For a beautiful lunch in the city with a girlfriend I love going to BG's at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue, NYC). Kelly Wearstler did a gorgeous job on the interior and the views of Central Park are lovely because you aren't too high. The high tea is a beautiful experience and the hooded Bergerè chairs are perfect for privacy and confidential conversations. 

If I want to stay in Westchester I love Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY). It is a spectacular dining experience. I had my birthday there one year. You have to go very hungry though. The portions may be small but there are so many courses all made with ingredients from the farm. There is no menu — just a list of what they have and the staff helps you customize a menu. 


These fruit and marshmallow kebabs are a favorite with my children and their friends for birthdays. They're also a fun thing to bring to a picnic or someone's house. 
Use fruit and marshmallows and any candy on kebab skewers. The fruit makes it somewhat healthy and kids love making them too. When they are finished I snap the sharp ends off with scissors.