If you are looking to celebrate a BFF Birthday or a Girls weekend down in New York City and your gal is all about the fun that nearly gets you arrested, this might be a good version of NYC for you to review.
We were celebrating a 40th birthday at the time and were looking for fun, wild, raunchy “Only in New York” style things that we could do for the short time we were there.
For this trip, we stayed at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea, part of the Kimpton Hotel Chain. This hotel is beautifully Luxe feeling and close to Penn Station. The customer service was bar none, the decor funky, the rooms chic and a complimentary Happy Hour is served every day.
This is a great area of town that carries a great art/hip vibe, has Penn Station and Madison Square Garden close by, good shopping, (Macy’s and many other shops), and the Empire State Building is within easy walking distance.
La Burlesque Lesson
Because our birthday gal was a feisty, go for anything kind of gal (& we have teased relentlessly that she should have ben a stripper) we thought it would be a hilarious surprise to take her to a private lesson at the School of Burlesque. Burlesque is such an art and is so much about owning the power of seduction. So for an hour, we learned the art of the peel (off your gloves that is), the “oops I dropped something and need to pick it up” bend over and then as we got loosened up, the art of the tassel. I have to tell you personally that trying to get your boobs to make tassels twirl leads you to nearly pee your pants but for a hoot and a besties birthday, it was something we’ll never forget.
Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex is a total blast. Although warning: It is not for the faint at heart. If you are open and comfortable with the people you are with, it is actually quite interesting in so many ways. When we went they actually had an exhibit on the history of Burlesque which went perfectly with our whole raunchy theme. It talks everything from porn to erotica to the how animals mate and all in all the exhibits (however strange they are) are curated to stimulate conversation.
Just walk about two steps anywhere off of Times Square and you quickly run into a strip club or a sex shop. We of course bought our gal a lap dance cause why not? It was all in good fun and a part of the hilarity of the whole evening.
Dancing the Night Away
For one of the best dance bars with a killer view of the city, we ended up at Plunge Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking district. This was a place where we could just hang out and check out the city or get our dance on with a slightly more mature crowd.
*If you want to end the night off with a rude awakening, Hogs & Heifers (the basis for the movie Coyote Ugly) is close by. Prepared to be abused but if you are cool with that, this was and could be the perfect end to your raunchy girl’s birthday festivities as they collect bras which hang everywhere throughout the ceiling of the bar. Will your gal donate hers?
Late night Eats
If its about 3am and you are starving, there is absolutely NOTHING better than Cafeteria. This could very well be THE best Mac & Cheese in NYC and if you have been on a steady party celebration the whole night, food at this point is a really good idea.
The Next Day
Brunch at The Ace Hotel which is not far from Eventi has a wickedly awesome brunch. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room serves up mean morning Bloody Mary post too much fun the night before. It’s funky. Its ok if you are wearing sunglasses cause everybody might just as well be.
However you enjoy NYC, I’m sure it will go down in the record books.
But be sure to ask everyone to keep their phones away. None of this needs to get on the internet.