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

Labor Day Weekend in New Jersey; Diner Town USA

Americana Diner New Jersey Labor Day Weekend 2014

Americana Diner New Jersey Labor Day Weekend 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:  “Americana Diner” 1160 Rt 35  Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– Strolled into this American diner joint, and without even a word the manager sees us and says “I’ve got the perfect spot for you guys, give me 2 seconds…” and it seriously took like 2 seconds. The place was packed and servers were running back and forth during the Sat. morning breakfast crowd but they were so sweet and made us feel right at home from the second we stepped foot inside. I also saw and heard them treat other families with strollers this way too. Great workers.
  • Food: It’s your typical diner food. I however, have never met a plate of eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast I haven’t liked or finished. If you’re interested you can check them out on yelp.
  • Price: Less than $12 bucks for both of us to eat and be full. Done and Done.
  • Location:  Shrewsbury, New Jersey

When in New Jersey eat at a diner.– Me

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.

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

 

 

 

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

Babies Who Brunch

Bastian and his mama K

Bastian and I hitting up “Rue B” in the East Village on Sunday Brunch 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian. That’s right, Bastian- no “Se”- just like the kid in “The Neverending Story”. I’ve been working as an actress in New York and Los Angeles since I graduated college from Ohio State University several years ago and since moving to NY I have become a total foodie…from diners to dives to Per Se (I’m pretty sure Oprah has eaten here). Also, I’m not 300 pounds, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just for the record. I just like me some good grub. FYI, I grew up in WV so it’s ok for me to use southern slang too.

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.

Stay tuned to where we’ll be hitting up for Labor Day and the US Open 2014.

RANKING: Riding 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:  “Rue B” 188 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (212) 358-1700 

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– they were more than accommodating to give us the larger space for our big A#$ stroller. Even though it got busy they never made us hit the road. Not a ton of loud drunks that could scare the baby either. We were a group of 7 and waited less than 10 min.
  • Food: It’s ok – Egg Corleone was good, salmon plate could have done without. Drinks are great and well priced plus can’t beat free w. food.
  • Price: Awesome $12.95 Brunch which includes a coffee, and mixed drink.
  • Location:  East Village Ave. B and 14th

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain