The Girlfriend’s Guide to NYC

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Jaime Windau

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  • New York City

  • USA

  • City Travel

  • Bachelorette Party Destinations

  • Group Travel

  • Nightlife

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Curator’s statement

NYC is always a good idea and with girlfriends it is a fabulous one. As a NYC local for 20+ years, check out some of my favorite spots to enjoy some pampering, laughs and fabulous experiences with your crew.

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Where to stay in NYC

11 Howard

Upscale hotel near SoHo with custom art and chic, minimalist rooms.

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The Beekman

A standout stay in lower Manhattan, with a jaw-dropping Art Deco lobby, Tom Colicchio restaurant and a speakeasy-style bar.

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  • Continental Breakfast in Temple Court for two guests per bedroom daily.

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The New York EDITION

This 1909 clocktower, near Madison Square park and with 360 views of NYC, was reinvented into a sleek and modern boutique hotel that blends seamlessly into its iconic Progressive Era identity.

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  • Breakfast buffet daily for two guests per bedroom, served in Clocktower Restaurant.

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Things to do in NYC

Spa in NYC

WHERE TO GET PAMPERED 

Nothing is better than finding the perfect places to treat yourself while traveling with your girlfriends. All of the below are highly recommended for an amazing experience. 

Face Gym The first of its kind and a unique facial fitness experience. As a self proclaimed Face Gym junkie this is something you will want to add to your self care monthly routine. 

Guerlain Spa at Plaza Hotel Hands down my favorite spa in the city. The service is stellar and who wouldn’t want massages at this luxe NYC hotel. They offer a wide range of treatments, including facials, massages, body treatments and more. 

QC Spa Where the city goes to spa. The perfect place to unwind with your crew. Located on Governors Island, a short ferry ride from Downtown Manhattan and the perfect spot for a relaxing day spa experience. The wellness experience grants you access for 5 hours to spa amenities. Add on a massage for extra pampering. 

Ora  If Acupuncture is your thing you need to check out this space.  Book the Acupuncture Facial or Intro Accupunture session. 

Aire Baths Unwind and relax at AIRE Ancient Baths, an exquisite thermal bathhouse offering massages, hot baths, and relaxation in a serene setting. Dip in multiple baths from cold to warm/hot to a floating bath while you forget about how tired your feet are from all that walking. 

Lip Lab Have you ever struggled to find that perfect shade of lipstick? Or your favorite brand keeps discontinuing your go to color? I can relate to this 100%. Our experience at Lip Lab was so fun and a different way to spend an hour with the girls by customizing your favorite shade. Book with your BFF or host a party for 6+ people. 

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES 

PICNIC IN THE PARK

From mid April to October a picnic in a NYC park is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, relax with your girls, and savor delicious food while people watching. Go the DIY route and grab and go your favorite picnic finds at Perfect Picnic on Central Park West. Want a more premier experience? Plan a picnic experience with Pop Up Picnic and have them take care of set-up, decor, food and clean up. Yes, please! 

PASTA/PIZZA MAKING CLASS 

If you are ready to cook, drink and dance,  Evento is the place for you. Check them out for seasonal events each month and see if the timing lines up for your visit to NYC. Evento experiences are famous for their music, great food + fun vibes.

CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT THE PLAZA 

Toast to your girls trip with a glass of champs at the bar of the iconic Plaza Hotel. From Dom to Veuve they offer a range of bubbles to satisfy everyones taste. Head here as a pre-game before Lavo for dinner or post spa from the Guerlain Spa on the 4th floor of the Plaza. 

Places to eat & drink in NYC

Cafe in NYC

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS 

Carbone (Major Food Group)  Located in the West Village and known for classic Italian-American cuisine, nostalgic ambiance and old-school New York City vibe. Menu Favorite: Spicy Rigatoni Vodka.  It could possibly be one of the hardest spots to get a resy. Pro tip: Reservations open 30 days in advance at 10am on Resy. You literally have seconds to book so set those alarms. 

CUT by Wolfgang Puck A high-end steakhouse restaurant concept by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck located in the Four Seasons hotel in Tribeca/Downtown. The restaurant is known for offering a luxurious dining experience centered around prime steaks and a wide range of meat and seafood dishes. The food is delicious, service is impeccable and the atmosphere is very NY. 

Lavo NY The restaurant's design is upscale and trendy, with a focus on creating a stylish and contemporary dining atmosphere. Pro tip: Order the Affagato Cocktail for dessert.

Twenty Three Grand This greenhouse-like dining room is like dreaming in shades of green. Located in the Modern Haus Hotel in Soho, it is a perfect setting for brunch or dinner.  With a glass roof and sides that retract in 90 seconds the ambiance is perfect for a girls catch up sess. Menu Favorite: Zucchini tower. 

21+ HOT SPOTS

Sandbar Rooftop  If the Hamptons was your second choice for girls weekend this rooftop is the perfect spot to escape the city vibes if only for a couple hours. Located in Chelsea on the 23rd floor of the Hilton, the beach décor features whimsical touches such as lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges, and swings. Enjoy drinks, light bites, music and almost 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building. Pro tip: Order the Boys of Summer drink and take home Mitch, Brad or Cody as a souvenir from your girls night out. 

Overstory Located on the 64th floor of 70 Pine Street in the Financial District. It feels like a secret bar that only insiders know exist. Surrounded by a wraparound terrace with 360-degree views of the New York City skyline, it is perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail. You are met in the lobby before being shuttled to the 63rd floor in a dedicated elevator and escorted up a stairwell to Overstory. Highly recommend making reservations in advance. 

The Lobby Bar at Hotel Chelsea A New York Icon. There is so much history and heritage at Hotel Chelsea spanning 100+ years. It reopened in 2022 and is one of the newest cocktail bars on the NY scene to visit. Advance reservations are only available for Hotel Guests, one week in advance. They are open to the public on a first come first served basis. 

NYC Fleur Room A new rooftop destination in the most beautiful setting. Located at the top of the Chelsea Moxy hotel. Head here for pre-dinner cocktails or lite bites and 360 degree views of the city. Pro tip: If you are looking for a fun cocktail crawl this is walking distance from Sandbar Rooptop. 

Loopy Doopy This popular rooftop bar is located on the 16th floor of the Conrad New York Downtown hotel. Come for sunset, views of the Hudson river and their signature poptail drink featuring a Boozy popsicle served in your choice of Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial or prosecco. Location open from May - September as weather permits. 

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