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 Hill!
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 Hill, you’ll want to head to Lusardi’s on East 78th Street. This Italian restaurant has earned The MICHELIN Plate: Good Cooking for its pasta, fish, and meat options. There’s also a great selection of wine here to keep spirits high during your Galentine’s Day party!
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Elio’s is the place to go. Located just South of Carnegie Hill, this old-school Italian restaurant serves classic dishes and is currently open for takeout. Fun fact: Gwyneth Paltrow is in love with their zucchini fries, and she comes so often, they no longer give her a menu! Just know that, despite it being small and more casual, you’ll be paying higher-end prices to eat this quality food.
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 Central Park. You can find a spot overlooking the reservoir to eat, and 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. A fun tour option for Galentine’s Day is a Gossip Girl filming sites tour, which will take you all around the Upper East Side. Make sure you grab a latte before you set out to keep you warm!
The Guggenheim Museum
If you want a unique way to celebrate Galentine’s Day right in Carnegie Hill, you should head to the Guggenheim Museum. Wandering around this New York landmark where “radical art and architecture meet” 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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