Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year near Carnegie Hall!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants near Carnegie Hall, you’ll want to head to Mifune. This high-end restaurant has earned The MICHELIN Plate: Good Cooking for its exquisite contemporary Japanese food prepared by two powerhouse chefs. Make sure you and your friends are prepared to splurge here, but don’t worry, it will be worth it!
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Pastrami Queen is the place to go. This classic kosher deli has been serving New Yorkers since 1956 and was beloved by the late chef Anthony Bourdain, who said “The first thing I get when I’m back in New York is a pastrami sandwich. Pastrami Queen is a really good pastrami sandwich — if not the best, among the very best.” They’re currently offering takeout, so it’s a perfect spot to grab a bunch of overstuffed sandwiches and mouthwatering pickles to bring back your apartment for a girls’ lunch!
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa. For the most convenient location, have your gal pals meet at the Columbus Circle entrance of Central Park. Depending on how far north you want to wander, Bethesda Terrace has a lovely view. When you’re done, stroll around and do some birdwatching!
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. There is so much history and beauty in New York City, that a walking tour is a great way to see the city with new eyes while having fun with your friends. Use the app GPSMYCITY for a guided tour starting from Columbus Circle. Make sure you grab a latte before you set out to keep you warm!
The Museum of Modern Art
If you want a unique way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, you should head to the MoMA. Wandering around this New York landmark that aims to “celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity” is a great way to spend the day, and you and your friends can discuss the artwork that you see. They’ve reopened with a few COVID-19 regulations in place, including that you must book timed-entry tickets in advance. When you’re done, be sure to check out the gift shop, they have all sorts of fun goodies in there.
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