Z’s NYC Fave Places: IN THE SUMMER TIME
So before I created this post I asked Z what his all time favorite places are in the city so you also get a post from a kids point of view. 🙂
Here is what our typical weekend in Manhattan looks like.
The parks in NYC are amazing! They are always packed and we always end up making friends and playing together, there is usually a lot going on- from sand boxes, different jungle gyms for all ages, swings, slides, water pads and sprinklers, area for picnic… they are fully equipped with all you need to enjoy a beautiful day at the park.
Note: If you are coming to NYC in the summer prepare a bag with water shoes, bathing suit and towel for the water sprinklers/ water pad at the park. Almost all the parks in Manhattan have them to keep the kids cool in the summer.
Z has so much fun running around in them and it makes me feel relaxed knowing he is keeping cool on hot days.
9 am: If it is too cold or too hot we usually pass by the Children’s Museum to play. (We have a yearly membership) It is pretty educational and Z has a blast. It’s not that fun for me and I never see any cool people but I like to go because across the street is the cutest little cafe called Cafe Lalo which was in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and I always end up getting some sweets and a big cup of coffee. (Be prepared service is not the greatest- just focus on the sweets. ahaha)
10am: We are at our favorite bakery Maison Kayser to pick up some pastries (my favorite is the chocolate almond croissant) and a baguette for lunch.
11am: Lunch time (which we usually always have at home because dinner on the weekends is always out and I want Z to have a clean healthy meal cooked by us. I know, I’m a little weird when it comes to his food but I believe what I put into his little body is so important at such a young age and I don’t always trust what goes on in the restaurant kitchen. Sin sale please. Ahaha)
12pm: Depending on the day, the weather, and so many other factors our adventure changes so I will tell you some of our favorite spots to go after lunch and explore while Z (usually) ends up taking a nap in the stroller.
– Natural History Museum: Besides the spectacular exhibits there is also a Discovery Room for kids and I have to admit it is so cool. Honestly, I enjoy it too! It’s really informative, clean, everyone is so kind and the kids really have so much fun while learning! Two birds with one stone.
– Chelsea Piers: There is so much happening here! Bowling alley, batting cages, ice skating rink, golfing- which is so cool because it overlooks the river, skate park, a carousel and a park nearby to kick a ball or have a picnic.
-West Village park: because it is so central to everything I like. Bleeker street, cute restaurants and shopping all around with a very pretty cool crowd.
– Chelsea Market: It is always the perfect temperature inside whether it is hot or cold outside. There are so many restaurants to eat at! Our new favorite is Le Song which is French and super duper cute. Perfect ambience, good pricing, sweet service and another favorite of ours is the Lobster Place. Inside there is also gelato, coffee shops, dessert and pastry bakeries.
When the sun starts to go down we either look for a movie at the park or find some streets to go shopping before we head out for dinner.
On the weekends for summer time dinner we like to try new spots but some of our favorites are:
Uva for Italian (be prepared to wait)
JG Melon for burgers
Ellen’s Stardust diner– which is so fun because the waiters are all from broadway and sing and dance while you eat (if your kid has sensitive ears or you guys are not in the mood for anything loud then this isn’t the right place)
San Matteo for pizza
AOC for $1 oysters and Rose’
Big Daddy’s on the upper west side
Nom Wah Tea Parlor in Chinatown
Il Buco Alimentari– we did a pizza cooking class there and it was so cute and so much fun! Z loved it!!
The Frying Pan– it is on a ship on the Chelsea Piers and it is really cool for kids, yummy food – not the healthiest and good drinks!
T.B.D. Brooklyn in Greenpoint has picnic tables, cool vibe, kids can roam around and play. Good drinks and good (bar type) food.
Here are just a few of our favorite things. Every day, every weekend, every month we are finding new things here in NYC. And with the change season we change favorite places and we are constantly on the hunt for fun new amazing spots to review for you all. I know how hard it is to travel with a kid in the city and things may seem so overwhelming so I hope this helps!
I luoghi di NYC che Z preferisce: DURANTE L’ESTATE
Prima di creare questo post ho chiesto a Z quali fossero in assoluto i suoi posti migliori a NYC così avete anche un post dal punto di vista di un bambino. 🙂
Ecco com’è il nostro tipico weekend a Manhattan.
I parchi a NYC sono fantastici! Sono sempre pieni di gente e conosciamo sempre tanti amici nuovi e giochiamo insieme, ci sono tanti giochi -dal box con la sabbia, giochi per saltare per tutte le età, altalene, scivoli, piscine e fontane, aree picnic..Sono super attrezzati con tutto quello di cui hai bisogno per divertirti in una bella giornata al parco..
Nota: Se vieni a NYC d’estate prepara una borsa con scarpe per l’acqua, costume e asciugamano per le fontane al parco. Quasi tutti i parchi a Manhattan hanno qualcosa per rinfrescare i bambini.
Z si diverte tanto a correre intorno e dentro e mi rilasso sapendo che si sta rinfrescando in una giornata calda.
9:00: Se è troppo caldo o troppo freddo spesso andiamo poi al Children’s Museum a giocare(abbiamo fatto l’abbonamento annuale). E’ molto educativo e Z impazzisce. Non è molto divertente per me e non ho mai visto gente cool ma mi piace andare perchè di fronte c’è il bar chiamato Cafe Lalo which was in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and I always end up getting some sweets and a big cup of coffee. (Be prepared service is not the greatest- just focus on the sweets. ahaha)more info on my socials!
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