New York, New York. This city’s the real star in all of our favorite shows: Girls, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City . . . why shouldn’t NYC also star in our biggest celebration with the girls? Here’s how to plan the best bachelorette party the bride won’t ever forget!
Book a room at Le Parker Meridien in mid-city across the street from Carnegie Hall. It’s a chic, trendy hotel with a French twist and stunning views of Central Park just a block away. Plus, it’s got the largest fitness and spa center in NYC, which will come in handy this weekend.
In typical Pinterest-worthy bachelorette style, have some goody bags and glasses of champagne ready for the girls when they arrive.
Make some reservations at the Sugar Factory for dinner. The restaurant offers a fun (and filling!) Bachelorette Party package and is good for groups.
If most of the girls in the group are NYC first-timers, take a detour to the Empire State Building after dinner.
Start today with a tea party at La Durée. Croissants, fresh fruit, and oh yes–macarons. If you make reservations ahead of time, they’ll even personalize the menus just for your party.
Then head back to the hotel. It’s time to take advantage of that rooftop pool!
Le Parker Meridien’s rooftop pool is also completely covered, so even if the weather isn’t perfect, your pool day will be. The hotel also delivers food to the roof so you won’t go hungry! For the girls in the group who’d prefer to explore, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and Times Square are less than half a mile away from the hotel (ten minutes by foot). The Plaza is just a block away and has a great food court underneath the hotel–perfect for grabbing a quick bite before heading back to the pool.
After a few hours of lounging, it’ll be time for everyone to get ready for the evening’s events. Freshen up at the hotel and then surprise the the girls with a trip to SoHo for a Birchbox Beauty Party. At the company’s first brick-and-mortar store, your crew will be treated to a private hairstyling and make-up party and everyone gets to build their own Birchbox before leaving.
saturday . . . night
As far as nightlife goes, if your bride-to-be is looking for the stereotypical “bachelorette” experience, you’ll want to take her to Hunk-O-Mania (but this place is not PG–don’t say I didn’t warn you!) followed by rooftop drinks and dancing at Sky Room or Mr. Purple.
If your bride would rather keep her night out girls-only, then book tickets to a fun Broadway show.
No surprise here, Sunday brunch is a must in the city! If you want to stay close to the hotel, hop downstairs for eats at Le Meridien’s Norma’s. Or, head to Sarabeth’s followed by a stroll through Central Park before packing up and heading back home!
-The Wandering Alligator
Want to extend your East Coast stay? Check out this day trip to Washington, D.C.!