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A New York Treat for Families

New York City Rugrats Riding the Streets of the City

On July 1st, The Plaza invited you to connect with your inner child. That’s right, get back to the days when lemonade sales were you’re biggest worry. Get this: the landmark hotel just re-launched a 1956 original – the Tricycle Garage! City dwellers and hotel guests will be able to rent Radio Flyer tricycles, bicycles and scooters to celebrate summer in Central Park and explore some of the city’s most popular sights. How cute (and eco-friendly) is that?

Following the success of Kay Thompson’s book and the upsurge of Eloise fans everywhere, the Tricycle Garage was originally instated in May 1956 and housed children’s’ bicycles and tricycles in a whimsical, candy-store inspired setting. Bike racks and numbered license plates were available for a nominal fee of $.15 a day (that’s $3/month!) and Plaza guests were allowed to use the garage gratis. Today, The Plaza Boutique’s Tricycle Garage will offer kids of all ages and families the same exciting New York City experience.  Rental fees will range from $20/hour to $40/day (2011 NYC city prices, of course), but it will promise to be that bicycle in the city experience you and your little ones will never forget.

The Plaza Hotel's Eloise Suite (compliments of Betsey Johnson)

Want to go even further with the whimsical theme? Me too. The Plaza, along with Betsey Johnson, also happened to team up to design an Eloise suite! J’adore.

In addition to all that, with Central Park Conservancy’s premier historian and photographer, Sara Cedar Miller, the adults can have their own enlightening experience. They’re offering exclusive, private tours of Central Park as a part of a new summer package.  Tours can be customized to the guests’ interests and passions, making this New York city deal ideal for families, couples and girlfriend getaways.  Package details are as follows, but contact the hotel for more info (because if this doesn’t tickle your fancy, The Plaza will certainly have something that might):

  • Luxurious overnight accommodations in a Suite
  • A private, customized tour through one of New York’s most fabled attractions
  • A signed copy of Central Park, An American Masterpiece; Seeing Central Park, The Official Guide to the World’s Greatest Urban Park; or Strawberry Fields: Central Park’s Memorial to John Lennon by Sara Cedar Miller
  • Champagne toast for two in the Champagne Bar at The Plaza

Tofu Fa in Chinatown

Tofu Fa

While perusing The New York Times Travel section, we came across Peter Meehan’s piece on New York’s Chinatown and saw a mention of tofu fa that got us salivating. So, we thought we’d share the goods with our loyal flock ‘a seagulls.

Tofu fa is a super-soft and slippery tofu that often comes in a light and sweet gingery syrup. His recommendation is to hit up the northeast corner of Grand Street and Bowery. Though Meehan isn’t as much a fan of the “sweet” tofu fa, he says, ask for the tofu fa “salty” and they’ll spice it up with two kinds of soy sauce mixtures, scallions, minced pickled turnip and peanuts.  Sonds amazing and, for less than $2, it’s a fast healthy lunch that could be a great staple. He also suggests the rice noodle sauced with bottled condiments similar to the same dish served at the little cart parked outside the shop on Grand Street.

Other tofu recipes and nibbles? Diver scallop-size plugs of light and airy fried tofu served with pickled turnip stuff (if you ask for it).

You don’t go here for the ambience, but, as Meehan explains, “You can fill up on something delicious and not break a Lincoln dwindle.”

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