Fun Days in NYC with Norman & Jules


Continuing our series of hidden jewels to visit in popular cities, we've asked several shops to share some of their favorite spots to visit that are family friendly. This week, we are excited to step into Brooklyn and NYC with Norman & Jules!

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Where are your three favorite family friendly restaurants in NYC?
Sometimes I feel like a broken record here but I always have to mention Frankies 457 Spuntino in Carroll. It’s so yummy and especially amazing when the garden is open.

Hometown BBQ is another hit in our family. Big space, delicious food, sometimes live music and some seriously good ribs!

The Standard, Highline is a blast when the ice rink is open in winter. We spent New Year’s Day there. First we had Hot Cocoa for Charley, and spiked Cider for Avi and I. Then hit the ice rink and finished off the day with Oysters and The Standard Grill. We literally spend like 5 hours there!

Is there a local park that families often go to?
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a crown jewel of Brooklyn. You can spend your day swimming, kayaking, and traversing green spaces, rock climbing, swinging and splash padding, just to name a few! It’s seriously chock full of entertainment for the entire family all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of bridges and Manhattan. I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention Jane’s Carousel!!

Best “hole-in-the-wall” photo spots?
There’s an ice-cream spot called Ample Hills Creamery in The Gowanus, which is and was a very industrial area in between Park Slope and Carrol Gardens. After you eat your incredible ice cream cone be sure round the corner onto Hoyt Street and strike a pose in front of the massive wall of street art.

What are some essential accessories for children when exploring NYC?
A scooter and helmet
Good shoes and a backpack filled with entertainment for the subway
Water and snacks

Three secret/hidden spots in the city that are great for taking children?
The Nature Playground in Prospect Park
Governor’s Island
Wave Hill

Best souvenir from the city?
Norman & Jules, of course ☺
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Courtney Ebner manages Norman & Jules with her husband, Avi. Their store is located in the heart of Park Slope and carries a variety of toys and other goodies that encourage creativity in children. You can shop at Norman & Jules here!


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