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Two of my best friends came in town this weekend for a girls trip we’d been planning for a while. Linds, Brooke, and I went to college together, but they still live in Kentucky so we don’t get to see each other very often. We’d been planning this trip for months, so I had a lot of time to plan for them to come visit me here in New York.  Trying to lock down reservations in New York is no joke, so I made sure to plan way ahead to get the times and the spots I wanted the girls to see!

You guys always ask me what my best recommendations are for a girls weekend in New York, so I’m sharing exactly what we did this weekend. It was the perfect weekend, I got to show them all my favorite spots and neighborhoods!


Terra Wine Bar

The girls got here late on Thursday, so we went to a late dinner at my favorite Italian spot in Tribeca, Terra. This was the spot Conner and I went on our first date. It’s dark, cozy, and intimate. Order the prosciutto and melon for an appetizer.


Vive la Crêpe

We put our name in at our brunch spot in Soho, but as usual there was a decently long wait, so we grabbed a crepe at Vive la Crêpe next door and ate it as we walked around Soho.

Jacks Wife Freda in Soho

One of my favorite brunch/lunch spots. American-Mediterranean food – a tiny place with a lively atmosphere. Order the Halloumi as an appetizer (you’ll probably want to get more than one it’s so good).

Soho Shopping

After brunch, we bundled up and shopped in Soho. I took the girls to some of my favorite stores: One King’s Lane, Monica Vinader, & Aritzia. Then window shopped at some of the classics: Chanel, Chloe, and LV.

9/11 Memorial

I live right next to the World Trade Center, so on our way back to the house we stopped by the memorial pools. The twin reflecting pools are set where the Twin Towers once stood and are each an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. This should definitely be on your list of things to see if you’re visiting.

Central Park

We took the subway (which is definitely something visitors need to experience!) up to Central Park to take a quick walk through the south entrance before heading to dinner.

The Plaza Hotel

Stopped in to see The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel for a quick drink before dinner.

Polo Bar

One of the best experiences I’ve had since moving to NYC (and still one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago). It’s hard to get a reservation, so I called a few weeks ahead of time to get a reservation. It’s classic, charming, and so cozy. The fireplaces, low lighting, and RL decor create the perfect dining experience. Get the signature Polo Bar Burger!

The Bar Room at The Beekman

The perfect spot to have an after dinner drink or coffee. Relax in velvet chairs beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium.


Bellini in Seaport

The cutest breakfast spot for a group of girls. English breakfast tea, simple breakfast classics, and pink velvet seating.

Grand Central Terminal

We took the subway up to see the iconic Grand Central Terminal. A must see in Midtown.

Top of the Rock

It’s worth every penny of the $36 you pay to see the views from the Top of the Rock, 70 floors up. This is where we took the picture at the beginning of this post – best photo opp!

Times Square

We walked straight from Rockefeller to Times Square.

Restoration Hardware

One of the most stunning experiences. RH’s newest venture: a massive New York City gallery located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. We grabbed chai lattes on the 3rd floor, then browsed the showroom for an hour. We already had lunch plans so we didn’t try the restaurant out, but went up to the 5th floor to look at it and it’s one of the prettiest restaurants I’ve ever seen.

Emily in West Village

Incredible pizza spot in West Village and one of the best burgers in the city. Great stop for lunch.


We had a pre dinner drink at Manhatta (right in my neighborhood). A bar 60 floors up with an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty.

The Spaniard

10/10 – awesome dinner and drinks spot in West Village. The booths are perfect for 5 people. Before we got a cab home for the night, we walked 2 blocks to see the apartment from Friends!


Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

We grabbed a coffee at Jack’s inside the Roxy Hotel while we waited to get into brunch


Ended the week with one of my favorites, breakfast at Bubby’s in TribeCa.

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  • Morgan

    Can you say which places had to get a reservation!? And for Polo Bar, did you call even though they are on Open Table?

      Olivia Rink

      Yes still called Polo Bar! And I did reservations for all dinner spots 🙂

  • Brianna

    I’m so jealous! I’ll have to check these places when I visit this summer 🙂
    Brianna |

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