As the city thaws, the parks become vibrant, cafes extend out onto the streets and hemlines raise…NYC in the spring is one of my all time favorite places to be. I’ve rounded up our top spots to head out with fam, shop for the kids or steal away for a night out with grown-ups. And of course in true MINIMODE fashion you have to look the part; and we know just what to wear for days and nights spent hanging in the city.


Best Grown-Up Dinner: Musket Room For an off duty dinner date, head to the Musket Room for an inspired modern take on homestyle New Zealand cooking with intimate nooks and a dreamy backyard garden set in Nolita. Chef Matt Lambert cultivates an herb garden in back, set in a modern chic decor. You’ll definitely find me here on a warm spring evening (and truth be told, it’s also a great day place with the MINIs)!

MINIMODE-SWEETWILLIAMBest Kids Shopping: Sweet William This gem of a store was founded in Brooklyn and now has outposts in Nolita and LA’s Silverlake neighborhood. Head to either of the NY stores for an afternoon of browsing – and I say afternoon because you won’t want to leave. Sweet William has absolutely perfected their assortment of cool kiddo clothes, accessories and gifts so once you step in, expect to be there a while!



MINIMODE-BROKEN-ENGLISHBest Hidden Gem: Broken English This impressively curated jewelry box is the epitome of laid-back luxe. I love popping in to browse the cases of fine jewelry and chat with super cool store owner Laura Freedman about new designers and finding the perfect piece to gift a new mommy… or myself.




Best Pampering : TenOverTen Whether downtown or midtown, for a mommy/daughter afternoon spent pampering yourselves visit TenOverTen salon for a relaxed experience that feels like you’re in a beautiful apartment. Check out any of their three locations: Soho, Tribeca or Midtown depending on your locale.




Best Kid Eats: Hudson Eats With a plethora of our favorite healthy foodie options, Hudson Eats has it all. Set up as a marble clad modern day food court with casual indoor and outdoor seating, the kids can eat and run around while the grown-ups enjoy a glass of wine. And to top it off, swing by the market below, Le District, for French-inspired fare. On Fridays we gather here with our friends to grab a bite and watch the sun set over the Hudson.

Photos: Melissa Hom, Sweet William, NY Mag, TenOverTen, Grub Street


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