A Day in the North Fork, Long Island (with a Baby)

orient beach state park in the north fork, long island

Something’s always “the Brooklyn” of somewhere, and in Long Island, that happens to be the North Fork. Compared to its flashier cousin in the South (the Hamptons), the North Fork is more laid back and low key, and with its artisanal farm stands and highly regarded vineyards, it’s understandably a big draw for Brooklynites, who are apparently moving out here in droves. They’ve brought their hipster brands and twee restaurants with them so that they can have the best of both worlds as they commute back and forth.Read More

A Weekend in Bermuda (with a Baby)

tobacco bay, bermuda

Traveling with a baby can be very daunting, so sticking to nearby locales with a flexible itinerary can reduce some of the anxiety that comes with stressing about your unpredictable bundle of joy. That’s the appeal of a place like Bermuda, a lush and beautiful island that can be explored at a leisurely pace and is only a 2 hour flight from NYC. Even though it is close by, it somehow feels further away because it is technically another country with British traditions. Plus it’s only an hour ahead of New York so there wouldn’t be any drama of messed up sleep schedules, which is especially critical when your baby has finally mastered something resembling sleep training. And while Bermuda has its own currency, U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere, which is very convenient. An exotic getaway just a few hours away that doesn’t involve too much advance planning sounds baby friendly, indeed.Read More

Babbo Pasta Tasting Menu

pasta tasting at babbo

The #MeToo movement has hit the culinary industry pretty hard, bringing down many celebrity chefs in its path, with Mario Batali probably being the most famous face among them. I was curious to see if any of his restaurants had been noticeably impacted since those sexual harassment allegations came to light, but it seems to have been minimal, as a recent visit to Babbo showed that it is just as popular as ever. While Babbo is still in demand, its clientele has changed noticeably. 10 years ago you were guaranteed a celebrity sighting, like when I saw Val Kilmer sitting at the table next to me or when I noticed the lead actor from My Name is Earl at another. Now you’re just rubbing elbows with out-of-towners or an old finance guy trying to impress a young, bored girl in the most stereotypical way (hint: involves talking about his money).Read More

Tetsu in Tribeca

the open grill at tetsu

It’s crazy to think that a meal at Masa in NYC, which costs ~$595 a person pretax, is comparable to the cost of a round-trip ticket to Europe somewhere. I’m not quite convinced that one meal, no matter how good, would ever be equivalent to a transcontinental getaway. Those of us priced out of Masa will never find out if the food there is worth an arm and a leg, but what we can do is go to its more accessible sister restaurant Tetsu, a Japanese robata newly opened in Tribeca, where dishes are comfortably priced in the single or double digit range.Read More

Wildair Re-Review: Even Better

persimmon, stracciatella and butternut squash at wildair

Wildair is always a great place for natural wine discovery. The last time I was here I became absolutely obsessed with a mineraly rose called Christian Venier Gris Gourlaouen, and I would buy a bottle of it any chance I could get at Discovery Wines in the East Village. That was several years ago, and on a recent visit, I similarly went nuts for an amazing, jammy red Txaranga from a Spanish vineyard called Vinya Ferrer. Unfortunately this bottle is hard to find and only seems to be available at Dandelion Wine in Greenpoint.Read More