I. seriously. hate. bachelorette. parties. Tiaras and veils at bars? Special screenprinted t-shirts announcing the number of days left? Guys trying to make out with the bride-to-be? Please, please world, spare me another one of these events. This would be the dream anti-bachelorette party I would attend, hosted by an ubercool friend.
The manicure-and-martini deal can't be beat at this East 14th Street location of the national chain of hipster bars. Head to the back dance room later to throw your sparkly fingers up in celebration.
This out-of-the-way museum is really three things: a fantastic movie theater showing retrospectives by master auteurs like Park Chan-Wook and Sidney Lumet; a secret arcade game funhouse; and a museum documenting both of the above. With exhibits on Spacewar! and the first 50 years of video games, awesome secret DVD drop art installations in the exterior wall of the museum, and an ongoing exhibit on the history of film, MoMI is a Queens nerdcore trove.
You'd think this classy new incarnation of the old Slipper Room was only burlesque -- and you'd be wrong. Buxom beauties do indeed shimmy and shake, but fire eaters, snake charmers, aerial artists and contortionists also wait behind the velvet curtain for you. Every other Monday, beloved show The Big Quiz Thing takes center stage.
This is one of my favorite places to eat in the world, as well as being one of my favorite day trip getaways. You go out and see the Berkshire pigs on the farm, and then you have the most heavenly Berkshire pork you've ever had in the restaurant. If you are going to eat meat, this is the kind of place you want to support. The farm-fresh eggs are creatively cooked, and the baby carrots are the most amazing vegetable you've ever had. The sommelier is incredibly knowledgeable in beer and wine pairings. You can take part in festivals, classes and lectures, or survey the lovely gardens and grounds. Stop by the cafe for a quick bite if you're on a road trip. A wonderful place in any season.
The hot chocolate is delicious, but if you're feeling ready to switch over to nighttime drinks, try the Double Chocolate Stout and ask for a scoop of ice cream.
Go before midnight to avoid a line at favorite LES soul dancing cellar Home Sweet Home. Once ubercool, the floor now gets packed after midnight with a yuppie crowd, but there's still dancing to be had, shadowed by taxidermy and a disco ball. Go for any Jonathan Toubin party.
Dinner at Macao combines Portuguese and Chinese flavors, with flavorful coconut milk cocktails and supersavory entrees like Hoisin barbecue noodles and forbidden black rice.
Monday nights at Macao mean Drunken Dragon Nights, a burlesque show hosted by producer Calamity Chang with a fabulous (read: long and topshelf) open bar. And yet, some of my friends have turned this show down.
New York City: the only city in world where you can call up a friend, tell him there's an open bar of fine cocktails in a beautiful setting where he'll be entertained by gorgeous girls doing burlesque for free, and he responds that he's going to stay home and watch Modern Family.
You'll regret it when you're older. Go now.
This magical spa is full of the strange and wondrous -- from jade and gold spa huts, to outdoor fountains, to Korean food upstairs. Great for an unconventional bachelorette party, be forewarned that the worst part of the trip is getting there since you have to take a shuttle once you get off the train. Organize a taxi or zent a Zipcar for your group instead of taking public transportation.
Excellent vintage shopping destination is a quick 20 minutes from Manhattan and walkable from the PATH. Beautiful selection of 40s and 50s hats, YSL shoes, sweet cashmere cardigans, and gorgeous 60s party dresses.
You might see legendary New York performance artists like Julie Atlas Muz under P.S. 122's spotlight, or you might see a tribute to beloved 80s/90s performance artist Tom Murrin. Being a member has been worth it for me -- check out membership prices online.