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.

 

 

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#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

It’s All Greek To Me: Village Taverna in Union Square #NYC

Village Taverna near Union Square

Village Taverna near Union Square

Village Taverna Union Square

Village Taverna Union Square. This is free…need I say more. You know those olives are singing to you.

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:  “Village Taverna”  81 University Place New York, NY 10003   212.982.3580

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– LOVE LOVE LOVE, this place for Greek food. I’ve actually been to 3 of their locations and love each of them. This specific location near Union Square is larger than the East Village spot- so they were MORE than happy to seat us with the big stroller and gave us a huge space all to ourselves in the back, away from the crowd. Also, stalker note, it’s right around the corner from Alec Baldwin’s apt. so maybe you can spot a celebrity if that’s on your list of things to do. Check them out on Yelp.
  • Food: Amazing. The trio dip sampler is the way to go for cold appetizers, and grilled octopus is amazing. I usually get the crab cakes app as my main dish at the East Village location bc they are HUGE and are all lump crab meat with hardly any breading. BUT, they don’t have the crab cakes at this location. I got the grilled chicken and it was large enough for my hubby and I to split and take food home! Amazing amazing food!!
  • Price: $36 bucks after tax, and tip. Can’t beat it for the quality and HUGE quantity.
  • Location:  Union Square

Η ζωή είναι σαν ένα αγγούρι, ο έναs το τρώει και δροσιστείτε, και ο άλλος το τρώει και ζορίζετε.Greek Saying 

“Life is like a cucumber, one person eats it and is refreshed, and another person eats it and struggles.”- English Translation

Meaning-  “Life is simply what you make of it.

B Man hit’s up The Marrow during Restaurant Week 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.

B does Greenwich Village at The Marrow

B does Greenwich Village at The Marrow

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 Marrow” 99 bank st. (corner of greenwich & bank streets)new york, ny 10014 212.428.6000

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– It was smack dab in the middle of NY Restaurant Week and they not only easily sat us with the big A@# stroller, they did it at rush hour 730pm with no wait. B was wide awake the whole time, chewing his Plum Organic Super Puffs, and Baby Mum-Mum’s..shaking his rattle…no one said anything but how cute he was. They were zoo welcoming. 
  • Food: The Marrow Burger is the way to go here. We were with a large group and practically got the whole menu, so I sampled a bit of everything and can honestly say DO NOT get the chicken Milanese, it was tasteless. The Quail was uber tiny so be sure you ate before. The Hanger steak was good. Skate was also pretty good but not filling. 
  • Price: It’s not cheap. The burger was $17 bucks, and I didn’t get wine this time. For the price of the burger I’d probably rather hit up The Spotted Pig-however, there is NO WAY they are seating a stroller in that joint. 
  • Location:  The Village
  • The Marrow

    The Marrow

    People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Union Square Cafe with Baby B

Bastian headed to Union Square Cafe in NYC

Bastian headed to Union Square Cafe in NYC

So we hit up this NY classic joint with some out of town friends and family. I had only been once before and that was only for cocktails years ago. B man felt necessary to put on the Paparazzi shades for the occasion.

Afterwards, it was great to hit up the playground. So I have to say Union square location does have that as a plus after the meal.

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 Union Square Cafe”  21 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003 (212) 243-4020

  • Baby B Rank:  Strollin- They did seat us with the stroller, which was smaller than usual this time bc we had the car seat in rather than the bassinet this time. We called ahead of time, but still had to wait for them to put the table together. It was a lunch time rush perhaps, and they were able to seat us, just not too excited about it.
  • Food: The food is good and has interesting choices. It’s not the spot to hit if you’re starving or want to pay less than $50 bucks. Skate Sandwich was very good, and filled me up. My husband was less than thrilled with the pasta choices for the price. We also sampled a sunflower root app which I didn’t see on the menu -we knew the waitress so I think she hooked us up- but I never had that before and it was awesome!
  • Price: Super expensive for bopping a baby on your lap while eating. Save for a date night.
  • Location:  Union Square 

 

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”  ― Orson Welles