08Oct

Wokuni: An Unexpected Culinary Treasure Trove for Kids (and Adults) in Midtown Manhattan

If you're looking for an unusual and delicious kid's menu entree for kids in Manhattan, you have to head to Wokuni, an upscale Japanese seafood restaurant in midtown. It's their first-ever kid's menu and it's called Captain Kuni's Treasure Ship. Plus, it's at an incredible value - $10 for kids under 12 years old, served at both lunch and dinner. My son and I were eager to try it, and other things on the menu, so we set a date and tried it last week. The restaurant is very modern and trendy, yet inviting and comfortable. We slid into a private table Read More

16Sep

An Unexpected Culinary Delight at The Bowery Bar & Fare in Rockville Centre, Long Island

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Last weekend my teenage daughter and I took a trip to Rockville, Long Island. Our destination: The Bowery Bar & Fare. Just recently opened in July of this year, the restaurant is a trendy restaurant where families are particularly welcome, with its carnival-inspired global street food (I'll expand on that in a bit) from Executive Chef Dan DeSalvo (Mastro’s Steakhouse, Morton’s Steakhouse) and delicious cocktails from Nic Richards (The Standard Hotel), served in a warm environment with an outdoor patio and beer garden.  There's cool music running and Read More

21Aug

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Offers Valuable Lessons in 2018

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There is every probability that the story Fiddler on the Roof means something special to you, stemming from your childhood. Either you saw the production on film, or on stage, such as Broadway in recent years, or you, yourself, acted in a local production of the show in your youth. And now, a very unique production is gracing the stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. It’s the U.S. Off-Broadway Premiere of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeinne. There are many reasons why this play is Read More

28Jul

“Head Over Heels” is Broadway Set to a New Beat

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Let me preface this blog post by saying that I grew up with the Go-Go’s. They were one of my first concerts and I truly love their music. From “Vacation” to “We Got the Beat” to “Our Lips Are Sealed” to “Head Over Heels,” their music makes me generally happy, and very nostalgic. So, when I heard about the new show “Head Over Heels” which just opened on Broadway, I was ecstatic. Yet dubious. I knew it was the Go-Go’s music set to an Elizabethan fairytale and the most LGBTQ show ever made, according to my Broadway friends on Twitter, so I had to see Read More

28Jul

Gulliver’s Gate: An Unexpected Treat in Times Square

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Last week my son and I played tourist in New York City. When I asked him what he wanted to do, he suggested Gulliver’s Gate. I was impressed that my son brought an idea to my attention so I quickly set the wheels in motion to take him there. Never heard of it? Gulliver’s Gate is a miniature world experience that offers an interactive display representing various regions of the world and famous landmarks, as well as moving trains, planes, wagons and people of the past and present. There are levers along the way which people pull to create motion within Read More

28Jul

Experiencing NYC as a Tourist: Virtual Reality Style

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Last week my son and I ventured downtown to experience THE RIDE. We had admittedly been lucky enough to experience it before, only this time it would be the virtual reality version. I chose it because my son is a techno geek, and I figured it would be something new and interesting for both of us. I also love NYC with all heart, so I'm always open to different ways to experience and learn more about the city. One thing I have to say that I love about THE RIDE in general is the tour guides. Like on our last tour, we had a fun, excited guide take us on our Read More

21Jul

A Night Out at Vatan in NYC and Experiencing Food From Gujurat

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Photo courtesy of Vatan.Last week I ventured to Murray Hill to an Indian restaurant I've never been to called Vatan. The experience ended up being an absolute delight and one that I recommend to all of you. Vatan is a traditional Indian restaurant, only it is very unique. They only offer a prix fixe thali style menu ($34 per person), which if you have never had this type of meal, it's a series of small dishes and whatever more you like of each dish, as you can order as much as you like. The cuisine is distinct as it features only vegetarian dishes of Read More

12Jul

What Brooklyn Families is All About

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A few weeks ago I received the most unexpected, marvelous invitation to the Brooklyn Museum to find out more about their program Brooklyn Families. Coming from Westchester, I knew the museum would be a bit of a hike very early on a Saturday morning, but my curiosity was peaked about what the museum is doing to engage families. I am always looking for ways to engage my own children in art. They pull me away from museums; I want to pull them in. Brooklyn Families Another big draw: a personal tour of David Bowie is, an exhibit about who was perhaps my Read More

29Jun

Joining 1,300 NYC Public School Students and Teachers at Hamilton on Broadway

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I recently had the amazing experience of joining 1,300 NYC Public School students and teachers at a performance of HAMILTON on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. I hadn't seen the show on Broadway; I had only seen it off-Broadway in its infancy days at the Public Theater so I was very much looking forward to see how it had morphed over the years (and then some, right?). After having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers, Read More

23May

A First Time Theater Experience for Newly Arrived Immigrants at the New Victory Theater: “Pss Pss”

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This past weekend I had the unique experience of watching a newly arrived family from Afghanistan watch their very first theatrical play, in the very first theater they had ever sat in - on Broadway, but not a Broadway show. Still, the effect of watching them enjoy their first show was moving, and quite magical. It also helped that it was at one of my favorite theaters for children in NYC, the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street. The show we would see, "Pss Pss," hailed from Switzerland, as the bulk of their programming is from around the world. Like Read More