The #MeatballShop Flop #buzzKill #Bam #Lame #NotCool #Balls

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.

Riding Dirty(1)- This was our 3rd attempt to eat at The Meatball Shop in the Lower East Side. I love it here and hit it up a few times before I had Bastian. Always packed but always a great meatball. We had been turned away 2 times before but it was on a weekend so we didn’t let it bother us b/c it’s to be expected. However, we go on like a Tuesday EARLY around 430pm with ZERO seats outside taken, and ask if we can sit on the patio- they actually said no, we can’t have our stroller in there bc it’s a fire hazard. Don’t ask me how, as the table we were asking to sit at blocked no entrance or exit path, no other tables were behind or in front it was all by itself in a corner. So we got the balls to go, and literally sat at a bench right across the street looking at the empty patio tables- strange but I wanted that meatball and just walked 2 miles for the 3rd time, I wasn’t taking no this time, especially when the joint was EMPTY. Lame. Baby haters. 

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

  • Food:  Obviously I love the food, and got it to go even though the Baby Haters snubbed us a 3rd time. Lame.
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices for a good meatball. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate…shake it off.“-  Taylor Swift 

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.

 

 

#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

Ya don’t wear it…ya eat it!! Casimir Restaurant: UES & LES?!?! #Yum #FrenchFries #Brunch

They walk alike, they talk alike...you could lose your mind...they're cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

They walk alike, they talk alike…you could lose your mind…they’re cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn't get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn’t get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

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:  “Casimir” 1022A Lexington Ave. UES, NYC & 103 Ave. B LES

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– Not only did we have 2 BIG A@# Strollers, and 2 teething babies…we had 4 adults and walked right up and sat down at a table big enough for all of us! Woot Woot!!! No folding strollers, no high chairs- it’s just not how we roll yet. The kiddos rolled right up to the side of the table and joined us, brunch side. Mind you this was the UES location, I repeat the UES location, which screams SPACE. I haven’t hit up the LES yet and will do so as soon as I can with an update on here. Side note- Giggle is right down the street. Score.
  • Food:  The brunch menu was pretty standard but very yum. They were advertising a corn and squash soup which we never saw- it was red and creamy like a tomato bisque but still yummy according to Lindsay…and they take special orders for eggs and diet requests. Awesome. Plus, no evil eyes when feeding our babes at the table.
  • Price:  $12-19 per meal for brunch Yelp 
  • Location:  UES and LES Spots- We hit up the UES location off Lexington and 73rd. This typically is a trek from our hood in the East Village/Styu Town but with GETT car service for the rest of 2014 it’s a no brainer…$10 flat rate rides people…$10. Boom. Download that app now.

“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.” ~Ina Garten

The Boathouse Central Park…b/c it’s just so New York

The Boathouse in Central Park

The Boathouse in Central Park

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 Boathouse” East 72nd Street and Park Drive North New York, NY (212) 517-2233

  • Baby B Rank:  Strollin– They were not helpful or too happy to seat us inside with the stroller, so we made our way outside to the deck where you seat yourself and it’s every man/buggy for themselves. I shoved my big a#$ buggy down the isle and knocked over some wafer sized coeds and snagged a seat.
  • Food:  Only drinks. My mom and I cooled off after taking B man to the toy store and this was a great end to her week with us!
  • Price:  $15/drink totally worth the view
  • Location:  Central Park, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Uptown

” We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” ~ Epicurus

We All Have Standards: Narcissa

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Standard Hotel at Narcissa in The East Village NYC

Standard Hotel at Narcissa in The East Village NYC

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:  “Narcissa” 21 Cooper Square (corner of 5th St and Bowery) New York, NY 10005 (212) 228 3344

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– This spot is located in The Standard Hotel. I’ve always wanted to try it, but alas it seemed way too trendy for baby’s and buggies. However, we put on our big girl/boy panties and we rolled in. They were great. We sat in the garden which was great for our party bc we can get a little rowdy. I forgot a baby spoon, bc B man eats his meals with us now, and they were more than helpful in finding a teeny tiny sugar spoon for the little man to use. At one point the B man was over it. He was over Narcissa and over The Standard, it just became so “last night” for him. So the hostess was awesome and took me into the hotel part and actually hooked us up with the hotel staff to let us chill in a suite, so I could nurse him and let him crawl around. Very Very Very cool.
  • Food:  Interesting, but under whelming considering the cost. The carrot fries were really great though. I wouldn’t recommend the shrimp salad. I ordered the Branzino which I was happy with and my husband ordered the Duck, which he wasn’t too over the moon for.
  • Price:  Pretty expensive. This was a special dinner for us. $40 plus a head.
  • Location:  Cooper Square (corner of 5th St and Bowery)

” We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.”Epicurus

Happy Hour = Happy Baby; Cork and Fork #NYC #eastvillage

Sassy Gran and B at Cork and Fork NYC in the East Village

Sassy Gran and B at Cork and Fork NYC in the East Village

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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:  “Cork and Fork”  186 Ave A New York, NY 10009  (646) 707-0707

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– They made a perfect little spot for us in the corner with our large and in charge stroller. We were pumped bc this place is usually packed but we got there early, which means we also took advantage of happy hour.  The food is tapas size so don’t be starving when you come here. If anything it’s more like food to nosh on while you take advantage of the free drink happy hour. It gets pretty packed after 630pm- but that’s getting into dangerous time zones for us anyhow.

    Happy Hour at Cork and Fork

    Happy Hour at Cork and Fork

  • Food: Really yummy. We tried pretty much all the items on the happy hour special and I ordered the grilled rainbow trout which was awesome and my mom ordered the skirt steak which was the best thing we ordered. I usually don’t like it, but they cut it correctly which made it really tender and the taste was on point.
  • Price: Free drink 4-7pm with food order. Sangria was great and served in mason jars- aka the way to my heart.
  • Location:  East Village

The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.– Confucius

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

We Wear Stripes and Red b/c It’s French Like. #Baby #NYC #PetiteAbeille #TheFrenchDoIt

Bastian loves Petite Abeille. It was his first spot to try in NYC when he was only 2 weeks old and he keeps coming back for more.

Bastian loves Petite Abeille. It was his first spot to try in NYC when he was only 2 weeks old and he keeps coming back for more.

 

Petite Abeille

Petite Abeille NYC 20th St.

Petite Abeille NYC 20th St.

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:  “Petite Abeille” 401 East 20st Street  New York, NY 10010  Cross Street: 1st Ave.  Phone: (212 ) 727-1505

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– HUGE space!! They are always able to seat us at any time. Even during a weekend rush, they are awesome about finding a spot for you and your BIG A#$ Stroller. Lunch is very quiet and laid back. Great outdoor space. Coloring books and reading books for older kids. Huge stroller friendly bathrooms.
  • Food: Amazing. Could be one of my favorite spots. Love the spicy tuna sandwich, and french onion soup. Great lunch deals for $10(1/2 sandwich and 1/2 soup). Weekly specials like “All You Can Eat” Mussels. Um, yes please. HUGE beer selection and great wine. 
  • Price: Awesome $9.95 lunch special.
  • Location:  Gramercy 20th/1st Ave. 

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau