Party This Way
Five local, slightly off-the-beaten-path itineraries for every type of bride-to-be.
If singing, dancing, and causing a general ruckus is the objective, start with dinner at buzzy Japanese spot Maison O (98 Kenmare St., nr. Centre St.; 212-274-9898), where groups can choose from three family-style izakaya menus (from $55 per person) that include dishes like rib eye and black cod. When you’re ready to get rowdy, descend to Stardust Lounge, the restaurant’s karaoke den, to take over either the Park room (from $800 for four people from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; eight-person maximum) or the Classroom (from $1,050 for nine people from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; sixteen-person maximum). When you’ve had your share of Whitney ballads, join the general dance party in Stardust’s main lounge area.
The Earth Child
Book a class at the Greenpoint studio of Fox Fodder Farm (67 West St., nr. Milton St.; foxfodderfarm.com), where founder Taylor Patterson can school up to 30 bachelorettes in the art of flower arranging ($150 per person) or flower-crown construction ($75 per person). Patterson also provides Champagne and snacks ($15 per person). Don your crowns, hop the East River Ferry ($4), and head to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where a staffer from Perfect Picnic NYC can hook you up with a late-afternoon feast. The “European Picnic” ($16 per person, plus $20 delivery fee; perfectpicnicnyc.com) includes tote bags full of local meats, cheeses, olives, jams, and breads. For an extra $150, they’ll take care of all setup (like picnic blankets) and cleanup so you can focus on your frolicking.
If you’d rather hang out in sweats than paint the town red, make the party come to you. Kick things off with massages from NYC Healing Hands (nychealinghands.com), whose therapists (from $140 per hour, per therapist; two-hour minimum) offer massage treatments in increments of fifteen minutes. Once you’re nice and relaxed, sit back while nail artists from Vanity Projects (vanityprojectsnyc.com) take your nails to the next level (from $50 per person, including equipment). While you’re waiting for your hands to dry, a local chef from at-home cooking service Kitchen Surfing (kitchensurfing.com) can whip up a customized feast right in your kitchen (from $20 per person), serve it, and handle all cleanup. Choose from cuisines as varied as Cambodian and Ethiopian.
The Sun Worshipper
Start the party bright and early with an outdoor class from Goodyoga on the terrace of the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 9th St., Williamsburg; 347-574-4370; 9:30 a.m. on Sundays; $17 per person) or with a private session on a pier in Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park ($100 for four people; $25 for each additional person; goodyoga.com). Once you’re feeling toned, hit the pool at Williamsburg’s King & Grove hotel (160 N. 12th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-218-7500), where the four-hour package includes access to poolside bleachers, booze, and family-style snacks ($1,125 for ten people; $115 for each additional person). When you’re sufficiently bronzed, head to the Upper Elm on the hotel’s rooftop to swill cocktails and shimmy to live D.J.’s as the sun sets over Manhattan.
The Spa Enthusiast
If the bride simply wants to bliss out, hightail it to the new Elizabeth Arden Red Door at Union Square (200 Park Ave. S., nr. 17th St.; 212-388-0222) to spend the day getting rubbed, wrapped, primped, and polished. Groups of up to twenty can opt for either à la carte services or packages like the five-hour Sitting Pretty ($356), which includes a 50-minute facial or massage, a detoxifying seaweed wrap, a warm-cream manicure and pedicure, and a makeup application. Packages include a spa lunch of dishes like a grilled-chicken-and-mozzarella sandwich with roasted-garlic aïoli. Cap it all off with a round of Champagne at nearby wine bar Pierre Loti (53 Irving Pl., nr. 17th St.; 212-777-5684).
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide