Three Ideas for Good Suburban Eats!

Three Ideas for Good Suburban Eats!

Have kids? Wanna eat something a bit more interesting than McDonald’s or your neighborhood slice joint? Here are three suburban spots worth visiting, even with your kids in tow.

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Spot Dessert Bar Certainly Hits the Spot!

Spot Dessert Bar Certainly Hits the Spot!

Spot Dessert Bar! You’ve probably been before. But I’m going to remind you to go back and take the kids this time.  As a (strange) person who does not like ice cream but DOES enjoy a sweet bite after dinner, Spot has held a special place in my heart for awhile now.

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Coney Island + Spumoni Gardens = The Perfect “Real” Brooklyn Day

Coney Island + Spumoni Gardens = The Perfect “Real” Brooklyn Day

There are parts of Brooklyn that have blown up in the few decades - parts that are all quite close to Manhattan. But deep into the borough of Brooklyn lies what some call the “true Brooklyn.” And perhaps no part of that “real Brooklyn” is more iconic and special than the Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk. Make the trek at least once or twice in your life and while you’re there, hit the nearby and also iconic L&B Spumoni Gardens.

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Saturdays Are For Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Saturdays Are For Flushing Meadows-Corona Park


The New York Hall of Science opened in 1964 as part of the World’s Fair and as one of the first hands-on science museums in the country. Today, NYSci is still a really cute place to visit with young kids on a cold,  rainy or wintry day….....OR

You could follow our lead and visit on a beautiful spring or summer Saturday. There are some cool things happening right outside NYSci in nice weather. Read on


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Get a Killer Sandwich at this Eastchester Must Do

Get a Killer Sandwich at this Eastchester Must Do

In 2016, a former Fortina chef went out on his own to open a sandwich shop in Eastchester. While that doesn’t sound like big news, it actually is. These sandwiches, deliciously composed and made to order with high quality ingredients, are insanely good. We were fans of Mason Sandwich Co. from its earliest days and after revisiting more recently, I can definitively say that the word is out on how good these sammies are.

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Get Yourself to Burrata Wood Fired Pizza

Get Yourself to Burrata Wood Fired Pizza

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza has been open since 2012 in Eastchester, NY. We don’t live all that close by, so it took us way too long to get here. But on the advice of a good friend, we finally tried it last month and, well, it was so crazy delicious that we came back again last weekend, but this time with 10 additional family members. Even with such a large, unruly (our party included 4 young kids) group, Burrata Wood Fired Pizza came strong.

The execution of the dishes is what makes Burrata Wood Fired Pizza a great restaurant, but before I even get to what you’re putting in your mouth, I must first give the restaurant credit for its menu. It is simple but elegant. There are Italian basics done extremely well on that menu, along side more interesting, less “safe” offerings done just as well. You can visit this restaurant with picky eaters and adventurous eaters, and everyone will find something to make her happy.

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Legit Counter Service Filipino Food in Nyack

Legit Counter Service Filipino Food in Nyack

As a food obsessed parent living in the suburbs, I am ALWAYS lamenting the lack of really good food in casual settings around here. In NYC there is plenty of ethnic food, street food and even killer slice joints that you can quickly pop into or take out from for a great meal. With some notable exceptions, in the suburbs, your choices are often limited to chain spots like Chipotle, forgettable pizzerias or hunkering down in a waiter service restaurant for a full service meal. Spoiler alert: Kiddies don’t always love sitting still at a table for awhile.

For this reason and several others that I’ll get into, I was super excited when I learned that Jeff Gordinier, Food and Drinks Editor for Esquire Magazine, included Nyack’s casual Filipino newcomer, Karenderya, in his rundown of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants In America, 2018.

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Feed Your Kids OR Get a Sitter at O Mandarin

Feed Your Kids OR Get a Sitter at O Mandarin

I follow a TON of food and restaurant related accounts on my personal Instagram. Over the past year or so, I’d noticed several of those accounts, including NYC based food folks, pimping out a fairly new Chinese food restaurant in Hartsdale, NY. As this is sadly not a usual occurrence, I took notice and put O Mandarin high on my to do list. With a good amount of delay, we finally made it there last summer. And now we keep going back. Find out below why this spot is a great addition to the suburbs.

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Pizzeria La Rosa in New Ro is My New Love

Pizzeria La Rosa in New Ro is My New Love

Pizzeria La Rosa has been in a small corner of New Rochelle’s South End for a little over a year. It only came onto my radar recently, when I found myself drooling over its feature on an episode of Restaurant Hunter. We got a chance to visit over the long holiday break and, while I’d normally be hesitant to write a blog post based on just one visit, that’s not the case here. Pizzeria La Rosa was delicious, affordable and kid friendly, and its chef and co-owner, Matt DiGesu was so super warm and friendly on our visit, that it’s just love at first sight for me.

You may be saying to yourself, “Eh I live in CT. This sounds too far.” But that’s not really the case because Pizzeria La Rosa is about half a mile from Exit 15 on I-95 and there’s NO ONE in Westchester or Fairfield counties that hasn’t found himself hungry while driving on I-95 before, amirite??

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I Want [Economy] Candy

I Want [Economy] Candy

The song may go, “I Want Candy” but in my house, it’s the kiddies that always want candy. Morning, noon and night. I’m much more of a salty than sweet gal but I know that for many folks - young and old - candy is heavenly.

If you love candy, then you MUST hit up the iconic and classic NY candy shop, Economy Candy on Rivington Street.

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Pizza Pizza Pie at the Parlor in Dobbs Ferry

Pizza Pizza Pie at the Parlor in Dobbs Ferry

As a parent, you’re going to be around a lot of pizza. So why not make it really GOOD pizza? There are many ways in which the suburbs are lacking when it comes to food, but good pizza is not one of them. We have several solid options around here, from Neapolitan style to bar pies.

One such very solid option is The Parlor in Dobbs Ferry, NY. If you’ve been, you know that it’s very good; AND, you know that you slice your own pizza pie with scissors provided. What kid wouldn’t love that??

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Feed Your Kids - Manhattan Fall 2018 Edition

Feed Your Kids - Manhattan Fall 2018 Edition

I recently posted some of my favorite spots for adulting in Manhattan. This got me thinking about the daunting task of finding good spots to eat WITH your kids in Manhattan.

It’s sad but true that Manhattan dining is not particularly kid friendly. Go to Austin, TX or Portland, OR or even Brooklyn, NY, and you’ll find lots of really good spots where your kids can tag along and you’ll still get a great meal. Not true in Manhattan. Roughly 98% of the best food in that borough is below 14th Street and well, Downtown Manhattan isn’t exactly swarming with strollers.

I’ve thought long and hard and I’ve come up with a few really solid spots where your kids are welcome in Manhattan.  I’ve excluded take out joints and zero ambiance counter service spots from the list - each of which can be kid friendly and very tasty, but aren’t really “dining”.  Let me know what you think!

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