundaes that are sure to please like the Butterscotch Banger —vanilla ice cream with caramel and cream.

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream
88 W. Houston St. 
Soho
212-209-7684
Online: morgensternsnyc.com

photo: A la Mode

For Those with Allergies: A La Mode

We can’t get enough of A La Mode, a place that has changed the lives of many allergy-prone kids and adults alike. All of the ice cream at this fun store/party space/ice cream shop is nut-free, sesame-free and egg-free. And with flavors like Partly Cloudy (blue cotton candy with marshmallows) and Pink Sprinkle (pink vanilla with rainbow sprinkles) for the kids and Wired (coffee with chocolate chips) for adults, everyone at A La Mode has something to smile about.  More good news: the shop just launched its online business so now you can order the stuff from the comfort of your couch — pints, bars and cups can be delivered right to your door. 

A La Mode
360 East 55th St.
Upper East Side
917-639-3401
Online: alamodeshoppenyc.com

For Flavors with a Cult Following: Ample Hills Creamery

Recently acquired by Oregon-based Schmitt Industries, this Brooklyn-born brand is famous for irresistible combinations like Snap Mallow, Pop, (marshmallow ice cream with toasted Rice Krispie clusters ), Salted Crack'd Caramel (salted butter caramel ice cream with chocolate-covered homemade saltine crackers) and The Munchies (pretzel infused ice cream with clusters of potato chips, pretzels, Ritz crackers, and mini M&Ms). A brand new shop opened on 
Prospect Park West in late spring, you can visit a shop/factory in Red Hook, and the Gowanus location also features a rooftop deck and popular indoor party space, 

192 Prospect Park West
Windsor Terrace 
631-504-4462
Online: amplehills.com

623 Vanderbilt Ave.
Prospect Heights
347-240 - 3926

305 Nevins St.
Gowanus
347-725-4061

Dekalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square West
Downtown Brooklyn
929-368-2762

141 8th Ave.
212-645-3100
Chelsea

34-02 30th Ave.
347-242-2026
Astoria

Mikey Likes It

We’ve long been a fan of Lower East side native Mikey Cole’s pop culture-inspired artisanal, organic ice cream and his fun storefront decked out with images of pop icons. (Flavors at the downtown store include “Pink Floyd”, “The Brady Bunch”, “Ice Ice Mikey” and “Foxy Brown.”) Cole started his business selling ice cream out of a pushcart, and now also offers vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free varieties.

199 Avenue A
Lower East Side
212-673-0199
Online: mikeylikesiticecream.com

For Cutting Edge Flavors: Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co.

Brought to you buy a gastro-molecular pastry chef and a husband and wife team that admired said chef's skills, this ice cream shop features super fresh flavors in way outside-the-box combinations. The kids are guaranteed to love the vanilla-based Sprinkles but we bet Burnt Marshmallow and Oatmeal Cookie Dough could become the new favorites. (Parents, FYI: popsicles infused with booze are now available, in flavors like Rosé and Grapefruit Campari.) All the ice cream is made in-house, using locally sourced, hormone- and additive-free dairy. Check out Odd Fellows' Facebook page for flavor updates before you go. 

60 Water St. 
DUMBO
718-683-5755
Online: oddfellowsnyc.com

Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Domino Park
260 Kent Ave.
Williamsburg

For Deliciousness with a Side of Kitsch: Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay is going local. They’ve teamed up with Ronnybook Farms and developed a proprietary base for their famous soft serve creations. And if the graham crackers and lemon curd toppings taste more homemade, that’s because they’re now made in-house. Among the creative confections are the Bea Arthur (vanilla ice cream and dulce de leche topped with finely-crushed Nilla wafers) and American Globs (vanilla with sea salt and pretzels dipped in a chocolate shell), but for more adventurous palates, the shop offers everything from elderflower syrup to key lime curd to top the cones. Shakes, ice cream sandwiches, great coffee and more are also always available.

Take advantage of the shop's after school Sugar Rush promo: $ 2 mini chocolate or vanilla cones from 2-5 p.m. And keep your eyes open for the BGIC truck roaming the city streets adorned with its signature rainbow cone.

Big Gay Ice Cream
516 Columbus Ave. 
Upper West Side 
646-484-5838
Online: biggayicecream.com

61 Grove St.
West Village
212-533-9333

207 Front St. 
Seaport District

For Novel Wintry Refreshment in Summer: Snowdays

OK, shaved ice treat shop Snowdays does not technically serve ice cream, but its derivative of Taiwanese and Korean shaved ices, which is fluffy (like snow), is actually creamy and tastes like ice cream. Pretty cool, right? The business has operated a shop in the East Village for years, and now there's also a Brooklyn store in Bay Ridge. Flavors can be as exotic as Roasted Black Sesame or as basic as Sweet Milk, and they have great toppings from the classics like Oreos and M&Ms to a cereal-lovers dream with Fruity Pebbles and Cap’n Crunch (and many more!)

241 East 10th St.
East Village
212-982-8881
Online: snowdaysnyc.com

7025 Third Ave. 
Bay Rige
347-492-0405

For Fish-shaped Cones and Interesting Options: Taiyaki NYC

Taiyaki is a kind of fish in Japan, but don’t let that confuse you. Taiyaki NYC sells fish-shaped waffle cones filled with soft serve (a popular street food in Japan) because, why not? Yet another treat that made appearances on Instagram feeds everywhere, this unusual dessert is pretty and delicious. And the cones aren’t just filled with ice cream — they also have custard or red bean paste in them if you like — alongside unusual ice cream flavors like matcha or black sesame. For those traditionalists looking to try this, you can get the cone and the custard or bean paste with chocolate or vanilla, too. Find the original store in Little Italy, and newer outposts in Williamsburg and Flushing.

Taiyaki NYC
119 Baxter St.
Little Italy
212-966-2882
Online: taiyakinyc.com

294 Bedford Ave. 
Williamsburg
917-909-1856

136-17 39th Ave. 
Queens Crossing Food Court
Flushing 
917-826-7821

For a Few Dozen Gelato Flavors: Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Now in its 19th year, this shop is still our favorite for hand-crafted traditional Italian gelato and sorbet. Tucked inconspicuously next to the Lower East Side’s famous Tenement Museum, the atmosphere at Il Laboratorio del Gelato HQ is spare and industrial, but don’t let that fool you. On any given day customers can choose from 48 artisanal and vibrant flavors like kid-friendly banana chocolate chip or concord grape, alongside more unusual offerings like rose petal, tarragon pink pepper and Guinness. Everything at Il Laboratorio is fresh and made at the shop, and the kids will love watching the ice cream makers hard at work in the “lab” through the glass windows on Ludlow Street.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St.
Lower East Side
212-343-9922
Online: laboratoriodelgelato.com

56 University Pl.
Greenwich Village 
212-343-9922

For a Classic Banana Split: Eddie's Sweet Shop

This old-school soda fountain and candy shop, founded decades before most of its hip competitors, doesn’t put on airs or stuff its homemade flavors full of bric-a-brac that would make Ben & Jerry blush. Here, you can find familiar favorites like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry (along with a few other classics like rum raisin, butter pecan and coffee almond chip) served up in metal-footed ice cream dishes and drowned in thick hot fudge, caramel sauce, homemade whipped cream and nuts. The kids will also love the old fashioned register, cast iron swivel stools and retro storefront. Head to Eddie's for a nostalgic taste of a bygone era.

Eddie’s Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave.
Forest Hills
718-520-8514
Online: EddiesSweetShop

— Lambeth Hochwald & Kim Sunshine

main photo: Patrick Fore via Unsplash

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It’s spring. The trees are blooming and we’ve figured out a way to dine out amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. So, if you’re up for treating the mom in your life for brunch, here are seven restaurants that will gladly prepare a delicious feast—and serve it to you outdoors if that’s where you prefer to dine. And, they’ve got room for your stroller and a kid-friendly menu! Read on for our top picks of where to eat Mother’s Day brunch in NYC! (And hey, it’s Mother’s Day: you’re going to need to make a reservation!)

photo: Esme

Greenpoint : Esme

This charming restaurant features a fully shaded backyard garden, which offers distanced seating among gorgeous bushes, planters and tall trees. If it’s a rainy Mother’s Day, not to worry: The outdoor seating here is protected and curbside seating will be available that day, too. And with such treats as house-made oversized cinnamon roll and eggs Benedict with smoked ham, Tabasco hollandaise and mixed greens, we know moms will be overjoyed to spend part of their special day feasting here.

999 Manhattan Ave. 
718-383-0999
Greenpoint 
Online: esmebk.com

photo: Bubby's

Tribeca: Bubby’s

You can’t go wrong at a Bubby’s brunch any day of the week let alone on Mother’s Day. On Sunday May 9th, every mom will be served a complimentary mimosa, which P.S. pairs perfectly with Bubby's delicious sourdough pancakes (made from a century-old sourdough recipe) or one of its new springtime menu items, such as slice of delectable strawberry rhubarb pie. The outdoor setup at this 30-year-old fave is delightful, too, as its covered and heated—an appealing feature if the temperature dips on mom’s big day.

120 Hudson St. 
Tribeca
212-219-0666
Online: bubbys.com

Upper East Side Cacio e Pepe

At this Italian trattoria, the second location of a restaurant that’s been serving downtown diners for years, the pasta dishes are a definite draw. One is even served in a giant cheese wheel and we know moms will love brunching on the traditional Roman menu items offered here. Book a table in the sidewalk seating area for maximum people watching and, whatever you do, save room for one of their epic desserts.

182 Second Ave. 
Upper East Side
212-505-5931
Online: cacioepepe.com

photo: Kyle Knodell

Rockaway Beach: The Rockaway Hotel

At this funky boutique hotel, which opened during the pandemic, a full brunch buffet will be served 11 AM until 2 PM on Mother’s Day. Seating in the Pool House is heated, covered and fully ventilated and, bonus, immersing yourself into the surf vibe here will do wonders to transport you far away from the hustle-bustle of city life.

108-10 Rockaway Beach Dr. 
718-474-1216
Rockaway
Online: therockawayhotel.com

photo: Lily Brown MST Creative PR

Williamsburg: Concord Hill

When you stop in for brunch at this casual neighborhood eatery, you can rest assured that brunch faves like brioche French toast and house cured smoked salmon and eggs will appeal to evert mom. On Mother’s Day, brunch will be served 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and, best of all, the restaurant’s outdoor space is expanded on the weekends thanks to Open Streets so there’s plenty of open air tables with umbrellas and space for strollers.

374 Graham Ave. 
347-463-9322
Williamsburg
Online: concordhillbk.com

 

FiDi: Kesté Pizza & Vino

Brunch is going to be an all-day affair on Mother’s Day and, cute touch, every mom who dines here will be gifted with a flower. That’s not all, there’s outdoor seating right in front of this authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, which opened in 2009, and all the Kesté pizza favorites (including fried!) are on the menu as well as gluten-free items and a special dessert: tiramisu with peaches. Yum!

77 Fulton St. 
212-693-9030
FiDi
Online: kestepizzeria.com

photo: Quentin Bacon

Lincoln Square, Nomad, Midtown, East Village: The Smith

Dine at this family favorite and you can go savory—with options like spring asparagus toast with overnight tomatoes, burrata and poached eggs—or sweet—we’re talking vanilla bean French toast with maple butter and caramelized bananas. Outdoor seating at this brasserie is available at every location, especially the Lincoln Square restaurant which boasts an extra-large sidewalk dining space.

Several locations
Online: thesmithrestaurant.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

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As an anti-racist company, Red Tricycle and Tinybeans stand against the systemic racism towards Asian Americans, as well as all people of color. We strive to support our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and fellow humans in the fight for justice, and one way to do that is to support independent local businesses. To that end, we’re highlighting Asian American businesses in NYC that have tons of fun stuff for kids and families. (Many owners are parents themselves!) Step out and show support now and always!

photo: Eric Medsker

Nguyen Coffee Supply

At Nguyen Coffee Supply, it’s all about the experience of brewing a cup of coffee. This, the first specialty Vietnamese coffee company in the U.S., opened its doors in Fall 2018 and prides itself on importing and roasting single-origin Vietnamese coffee beans. “The most important thing I want New Yorkers to know about small business owners is that everyone is risking their health in some way to continue operating, to keep paychecks flowing for their team and to keep dreams alive,” says Sahra Nguyen, co-owner. “Support small businesses, especially immigrant owned mom-and-pop shops that may not be so social media savvy. We need diversity in businesses, experiences and culture so that our city remains the dynamic place we love.”

Online: nguyencoffeesupply.com

photo: Lo & Sons

Lo & Sons

For the past decade, the Lo family (Jan, Derek and their mom Helen) has been designing stylish travel bags from their Dumbo studio and, during the pandemic, pivoted to helping healthcare workers by donating almost 4,000 bags to those on the frontlines.  These timeless, thoughtfully designed bags are created with eco-friendly materials and plenty of organizational features and pockets to keep your trip as streamlined and seamless as possible.

“As an Asian American owned business based in the diverse city of NYC, we recognize the importance of supporting and uplifting one another during the turbulent times we continue to face in our communities,” Helen Lo says.

Online: loandsons.com

photo: Korean K9 Rescue

Korean K9 Rescue

At Korean K9 Rescue in Astoria, the mission is all about building awareness and compassion for dogs, especially those that are rescued from dog meat farms, high kill shelters and puppy mills both here and abroad—something Gina Bohler, executive director and founder has been working on since July 2017 when the organization started up. These days, New Yorkers in all five boroughs—and around the Tristate area—are happy adopters.

“We are so thankful to the NYC community for embracing our rescue organization and giving these homeless and mistreated dogs a second chance here,” she says. “We also have a Patreon page where you can get a sneak peek inside our facility in Bundang, South Korea, while supporting our rescue efforts monthly for just a few dollars.”

Online: koreank9rescue.org

photo: Wini Lao

Pink Moon

When Lin Chen, a second-generation Asian American, launched Pink Moon, an online beauty site in mid-2020, her focus was on curating exclusively female founded, sustainable self-care, well-being and lifestyle brands. “Practicing self-care/love has positively changed my life and this is why I want to offer other women the opportunity to experience this, too,” she says. These days Chen runs her business from her office in Midtown East. She hopes to open a flagship well-care and community site for women through every phase of life on the Upper West Side this fall.

Online: pinkmoon.co

photo: Rooted

Rooted

Rooted may have started out of Ryan Lee and Kay Kim’s apartment in Williamsburg in 2018, but it’s soaring now with a greenhouse in Florida, a Brooklyn team and a commitment to doing everything through a lens of sustainability. “We’re adamant about doing things as green as possible, even if it’s much harder for the sake of our environment,” Kim says. Since they opened the business, the duo has opened retail stores in Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and most recently, Chinatown, currently closed due to the pandemic. 

“We’re a proud Asian American-owned business comprised nearly fully of POC so even if you’re not in the market to purchase plants right now, please be proactive about becoming patrons of other AAPI-owned businesses, especially during these difficult times,” Kim says. 

Online: heyrooted.com

photo: Ben Hon

Madame Vo

Jimmy Ly, co-owner of Madame Vo, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village that opened in 2017, began dreaming up his vision when he met ‘Madame’ Yen Vo and the two connected over their mutual love of Vietnamese food. A Queens native, Ly had grown up as his family’s designated sous chef for family gatherings, and later worked in his parent’s banh mi shop. Vo grew spent her youth eating traditional Vietnamese food in her native Houston. When Ly introduced Yen to his family’s cooking, the inspiration for Madame Vo was born—and, since then, the couple became the proud parents of two boys.

“Vietnamese food is more than just the national cuisine of Vietnam—it is a way of life and an integral part of the culture,” Ly says. “At Madame Vo, we strive to honor the tradition of Vietnamese food by providing New Yorkers with the familiar and nostalgic flavors of southern Vietnamese cooking. Whether you're ordering a savory Com Suon Nuong or a delicious bowl of The Madame Pho, you can rest assured that your meal has been made with the utmost care and best ingredients, following recipes which have been passed down through generations of the Ly and Vo families. To continue to support us, stop by our East Village restaurant for indoor and outdoor dining, or order ahead to take an authentic Vietnamese meal to go to share with friends and family.”

212 E. 10th St. 
East Village 
917-261-2115
Online: madamevo.com

 

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Heart of Dinner

Pick up a new tote to support the non-profit Heart of Dinner, an organization founded at the onset Covid-19 to fight food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors—two long-standing community issues heightened by the pandemic.

The all-volunteer non-profit now serves more than 1,500 elders in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, delivering weekly hot lunches, fresh produce, and bulk ingredients—with a hand-written and illustrated note in Korean or Chinese. Doing more good, Heart of Dinner works with local providers to support small businesses  in the COVID-related recovery process.

Online: heartofdinner.org

Kim’C Market

In 2019, Ryan Kim opened Kim’C Market, an e-commerce business based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard with the express goal of helping people stay healthy by providing healthy Korean foods and ingredients. “I was inspired to start Kim’C Market after my uncle passed away from cancer in 2018,” Kim says. “Having grown up without a father, I felt the need to be able to guide my late uncle’s children and ensure that the whole family would be able to have access to clean, healthy foods.”

“Whether you’ve been cooking with Korean ingredients your whole life or would like to dip your toes into the world of Korean cooking, our mission is to connect people with tasty, wholesome Korean and Asian ingredients and ship or deliver them fast to you. Food has an innate transformative power, from the nutrients inside it to the people who make it and the cultures which influence it, and it is our goal to make these clean ingredients accessible to all kitchens. To see how our products can be used not only in Korean cooking but your own cuisines, check out our cooking videos on YouTube.com.”  

Online: kimcmarket.com

Aoko Noko 

This family-owned and operated kids’ clothing line is known for its modern and thoughtfully crafted designs. Inspired by their own kids, the owners have over 18 years of experience in the fashion industry; they’re passionate about creating lasting, neutral unisex pieces that can be handed down again and again. 

Online: aokonoko.com

photo: Peachy Cao

Piccoliny

Founder Alex Zagami Ng comes from a long line of business owners. When she opened her shop in Little Italy, it quickly became a favorite for NYC locals and visitors alike. Ng curated a wonderful selection of toys, clothing and books, as well as designing her own line. While she was forced to close her brick-and-mortar location due to COVID, her resilience and determination, not to mention her loyal customers, helped Ng pivot her business angle. Now you’ll find Piccoliny gear online, or if you live in NYC, from these select retailers as well as Saks Fith Avenue in midtown Manhattan. 

Online: piccolinyshop.com

Little Moony

Little Moony is a designer daughter and master tailor mother team. The idea to launch a children’s clothing line was born out of an afternoon watching their niece/granddaughter play in a cute but comfortable dress (which mom had made!). From there, Little Moony has become known for comfortable, well-designed clothes that range from bright and colorful to calm and cool. There’s a brick-and-mortar store in the SOHO neighborhood of NYC, but you can purchase everything from onesies to dress and jogger pants from the website too. 

230 Mulberry St. 
Soho
646-852-8330
Online: littlemoony.com

Good Day Play Cafe

Good Day Play Cafe delivers on its name: it's a play space for little kids to have fun, with a spot for parents to relax, maybe return some emails and have a beverage or bite to eat. (They have kid-friendly snacks too, of course.) Covid-19 shut things down for a bit, but they're back up and running at their Park Slope location for open play, private play dates and parties (with lots of health precautions, of course). 

"We are so so thankful to our community and all the families for showing us endless support. We wouldn’t be here without them," says Jessica Chang, who owns the business with her husband. "We hope that everyone that steps foot into our space, feels welcomed and safe- no matter who they are or what they look like. Being parents, ourselves, we know that when it comes to children, things need to be flexible. We try out best to create a space for our parents to feel relaxed and happy when they come to GDPC—which in turn will be relayed to the children."

591 Fifth Ave. 
Park Slope
347-294-4334
Online: gooddayplaycafe.com

 

Hudson and Bleeker

Founder and CEO Eram Siddiqui launched Hudson and Bleecker when she couldn’t find stylish travel accessories. What started as a single shoe bag has expanded into a line of multi-functional, well-crafted travel accessories. Take a peek at the website, and you’ll find garment bags, cosmetic bags, packing cubes and more. 

Online: hudsonandbleecker.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

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It’s International Women’s Day on March 8, but shouldn’t every day be an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and work of our female friends? In honor of the many enterprising ladies in town, we’re spotlighting some of our favorite women entrepreneurs running businesses in NYC. Take a look, then go spend in solidarity!

photo: Da Spot

Fashion First: DA SPOT NYC

DA SPOT NYC, a unique fashion boutique in City Point, Brooklyn, not only features 25-plus independent creative brands by people of color but it also houses C.A.N.V.A.S. Art Gallery, featuring the work of local artists. The goal: To create a unique space to amplify the voices of Black and POC creatives.

WHY NYC? “As native New Yorkers and Brooklynites me and my partners liken running a business here to living our wildest dreams out loud. The other thing that drives me forward: Being able to support the local community.”—Michelle Cadore, co-owner.

445 Albee Square West
City Point
347-903-6729
Online: daspotnyc.com

photo: Union Square Play

Creating community: Union Square Play

Run by local moms, Union Square Play, with its robust roster of classes, workshops and open play, helps connect parents and gives them a much-needed ‘home away from home.’ Now virtual, the company offers virtual moms’ groups and an online platform via their app—both extremely needed during this isolating time.

WHY NYC? “When COVID-19 hit, we were trying to make sense of our new reality and we wanted to step up, make a difference and think differently about making life just a little bit easier for parents with little ones.”—Jennie Monness, partner.

36 E. 18th St.
Union Square 
646-693-6700
Online: unionsquareplay.com

photo: Babe of Brooklyn

Handmade With Care: Babe of Brooklyn

At Babe of Brooklyn, the goal has always been to develop old school all-natural grooming/bread-care products—which is pretty much what every quarantining dad might need.

WHY NYC? “One of the greatest thing for us are the people we have encountered along our journey. Being in NYC has fueled our outlook on how we approach the business and life by making sure we gain access to and provide quality products and making sure all things Babe of Brooklyn are genuine. It’s the conversations with our customers that have helped us to keep creating, keep pushing to keep our company operating (even in the face of a pandemic).”—Tameka Allen, owner.

Online: babeofbrooklyn.com

Beads & More: Saskia

At Saskia, a jewelry studio in Industry City, every bead tells a story and every beaded necklace or bracelet (whether you make it using a DIY kit or purchase one that owner Saskia de Vries has created) is as unique as you are.

WHY NYC? “I love doing business in NYC for the same reason I always wanted to live here—the mix of cultures, the human interest, the appreciation for flair and color and the adoration of art in all forms. I find myself among my people and am honored that they appreciate my designs. I’m proud to call this community my clients and friends.”—Saskia de Vries, owner 

67 35th St. 
Industry City 
718-369-2151
Online: shopsaskia.com

Something for Everyone: Awesome Brooklyn

At Awesome Brooklyn, a gift shop in Prospect Lefferts Gardens that opened in 2017, the specialty is gifts that are so awesome you’ll want them for yourself. And who could say no to a Brooklyn Pigeon onesie or 718 Hot Sauce.

WHY NYC? “My customers—New Yorkers are the greatest people on earth! We love our community and we love supporting local vendors. We live and work in the neighborhood and what happens not just at the shop but all around us is super important to us as a family and us as a business.”—Vanessa Raptopoulos, owner 

617 Flatbush Ave. 
Prospect Lefferts Gardens 
718-928-7484
Online: awesomebrooklyn.com

photo: Clever Alice

A Treasure Trove: Clever Alice

At Clever Alice, a Nolita shop that hosts multi-brand women’s designer sample sales, it’s always an adventure to browse the racks for dresses, jumpsuits and handbags—which we will all need once WFH is over.

WHY NYC? “New Yorkers are the best part of being in the city. Their creative expression in how they dress, think and live is the inspiration that can’t be matched. The energy we get from our NYC shoppers is everything to us.”—Tamara Chaponot, owner

4 Prince St. 
Nolita
Online: cleveralice.com

photo: Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters

Coffee & Mission: Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters

When you stop in for coffee at one of the three Bean & Bean Coffee Roasters in NYC, you’re supporting a mother-daughter business that’s all about giving back. The goal of these two coffee sommeliers: To bridge the gender gap in the coffee world by supporting women farmers and helping out the environment by donating part of their profits towards helping injured sloths in coffee-producing countries. 

WHY NYC? “We love serving the most diverse and dynamic city in the world. NYC's diversity is reflected in the makeup of our Bean & Bean team and the customers that support us. As a BIPOC and immigrant owned business, our coffees are roasted and brewed for everyone to enjoy. We work to make specialty coffee as inclusive as possible.”—Jiyoon Han, co-owner

71 Broadway
Financial District
212-422-8083

318 8th Ave. 
646-869-2070
Chelsea
Online: beannbeancoffee.com

photo: Doughnut Project

Always Staying Innovative: The Doughnut Project

Tucked in the West Village since 2015: A doughnut shop with a cult following that might stem from the fact that each hand-crafted pastry draws inspiration from food and cocktails. Best of all, it’s a team of three female employees who are creating these unique gourmet doughnuts, like The Everything and Lemon Love Letter.

WHY NYC? “The brief moments you get to speak with customers and make each other laugh. I get told over and over again by our customers how our business has kept them sane during this challenging time. We have customers drive into the city from Connecticut, New Jersey and Long Island each weekend to visit us. It has become a fun tradition for them.”—Leslie Polizzotto co-founder and owner 

10 Morton St.
West Village
212-691-5000
Online: thedoughnutproject.com

photo: Let's Dress Up

Tapping Into Imaginations: Let's Dress Up

Since 2005, Let’s Dress Up has been the Upper East Side spot for fairytale-themed tea and birthday parties. Since COVID-19, this beloved space has kept is super safe, reopening with small format and private events as well as some virtual offerings. 

WHY NYC? “When you are running a kids’ business in NYC in a pandemic there is literally never a dull moment. Days are filled with everything from the logistics of a particular event to washing princess dresses and posting on social media. The greatest thing for us is interacting with the kids (in person or on a screen) and hearing their excitement and laughter as they participate in one of our events. Even if it inevitably ends up with them waving a magic wand and pretending to turn me into a frog!”—Samantha Myers, co-owner

345 E. 85th St. 
Upper East Side
212-879-0956
Online: letsdressupnyc.com

photo: WoodSpoon

Keeping Chefs Working: WoodSpoon

Home chefs can now provide a ‘taste of home’ via WoodSpoon, a community-based marketplace that has been delivering home-cooked dishes to New Yorkers since its inception in January 2019. 

WHY NYC? “As a company that celebrates cultural diversity and authenticity, NYC is our natural home. Our platform connects communities through food and supports local chefs who embrace their native culture while sharing it with diners. Some of our most popular items are comfort foods like delicious breads, pastas and soups your grandma used to make. You can’t get that at a restaurant.”—Merav Kalish Rozengarten, co-founder and CMO

Online: eatwoodspoon.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

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We Heart New York: Valentine’s Day Gifts & Activities

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Of all the years, this is the one to shower your family members with love. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift, looking for something to do together, or need an idea for a special activity, we can help! Read on for NYC-created (or inspired) Valentine’s gifts, as well cooking and craft projects that will help you support local businesses and makers. Say “I Love NY” while saying “I love you!”

Get Cooking!

photo: Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen

Make an adorable Valentine's Love Shack with Taste Buds Kitchen, either in your home or at its culinary studio in Chelsea. 

The in-person workshop, recommended for kids ages 3 to 8 is on Valentine's Day at 10 a.m. Prices start at $79 for one child and caregiver. Click here to register.

Or, order up a Love Shack ($75) to pick up or be delivered for a $20 fee. Click here to buy.

Freshmade NYC

Freshmade NYC is offering several Valentine's Day cooking projects to take part in live, via Zoom on the holiday weekend. Make valentine-inspired bagels, heart-shaped pizza or onigiri, and chocolate or yogurt-covered fruits. You provide the ingredients and tune-in to get cooking. Classes are $25 and last one hour. 

Click here for class details, dates & times!

photo: Local Roots

Local Roots Pizza Making Kit

Anyone can order in a pie but for anyone ready to take it to the next level and bake it from scratch, why not order a pizza making bundle put together by Local Roots NYC, a farm-based subscription box service? The kit features fresh pizza dough from Hawthorne Valley, New York, fresh tomato sauce from City Saucery in Brooklyn, heritage breed sausage from Stryker Farm in Pennsylvania, mozzarella sourced from Narragansett, Rhode Island, a sea salt chocolate bar from Brooklyn’s own Fine & Raw, all packaged up in a pink Local Roots tote ($48.99).

Online: localrootsnyc.com

photo: Leonelli Restaurant & Bakery

Leonelli Restaurant & Bakery

In yet another example of the creativity our restaurateurs are showing during the pandemic, Leonelli Restaurant & Bakery in NoMad has just launched kid-centric cooking kits that arrive at your door with homemade spaghetti ready to boil (plus sauce and meatballs), NYC strong cookie decorating kit, bake at home cornettos, a pipe-your-own cannolis kit and a make-your-own-hot-chocolate kit. Food fun for everyone! Get it for $90. 

Order: eats.outpost.market

photo: wellplated

The Dynamite Shop

Ready to graduate to some more advanced baking? Try The Dynamite Shop's two-day, Valentine's Day weekend layer cake workshop! Make the cake, the frosting and learn about the art and architecture of this classic dessert. Recommended for kids seven and up; workshop is $60.

Register here!

photo: TheNonchalantCook

The Nonchalant Cook

Grazing boards have long been an Instagram favorite, with drool-worthy spreads placed "just so." Create your own artful board with help from The Nonchalant Cook, which provides all the ingredients, such as three kinds of artisanal cheeses, soppressata, fresh and candied fruit, crackers, chocolate-covered strawberries and more. Plus, a link to a video where you get a step-by-step tutorial of how to assemble the board. From $110.

Online: thenonchalantcook.com

Dig In!

photo: Milk Bar

Milk Bar Red Velvet Cake & More

If the ones you love are red velvet fans, get thee to a Milk Bar, stat! The American-style bakery from chef Christina Tosi with bakery locations all over NYC is serving up some very serious RV treats for Valentine's Day. Choose from red velvet cake, red velvet truffles and even red velvet soft serve! 

Get a small cake for $32, a dozen truffles for $24, or a combo pack for $75. 

Online: milkbarstore.com

photo: Challah Dolly

Challah Dolly

Meet Dolly Meckler, New York City’s unofficial challah queen. The baker is creating chocolate raspberry loaves in honor of the holiday of love. They're baked at Partybus Bakeshop (31 Essex Street) and will be available February 12. Prices start at $10. To order your loaf, send her a DM on @ChallahDolly.

Online: instagram.com/challahdolly

photo: Arianna Tettamanzi

Maman Valentine's Treats

At the always charming Maman, chocolate is always on the menu but, from February 8-14, Maman Marche in SoHo will be transformed into a ‘love patisserie’ pop-up offering such special treats as an edible chocolate gift box (select from a mini raspberry rose cookie, mini heart Oreo and more) and Love Potion Hot Chocolate, featuring a glass heart jar filled with hot chocolate mix topped with heart-shaped marshmallows. 

237 Centre St. 
Soho
212-226-0700
Online: mamannyc.com

photo: Momofuku

Momofoku Essentials

If you’re looking for everything you need to make your Valentine’s Day super spicy, look no further than the Momofoku Pantry Starter Kit ($52). It’s got Momofuku’s signature full line of popular products for home cooks, including Chili Crunch, Seasoned Salts and Liquids (soy sauce and tamari). 

Online: momofuku.com

photo: Counter Culture Coffee

A Strong Brew

For the mom or dad who can’t get through the day without coffee, your mornings just got better with Big Trouble, a blend by Counter Culture Coffee that’s nutty and punctuated with notes of sweet caramel. Pair a bag of these beans with a BPA-free tumbler that fits right in a cupholder and you’ll be able to ease right into tummy time. A 12-ounce bag of beans is $15.25; tumbler is $25.

Order: counterculturecoffee.com

Get Creative!

photo: Kadoodle Kids

Kadoodle Kids Kits

We’re going to be wearing masks for a while so why not make them as fun (and functional) as possible for kids? From a trio of moms comes Kadoodle Kids, a new crafts brand offering DIY mask projects. The "Be My Valentine" box set features a mask, fabric markers, glitter glue pens, heart stickers, wash-off glitter heart tattoos, Valentine's stampers and a mask pouch ($21.95). 

Order: kadoodlekids.com

photo: Once-Kids

Once-Kids City Blocks

With an 11-block set of wooden blocks inspired by our city’s inimitable skyline, the Wanderlust NYC blocks ($30) will provide lots of entertainment over the cold winter days ahead. Each set comes with a laser-engraved wooden storage box that features a chalkboard painted interior so your kids can get really creative a backdrop only they can imagine. 

Online: once-kids.com

Get Comfy!

Love-ly Throw Pillows

Sometimes you need to make a statement and have it live on your living room furniture every single day. Just ask Alexandra Ferguson, who is all about the love (we’re partial to her ‘Love Lives Here’ pillow for sure), and has been designing recycled felt pillows featuring fun and sassy phrases using die-cut letters sewn in her Brooklyn warehouse for the last 12 year. To order, visit her website or her Etsy shop. Prices start at $64.

Online: etsy.com/shop/alexandraferguson

photo: Arranging Box

Arranging Box DIY Flowers

Anyone can grab roses from a corner bodega and arrive home with a smile and a stunning dozen, but Arranging Box curates fresh blooms and help you expertly style them. Make an arrangement for your beloved, or gift them the kit if that's up their alley. All kits come with fresh flowers, a flower recipe box and step-by-step designing tutorials created by the company’s founder, a savvy floral designer who pivoted to create this company during the pandemic. $59 and up.

Online: arrangingbox.com

photo: Bolledinatura

Soaps By Bolledinatura

Our city is filled with incredibly creative people, including Carol Pincione, who has transformed one room in her Upper East Side apartment into a homemade soap creation zone. Her Valentine’s collection is brimming with heart-shaped options or gorgeous handmade soaps shaped like roses. Bonus: If you’re running behind on your gift-getting outings, Pincione offers curbside pickup and local delivery via Postmates. Gift boxes start at $34.

Order: bolledinatura.com

photo: Apotheke

Apotheke Candles

Picking a candle for the one you love isn’t easy but you can trust the artisans at Apotheke, a Brooklyn-based luxury home fragrance company that started out selling soap and candles at flea markets in Brooklyn, to create one that gives your apartment just the right feeling of calm when you need it most after a hectic day of balancing home-schooling and WFH. Opt for Rosebud Oud (white rose, peony and lily of the valley enhanced by the rich warmth of oud and musk) or keep it hotel lobby chill by lighting White Vetiver (cashmere, eucalyptus and lilac entwined with vetiver, sandalwood, amber and Cedarwood). $38.

Order: Apothekeco.com

Get Dressed!

photo: Ruth Nathan's

Ruth Nathan's Style Kit

Even though we’re largely living our best lives at home these days there’s no reason not to up our look and you can do just that with The Nate, a kit created by Ruth Nathan’s, an online purveyor in Harlem of fine fashion for the ‘urban peacock,’ that contains a mask, lapel flower (that comes in a protective tin) and your choice of bowtie—all of which look pretty darn good when worn together. Gift a family member with this kit ($140) and his or her Zoom profile will thank you. 

Online: ruthnathans.com

photo: Bird & Stone

We love the "Future is Female" cuff from Bird+Stone, an ethical jewelry company in Dumbo. We also love the fact that the company has donated over $50,000 to Planned Parenthood New York City as part of its give-back strategy. Check out Bird + Stone’s Love is Love cuff ($35) as well, which donates 100 percent of profits to The Trevor Project, supporting the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth. 

Online: birdandstone.com

photo: AYSHANY

1-2-3 Winter Kit From AYSHA NY

The 1-2-3 Winter Kit ($199) from AYSHA NY, a boutique fashion brand based in NYC’s garment district, is going to be a new fave for the mom braving cool temps on the playground. The three-piece set—choose from such colors as dusty rose, sage green, slate and cognac—will be delivered to mom in a gorgeous box packed with a luxe hat, velvety scarf and matching mask—natch!

Online: Ayshany.com

Get Weird!

Name a Bronx Zoo Cockroach

Can you love a cockroach? The Bronx Zoo says "yes!" and this Valentine’s Day you can name one of the Zoo’s Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The full package comes with a plush roach stuffed animal, candle, a printed certificate with your roach’s name and a very crawly February 14th Virtual Encounter with one—and a surprise animal guest too. From $15.

Online: bronxzoo.com

—Lambeth Hochwald

 

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