New York City’s neighborhood of Tribeca has changed dramatically since I was a child growing up in the West Village. Desolate and run down, one could hardly imagine it would become one of the hippest neighborhoods! Located in Manhattan’s southern tip, it is now famous for the annual Tribeca Film Festival and trendy boutiques lining its cobblestone streets. If you want to visit with kids in tow, there is plenty of family fun to be had. Recently my husband and I spent a fun day in Tribeca with our three-year-old twin daughters.
Our first stop was Sarabeth’s Tribeca for brunch. Their menu is classic, healthy and delicious! Located on Greenwich Street just off Jay Street, this brick facade eatery is very popular. My daughters ordered pancakes and chicken fingers from the kids menu, and my husband and I opted for omelets. As I tucked into my garden omelet the flavor combination of eggs, mushrooms, green peas, zucchini and cheddar cheese was heavenly. Both my kids wanted a taste of the fresh scone that accompanied my meal.
After leaving this airy window lined restaurant we headed a few doors up the block to Ever After, an upscale kid-to-teen boutique. One can’t miss this store, with its faux flower covered exterior and star decorated doors. Once inside, it is a fantasy land for little (and big!) shoppers. High end designer brands such as Stella McCartney Kids, Milly Minis and Little Marc Jacobs line the racks. You can also browse through cute hair accessories and on-trend shoes. My kids loved the faux fur chair in a dressing room!
Once the kiddos were ready to leave, my husband took them across the street to Washington Market Park’s playground while I headed around the corner for a little pampering! Tribeca Beauty Spa, located on Harrison Street, has an amazing Crystal Bubble Manicure. French jazz and soothing spa tunes wafted down from the white coffered ceilings. Blonde wood accents and russet walls created a rich atmosphere. After my hands were pampered in a moisturizing soak, they were exfoliated and then coated with an eucalyptus mint mud mask. The technician then gave me a fabulous hand massage before applying nail polish. From start to finish it was a blissful experience.
When I met my family at the playground, I felt refreshed and ready for our next adventure. One of my daughters put her little hand in mine and said “Mommy, your hand feels so soft! When I’m a grown up I want a manicure too!”