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Fashion, Food and Culture; New York Hen Weekends

Red7 , June 25, 2013

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New York is one of the most exciting and diverse destinations on the planet, so whether you want to spend your hen party living it up like SATC icons or East Village cool is more your style, it is essential that you cram as much as you can into every New York Minute of your hen party. We’ve helpfully divided the ridiculous wealth of experiences on offer into categories, so you don’t miss anything out.

Shopping

New York is a shopping mecca. Find your perfect wedding outfit, a dress to dazzle at New York’s coolest hangouts, or make like SATC’s Carrie and hunt out a bargain at Century 21 in the Financial district – New York’s home to discount designer brands. For big names like Guess, Prada, or Levi’s head to Soho. Bloomingdale’s also have every brand you can think of and a killer collection of wedding shoes for any last minute hen party purchases. If you have an afternoon off from hen party activities to spare, take a wander through Greenwich Village for cool thrift and record shops, or Hell’s Kitchen Market, where the fashionable go to hunt for antique treasures, vintage clothing and artworks.

Sightseeing

They say that tourists get neck ache in New York, as you can’t help but look up at the towering monuments of the modern world which dominate the city like the Statue of Liberty, or exciting of Times Square with it’s neon lights and giant billboards, where you can catch a star-studded Broadway show or even a film premier. Gazing up at the dizzying Empire State building is a must, but if you want a more glamorous hen party alternative to journeying to the top, why not try a more exclusive panoramic view of the city.  Plunge rooftop bar in the uber cool and decadent meatpacking district in Manhattan has 360° views of the New York skyline and divine cocktails.

Eating

New York City is a smorgasbord of cultural and ethnic diversity, and every district has it’s own flagship cuisines, which is why tasting as much of the food as possible should be on any hen party itinerary, keeping those wedding waistlines in mind, of course. To avoid getting lost in the endless array of dishes and restaurants on offer, on your hen party it’s best to start with the main New York food groups: street food, pizza, bagels, and cheesecake. For something a little more upmarket, try the in-demand Momofuku Japanese restaurants, divine Italian at Aturo’s Coal Oven Pizza place, or sample the upcoming surge of ‘HipMex’ restaurants such as Hecho en Dumbo or Barrio Chino. No matter what you fancy, your hen party will never go hungry in New York.

Culture

New York is crammed with cultural diversity. Some of the must-dos for hen parties include the many jazz clubs scattered throughout Manhattan for some retro New York cool. Check out ‘Art in General’ gallery if you find yourself in the cultural hubbub of Chinatown, take your hens on a stroll or even carriage ride through Central park, or for the more adventurous hen party, take a trip out to Coney island, to visit the weird and wonderful 19th century amusement park and beach resort. There’s no reason not to include a bit of culture on a hen party, especially in a city as jam-packed as New York.

Nightlife

Of course, no hen party or trip to New York is complete without experiencing the city’s enormous selection of nightlife offerings. New York promises the night out of a lifetime. Visit legendary super clubs Pacha and Marquee, which offer big name DJs and flowing champagne, or celebrity hang out No.8. Warm up for the all night dancing by heading to the East Village for the highest concentration of bars in the city, or the Meatpacking District, made famous by SATC and its new found reputation as the place to be for the young and hip elite of New York. Hen parties don’t get bigger than this.

Whatever you want from your hen party, New York is guaranteed not to disappoint!

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