Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon and Cibar Lounge

I was introduced to Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon at my friend Courtenay’s bridal shower. Lady Mendl’s is located within the Inn at Irving Place. The Inn is comprised of 2 neighboring adorable historic townhouses in Gramercy Park, next to Union Square. Only a small bronze plaque stating “Lady Mendl’s” marks the entrance. The beautiful and elegant private room created a wonderful environment for a bridal shower. We had an absolutely lovely time of fine tea, finger foods and friends.

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Illustration courtesy of Laura Lobdell

My friend Alison was pregnant with her son at the time of her 30th birthday. Therefore she postponed the festivities until a year later when she could celebrate the occasion properly. Alison decided on a brunch in the Pavilion at the restaurant bobo. We had our own area all to ourselves in the back of the townhouse. After mingling for about an hour while people arrived and drinks were served, we were seated for a yummy brunch. We later migrated to the bar area downstairs in the Den. What a great place to throw a party!

bobo is located on three floors of a century old townhouse in the heart of New York’s West Village. bobo is a farm-to-table restaurant with a seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine. The environment is elegant with an intimate and fun twist.

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Sparkle at Femmegems

Design your own jewelry at Femmegems for a great bridal shower, bachelorette, Girls Night Out, birthday, or baby shower. Femmegems has two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Greenwich, CT. My friends Cassie and Sara hosted a party at Femmegems as part of a bachelorette weekend. They had it at the Chelsea location at 3pm on a Saturday and had an amazing time! Everyone in the group loved it.

At a Femmegems private party, after selecting their materials, guests design and assemble their own pieces with hands-on assistance from the store’s staff.

From their site: No matter what your style, budget or taste – if you’re a creative flop or a designing diva – you will always leave a Femmegems event with some fabulous new jewels!

Chelsea studio location

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Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House

For my birthday this year, my friend Carrie suggested going to Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House. She had been there once before for a birthday party and had so much fun, she wanted to go back for a second round. Well, Sammy’s is certainly an experience! We arrived and while the décor is not much, seems to be like the basement of a friend’s house that is plastered with photos and mementos, the atmosphere is very festive. The food started arriving family style and it just keeps on coming. We never even saw a menu. We ordered several bottles of vodka that come frozen in a block of ice. They bring cranberry juice and their seltzer containers are already on the table. There is a DJ who is hilarious. He calls attention to each group about why they are there. He makes jokes and plays fun music. He also invites you to get up do the Hora dance around the restaurant. After dinner, the whole place turned into a big dance party. We had an absolute blast.

Very early in the evening

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Tortilla Flats

Tortilla Flats is low key, high energy, funky, tex mex funhouse. Located in the West Village since the early ‘80’s, this place is an oldie but a goodie. Staff is friendly and spunky. Great place to have a bachelorette, birthday, or just a fun dinner. My friend Jordan treated me to a birthday dinner here since she was out of town for my dinner at Sammy’s. We both hadn’t been in a long time and it was great fun!

Entrance, outside seating in the summer

Their philosophy is simple:
Great food, music & margaritas always flavored with fun.

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Marathon Bash at Agave!

A few weeks ago, my friend Annie ran the New York City marathon and had her celebration bash at Agave. This fun sophisticated southwestern restaurant in the West Village has a great private room. It is very cozy with a fireplace, candles and square mirrors along the walls. You can do a seated dinner for a max of 55 people or you can have the tables removed for a cocktail party. A great spot for a birthday, bridal or baby shower. Continue reading

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NYC Dueling Pianos

NYC Dueling Pianos is the only dueling piano show in the city. It is located downstairs from the Ha! Comedy Club in a big black theater. There is tons of energy and fun. This place is great for birthday and bachelorette parties. While not the swankiest of places, if you are in for a good time, you will find it here. Getting up on the stage and dancing with the piano players is par for the course!

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