This series is all about making the most of the Big Apple. Each Month, we'll come up with some fun ideas on what to do, eat and buy in NYC. Sure, Momtrends is a national resource for moms, but since our offices are based here and more than 10% of our readers are from the tri-state area, we decided to come up with some fun ideas for you. After all, we are known for trend-spotting and moms are always asking us what to do here in NYC.
October Momtrends Recommendations
This October the Arlo SoHo is hosting a Harvest Pop Up in the hotel's courtyard (apple picking, pumpkin decorating, and more!). At the Arlo Orchard kids do the city version of apples picking and moms and dads can snap cute family pictures with the hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins! Apples and pumpkins are also for sale. This event is a family fun fest that is a must-visit for fall.
Be sure to pop into the Arlo's family-friendly restaurant, Harold's. It's perfect for family gatherings, Harold's has developed menu items to cater to kids with dishes such as the Veggie Meatball Mozzarella, Fish Fingers, Chicken Fingers, and more.
If you're over cooking the huge family meal, Thanksgiving is family style at Harold’s. They will be offering a prix-fixe dinner menu for $62 per person with classic holiday comfort fare served sharing-style in a warm, inviting environment. The first course features a Holiday Antipasti, followed by Roasted Turkey, Italian Sausage, Ham Steak, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Traditional Stuffing, and other fan favorites. For dessert, Harold’s will be serving the traditional Pumpkin and Pecan pies, as well as an Apple Cobbler and a Cranberry Cheesecake.
Details: Harold's restaurant
Location: Arlo SoHo 231 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013 212.342.7000
Harry Potter in NYC
The first time in the USA! This exhibit is perfect for all Potter fans. Take a look at Rowling’s handwritten first drafts of The Philosopher’s Stone and Deathly Hallows, her hand-drawn sketch of the Hogwarts grounds, and portraits and sketches of some of the Hogwarts’s professors and magical creatures created by British illustrator Jim Kay. I want to see how this geniuses mind works.
Details: Exhibition on view October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019 Get ticket info here https://harrypotter.nyhistory.org/ 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way
September Momtrends Recommendations
The only thing we love more than a fun, interactive pop-up shop is an awesome event with a delicious cheese plate. And that's why we're excited about the Jarlsberg Cheese Pop-Up Shop coming to NYC, September 22 through October 7.
Cheese aficionados of all ages can enjoy bits, bites, noshes and nibbles. You can even purchase Jarlsberg cut fresh from a 22 lb. wheel in any size or shape you desire· (And, FYI, when guests buy Jarlsberg cheese at the pop-up, they'll also receive a BOSKA Holland mini cheese planer as a free gift.)
A Tasting Table will feature Jarlsberg cheese plate inspiration by Marissa Mullen (aka That Cheese Plate). She'll create incredible cheese plates with themes like “That Brunch Vibes Only Plate,” “That Just for Bae Plate,” “That Friendsgiving Plate,” and more.· You can even watch Marissa build two fabulous cheese plates in real time on September 29 from 4 - 6 PM·
Celebrity Chef George Duran will visit and share his favorite Jarlsberg pairings and provide personalized tips on making your next special occasion even more memorable and delicious. (Hint, Jarlsberg helps!)
So grab a date, take the kids, and anyone else who loves cheese (and bring your appetites). You'll learn all about Jarlsberg’s rich history, which dates back to 1956. There are lots of interactive areas to take photos (say CHEESE!) and awesome ways to get cheesy.
Details: The Jarlsberg Cheese Pop-Up Shop will be open in Sockerbit on Christopher St. in NYC, from 11 AM - 8 PM. Follow the fun using the hashtag· #JarlsbergNYC.
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August Momtrends Recommendations
A fully immersive NYC experience—that’s what tourists are looking for when they come to the city that never sleeps. Sightseeing that puts you into the scene and gives you an energetic and authentic look at life in the Big Apple. A 360-degree view above the crowds—from uptown to downtown to Brooklyn, the Bronx, and everywhere in between.
When you book a trip to New York City, you can hop on, hop off, and see, touch, and experience everything in a Topview NYC bus. There are 40+ stops near all major attractions and five routes to see the best of the best during the daylight and nighttime hours. Plus, there’s a free Liberty Cruise to see the Statue of Liberty up close. Bike rentals and admission to the Museum of the City of NY are included. The guides are all experience and knowledgable, but audio narration is available n eight different languages—with free headphones provided. Plus, they even give out free ponchos to keep you dry on rainy days.
Check out our recent #TrendsBus event in NYC. We took a bunch of bloggers on a Topview NYC bus to check out some awesome trends!
July Momtrends Picks
Our new favorite healthy chain in NYC is Dig Inn. Get the full Momtrends review here https://www.momtrends.com/travel/where-eat-with-kids-nyc For the most part, you're going to find whole foods on the menu. There's not much that's processed; at Dig Inn it's flavorful, colorful and tempting as can be.
Details: 22 locations in NYC (including the Williamsburg location which I visited. Get the full list here.
Momtrends Pick: Don't miss the sweet potatoes and kids AND adults love the Mac & Cheese.
June Momtrends Picks
Blushington Upper East Side
Blushington is the best way to get a flawless makeup look fast. Blushington has been helping women with makeup since 2011 they offer full beauty services including putting lashes on. They have expert makeup artists and estheticians who can attend to almost every beauty question you have and the stores are stocked with the products they use in store.
A big trend is booking a subscription to Blushington, this is how you can make sure your makeup is instagram-ready every day.
Details: Blushington currently has five locations - two in LA, two in NYC and one in Dallas. The Southampton popup will open on July 4th. Book your makeup appointment at https://www.blushington.com/
Momtrends Pick: Get the Tata Harper facial add-on before your makeup application.
Tipsy Scoop Ice Cream
Don't let the kids have all the fun this summer. Try this ice cream that is purely for adults. Tipsy Scoop offers liquor-infused ice cream with fun flavors that are inspired by classic and contemporary cocktails.
Why all the fuss? The ice cream is yummy and inventive. It's all lovingly made with local and seasonal ingredients and is definitely something to share with a friend. We ordered two different flavors, the rosé and the mai tai. They are super sweet and delish and a little too much for one person to finish.
Momtrends Pick: Try the rosé on a hot summer night. Go before 6! It's a trendy spot and the lines do form.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway
The hottest ticket on Broadway isn't Hamilton anymore. It's an import from London; a new two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling with a sparkling cast. While I wouldn't suggest this play to anyone who didn't love the books and movies, if you love Harry Potter and Rowling's world, you are going to adore this play.
The play picks up 19 years after year seven at Hogwarts. As you may recall, Harry and Ginny are married with three kids and Ron and Hermione have also tied the knot and have two of their own. We rejoin the cast at platform 9 3/4 as the next generation of Potters and Granger-Weasleys heads off on the Hogwarts Express. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gives us what all great theater gives us - all the feelings. I think this show will become a hit because of the larger theme of how families struggle to let teens find unique paths.
Details: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being housed at the Lyric Theater. 214 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 Get your tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/us/
Momtrends Tip: Read the books before you go! The Jim Dale audiobooks are spectacular (Jim Dale is the actor who performs all the parts on the official audiobooks and he is nothing short of genius). If you buy tickets far enough in advance, you can listen to books 1-7 before you see the play.
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May Momtrends Recommends
Venus et Fleur at Spring Market at Westfield World Trade Center
With Mother's Day comes flowers, but most of the bouquets won't last more than a week. Enter super chic bouquets that last UP TO A YEAR! Check them out at the Spring Market going on at Westfield World Trade Center. The market has 14 unique kiosks and three bespoke pop-ups like the Venus et Fleur shop.
Venus et Fleur creates luxurious boxed flowers - roses that last a year. These special blossoms are from Ecuador, and the founders created a proprietary treatment that keeps the blooms fresh way past Mother's Day. This month you can check out Venus ET Fleur’s renowned Eternity™ Rose Collection in person in NYC. Get one for mom or if you are a mom, yourself! This is a wonderful way to bring color and light into your NYC home.
Pop-up shop ends on May 31st. Visit the The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center 185 Greenwich Street New York NY 10007.
Momtrends Pick: The Venus ET Fleur’s Lé Petite Papillon box contains 4 beautiful Ecuadorean Eternity DE Venus Roses in a beautiful butterfly-print box. With absolutely no maintenance or watering required, the Eternity Collection will always look luxurious in your home.
Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill
My new favorite Dumbo, Brooklyn restaurant opened in September. Now's the time to take in the waterfront views and sit outside as you dig into the best sushi in town. You'll get a mix of all the best things that need TLC or a great big fire. The mastermind is Chef Partner Timon Balloo and he knows how to cook up a good time. The vibe is friendly and the seafood is what you need to order, but be sure to start with a cocktail. (Did I mention this is a great spot for a Girl's Night Out or date?)
What you need to know: Weekends can get really crowded, arrive early and book a reservation. The closest subway stops to SUGARCANE raw bar grill are the F train to York Street, A/C train to High Street, or the 2/3 train to Clark Street.
Empire Stores, 55 Water Street,Brooklyn, NY 11201. Book your reservation 718.473.9555 Details: www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com/
Momtrends Insider tip: Order the Brussels sprouts. Your mama never made them this good.
Brooklyn Museum: David Bowie is
This is the coolest exhibit in NYC. This immersive experience walks you through the early days of David Bowie's career as a mime, performance artist and musician. I was wowed by the clothes and all the hand-written material. Bring a Bowie fan and give yourself two hours to wander through. All tickets include Sennheiser headphones for a complete audiovisual experience. There's so much music and general awesomeness you will come out ready to create.
What you need to know: Brooklyn Museum Members receive free, priority-access tickets. Special tickets offer priority access. Standard tickets are timed every 15 minutes. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended. The show closes Jul 15, 2018. No tiny tots. Book a sitter because strollers are not allowed in the exhibition.
Brooklyn Museum is closed on Monday & Tuesday. 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238. Details: www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/davidbowieis
Momtrends Insider tip: Book your ticket in advance, the lines are really, really long. I booked the the Ziggy Stardust ticket and got an amazing David Bowie Is catalog. Worth every penny and saved me three hours of my life.