In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we caught up with two of our favorite (very fashionable) NYC moms, Esther Houston of and Athena Calderone of to talk about their favorite kid-friendly spots in NYC, and where they go for a temporary break from their motherly duties:

Esther’s Favorites:

Soho resident Esther, a mother of one to eight-month-old Zion, is founder of, a site featuring content on fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and the soul to the everyday woman. Having an eight-month-old means one important thing when going to and from in the city – a stroller is always a part of the package. Many of her favs are in-the-know spots that offer the best of the best in NYC while still providing ample room, all perfect places to go if your a new mom.

LafayetteAndrew Carmellini’s newest restaurant on Great Jones is an easy go-to brunch spot, great food and service, outdoor dining for this (soon to be) Spring sunshine and plenty of room for a stroller. 380 Lafayette Street, between Great Jones and East 4th Streets

Ladurée: Their newest location on West Broadway is a beautiful spot for lunch, the opulent décor is similar to the Paris restaurant, the salads are delicious and the macaroon selection is worth going for alone; and of course, there’s room for the stroller. 398 West Broadway, between Broome and Spring Streets

Bowery Coffee: A must for when a little motivation is needed. In between playing Mom and Editor, a quick coffee break can help maintain focus, and it’s also an easy pop-in spot with a stroller. 89 East Houston Street, between Bowery and Elizabeth Street

Giggle: This is fun baby store to pick up toys for Zi, and the team in the store are really helpful with whatever you need. 120 Wooster Street, between Prince and Spring Streets

Les Petits Chapelais: This gorgeous French children’s clothing store has a well curated selection of brands for boys and girls that wears well – a necessity. 146 Sullivan Street, between Prince and Houston Streets

Serge Normant at John Frieda: This is my go-to hair salon –Ty Holbrook has been doing my hair for years. They tailor my personal style, always get my color right and I leave feeling rejuvenated. What more could a woman want from her salon? 147 Grand Street, between Lafayette and Crosby Streets

Soho Sanctuary: This is the perfect escape when a little indulgence is required. I go for the deep tissue massage and then relax in the steam room and leave all the noise of NYC behind for a moment of peace. 119 Mercer Street, between Prince and Spring Streets

Athena’s Favorites:

According to Athena, founder of food and design-focused blog, practically everywhere is child-friendly. “I’ve always believed that bringing my 11-year-old son Jivan with me everywhere, from restaurants to galleries to furniture shops, will only inform his eye and palette,” the Brooklyn-based blogger says. “So while all might not be ‘child-friendly,’ I tend to bring him along at times!”

The Smile To Go: The perfect spot for a snack on the go from the team behind The Smile on Bond Street. I often grab nibbles on my way home – it’s one of Jivan’s favorites. 22 Howard Street, between Lafayette and Crosby Streets

Ladurée: New to downtown, the recently-opened garden at the West Broadway location is the perfect spot to enjoy an al fresco brunch or lunch. Jivan loves himself a macaron. 398 West Broadway, between Broome and Spring Streets

La Colombe Coffee: I am an absolute coffee freak, and La Colombe has the best brew in town. It helps me keep up with Jivan! 319 Church Street, between Lispenard and Walker Streets

Warm: An absolute favorite for everything, from fashion and jewelry to books and objects. Friends of ours own the store, so Jivan always loves to go with me for a visit. 181 Mott Street, between Kenmare and Broome Streets

West Side Highway Skate Park: As a mom to a major skate rat, you can find me and Jivan at the Tribeca Skatepark on the West Side Highway most weekends. Pier 25, North Moore Street and the West Side Highway

New Museum: I swoon for art, and Jivan and I love the New Museum on the Bowery – he’s always had strong opinions and immediate reactions with art. 235 Bowery, between Stanton and Rivington Streets

Flair: This home decor shop has the most insane vintage objects and oddities – it evokes a sense of luxury and glam for the home. 88 Grand Street, between Wooster and Greene Streets

Jin Soon Nail Spa: This one is definitely the only place I go for manicure/pedicure – Jin Soon is the best. 23 Jones Street, between West 4th and Bleecker Streets