Mighty Quinn #EastVillage #NYU #NYBBQ #BBQ #ManhattanBBQ #Ribs

Mighty Quinn

Mighty Quinn

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Strollin(5)- We went on the early side, so it wasn’t that crowded and I will say the host was so friendly and sweet, but it’s not the most stroller friendly when around dinner time. It’s order your food and bring to your table style, so it can get crowded and if you have a big stroller there isn’t a lot of room if you want to keep it at the table. It’s also communal seating except for a few 2 tops and a few 4 tops. The was, OK. I’ve had way better BBQ in NY so this will be my last time- too much better food in the city to try. 

The Spot:  “Mighty Quinn”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City, NYU

  • 103 2nd Ave. New York, NY  (212) 677-3733
  • Food:  Average
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square, NYU

BIG APPLE BBQ 2015 

A side note on a family, fun thing to do in NYC that’s free to walk around and take in all the smells of different BBQ from all over NY and the US. There are tons of prizes, giveaways and cooking channel stuff going on, with live music, a beer garden and TONS OF BBQ!  The average pricer is like 10 bucks a plate at each plate- it’s great to go in groups and just sample small bites from a bunch of different places.

“Put some South in yo Mouth.”-  Big Apple BBQ

The Brazen Fox Kitchen & Craft Bar #NY #Brunch #NYBrunch #BabiesWhoBrunch

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Rollin- They were not packed at 1230pm on a Sunday brunch because the venue is so large with an upstairs and downstairs, so there was zero wait time, and they had high chairs that fit the high top tables(a reason I always passed on the place before). Food was great. 

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The Spot:  “The Brazen Fox”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City

  • 106 3rd Ave
    New York, NY 10003  (212) 353-1063
  • Food:  The food was really great. We all got breakfast sandwiches of different types and they were all really tasty. Not the most kid friendly choices for them to eat, but Bastian still really enjoyed the seasoned potatoes. I would pack an extra snack and something to eat for the little ones, or ask for just plain over easy eggs etc.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

    My friend, Kyra and Bastian.

  • Price:  $-$$ Super affordable and on Brunch days it includes drink cocktails. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Be brazenly, passionately, defiantly you. Every damn day.“-  Collin Wright

Mancora #LES #NYC #Peruvian #Spanish #StrollerFriendly

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Rollin– We called ahead bc it was freezing out and dinner time- which all of us NY’ers know that means lots of people crammed in tiny spaces- esp when there’s a #HappyHour in full effect. They were more than happy to save a table big enough to accommodate us. When we got there the manager remembered our call, and took us right to the table as we made our way through the narrow isles. Sangria here we come.

The Spot:  “Mancora”  LES, East Village, Union Square , NYC, NY, New York

99 First Avenue New York NY, 10003Telephone : 212.253.1011

Fax: 212.253.1035

Email: Mancora99@yahoo.com

  • Food:  The last time I had Peruvian/Spanish food was in Brooklyn with some friends years ago. It was good, expensive and didn’t leave me wanting to try it again anytime soon. So when my husband suggested Peruvian I wasn’t thrilled but up for it none the less- so glad I gave it another go. This place is SO well priced and the food is seasoned perfectly. They have this green dip with plantains that we ALL loved- Toddler Friendly!
  • Price:  $-$$ Great tapas happy hour, well priced drinks and food. I thought it was all a great value for the quality and quantity you get here. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  Lower East Side, LES, East Village, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Peruvian food is so simple yet amazingly flavored with their traditional spices.“-  L’Wren Scott

A NYC Kids Birthday!?!? OMG My baby just turned #1 #BirthdayBoy #HappyBirthday

 

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

IT’S A BIRTHDAY POST

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This post is going to be about my baby boy who is now a toddler. I can’t even believe the year has gone by so fast. It seems impossible that one year ago I had only just met the love of my life. Happy Birthday my love, I hope you have the most adventurous life filled with love and laughter.

New York City and kids Birthday Parties is no joke friends. It’s NO Joke. First place to start, the place. Where can you house 15 plus people and let your little one be free to crawl around in a clean, safe environment? I asked other moms…the YMCA, baby gyms like AppleSeeds or MyGym, a restaurant. So I called these spots and got quotes.

$450/HR with 3 HOUR MINIMUM?!?!!?!?! Excuse me YMCA, come again? Holy cow. That was just the beginning. I’m not cheap but that was more than my 16th birthday, 21st and probably 30th all in one. So I had to start thinking out side the box…Churches, schools, bookstores…then it hit me. Rehearsal studios. Being an actor in NY you are introduced to another world that most don’t even know exists. The black box theaters, studios, and more. So I booked a rehearsal studio and threw a baby’s 1st Birthday. BOOM.

We were able to bring in our own food, drinks, toys, and decorations. The only thing we needed was to make sure we left it the way we found it. Most of these spaces also provide chairs and tables (yes all the other kid birthday spots charge per table and chair).

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

I won’t say exactly which space we threw our party at because it’s sort of on the down low and I’m sure the artists would be a little peeved if all these kids were swarming the quiet studio space with these events. But, I will provide a list of resources for other moms to call and check out…just best to say it’s for a birthday part and not mention it’s a kid. HINT.

Ripley-Grier studios– Several locations around the city.

440 Studios– East Village and under $40/hour

Roy Arias Studios–  They are cool with kid birthday’s but have special rates.

Art New York– Several spots

Shetler Studios– Lots of locations

These are just a few options and if you want more try this website below.

NYC Space Finder– you can pick your rate and location.

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I kept it super low key and simple. He’s 1 people. We filled the table with memorable quotes and info from this adorable company called CiinolinCiinolin_BirthCard_FA1_3__62396.1405323398.451.416 who has adorable stuff, and I decided to base my “theme” around the color of these cute cards. Yellow, light blue and brown.

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FOOD:

I also thought of the babies here. I did light finger foods all of which were baby friendly. Fresh fruit, bite size rye bread, Vegan/Sugar Free treats made specially with the allergy notes from Whole Foods, Pirates Booty, Plum Organics Puffs in various flavors, and bite size cheese. It was over all pretty simple and we easily transported it all ourselves- in NYC no less. We did have a lot of hands on deck and the use of a GETT car which I use like my left arm. It’s still $10 bucks flat in the city…doesn’t get better people it just doesn’t. Use my code and get $20 bucks in your account when you sign up. I’m not joking, download that app. #GTKRIST7 use it. image2

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHOS WHO:

IMG_3889IMG_3877Bastian only has 1 friend but Mama has a few amazing friends who despite the fact I haven’t had a lot of one on one time in the past year at all, they are always so loving and supportive of every baby event. I feel so blessed to have friends like this in my life. Sara, Renie, Dan, Kyra and Robby you all are amazing people and we all love you so much!! Thanks for not ditching us when we became parents! 🙂 We also had a special visit from Bastian’s Sassy from Ga- who braved the cold weather to spend time with us and celebrate his day!! She spoiled this boy so much from endless toys, books, bath toys, treats to quality cuddle time, boy loves his Sassy.

 

 

ABC kITCHEN + bff’s = #MomsNightOut #NYC #Holidays #truffles #OhMy

ABC Kitchen Tiny Flower arrangements. Love them all.

ABC Kitchen Tiny Flower arrangements. Love them all.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

This is a different post because, mama went solo on this night out..woot woot…and if you know me, I never go out without the B man so it was fun to feel like an adult again and see my best friend Tyler and his boyfriend Kyle, who were in from LA! I’m gonna start off by saying I love ABC Home and Carpet and Toys and everything about it- I could literally spend a day every week just wandering around. So we hit this spot up for some wine, and then decided to taste a bunch of things off the menu.What happened next is why I share this story with you….

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “ABC Kitchen  35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829

Riding Dirty– only because of the way the Truffle situation was handled. I mean come on, I’ve bought a $100 stuff toy upstairs- you couldn’t just comp it after it being an awful dish?

  • Food:  Overall, the wine was amazing, the environment is so lovely, the food was great and so flavorful, EXCEPT for the White Alba Truffles we ordered over Fettuccine.  Here is where it gets to an OMG moment. The truffles I kid you not tasted like nothing…it was a big dish of pasta with maybe butter that needed a hefty dose of salt. When they brought the dish out we thought it was super weird they didn’t shave the truffles on top of the pasta in front of us at the table bc that’s what most places do to ensure the flavor and freshness- so we waited and asked her and she said no they do all prep in back but that they were fresh. Yeah, not flavorful at all…so we tell her and they take the dish away after we all had a taste (didn’t even finish it) and she brings us cake pops. That’s not how I would have corrected the situation but that’s me. I told her we were there tasting a bunch of stuff because I do this food blog from restaurants around the city and would have just expected a little more for the super hefty price and being so underwhlemed. As Kyle said;  “when you go out and pay for a different dish you should be tasting something unique and amazing…not something that has less flavor than a Trader Joe’s pasta box.” Ouch. On the other hand for appetizers: Crab Toast(was amazing, we ate it all up 123, ABC), Roasted Butternut and Hazelnuts were one of my favorites and perfect for winter, Housemade Chicken and Pork were super Dee-lish! The Black Bass and Crispy Pork were so perfect I wouldn’t try another special or Truffle here- save your cash and stick to what’s on the menu and done to perfection. On a cool note, I got mistaken for Ellen Page and- we ran into Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is a doll, love her. 
  • Price:  $$$ You can check out the menu HERE, and see the prices. The Truffles are on the special so may not be listed on the menu…they are suppose to get them fresh each week at the local market…ummmhmmm. Yelp
  • Location:  Union Square, NYC, New York City, New York, Madison Sq. Park

“We don’t care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

The Smith- and some Natural History #UWS #NYC #BabyBlog #MamaBlog

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

Last week baby B and I hit up the UWS, Upper West Side- Motha…you get it. We went to the Natural History and saw some rocks, bones, fish…the whole nine yards and B loved every second of it. We can’t wait to go back! After that we were starved and rolled into The Smith.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “The Smith  1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-5700

  • Food:  I love it here. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been to The Smith bc there is one in the East Village near us, but on a cold #NY day nothing hit the spot better than the creamy tomato soup with french fries and sparkling water. Yum!
  • Price:  $11 for the soup and $8 for the French Fries. It’s not the cheapest spot to hit up but when on the #UWS, and it’s cold around lunch hour you have no choice but to think BIG as in SPACE. Splurge wisely. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  UWS, Upper West Side, LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC, New York

“What is it about high school, that you read all the worst books by good writers? ”  ~ Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” 

As Taylor Swift would say: Welcome (back) to New York #NY #NYC #TaylorSwift #BRB #LANY #LA

After 4 weeks in LA we are finally back in NYC just in time for the Christmas window displays and decorations. I have to say each time I go back to LA to visit it’s like this odd mystical pull that slightly seduces you into falling for it with it’s consistent weather, epic sunsets and palm tree lined streets. Then the days haze all together and you realize it’s a major time suck…and I remember why I moved back to NY. If anything living in NY allows me to appreciate LA for all it’s beauty and hippy-ness when I’m there…something I never did living there, because all I did was compare it to NY.

So, in conclusion, Bastian got to see all of his Hollywood Auntie and Uncle’s and we hit up some great baby friendly spots while there as well. I somehow managed to squeeze in a ton of work as well, which I’m super proud of. I have to say though- Bastian may have gone totally Hollywood on us. He came back with a slight attitude and an uber “cool-ness”….or it could be he’s coming a toddler.

Now back to old business- The FOOD.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Cucina Di Pesce

87 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-6800

Baby B Rank:  Rollin(be respectful- at the right times) WOW. BEST Trout I have had EVER. Done. I am a HUGE seafood fan..coming from a family of men who loved fishing and always eating some type of seafood..this says a lot. If you want Italian and Seafood- you HAVE to hit this spot up. They were all so sweet to baby B- even when I had to take him to the bar when he got rowdy, smacked his hands down and said “..what’ll it be bartender?“. The hostess was so sweet and was keeping us company as my husband and his parents finished their dinners in peace…and our waiter came over and hung out with us for a bit too. I just couldn’t say more for this place. Inviting, warm and feels like home. Yes…we still rolled in with our BIG ASS STROLLER and it was no big thing. Boom. 

  • Food:  Ok so I already went ape over the Trout..which was buttery, light and perfectly simple. I got the early bird special bc we now eat that early due to B-man- it’s us and the geriatric crew what can I say. my mother in law ordered the Salmon which also looked fantastic and she got extra dressing for it which also looked killer. We got some appitizers – the best was the eggplant.  Get it. Bean dip with bread I’m there. I mean I could go on and on but I won’t. Food it amazing and all under 25/plate. You can’t beat that.
  • Price:  $9-21 The early bird special is $13.95 it comes with FREE wine- HELLOOOOO You need to go here. Ok. Check out more reviews on Yelp Ah- should be noted only thing to be mindful of, they only accept Amex or Cash..fyi.
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC

“Welcome to New York…It’s been waiting for you. ”  ~ Taylor Swift 

Yuca Bar Seats Anytime, Any Size SUV Stroller #NYC #LES #FoodReview #HappyHour

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Yuca Bar” 111 Avenue A NYC LES East Village

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin- They see us Rollin’ in and they keep us happy. They always seat us in the front table right behind the host stand no matter how busy it is or what happy hour is going on. I love them. Note Tuesday is the night to go, but GO EARLY, it gets packed by 630pm from the after work crowd. They also have a great outdoor seating section that gives you a nice side view of the park. That’s another perk. After dinner and dusk sets in, you can walk through the park(Thompkins) and you might…just might catch sight of some fire flies.
  • Food:  Get the The drinks here are so good (Bloody Mary is great for brunch) and the tapas portions are perfect to try all different types of items on the menu. Great for big parties and sharing! The meatballs and cheese (need I say more). Also- the Guac is killer!!! Yelp
  • Price:  $7-20 Depending and 1/2 off on Tuesday for Tapas. Great Happy Hour too (1-8pm) $6 Sangria and most other drinks are $7.
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC

“Please don’t worry so much…because in the end none of us have very long on this Earth.  Life is fleeting.  And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky…and when a shooting star streaks through the blackness…make a wish…make your life spectacular.” ~Robin Williams (From Jack) RIP

Jamaica-ng, Me Hungry- Miss Lily’s #NYC #JamaicanFood

B man fell asleep at Miss Lily's outside.

B man fell asleep at Miss Lily‘s outside.He had his bib on and was totally ready for the wings but he was pretty milk drunk.

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Miss Lily’s” 109 Avenue A at 7th Street  212-812-1482

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin(at the right times) This place has the BEST Jerk wings you will ever have. EVER!! They are so amazing man…it be da best. The place gets full after 630pm so if you’re coming with a BIG A#$ stroller you have to think of other people and go early. We have done both and they did make it work, but there was a point where there were 3 families with strollers, and they asked the last group of Bugaboo’s to hit the road or wait about 30min. 
  • Food:  This is why you come back again and again. Just do it. The sauce on the table is also so freaking JERK good I could order that and a fork and be good to go. I’ve had the ox-tail stew which was really different and seasoned very well but I wouldn’t get it again. The veggie curry is Da Bomb. Then there is the classic Jerk chicken which is EPIC!
  • Price:  $12-26 Check out more reviews on Yelp
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village

“Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright ”  ~ Bob Marley

#UnionSquare The Ninth Ward; Big Groups + Big Garden=Unlimited Drink Happy Hour #NYC #StrollerFriendly

In the back garden at The Ninth Ward.

In the back garden at The Ninth Ward, with B and Aunt Nancy.

Bastian with his Godparents and my cousins at The Ninth Ward. 2014

Bastian with his Godparents and my cousins at The Ninth Ward. 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “The Ninth Ward” 180 Second Ave. NY LES, East Village

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin/Strollin– First off Diana, who set up our very large party reservation was great. She threw in Mimosa’s for our drink specials and let my baby B stay in his stroller in the garden which they said had never been done before. Very sweet! The food/service was the only thing really lacking. However, I will note we had a party of 16 which is hard for anyone to get all the orders exactly right. There is also a large bathroom I was able to fit the stroller in when the B man needed to collect himself. I like the garden area in the back too- it’s outside but covered…love that.
  • Food:  The kitchen was back up and running so we had the regular brunch menu, yippy!! Some items were not as they should be- mainly my Avocado salad without any avocados- sadness, I ordered chicken for $4 bucks more and it was 3 very thin pieces/strips. Some folks didn’t get sandwiches until everyone else had finished like 10 min after…my cousin and I were the only ones to order a salad and she was the VERY last to be served. There were water bottles but no glasses for a good 15+ min. The french fries were pretty amazing I will say and the burgers looked on point. Yelp it.
  • Price:  $12-19 per meal for brunch; $15 for unlimited drinks w/ whole table participation;  $13 cocktails, happy hour is buy one get one beers and wells
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village, Union Square

“Why should I cook for my husband? So he can tell a hooker I make a delicious cake?” ~Joan Rivers RIP