Little Italy: Umbertos Clam House #NYC Why did you move? :(

Umbertos Clam House AFTER

Umbertos Clam House today 2014

Umbertos Clam House BEFORE

Umbertos Clam House BEFORE at 129 Mulberry w/ the corner property. Makes me sad it’s gone.

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:  “Umbertos Clam House” Little Italy NYC 132 Mulberry Street

  • Baby B Rank:  Strollin– They were helpful in giving us a spot all by ourselves in the back of the restaurant and all the serves were so sweet to little baby B. I had gone years ago to the original location which was charming, unique and had amazing food…I hadn’t been to the new location until now. A lot has changed, from my personal opinion.
  • Food:  I loved the food the first time I went years ago…we had a big group in from out of town and they wanted to experience Little Italy at it’s best, and this use to be my spot. The food as of today was very lack luster. The flavors were bland in the clam sauce and almost seemed to be canned. The fish dishes were over cooked and calamari was chewy. My husband enjoyed the Chicken Parm but would rather get it at about 4 other spots on Mulberry. The drinks; Sangria and wine were all served in plastic cups (even though we were sitting inside). Overall the dinning experience was really poor for food. I am so sad to see how much this place has changed over the years. The new location has lost all of it’s charm, which made you feel like you were transported in time. Sadly, I won’t be back.
  • Price:  $32 pitcher of Sangria, $9 glasses of wine in plastic cups. $20-30 per entree.
  • Location:  Little Italy (Click here for a map and list of all the spots to check out), NYC, Downtown

Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai (Age and glasses of wine should never be counted)~ anonymous 

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

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

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