One of the great things about throwing a bridal shower in New York City is that you’re not confined to cramming all your girlfriends in a tiny apartment. You have options like taking the party to one of the city’s amazing restaurants for dinner and cocktails. This not only takes the stress of decorating and organizing food and drinks off your shoulders, but everyone will have good reason to finally get together for a fun night out on the town to celebrate the bride-to-be as she takes one step closer to walking down the aisle.
Whether you want to wine and dine over a full course meal or share small plates around the table, here are the best restaurants in NYC to host a bridal shower dinner.
Bobo (181 W 10th St)
For the Francophile bride, dinner at Bobo is the next best thing to a destination bridal shower in Paris. Housed in a century old townhouse in the West Village, the restaurant extends over several floors with rooms decorated with eclectic objects, vintage photos, and crystal chandeliers. Chef Cedric Tovar, formerly of Daniel, created a menu that honors traditional French cuisine while mixing in some New American dishes featuring fresh seafood caught off of Long Island. Pair your meal with a bottle from the restaurant’s selection of sustainable wines from family-owned vineyards.
Delaware and Hudson (135 N 5th St)
A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Chef Patti Jackson prides her kitchen at Delaware and Hudson in its use of locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. This quaint Williamsburg restaurant is perfect for a small bridal shower party made up of foodies who want to relax over a 4-course meal in an intimate atmosphere. At a very affordable $65, the seasonal prix- fix menu boasts delectable dishes such as green tomato pie, farmers cheese dumplings and long island duck breast with sautéed spinach, potato pancake, and roast plum. Appetizers and dessert are provided for the table.
El Toro Blanco (257 6th Ave)
With eight types of margaritas, we suggest the spicy and cucumber mint, and a selection of over 150 tequilas and mezcals, you know a bridal shower a El Toro Blanco is going to be one for the books. Located in Union Square, this hip Mexican restaurant cultivates nothing but good vibes fueled by delicious cocktails and an ever-flowing supply of chips and salsa. Menu highlights include the ceviche, tamal de elote verde, and langosta puerta Nuevo. And be sure to leave room for the tres leche cake with caramelized bananas, sweet milk sauce, and dulce leche ice cream.
Fraunces Tavern (54 Pearl St)
If you’re a bunch that likes to meet up at a cozy pub for a pint or two then Fraunces Tavern is the perfect spot to host a bridal shower. Located in the city’s oldest building on historic Pearl St., this Colonial American Tavern has been serving thirsty patrons since 1762. Choose from eight party rooms that vary in size and atmosphere. For formal dining, the Washington Room is decked out with a grand table, crystal chandeliers, and antique fireplace. Marked by comfy, red leather sofas, the Bourbon Room is where everyone can relax while enjoying traditional American cuisine and a perfectly poured draft.
Does your bride know her way around the kitchen? Then plan an evening that plays into her culinary passions. Dubbed as “The Best Bachelorette Party in NYC,” My Cooking Party’s Battle of the Brides takes inspiration from reality shows like Top Chef. After choosing ingredients and a dish to make, bridal parties compete in a fierce cook off where the winning team is awarded the title of “Best Bride.” Just like on TV, judges challenge you with unexpected ingredients and you can stump your opponents by stealing ingredients. Wine, beer, and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres are provided throughout the evening.
We hope this guide is helpful to anyone out there feeling a bit overwhelmed with the duty of bridal shower host. And be sure to check out our favorite restaurants to have a bridal shower brunch and engagement party.